“PARTY PEOPLE” u Crystal Waters & DJ Spen u unquantize Spen teams up with legendary vocalist Waters to bring you some feel-good, vocal-house goodness. Sporting a ’90s-flavored underground vibe, bouncing 4/4 beats, bumping bass, swinging hi-hats and funky keys, this one’ll light up your floor. And make sure you check the grittier “DJ Spen & Micfreak Party Mix.”
– Tommy D Funk “FINALLY READY” u Shapeshifters feat. Billy Porter u Glitterbox Shapeshifters’ Simon Marlin takes his production to the next level by teaming up with star Broadway vocalist Billy Porter. Behind an uplifting disco-house soundtrack, Porter lets loose like a fierce, ruling diva – this one’s a future classic. – Curtis Zack
“WONK” u Wonkytonk u Superfreq Some seriously wobbly deep-tech here from Wonkytonk (aka Mr. C and Radio Rental) on the original, but look for the tasty remixes as well. Mr. C’s stripped-down effort gets pretty scalding, while Radio Rental’s mix rides the groove with more care. But don’t sleep on Jay Tripwire’s twisted entry, which somehow pushes into an even further celestial place.
– Jim Tremayne “FAITH” u Yass feat. Leslie O’Smith u Soulfuric
Parisian producer Yass and vocalist O’Smith deliver an excellent vocal workout on the mighty Soulfuric. The soulful track features sublime synth stabs and powerful song to lift your spirits.
– Curtis Zack “MATERIALIZE” B/W “GROOVE 2 ME”
u anny Marx u Simma Black London’s Marx delivers a fantastic two-tracker full of house flava. With deep, hypnotic elements and spoken-word vocals skidding over warm bass and bumpy keys, “Materialize” takes you on a gleeful ride. “Groove 2 Me” steps up the pace with a taut rhythm, oozing keys and female-vocal samples – sweet. – Tommy D Funk
“SING IT” EP u DoctorSoul u Midnight Riot
The nu-disco delights keep coming from the Midnight Riot camp. Here we have three tracks of absolute quality that groove all day and night, and can’t help but make you move. While the sleek title track takes you straight to a 1976 dancefloor, don’t sleep on the mega-funky “Universal Thing.”
– Curtis Zack “DANCE WITHOUT A REASON”
u Lempo & Roland Clark u Strictly Rhythm The U.K.’s Lempo hooks up with Roland Clark for an elegant disco-house outing on the legendary Strictly. Bangin’ and bumpin’, this driving track does the business. – Curtis Zack “MIDNIGHT MOODS” EP
u Stay K u Kid Recordings
Boys Don’t Disco
Essentially a deft assemblage of juicy samples, this soulful EP delivers both primo chill tunes and hip-shaking grooves. Slinky opener, “Cross-