Local Talk has seemed to waste no time in dropping some flavor and heat upon 2018 teasing NY*AK's Bound EP due out at any moment. Remnants of a favorite tune of Rufus & Chaka swaggering around the forward deep disco vibe on the title track gets it steamy to start before letting loose a deeper industrial blanket to cover you in January's cold brow. Pleasant range is the generous plus on those remaining tracks too; fudgey velvet texturized with class on 'Dancing' whose chug becomes so enticing you just wanna ask it out on a date. Flip side comes in strong with acid stomper that is 'See More,' before 'Sandwiches' leaves us a little more emotionally available with Ian Blevins.
In other musings, finally got around to completing my collection of the killer Eros edits after hesitation on #2 in the record store months ago. PBVinyl have had the initial three records in the series available sporadically throughout the past two years and helped get them in my local store. Chock full of funky disco tools and dance culture contributions for the dance floor, they've since long made the investment rewarding. Stay sassy till next week!
The presence of Crazy P looms large over the current house and disco scene, they are so incredibly influential with their clash of live sounds and synth mastery. Hot Toddy keeps the Crazy P flame alive consistently, but lest we forget how good the collective is, a reissue of Hot Bath Edits Vol 1 has emerged at all good dealers. It's still sure fire boogie marksmanship, throw on Keep On Dancing and watch the trendy lads and lasses get down to No Doubt! Also spotted this week, Fantastic Man has been finding new ethereal ways to express himself with a new alias P.M.T.C.. Rolling loops and romantic synths come together in these hypnotic warehouse thumpers (record also available).
First up is an interview with Eddy de Clercq, a Belgian DJ and promoter, talking about the history of dance music in Holland, from starting underground disco parties in the 70s, to opening multiple venues and being the first to promote house and techno events in Holland. Read that one over here. Next, we've got "I Go Shout Plenty: A Guide To The Work Of Fela Kuti". Although going through an artist with such an expansive catalog as Fela's can be quite intimidating, the author, David Katz, takes you through nearly each one, providing a little bit of context and links to the music, so it's not as daunting as it sounds. Check that one out in full here. Last one here, this time from Resident Advisor, is a short video about the legend from the 'D, Moodymann. Not really much else for me to say, other than I wouldn't be writing this if it wasn't for him and Theo Parrish, so watch that one in full here and if you haven't seen his RBMA lecture yet, treat yourself to it here. Remember friendos, as Mr. Kenny Dixon Jr. himself said, "It ain’t what you got, it's what you do with what you have".