Review: Verona-based Patrick "Twice" Gibin is making a habit of collaborating with nu-jazz and broken beat veterans. Having previously joined forces with one-time Sonar Kollektiv regular Clara Hill, this E.P sees him acquire the services of killer keys-man Kaidi Tatham of Bugz In The Attic fame. The latter's smart, jazz-funk influenced riffs are all over the sweet, gently soulful and wonderfully positive deep house A-side "Lights Out", but can also be heard on the woozy, broken beat-goes-boogie flex of "High Flames". "Flash Burn", another musically rich, organic house groover - this time complete with what sound like eyes-closed guitar solos - completes an excellent package.
Review: As regular as London buses and twice as pungent, the Black Aroma edits series has been responsible for some of the greatest scalpel cut-ups of recent times. For volume ten, main man Twice has taken a back seat, instead serving up a quintet of rubs from a trio of vastly experienced editors. Red Greg gets things going with the celebratory disco loveliness that is "Ride On", before Sound Signature alumnus Specter drops to bombs: the Brazilian jazz-funk genius of "Chedda" and the low-slung, boogie-era disco-funk throb of "Double Dribble". Long serving Italian editor LTJ rounds things off, first making merry with a bass-heavy Brazilian disco-funk outing ("Sotcha") before dipping the tempo for the loved-up, saucer-eyed soul of "You Got Me Dreamin".
Review: More smelly edits from the rather mysterious Blend It! family. As with previous collections, it's all about that juicy mid-tempo field; fluid, organic and primed for all good backrooms and warm ups sessions. "She Paused" has more than a whiff of Jacko's "Off The Wall" to it, complete with Quincy strength strings. "Star", meanwhile, drops the tempo even further and wiggles its way around with a jaunty, almost Idjut Boys twang. "Lying" is more you classic horn-heaving stomp while "All Night" comes at you like a Sunburst Band record. Four cuts, each one stinking of party success. Get blending.
Review: Without fanfare or fuss, Blend It Records' Black Aroma edits series has become a 'must-check' for disco DJs. There's a good chance that this ninth installment, which once again sees main man Twice at the helm, will also fly off the shelves. The quality threshold remains ridiculously high throughout, from the celebratory disco-funk strut of opener "Get Down Party People", to the starry-eyed, loved-up bliss of downtempo jazz-funk closer "Sunset Cruise". Our favourite is probably the ludicrously sweaty "Button Up" - all elastic slap-bass, layered percussion hits and sweet electric piano chords - but the obscure '80s soul diversion "If You Wanna Dance" (a co-production with crate digger Volcov) pushes it close.