Released in December 2010, ‘It’s A Synth’ was the first release from Bedmo Disco Records bosses Sell By Dave and Five-Stylez under the Bedmo Disco moniker (previous releases had come out under the Thumbs Aloft name)
ABOUT THE RELEASE: BEDMO DISCO – IT’S A SYNTH
Following hot on the heels of Bedmo Disco Records’ debut release, the brilliant ‘Disco Grinch’ EP from Cosmic Boogie, comes a brand new three-tracker from label bosses Bedmo Disco – their first EP since 2008.
Since their first 12” under the Thumbs Aloft moniker dropped in 2007 (featuring, as it did, summer dancefloor fave ‘Stick Around’, a sneaky Macca rework), Bristol-based Five-Stylez and Sell By Dave have seen their collective reputation rocket thanks to a string of acclaimed re-edits, many of which have found their way into the CD wallets of the best and brightest the disco and electrofunk scene has to offer. Now, with the launch of their own Bedmo Disco Records imprint earlier in the year, the duo are finally ready to release some of their handiwork.
‘It’s A Synth’ is the first part of what the duo are calling ‘The Bedmo Disco Dubs’ – an ongoing project to rework some of their favourite 1980s boogie, electrofunk, soul and disco faves in the style of some of the decade’s finest editors and producers. So while many other commercially available edits add extra digital kicks and noughties production tricks, these ‘Bedmo Disco Dubs’ do not. These are 21st century versions with an authentic 1980s flavour.
The EP opens with ‘Love Jam’, a slow-burning slice of simmering sexuality that gradually builds towards a face-scrunching climax. It’s already found favour with some of the scene’s best DJs, and it’s easy to see why; with its heavyweight bassline, sparkly pianos and classic production, it’s sex on wax. Or digitally, as the case may be.
Next up is ‘Stone Cold’, a deliciously dubbed-out take on a familiar New York staple that’s divided opinion ever since it was released. The Bedmo Disco version puts more emphasis on the groove, flitting between the best elements of all available versions of the track. A proper dancefloor dub from the old skool.
The EP closes with another much-played Bedmo Disco banger, the acclaimed ‘Down Shep’. Like the Latin Rascals jamming with Joy Orbison at a BB&Q studio session, Sell By Dave’s dub adds some contemporary spice to proceedings whilst sticking true to the principles of the ‘Bedmo Disco Dubs’ project. No wonder it’s been getting some serious plays from the heads.
‘It’s A Synth’ is the first of a trio of Bedmo Disco Records’ releases this autumn. Artwork for the release comes from up-and-coming illustrator Victoria Topping (www.victoriatopping.com), whose next-level sleeve design encapsulates everything that’s great about the EP.