Tony H - Piano Ain't Easy (Viva Recordings)

Viva welcomes the return of Tony H — the Panamanian sensation — with a club-primed new double A-side single. As the proprietor of his Late Night Munchies and Munchies After Dark imprints, as well as regular supporting slots with the biggest DJ names touching down in Panama, Tony H — AKA Anthony Henderson — has developing a growing global following. His popular mix series — The Drive-Thru — can be heard each month, inspiring an ‘every 4th Wednesday’ club event. Recognizing Tony H’s talent and this pair of killer tracks, Viva was eager to bring him back on board the label.

The single opens with the moody “Piano Ain’t Easy” and its steady, snapping rhythm and percussive effects. The proverbial piano enters with Detroit-inspired chord play, occasionally filtered and cut-up to match the beats. This one’s for peak time at the dance den. On the flip side, “Fool Me Once” takes a deeper path with swirling pads, a crisp drum track, and a beguiling vocal hook. The track is sublime, introducing arpeggiated melodies, dark background stabs, and spacious reverb hits as it progresses. The late night just got a whole lot later.

Laurent Garnier (F Communications) – “Superb deepness – will play for sure.”
Vanilla Ace (Toolroom) – “Nice summer vibes.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “Super Dope. Will push.”
Red Rack’em (Bergarac) – “Digging Piano Ain't Easy - will play at this big outdoor party I am playing on Saturday, this will really fit.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) – “A classy, jazzy house cut.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Fool Me Once is superb! Heavenly bassline.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Smashing new pair of tracks from Tony H. Stunning house music right here.”
George Joseph John Flores (Sol Sundaze) – “Killer EP! Deep stuff.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective) – “I love Fool Me Once. Cool tracks.”
Franksen (You FM Clubnight Radio Show) – “Just spot on. Easy instant classic tunes. Great release, fulla vibes and honest groove!”

Available Now From: Traxsource, Bandcamp, Beatport, And Spotify.

Kohib - So Good (Discomix) [Beatservice Records]

As a longtime member of the Tromsø electronic music scene, the multi-faceted Kohib has acted as a club organizer, DJ, and prolific producer. Since debuting on Beatservice’s Prima Norsk 3 compilation Kohib has released numerous singles and EPs as well as the album Make Fire and its remixed companion. In addition to club-focused tracks for Beatservice, Sprechen, Cibicaldi, and SpinSpin NYC, Kohib is also proficient in headier electronic styles. In that vein, his album track “Hear This” appeared on the Buddha Bar XIV compilation.

A highlight of 2012’s Solar Day EP was “So Good,” a fiery dance-floor stomper with Dagny on vocals — before she released her worldwide super-hit “Backbeat.” Kohib decided to test out a newly constructed studio set-up by revisiting “So Good” for one of his renowned Discomixes. It’s a shameless and irresistible dance version that’s twisted and funky, pulling in elements from disco, ‘80s synth pop, and modern house music sounds. Accompanying this stunner is a remix from Reggie Got Beats, the latest addition to the Beatservice roster. This ‘b-side’ mix complements Kohib’s version with extra funk and rhythm action, giving lucky DJs a tough choice for their sets. Might as well play both!

Vanilla Ace (Toolroom) – “Cool disco flava.”
DJ Sabo (Sol Selectas) – “The Reggie remix is funky.”
Mat.Joe (Mother Recordings) – “This is dope!”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “I Love this!”
K-Zan (Radio Galaxie FM) – “2 great versions. Full support!”
Cabaret Nocturne (MFR / Nein) – Italo Disco Power! I lke this revival.”
Belabouche (Midnight Riot) – “Reggie Got Beats Remix for me!”
SimonG (Volcano Radio) – “As the title says, so good … Nice, funky, and floor ready.”
Richard Hardcastle (Solid State) – “So good indeed! Reggie’s funkier take does it for me. Killer production and hooks on both.”
Bruce Tantum (XLR8R) – “Cute little tune. Digging both sides a LOT!”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Beatport, Apple Music, And Spotify.

ThrillHammer - Bohemian Berlin Disco (Hardkiss Music)

ThrillHammer is a musical hybrid created by the Silk Road Truckers' frontman, Coltorious, and DJ/producer Duserock.

After the tragic murder of Anthony "Bubbles" Torres, Coltorious approached Duserock about collaborating on a track that he and Bubbles were writing. This spawned the single "Bohemian Berlin Disco." ThrillHammer performed the song on the main stage at Gay Pride 2018 in San Francisco as a special tribute.

A San Francisco anthem in the making, there are remixes from a cross section of local dance music producers. The original version by Colton (Coltorious) and Ryan (Duserock) lunges forward with fury. Video and audio collagist Dtek offers up the delightful TheShoplifters Remix. Gavin Hardkiss and Ryan trick out TheShoplifters version in the G&R Dub. Gavin then takes an acid direction with his late night excursion. Manny Alfarez (Monarch and The Great Northern) and Phil Rene Collis (Bachelors of Science), in their Sleight of Hands guise, spawn the Sleight of Hands Remix.

Draw your own conclusions from the song’s lyrics, but there’s certainly enough to entertain the new, the old, and the fabulous from the Castro, the Tenderloin, and the Marina. There's something here for everyone.

Fondly remembered, Bubbles left skid marks and scandals everywhere he visited. His Facebook videos from Berlin, London, Santa Fe and festivals and nightclubs in California are testimony to his unabandoned quest for freedom. Although his murder is unsolved, and the perpetrator has not been caught, Bubbles’ music lives on in this release on Hardkiss Music.

Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “This is fun!”
DJ Schugar (Whiskey Pickle) – “This is great! Love the vibes.”
Trotter (Royal Soul Records) – “Nice one guys. TheShoplifters Remix is really dope!”
Kirby (Nordic Trax) – “Cool remix by Gavin. Twisted Disco!”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Awesome on so many levels. Love this.”
Jon Fugler (Fluke) – “An absolute cracking selection. A great original to work from here.”
Christian Homan (RTE Pulse show) – “Quirky, and all the better for it.”
Ken Liu (Broad Street Bait & Tackle) – “Been waiting on this for a second. Loving the whole thing, and I’ll probably play the Sleight of Hands Remix.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Another winner from Hardkiss … Powerful.”
Mikebee / Mike Battaglia (Vinyl Dreams) – “Thanks for this. Bubbles is missed by myself and everyone over here at Vinyl Dreams. Glad to see this finally see the light of day, and the remixes are great!”

Available Now From: Junodownload, Spotify, iTunes, And Amazon Music.

Vinny Villbass Moneymaker (Sloth UK Remixes) [Beatservice Records]

Vinny Villbass is one of the long-time driving forces behind the Norwegian club scene. In addition to an extensive list of club nights and house parties on his conscience, he is 1/3 of the crew behind the renowned Oslo club night Sunkissed and initiator of the Norwegian web-portal OsloClubCast, building ties between the clubs, DJs, and producers of Oslo.

As a DJ, Vinny Villbass is known for his exceptional groove and timing as a result of 15 years behind the decks, mostly in Scandinavia, but also as a resident in Berlin as well as New York City. As guitar and synth player in diskJokkeBand, Vinny’s musical experience reaches far beyond his DJ and vinyl junkie exploits. Also a master of acoustics, Vinny’s production skills front his very own trademark sound of house music. He has releases on labels such as Eskimo Recordings, Trunkfunk, and Afro Art, and a long history of remixes. Lately he has been remixing Norwegian bands as diversions from his daily studio focus, as collected on Beatservice’s Diversions remix-compilation.

Vinny’s “Moneymaker” was a standout track on the Prima Norsk 4 compilation, alternately released as its own single in 2017. It’s a slinky house groover with vocals from King Midas singer Ando, tailor-made for late night action. British dance music legend Peter Hurst, AKA Sloth UK, has remixed the track into a dubby, percussive masterwork that has ‘instant classic’ written all over it. Cheekily titled the Queen’s Lead Hat Remix, Sloth UK has provided a full-on vocal mix and a potent instrumental, both ready to do serious dance floor damage. Get down!

Dutchican Soul (Strictly Rhythm) – “Love this track! Will be playing this out.”
Lenny Fontana (Ministry of Sound) – “Feeling this. I will play it.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “I like it. Right funky.”
DJ Harri (Sub Club) – “Both remixes are great. Will play and support.”
Flash Atkins (Paper Recordings) – “Vinny Villbass can shake his moneymaker at me anytime!”
Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros) – “Norwegian disco of the highest order!”
Lee Jones / Country Gents (Buslife) – “Instrumental really rocks. Thanks for this.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “Ace stuff here. Love the slightly sleazy loose feel to this one, plus the vocals add a really cool twist. Top beats!”
Richard Hardcastle (All Out War Radio Show) – “Straight up fire!!”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel, Sydney) – “Sweet groovy tune! Love the percussive parts and the flow of it. Will definitely play.”

Available Now From: Beatport, Bandcamp, iTunes / Apple Music, And Spotify.