Released 13th October 2017
Secondo is back with a brand new two-track 12" aimed squarely at the more discerning dance floors out there.
‘Shakin’ on the A-side is a disco inflected bomb full of funky edits, sampled guitar licks and an irrepressible hook that gives the whole track a distinctly Italo boogie feel.
Meanwhile, on the B-side ‘Nine Toms’ is a more laid back affair, a mid-tempo burner with soulful groans, off-kilter percussion and a wicked throbby bassline guaranteed to get you grooving.
Look out for future What About Never releases in the coming months – a welcome return for AM/PM and a debut EP from Valerie from the Galerie, both scheduled before the end of the year.
a. Shakin (5:27)
b. Nine Toms (6:27)
Release Date: 20th October 2017
‘Fires of Quidel’ is the culmination of Son Swaggas first year as a band, a year spent refining their music, building connections as bandmembers and friends, and finally recording at Greenfield studios with analog gear to bring their sound to life. With this album Son Swagga present themselves to the world and showcase the passion they bring to music as well as the individual talents of the bandmembers.
a1. Fires Of Quidel
a3. Calling All Tribes
b2. Yamanu Emerges
Release Date: 20th October 2017
The first of a series of limited edition EPs containing rare and unreleased afro soul cosmic disco songs selected from the archives of a collective of disco deejays from NYC.
a1. Exalted (TT Edit)
a2. God's Spirit (TT Edit)
b1. Stomped (C3 Edit)
b2. Forgive Me (Editar)
Release Date: 20th October 2017
This is a reissue of a rare unreleased promotional sampler four tracks E.P. that was originally released in 1976 by Capitol Records Inc. For the deejays to celebrate the first year of operation of the NYC Record Pool, founded in June 14, 1975 by David Mancuso and Vince Aletti.
a1. Brown Sugar - The Game Is Over (What’s The Matter With You)
a2. Brown Sugar - I’m Going Through Changes Now
b1. Brief Encounter - What About Love
b2. Brief Encounter - Get Right Down (And Do It)
Release Date: 8th October 2017
Official reissue handled by Strictly Groove for the new Italian imprint Erezioni. Erezioni is a sub-label of Omaggio dedicated to Italian Disco music.
"I Like Sado Music" is a gem released by Blitz Records in 1980 among other overlooked records of electronic disco, library music and soundtracks. "I Like Sado Music" is also the only record ever sung by Sandy Samuel, the artist name of Daniela Samueli a prolific and very famous porn actress of that period.
a1. I Like Sado Music (Part 1)
b1. I Like Sado Music (Part 2)
Due 28th July 2017
At last! The full 12:45 John Morales mix of this underground boogie classic gets the proper vinyl release it has always deserved! All those Discogs cowboys can now safely crawl back under their stones! Replicating the original 1982 12", except this one doesn't fade out a minute and a half before the end. The original flipside is present, only this time cut at 45rpm for higher audio resolution. Available from 14-07-2017. This release is (I think!) the first time all twelve minutes and forty-five seconds have been pressed on wax (in an ultra limited quantity) so don't miss it, Steven!
a. Universal Robot Band - Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)
b. Universal Robot Band - Barely Breaking Even (Instrumental Version)
Release Date: 28th July 2017
A few years ago, Melodies family members Floating Points and DJ Red Greg got their hands on a couple of original 70s obscurities. While these standout records shone brightly in their own right, the two DJs saw the potential to create their own edits behind the scenes, finely attuning the original versions to modern-day dancefloor standards. Of these new recordings, they cut only five copies for themselves and a few DJ friends of theirs.
Today, Melodies International is very proud to bring you MEL006 and MEL007. Fully licensed, lovingly mastered to the highest possible standards and carefully edited to dial up that dancefloor enjoyment, these two 'You're A Melody' classics weren't originally meant to get official releases. But due to popular request, they are now available to play and share in very special moments at parties around the world.
MEL6 arrives as a 7-inch, with the original version and the edit on the flip. First released in 1979 as a three-minute up-tempo library recording, "Disco Baby", one of 10 tracks off a record available to license for film, radio, television and other media, held some hidden magic that would only get uncovered almost four decades later. Informed by years of combined dancefloor experience, Floating Points and Red Greg have slightly tweaked the original material, realising that played in the right context, it can become a true disco anthem.
a1. Disco Baby
b1. Disco Baby (Floating Points & Red Greg Edit)
Release Date: 16th June 2017
Haz Mat, hailing from Detroit, may not be a household name YET, but just wait. His VINYL DEBUT is People of Earth's seventh release. A three track EP that is as rounded as it gets. Deep, techy, soulful & a bit of disco for kicks. "My Zania" has lush chords that morph into a tech masterpiece. "Bridge to the Universe" straight deep & techy jam. Lastly "Groove of Life" is just that. Instrumentals & disco riffs, daytime vibes & smiles…
a1. My Zania
b1. Bridge to Universe
b2. Groove of Life
Release Date: 19th May 2017
Life is like a mirror ball! The first one in a hopefully long-lived series of disco and pop influenced Super Sound Singles on Running Back, comes courtesy of the unmistakeable Gibson Brothers. Leaving their biggest wedding hits "Cuba" and "Que Sera Mi Vida" to the side, the philanthropic and smile-forcing "Ooh, What A Life" gets an extended edit service by Shan & Gerd Janson, who cut away some of the fat and make it fit for fun on contemporary dance-floors. The flip side sees them remixing and sandpapering "Heaven" into a disco-house interbred (filters and looping mandatory). To quote John Lyndon: "Disco sucks? You never heard that from me."
a1. Ooh What A Life! (Gerd Janson & Shan Edit)
b1. Heaven (Gerd Janson & Shan Edit)
Release Date: 27th October 2017
Gilles Peterson says: "If a Cuban record had come out on Sleeping Bag Records in 1982, I think it would've sounded a bit like this. It's an eccentric middle ground between Latin-styled pop and disco".
Reissued from the Spanish version of this awesome Cuban records with a unique picture cover. Probably one of the best 70's Areito releases, for sure ahead of his times. The entire record minus two tracks of 10 total are all upbeat with afro-latin breaks, dope choral vocal arrangements and chunky bass and conga lines, but don't sleep, the lower bpm songs are great mellow gems.
a1. Expreso Ritmico
a2. Tambo Lya
a3. Mi Conga Es La Que Es
a4. Yeya Son
a5. Te Quedas
b1. La 132
b2. Este Tumbai
b3. Mas No Me Falta Fe
b4. Que La Tristeza
b5. De Mis Razones
Release Date: 26th May 2017
In 1990 Joe Lewis teamed up with singer Darryl Goodlett to form the shortlived Survival. Now on Clone Classic Cuts their Midnight Dancin' finally gets a full release with all the versions. 2 of which were never released at the time. To top it of Simply Yours by DJ Joe Lewis also from the original Midnight Dancin' EP. Remastered by Alden Tyrell.
a1. Midnight Dancin' (Club Mix)
a2. Midnight Dancin' (Dancin' Mix)
b1. Midnight Dancin' (Radio Mix)
b2. Simply Yours
Released 26th May 2017
Second release from the label offers up broken rhythms, jacking grooves and deep spirituals. Hold Me explores lyricism within tight repetitious rhythm, on which saxophonist Tyrone Isaac-Stuart explores hook lines and story telling whilst bassist Jordan Christo maintains control over the low-end spectrum.
That He Man Of Hers melds jacking, upbeat tempo with romanticism and melancholy on top, with Louis Ktisti providing guitar accompaniment. One's Own Permanent Faith, on the other hand, provides for a moodier and more subdued spiritual dance rhythm, which warms one up before the spiritual explorations in Would You Tell Me About You. In this final track, the guitar rhythms provided by Jabriel AlSuhaimi and spiritual exorcism of the saxophone by Tyrone Isaac-Stuart present a different angle in the approach towards discovering the endless groove.
Written Simas Savickas
Produced by Arnheim
Alto Saxophone by Tyrone Isaac-Stuart (A1, B2) Guitar by Jabriel AlSuhaimi (B2)
Electric Guitar by Louis Ktisti (A2)
Electric Bass by Jordan Chriso (A1)
Recording Sessions Engineered by Ato Ayerra Published by Barbara’s Soul Body Music Manufactured by Well Tempered
Distributed by Unearthed Sounds
a1. Hold Me
a2. That He Man Of Hers
b1. One's Own Permanent Faith
b2. Would You Tell Me About You
Release Date: 19th May 2017
The Toy Tonics crew is known for being addicted to two things: vintage music machines and old vinyl. 100% music aficionados. On the Tonic Edit series the crew shares some of their favorite old tracks - in a reworked version.
This time COEO get back in time. They destroyed a couple of 1970ies disco jams. Recut & repasted them. And gave them their special COEO touch. Of course it's irresistible!
This release comes on vinyl only first. Later maybe could be out on selected Digital sellers.. not sure yet.
a1. Orlando Magic
a2. Cabrio Mango
b2. She Keeps It Good
Released 21st July 2017
Bristol based 'Arkist' has always been a versatile producer and as a result has an impressive rage of releases under his belt, with revered imprints such as Hotflush and Hypercolour. Recently he has been experimenting further in the studio and is ready to present his first 12inch in few years, under a brand new alias - Astrocat.
In this debut, self-titled EP it is instantly apparent that vocoder-infused funk and disco of the highest order can be expected from this new Astrocat guise. The EP is full of vintage talk box vocals, warm spacey chords and infectious basslines that bring classic records from the likes of Zapp and The Rah Band into mind.
With 5 tracks this EP has a lot to offer. Wether it be the raw, funked up james of the opener 'Small Talk' and title track 'Astrocat' or the more chilled, woozy grooves of 'Nightflare'. With features from Mr Woodnote and a dub remix from Appleblim this EP's roots sit firmly in the South West. Local legend DJ Die even lent his vocoder to the studio for some of the recordings.
a1. Small Talk (featuring Mr Woodnote)
b2. Nightflare (Appleblim Remix)
Frame Of Mind is a new venture initiated by Gerd: a label that focuses on re-issuing rare and sought-after tracks as well as on releasing new music. First up we serve you this official re-release of Nature Boy's classic Ruff Disco Volume One. This highly in demand double pack goes for mad money on the second hand market, so after 25 years, a beautifully remastered edition is finally here. Nature Boy's sound is best described as a rough combination of disco infected grooves with raw and hard hitting rhythms. Tracks such as The Livin'Groove, Ha Ha, Trackin' and of course Tobago caused bliss and mayhem on dance floors world wide and brought joy to thousands and thousands of dancers, dj's and music collectors all over the globe. This LP displays a fine mixture between house, disco and sometimes even dub/reggae. To this day Ruff Disco Volume One is a timeless work of art.
1. Ha Ha
3. Mud Up
5. Unda Me
6. I'm On Fire
8. Near You
9. The Living Groove
10. You Want
11. The Major Enemy
12. Things You Do To Me
Released 3rd March 2017
Theo Conard, also known as Paxton Fettel delivers his second LP on Greta Cottage Workshop.
Entirely Produced by Mr Fettel it’s an exemplary mix of predominantly instrumental contemporary jazz funk, sometimes featuring the vocal talents of one Olivia Lincoln..
From the very beginning it is totally and utterly heartfelt - until the floor churning and brazenly life affirming end his emotions are worn firmly on his sleeve.
It’s a serious embodiment of proper fusion and a testament to a phenomenal producer progressively pushing his work in a playful, honest, admirable and honourable way...whilst not taking himself too seriously!
a2. A Morning Crystal Clear
b1. As He Fell Through The Sunrise (feat. Olivia Lincoln)
b2. Aurora (Siren Song of a Counter Culture)
b3. Let Go
c1. Truffle Majic
c2. Rise & Funk (feat. Olivia Lincoln)
d1. Lift Off Pt.2
d2. Comedown Cosmonaut
Released 3rd February 2017
Returning to Hypercolour with a second volume of his Sugar Cane Chronicles, Gary Gritness lays down more devastating funk and classy riffing over his trusty Roland 606. After the first volume, released last April, sold out its vinyl run, Gritness delivers more explorations and adventures into his unique and soulful world. Having elusively built his reputation as an outstanding session player, live producer and fantastically dressed Funkateer, Gritness has delivered a handful of releases on labels like Clone Crown Ltd, Nyami Nyami and his own DIY and cassette-only Slikk Tapes.
"Steady Choosin" gets downright fusion-jazz and Gritness fires out seductive melodies and latin piano playing of the highest order whilst "Countin Up With Starr" delves into a darker well of synth mania, with a sexual groove reminiscing of Rick James, all the while retaining Gary's signature licks and riffs.
"Runner Joe's Revenge" on the flip ramps up the hysteria for a gritty and colossal production that typifies his love of cyberpunk soundtracks and the drama and narrative to be found in this style. "The Sugar Cane Chronicles Vol. 2" closes with the low-slung "Pool Shark Loot", wrapping up on a mysterious and captivating tone; its wandering bassline and melodic touches carrying all the signature Gritness sounds, with the P-Funk sleaziness on top.
a1. Steady Choosin'
a2. Countin' Up With Starr
b1. Runner Joe's Revenge
b2. Pool Shark Loot