Review: Midnight Riot - Church EP

Its been a while since we reviewed some music so what better way to get back into the groove of it with a review of the latest release from the Midnight Riot Label. Dubbed by Juno Download as a "fine compilation from Midnight Riot and "gospel supremo" the Showfa, which gathers together new, recent and overlooked gospel-fired dancefloor jams".  We found this EP to be one of the best releases on the label by a country mile and that's saying something! Andy and the gang really have delivered here - Each track is sufficiently different to get its own independent release while fitting to the conformity of the objective of the Church Gospel theme.

The EP has some corking releases with no fillers - Yam Who and Alan Dixons remix of the Soup Dragons "I'm Free" is one that will be played on numerous dancefloors across the country, Whilst Amp Fiddler drops yet another cracking track. The EP has numerous Heavyweights on the scene doing what they do best such as Dr Packer, Natasha Kitty Katt, Jack Tennis, Ziggy Phunk, Alan Dixon and many More.

For us, this combined the boogie groove of disco and edits with the gospel and soulful house scene that we both grew up on. The following tracks feature on this week's sneaky disco show 

(Available Here: Sneaky Disco EP84 Feat Derek Kaye )

The High Fidelity - Ithanku (Hifi Sean & Yam Who? dub)

Benjamin Ferreira - What U Will

Soup Dragons - I'm Free

Buy It: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=midnight+riot

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Top 10 Djs of 2017 NuDisco, Disco

1. Hotmood

Quite simply, everything HOTMOOD has touched this year has turned to gold. We have featured so many of his tracks, and I (Scott) have been on a one man quest to collate all his vinyl releases. His own style of mid tempo chilled groove, which can be taken up at any time, leaves HOTMOOD in a league of his own.  A couple of remixes of his tracks, especially by Ziggy funk, have taken a new twist to the records whilst still having that original stamp of quality.

Hotmood - Funjazoul : 

For all his digital releases: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=hotmood

For Vinyl: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B0%5D=hotmood&hide_forthcoming=0&show_out_of_stock=0

2. Dr Packer

Dr Packer has done it all this year; from Ibiza and a tour of England, to nuemorus huge gigs back in his now homeland Australia, he has cemnted himself as a favourite of the disco and edits scene. His relationship with defected has seen him release some old house grooves, but with a picthed down style such as 'I'll be good'. His release on Masterworks 'the DJ's Delight Vol 3', highlights his amazing prodcution quality and ear for a great tune.

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Digital Releases: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=dr+packer&solrorder=relevancy

Vinyl releases: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=dr+packer&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0 

Bandcamp: https://drpacker.bandcamp.com

3. Javi Frias

Madrids Disco master has had a great year releasing numeorus top draw releases. His mix for Sneaky Disco was one of our favourite tracks, if not favourite, of the year; you also need to check out his other mixes, especially Chineurs de Madrid mix. 

Buy Vinyl from: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?facet%5Bmirror_artist_facetm%5D%5B%5D=javi+frias&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0

Buy Digital from: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?facet%5Bmirror_artist_facetm%5D%5B%5D=javi+frias&solrorder=relevancy

4. Michael the Lion

After a number of great releases in 2017, it was almost the year of The Lion. A whole host of mixes, remixes and DJ mix sets, left us wanting more from Michael and tracks such as Get it on, The Changer and the remix of Sea of Love rocked the floor every time we dropped them. He was in the Traxsource top 100, but for us he deserves more recognition than that! 

Buy Vinyl Here: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=Michael+the+Lion&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0

Digital: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=Michael+the+Lion&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0

Bandcamp: https://michaelthelion.bandcamp.com

5. Joey Negro

What can you say about Dave Lee that hasn't already been said? Numerous alter egos, all of which drop top draw disco and house music. The produced and remixed 'with love' sets live up to expectations;  Quality music produced by a master. Hopefully he'll continue to churn out tracks to the same standard of those he's produced over the past two years, as he has brought some quality disco tracks back from the archives. 

6. Purple Disco Machine

Another artist who has really taken off this year - even featuring on Mixmags LAB and the Esesential mix. We noticed him years ago with an edit of CRAM's track - 'A Good Night'. This year he redid 'Lola's Theme', which was a huge hit, as well as 'London Heartache' and 'Love for Days', amongst many more. The German disco master will be coming big in 2018 and maybe closer to no.1 next year!

7. Eli Escobar

Put your hands up... Put your hands up... !! A track that always makes the whole bar move. Eli Escobar has been very busy with releases on his own edit label and also Razor N Tape, alongside his album 'Happy Again'. If you haven't checked him out on Boiler Room do it now, as it's one of the best house/disco sets you will ever see

Release: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=Eli+escobar&solrorder=relevancy

8. Yam Who

Not just content with running the best label around, the guys form Midnight Riot also produce and remix some of the best tracks around. Great live too, as we saw at 53 Degrees North, Halifax. They should need no introduction - They also have a weekly radio show you should check out too.

9. COEO

What a year - The TOY TONIC label has been lucky to have so many good releases from COEO. 'Mydonna' is a class track which is always a crowd fave. Other hits this year have been 'In Motion', '1981' and their mix for Razor Tape is one of the best you will hear.

Link to there tracks: https://www.juno.co.uk/artists/Coeo/

10. Sunner Soul

There were so many tracks out in 2017 that hit the mark with us - Sunner Soul features so many times for us. We keep on asking for a mix, but it's not coming as the artist is so busy - probably producing all the hits from the past 12 months. Vintage music has seen a new lease of life in some great tracks from him,  from disco edits, to even nu-jazz and almost hip hop beat instrumentals.. A must for anyone that likes a varience in edit styles.

https://www.junodownload.com/artists/Sunner+Soul/releases/