It might be the advanced age, or perhaps living close to Holland has something to do with it, but I in general just like to take it slow. No stress, no hurry, no worries.
I've always been a sucker for music in the 105-115 BPM range, it just seems to be the perfect tempo for me. Like how some people love driving fast, whereas some never leave the slow lane (that's me!), it all comes down to which pace feels most comfortable or natural to you. And after giving Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's Slo Mo Disco a couple of spins, I can honestly say that these guys move at my pace.
Right off the bat, A1 track Sunshine sets the mood for the whole record. Seductively slow, with a feathery piano moving in and out, a sparse female vocal and horns and a flute that give it just the right amount of uplifting energy.
Next up we have Bounce 2 It, sure to spark a bunch of familiar looks wherever you choose to play it. Using a notorious (yes we did) Biggie sample, the vocal and bassline lend a deliciously sleazy feel to the whole thing, before the guitar and funky piano take it straight to the roof.
Sneaky Freak was one of last week's peeks , so I can only hope everyone has had a taste of it, but for those who haven't, it's a sultry, near tropical affair that had us grinning from ear to ear.
On the B-side, Heatwave picks up the pace with a slightly cosmic feel to it, showcasing some spirited percussion once again backed by outstanding guitar-, piano- and trumpetwork, making this one of far our favourites of the lot. The musicality of this track is, at times, near trance-inducing, whereas B2 Clap My Hands could be described as a more typical slow disco groover with a thick bassline, dreamy synth and recurring female chanting for that real golden era vibe.
Moving on to the 2nd record of the LP, Get On Ur Feet continues with the same feelgood vibes portrayed across the first disc. A proper hands-in-the-air type of cut (as instructed by the vocal), we suggest you close your eyes and just get lost in the groove.
Without You didn't even give us the chance to take our hands down, smooth and seductive from the get-go, this is prime sunset/sunrise/closing material. The male vocal is short but oh so effective, filled with emotions, and destined to make a big impact on many a crowd.
Shades Of Blue is built up around a Gil Scott-Heron sample. More of a moody outing than the rest of the LP, it adds extra depth to the entire release, showing that Ed and Disco can take it anywhere they want to. If someone were to tell you this is a KDJ song, there would be no questions asked.
Rounding things up nicely, Keep On Lovin You is probably the most emotional tune of the bunch. Reminiscent of some of the older Session Victim work, samples are layered to create an immersive experience that lingers long after the needle passed through that last groove. The vocal and violins lend this track it's signature sound, but it is, again, the guitar that steals the show and almost makes you forget that this record was made by two sweaty Canadians on an MPC rather than Jimi Hendrix in his hayday.
Perfectly fit for anything you might have planned this summer, don't get too slow and grab a copy over at Juno or your preferred store before they're gone.