Review: West Country heroes Situation have kept it local on their latest EP, which offers up a suite of previously unheard re-rubs of Andre Espeut hook-up "Beyond Compare" by Bristol-based house hero Sean McCabe. The A-side boasts vocal and instrumental interpretations built around warming, mood-enhancing chords, jangly piano riffs, unfussy beats and the kind of slick, ear-catching electronic bassline more associated with Atjazz productions. Over on side B, McCabe offers up a superb "Vocal Reprise" take that sounds a little "fuller" and more energy-packed (thanks in part to his use of more urgent-sounding vocal snippets and grandiose chord sequences), as well as a brilliantly dreamy and locked-in Dub that sounds a little like one of Frankie Knuckles' classic remixes.
Never Thought I'd Get Ya (Dom Thompson remix) (5:28)
Never Thought I'd Get Ya (Mr Mulatto Beatamix) (5:09)
Never Thought I'd Get Ya (Afro Acid remix) (4:32)
Never Thought I'd Get Ya (Frank Situation remix) (5:24)
Review: For their latest must-have release, nu-boogie maestros Star Creature has turned to Stroud-based boogie revivalists Situation. "Never Thought I'd Get You" is not only the West Country producers' latest hook-up with sweet-voiced soul man Andre Espeut, but arguably one of their strongest releases to date. The tasty original version - a sumptuous chunk of '80s groove revivalism full of intricate musical touches - kicks things off, before Dom Thompson re-imagines it as an analogue-rich slab of '80s soul revivalism. Mr Mulatto adds a little hip-hop-soul swing on his ace "Beatamix", the "Afro Acid" version takes the track closer to organic deep house territory, and Frank Situation's EP-closing remix is a snappy, peak-time ready club workout for those that like it fast and weighty.
Review: Situationism's latest EP is the audio equivalent of an over-stocked buffet where the curly-cornered sandwiches and mediocre vol-au-vents have been replaced by heaps of high-grade caviar and Michelin-starred amuse-bouche. Or, to put it more simply, a killer collection of dancefloor jams. Our pick of the bunch is probably the throbbing nu-disco/Italo-disco fusion of Peza's acid-fired flipside smoker "On It", though George Kelly's warm, horn-heavy dub of Katzuma's summery disco-funk number "All Night" is almost as good. Plenty will opt to spin Dr Packer's on-point remix of Groove Armada offshoot Sugar Daddy's "Hypnotise", while Ashley Beedle's revision of Situation/Andre Espeut jam "You Gotta Move" is a sweet, jazz-funk fuelled chunk of boogie/electro fusion.