Skip to main content

DJ Steve - Special Cuts #3 & #4 (BIS)

This delightful new release on Beats In Space sublabel B.I.S. is flying off the shelves at the moment and comes in limited quantities, so chances are by the time you stumble upon this post it'll be long gone, but this record is way too good to not spend a few words on, so here goes.

According to the release notes, Tim Sweeney met up with DJ Steve on a trip through Europe a few years ago. He'd heard good things about this butcher-by-day / DJ by night in a small town in the south of Italy and looked him up. Steve subsequently let Mr. Sweeney sniff out some of the edits he'd been doing for personal use in his marathon sets (Steve is a bit of a local legend for his monster sets apparantly). Fast forward to late March 2013 and we're looking at the second pair of tracks that Sweeney snapped up.  As far as edits go, these are pretty much perfect again.

Special Cut number 3, hogging the A-side of the release, is an edit of the Destroyers' Slave of Love, an ace bit of leftfield 80s electronic disco to begin with, but Steve cleverly re-arranged the track, creating a long and hypnotic intro before the wonky and slightly haunting vocal finally gets going. 

Flip over for #4, a bit of a balearic masterpiece if I may be so bold, supersmooth and lush from start to finish, which is all the more amazing when you have a listen to the source material - the rather uptempo and rather forgettable Alive with Love by Cut Glass - which Steve cut up and slowed down to a most leisurely pace, using just a few instrumental parts to create an amazing and mesmerizing,  moody, gloopy disco nugget that's screaming for the white isles. My pick of the two tracks - just by an inch though, they're both fantastic.

A fantastic pair of edits then, totally worthy of all the hype. Hit up your local record emporium for a copy or have a look at one of the bigger online retailers to see if there's any left. 


Popular posts from this blog

Sleazy Team ~ Best of '16

Jebus, another year gone by already? Time sure flies when the world's going bonkers and the masses are bent on sticking all their eggs in one giant smelly basket and having Farage, The Donald and a host of other lunatics break them all at once while laughing hysterically.

All farcical geo-political madness and neo-patriotic nu-bigotry aside, 2016 was a memorable year for us at SB. We tricked The Popular People's Front - our heroes, the originators! - into doing us the final record in the Black Ops series, which sold out in what seemed a nano-second. After burying the Black Ops project with a sniff and a tear, we launched a new imprint, Make Believe Disco, with French prodigal kid Folamour handling the inaugural release, which, unbelievably, also sold out from the distro on day one.
At the tail-end of the year we sat down in our cabin in the woods, started a fire and got the s'mores going, while looking back on 7 years of Sleazy Beats. We agreed that in spite of our valian…

Mori Ra - Oriental Forest (Forest Jams)

Recently Guy & Kris asked for support to keep the Sleazy blog running and to bring fresh mojo to the sleazyverse. When Luvless told me about their cry for help I immediately wrote Guy and offered my help.
Some of you might know me frommy productions as Martin Hayes for Razor-n-Tape, Rose Records and recently In Any Case Records.
I’ve been reading the blog since the early "gallery of awesome people“ days, to which I actually contributed a picture (mugshot obscured by skimpy knickers, if you have a copy of Frank Booker's record on Sleazy Beats, try and spot me on the cover!). Now let's get crackin' with my first review.
Possibly you’ve never heard of Mori Ra before, but that should change before long. The Osaka-based dj, record collector and producer managed to fly under the radar for a good while, but after a string of fantastic records on Macadam Mambo, Passport To Paradise, Most Excellent Unlimited and a recent sureshot edit of Yoruba Singers’ Black Pepper (on Left …

V.A. - Quartet Series 001

I remember meeting Maurits (Nachtbraker) for the first time in Amsterdam a few years ago in a bar in the western part of town, where we both happen to live. You never quite know what to expect with these 'producer' types. I've been in the game long enough to know there's a lot of bullshit going around, but right off the bat it was clear Maurits is no chip off the bullshit block though. At the time he had his first release out on Dirt Crew and some things lined up with Heist and was about to finish his degree at university. Over the course of way too many beers and lots of merry banter he explained he wanted to have a go at making a living out of this music thing. The plan was to sign up with an agency, release records through Dirt Crew and Heist and eventually set up his own imprint. This is usually the point where my bullshit swing-o-meter starts peaking, but even through my beergoggles I could tell this goodnatured soul with his winning smile meant business (even if…