David Christie / The Destroyers
'Back Fire/Lectric Love (PBR Streetgang Reworks)'
Cult NYC disco label Salsoul opens up the vault and lets the PBR Streetgang loose on a couple of lesser-known gems from the catalogue. First up, David Christie’s deep ‘Back Fire’ (originally released on the Tom Mouton-run subsidiary of Salsoul, Tom N’ Jerry Records) gets detuned a couple of steps to a sleazy crawl. Not a great deal that a simple pitch control couldn’t do, but it’s a nice idea. Next, The Destroyers’ ‘Lectric Love’ gets quite a bizarre new twist: a similar method of pitching the tune down is employed (which, to be fair, does work again), and subtle disco effects are a nice touch, but THAT fantastic Moog synthesiser break on the original version is completely edited out. A fruitless effort, sadly.
DJ Rocca & Leo Almunia
'Ever Changing Bubbles (Deep88 Remixes)'
A second outing together by the duo, whose previous ‘Rhythm Collision’ gave us the original version of title track ‘Ever Changing Bubbles’. This time around, via Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy’s excellent Claremont 56 label, the tune gets the slo-mo, Balearic rubdown from Italian dream house music peer Alessandro Pasini, aka Deep88. On both the ‘Balearic Mix’ and ‘Balearic Dub’, Pasini strips the elements right down to the basics: drums, bass, Doobie Brothers-esque guitar chops and a detuned vocal scat in a Dieter Meier style. Ace.
Michael The Lion & Amy Douglas
'Find A Way (feat. Steven Klavier)'
Soul Clap Records
NYC disco voice Amy Douglas, known for her releases through the likes of DFA, Classic, Glitterbox and Hed Kandi, lends her powerful vocal style with this early contender for Soul Clap Records. Label regular Michael The Lion pushes the production buttons, creating a foot-stomping, almost Bohannon style groove on the opening tune ‘Drink You Up’, and giving it all up on their modern soul anthem, the title track, featuring talent Steven Klavier on accompanying vocal duty.
Ahead of an album release for Detroit-based label Rocksteady Disco, Blair French (one-third of the Cosmic Handshakes, who released that stunning new age album ‘In The Mist’ through Going Good) offers this single primer, brimming with Afro disco goodness. With a little help from fellow Detroit peers, such as Theo Parrish/Mahogani Music affiliate Paul Randolph, and additional production from his Cosmic Handshakes chums, both cuts channel the ancestral polyrhythms of the greats, such as Tony Allen and Babatunde Olatunji.
'Laying On The Sofa'
Parisian label and DJ collective Discomatin reissue this rare boogie 12-inch from chanteuse Isabelle Antena, originally released on cult Belgian label Les Disques Du Crépuscule in 1987. Some may know Isabelle as being the breathy, haunting vocal behind the Balearic gem ‘Camino Del Sol’ that was revived by DJ Harvey on his classic ‘Sarcastic’ mix. This issue features the remixes from influential NYC DJ Mark Kamins and Marc Moulin of Belgian jazz-funk legends Placebo, and later, Telex.
Faze Action & Zeke Manyika
The third release in a series of four featuring a vocal from the great Zeke Manyika of Scottish post-punk heroes, Orange Juice. Rob and Simon work the island disco/boogie vibe, steering into proto house territory; not too dissimilar to those Stewart Levine mixes of the Hugh Masakela classic ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby’. A remix from Lumberjacks In Hell and Running Back producer Alan Dixon clicks into pacy, Euro-disco mode, accompanying a lengthy dub version that's equally as lively from the brothers Lee.
'Too Slow To Disco Edits 05: Vibes4YourSoul'
How Do You Are?
Daytime disco edits and reworks from French producer Vibes4YourSoul (who “specialises in the slow jams”), for the label’s popular ‘Too Slow To Disco Edits’ series. Something for most disco tastes on offer here: from classic boogie to reggae disco and classic AOR. Sadly, the simple art of slapping a kick drum underneath the likes of Lou Reed’s ‘Coney Island Baby’, Gayle Adams’ ‘Let’s Go All The Way’ and Janet Kaye’s evergreen ‘I’m Still In Love’ wears quite thin after a while. Stick with the original versions.