DR. BOOGIE & FREE “DON’T WANNA LOOSE YOUR LOVE” (INSTRUMENTAL)


A cool slice of Euro boogie built around a really sticky bassline and a relentless synth squiggle. I was put on to this one by an Instagram video of Mr Groove playing it at a Funk Freaks party. Even only hearing it recorded through PA by an iPhone across the room then distorted back to me through a different iPhone, that synth just called out to me.

The track was written and produced by Steve Mannen who was in Sky Trane in addition to being the man behind the desk at Halfmoon Productions for a while. There’s an interview with him over at Jordan Valley Records that’s well worth checking out (as is their  catalogue). .

MAGNUM FORCE “TIGHT JEANS”


Maybe not quite on the same level as “Cool Out” but still a great combo of kicking drums, snappy synths (top and bottom) and alternating vocals. Better title too.

Track is ice cold yet somehow still pretty well filled out and hard hitting; I’d imagine this is not 100% easy to achieve. Jordache shout-out is crucial also.

PS. Gigantic runout.

JACKIE MOORE “LOVE IS THE ANSWER” (WEEKEND MIX)


Nothing super hard-hitting or exotic here but certainly a slice of dancefloor positivity nestled somewhere between the community hall and the cruise ship – your hands can either go in the air or on your hips.

On the Weekend Mix, Bill Kelley replaces the jaunty bass of the original with slightly snappier synth bass version that sounds more like it should have been there from the beginning..

I’m not saying “Love Is The Answer” is a derivative mess but a few bits here and there will remind you of earlier and more successful tracks by other artists. This one exists as its own thing rather than a dry, shrivelled pastiche though.