Release Date: 21st May 2021
After releases by DoctorSoul, Dave Mathmos, Vibes4YourSoul, DJ Supermarkt, Jack Tennis, Les Inferno we now give space to one of the early creators of the genre: LUXXURY from L.A.!
Side A: is a slice of funky, dubbed/spaced out midtempo Disco, custom made for the sophisticated dancefloor
Side B: is a slow-jam, and a dubbed, balearic romantic take on an AOR classic hit
LUXXURY makes dance music for adults. Raw, funky bass-lines plucked with grown-man finesse. A mastery of keyboard and synth native only to those who lived through the late '70s/early '80s. Dust in the glitter that vibrates in the space between string stabs, bongo slaps, and guitar jabs—even while the steady pulse and astral effects feel beamed in from a more cybernetic future Los Angeles. That's where the nu-disco wizard born Blake Robin dwells, of course. That is, when he isn't on the road opening for Giorgio Moroder or the Juan MacLean; leading his dapper band on late-night TV; remixing live at DJ sets in Mexico City, New York and Berlin; making viral TikTok “Inside the Song” videos, or seeding his Dublab radio show/Spotify playlist Good Morning, Disco! with gems that span four decades of groove-first music. In fact, you might've first felt his deft touch via the controversial LUXXURY Edits—where he uses the multi-tracks (stems) of classic hits to create dubby slow-disco versions—but his original music is no less arresting.
A1. LUXXURY – Hello My Love
B1. LUXXURY – Baby Please Don’t Go (Oooh No)
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Kalita are proud to announce the first ever official re-release of Mpharanyana & The Peddler’s 1979 South African disco and funk recordings ‘Disco’ and ‘Freak Out With Botsotso’, backed by a devastating extended edit of ‘Disco’ courtesy of Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Jamie 3:26.
Born on 15th November 1949 in Kattlehong, South Africa, Jacob ‘Mpharanyana’ Radebe was one of South Africa’s greatest ever musicians, releasing a canon of legendary soul, jazz and disco albums before his untimely death in August 1979 at the age of just twenty-nine.
Here, Kalita select his highly sought-after disco and funk recordings ‘Disco’ and ‘Freak Out With Botsotso’, both selected from his 1979 invisible final album, ‘Hela Ngwanana’, re-releasing them for the first time in forty years. Including Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock session musician Bakithi Kumalo on bass and Themba Mokena of Dick Khoza ‘Chapita’ fame on lead guitar, the recordings feature some of the country’s top contemporary musicians joining forces to glorious effect.
With the original album currently fetching eye-watering prices on the rare occasion that they turn up for sale, the time is now ripe to share this masterpiece with the world once more.
Cut on a loud 12” single and accompanied by an extended edit of ‘Disco’ courtesy of Jamie 3:26, this truly is another no-brainer from the Kalita camp.
A2. Freak Out With Botsotso
B. Disco (Jamie 3:26 Extended Edit)
Release Date: 30th April 2021
B2 Recordings delivers its fifth release this April, entitled ‘Players Paradise’ and coming courtesy of Greek producer Lex. Athens, Greece based producer and DJ Alex Andrikopoulos aka Lex has been a key figure in the city's underground electronic music scene, founding the now defunct Radical Soundz record store, running numerous events in the country and also the imprint Quantinzed Music. Here we see him deliver his latest work under his Lex guise via Bengoa's hi-rising B2 Recordings. Title-cut ‘Players Paradise’ leads, a ten minute journey through popping organic percussion, snaking funk-infused bass lines and an amalgamation of bright piano chords, wandering resonant leads and cinematic strings. Following is ‘Just Realised’, embracing a similarly organic aesthetic via swinging natural drums, a walking jazz-tinged bass line and intricately intertwined, keys, strings and synth licks throughout. ‘In Your Eyes I Never Tried’ then rounds things out, stripping things back rhythmically to shuffled, off-kilter drums while sharp piano melodies, bright strings, vocal chants and choppy sub bass notes wander amongst the bumpy groove.
a1. Lex - In Your Eyes I Never Tried
b1. Lex - Just Realised
b2. Lex - Players Paradise
Release Date: 7th May 2021
Modern day Disco Remix king Mike Maurro strikes again! This time, Atlantic Records and Brookside team up and have Mike tackling two classic tracks by The Trammps: “Hooked For Life” & “Soul Searching’ Time”. “Hooked For Life” was released on Atlantic’s “Exclusive Disco Series” of promo only 12”s in the U.S. back in 1975 and “Soul Searchin’ Time” was also released as a promo only 12” in the U.K. on WEA’s ultra rare “Disco Special Cut” series. Both tracks get the “Maurro Remix” treatment with extended intro’s, instrumental passes and breakdowns, and finally mastered in Philadelphia by Mike Tarsia of the world famous Sigma Sound Studios.
a1. Hooked For Life (Mike Maurro Remix)
b1. Soul Searchin' Time (Mike Maurro Remix)
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Several years ago, the Disco Records DJ Crew members got their hands on a couple of original 70s obscurities, while these standout records shone brightly in their own right, the team finally decided to put them out as those obscure old records fetch eye-wateringly high prices on the second-hand market. Due to popular request & lovingly mastered to the highest possible standards, they are now available to play and share in very special moments at parties around the world. This will surely be one of the most keenly anticipated disco release of the year. For our first release, we are extremely proud to bring you at last, three very hard to find disco anthems on sides A & B in their glorious full extended versions.
a1. Summer Groove
b1. Baby I'm Coming At You
b2. I'm Gonna Break You Down
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
DJ Ciderman is back with another cider bottle filled with fizzy love ready to pour on the dancefloor. Four special edits for lonely hearts who just want to dance the night away till the sun slowly starts to peeking up in the background.
a1. You're Losing Me
a2. Club For Lonely Heart
b1. Get Loose
b2. Good Friend G
Release Date: 16th April 2021
When DJ Ciderman is not taking a relaxing drive on Route 8 or when he is not playing his favourite video game called Q3A, he is making disco adjustments in his small studio in Budapest. This EP presents one of his finest works which will fill your heart with warmth and love on the dance floor. 3 tracks for those who like to dance with shirts open & in short skirts under a flashing disco ball on a hot summers night.
a1. Be Mine
b1. Love Has Come My Way
b2. Summer Groove