Dam Swindle celebrate 10 years of music-making with the second in a planned trilogy of E.P.s. Italian imprint, Caffe Corretto, curate boogie and disco edits from BPlan & Fab-O. Crooked Man and Foremost Poets take Greg Foat`s Psychosynthesis dancing. Pedro Guinu brings a bit of Rio to Brooklyn`s Razor-N-Tape. Lovebirds dusts off his archives and hard-drives. Philippa`s filtered loops and samples get Jimpster’s Freerange Records jumping. Tom Esselle worships Balearic god, Bes, with a broken beat set for South London’s Wolf Music.
All words and selections by our favourite four-to-the-floor expert, The Insider.
Celebrating 10 years of Dam Swindle, the Dutch duo of Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets mark the occasion with a series of E.P.s that look back to their past, and to their future with some new collabs and hot to trot remixes by and with some top talent. On Keep on Swindling Part 2, they drop an ace afro-tinged original, alongside a remix of a rare Guadeloupean side, Gaoulé Mizik – which would be a welcome addition to any collection considering its scarcity. There are remixes by Detroit’s girl-of-the-hour, Ash Lauren, whose impact on the dance & house scene just grows and grows. Rush Hour artist Arp Frique does some damage with his re-rub of Yes, No, Maybe too. Dedicated Dam Swindlers will still be playing Call of The Wild, as its never lost its scorching heat. It’s included here on this bumper package. Ten years and 10/10 DS!
From the island of Ischia comes Caffe Corretto Edits, a label born out of a meeting of minds between Giuseppe Fimiani and Fabio Lacono. These two discerning diggers and lifelong collectors regenerate rare oddities and hidden gems, recharging them with a contemporary twist. 04 comes from the label-owners under their BPlan and Fab-O monikers, with four cuts from the dusty disco archives of the `70s and `80s. The party starts with an afro-disco heater following on with three killer funk and boogie burners that keep will the dancefloor hot and sweaty way past the midnight hour.
Foundation Music brings us further goodness, this time from musical polymath and keyboard wizard, Greg Foat. The composer, producer and highly skilled jazz pianist has worked with the likes of Moses Boyd, Rita Ora, and Lady Blackbird, and released records on a variety of respected labels, such as Strut, Athens of The North, and Jazzman. On this new release Greg takes a detour from his jazzier escapades, into the world of Motor City machine music, via his deep love of obscure `80s synthesizers. Psychosynthesis – originally released on Greg’s own Blue Crystal Records – has been picked up by Foundation Music’s Ross Allen, and put together with some dope remix talent. Beyonce collaborator, New Jersey’s Foremost Poets, and legendary Sheffield tinkerer, Crooked Man, both lay down some serious wonk on the already stunning original. The results, some pretty epic techno.
Brooklyn`s Razor-N-Tape release a curve ball on their Reserve imprint. The offshoot label is dedicated to all new sounds, live acts, and multi-instrumentalist musicians, in contrast to the parent label`s decade long journey of original house of shiny disco edits. Flexing their A&R muscle they’ve pulled in Pedro Guinu, a Brazilian session musician turned killer songwriter, for his debut full-length set, Palagô. Through 10 tracks the artist explores his relationship with the city of Rio Janeiro, and its many colours and shades. If you were in love with Astrid Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, and Flora Purim in the `90s as much as I was, then you will not be unhappy for a bar or a moment with this solid set. Brazilian beats combine with Afro rhythms, reminiscent of the sounds of Marcus Valle and Deodato. Bulging with tasteful arrangements, polyrhythms, and grooves, this fusion of traditional and modern styles and influences will thoroughly thrill and entertain.
Lovebirds, aka Sebastian Döring, has been making music for over two decades, with anthems like I Want You In My Soul carved deep into modern house history. Back before his evolution into Lovebirds, Doering was at the top of his game as part of production outfit, Knee Deep – remixing mega stars. His Lovebirds nome de plume now makes a welcome return with a delightful E.P. out on his own imprint, Teardrop. The synth heavy, disco boogie house cut that is Just Music & Me was made some fifteen years ago, left forgotten on a hard-drive, before being championed by close friend, SIRS. Straightfromtheheart has an unmistakable `80s boogie vibe, with arpeggios a-go-go, and a vocoder hook that will make your spine tingle. The E.P.`s closer is dedicated to a close friend no longer on this plane. For Anna (Disco Heaven) is a sweet, honey drizzled, Patrick Adams-inspired, tribute, with a behemoth of a breakdown that will without doubt, do the business on any dance-floor.
Wolf Music is always a sure thing. Once again they’re flexing their distinctive South London swagger, this time with Yam Records founder, Tom Esselle, and his Praise Bes E.P. Those in the know will have previously heard Esselle strutting his stuff on Bradley Zero’s trailblazing imprint, Rhythm Section. Here, he demonstrates some real jazzy deepness, set to serious drum workouts – grooving to gloriously broken beats. It`s all mixed down by Chaos in The CBD’s Beans.
New Zealand / Aotearoa’s Philippa is flying the flag for the females, with her outstanding productions, displayed over the four cuts on There’s A Ghost In my Synthesizer. Philippa earnt her stripes holding down a prime-time radio residency, and with regular spots at some of Auckland’s key venues. Based in Berlin for over a decade now, she’s honed her craft and her studio skills shine through on this debut EP for Jimpster’s Freerange Records. Confidently blending disco with deep house in such an elegant way, Philippa is without a doubt one to watch.