New and reissued singles
“Let’s Start Dancin’”(Past Due Records)
The second 12-inch EP from the reissue label features this late-’70s Baltimore-area group, originally dubbed the Destiny in Time Band. The title track was penned by Thomas Reed, father of two members of the eight-piece act, and pressed up in a batch of 500. This gorgeous reissue comes with two reedits—one from Alex From Tokyo and a housey version from Rondenion—but it’s the sublimely funky originals that’ll impress your pals.
Cosmix Marathon Remix)(Compost Records)
Chateau Flight’s I:Cube (Nicholas Chaix) introduces his “Beach Towel” remix with a hypnotic arpeggio that eases into a warm cosmic shuffle. The track almost disintegrates with a wash of dissonant synths as I:Cube sculpts in stereo with a swarm of expertly panned handclaps.
Kotey Extra Band featuring Chas Jankel
“Sooner or Later” (Bear Funk Gold)
Synthetic-disco pioneer Giorgio Morodor’s “Sooner or Later” is gorgeously reworked with an ascending bass line, euphoric piano stabs and the classy crooning of Jankel (of Blockheads fame). Do we hear a hint of English jazz-pop in there? Classic.
“Blues for You”(Strictly Rhythm/Defected)
Defected just reissued ten of the most influential singles from the heyday of ’90s American house. While it wouldn’t hurt any proper house jock to have wax from the young Erick Morillo and Roger Sanchez in his stack, this slightly lesser-known, vocal-heavy soulful track boils over with New York ’tude. Naturally it became a cornerstone of a foreign genre: U.K. garage.
“Shanti Dance” (Nick Chacona remix)(Compost Records)
The highlight of New Yorker Nick Chacona’s take on “Shanti Dance,” originally by disco outfit the Droids, is a barrage of filtered toms battling in the mix with rippling Orbesque synth clusters. Stick around for a sinewy cowbell/handclap breakdown and see why Chacona is one to watch.
Jonas Bering and Thierry Mbaye are behind this swell minimal house platter. The A side is like a suggestive rubdown in which Bering breathily and disingenuously wonders, “Is this love? I want to know.” But it’s ominous, too, with the kind of stomping beat that turns dark corners into grope central. The flip hopscotches well enough, but “Inside” is the hit.—John Dugan and Gabe McDonough