We're no strangers to a bit of disco around these parts, you might say we love it. I guess it's a bit of a buzz word at the moment thanks to the robots, but whilst everyone loves a chic guitar riff there was a much deeper, dubbier and soulful side to Disco that often gets overlooked.
Well thankfully the guys at File Under Disco are dealing with that issue by releasing brand new deep dubby disco funk, and none more so than the wonderful JKriv and his brilliant new The High Fidelity Sound EP. Now i could easily have picked any of the tracks off the EP but the one that's wormed it's way into my brain and i think toes the line between catchy and spacey dub is:
JKriv & The Disco Machine – Ready to Work (feat. Adeline Michèle & Angelica Allen)
I've followed JKriv for a while, both as JKriv and as Deep & Disco, for me he's one of the best producers out there right now, able to turn his hand to deep dancelfoor busters or trackly house with ease, I featured his Angela Winbush re-edit on the occasional blog Interesting Blends.
This is another example of him eschewing the usual and delivering a boogie laced proto-house style disco burner. Think Gwen Guthrie style dubbed soulful disco and you're not almost there, you're spot on. It's a startling piece of work that if you dind't know it was brand new you'd easily think was a ong lost Patrick Adams or similar piece. Yeah it's got cheesy lyrics, but that's half the fun, and really when it all comes down to it Adeline could be singing any old tosh over the top as the instrumentation absolutely rips it up – that piano, and bass are impossible to avoid and that arpped synth is mesmeric. But the real pay off is the brilliantly catchy chorus – i promise you’ll be humming it for days.
In many ways it reminds me of artists like Joey Negro, and dare i say it the old cat in the hat himself Jamiroquai (when he was good)
Anyway the whole EP is a great listen and deserves a lot of attention, really pushing the boundary, but this and Disco Rocket (feat. Adeline Michèle) are probably my two favourite, and probably the most accessible tracks. You can grab the EP on Juno,
It's a belter: