Stix Records is back with yet another compilation focusing on making reggae versions of soul and disco scorchers. This third edition comes with a variety of producers, including Taggy Matcher, who is onboard as usual and graces the album with three productions.
The nine track set includes both newly recorded material and classics. And among the standout tracks are Mato’s reggae refix of Lucas Arruda & Leon Ware’s funky Melt the Night with its slick guitar work and Taggy Matcher’s version of Inner City’s Big Fun complete with great horns and a memorable synth line. Also included is The Dynamics’ version of Rolling Stones’ disco joint I Miss You with its infectious “oooh oooh oooh oooh and aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah aaah” chorus.
Cool, breezy and funky. Music for laid-back cats.
Following several strong singles and cuts on compilations French producer Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, today probably best known as Taggy Matcher, has finally dropped his debut album Singasong.
Taggy Matcher is a bass player and a guitarist and is an ace when it comes to contemporary groove-oriented music and has successfully merged raw disco and soul with jazz, hip-hop and reggae. He has for example produced a number of fine slices of innovative hip-hop/reggae mash-ups.
The organic Singasong collects eleven tracks and Taggy Matcher continues his long-standing love of recording covers and this set contains versions of tracks by the likes of The Black Keys, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Black Sabbath and Rihanna.
The songs are funky with a discofied twist and the sound is somewhat familiar what Prince Fatty created on Hollie Cook’s excellent second album Twice.
Singer Birdy Nixon takes on Black Sabbath’s crowd-pleaser Paranoid, and does it very well, and LMK does wonders to Rihanna’s No Love Allowed, probably the best cut on the album, complete with emotive horns and pulsating organ.
Definitely a scorcher to be filed next to your worn out copy of Twice.
After last year’s release of Disco Reggae Vol. 1 comes the second edition titled – yes, you guessed it – Disco Reggae Vol. 2. And this new set offers more of the same successful recipe – reggae with a funky disco twist. Sometimes it sounds like a reggaefied version of Daft Punk.
This nine track compilation includes eight new and exclusive cuts from producers like Taggy Matcher, 7 Samuraï, John Milk and Mato. From Grandmagneto comes an already available version of Gloria Jones’ northern soul classic Tainted Love, covered successfully by UK synthpop duo Soft Cell in the early 80s.
All tracks are reggae refixes. Some are versions of smash hit songs, while others are renditions of lesser known tracks. The former includes swaying versions of Herbie Hancock’s jazz instrumental Watermelon Man and Pharrell Williams’ uplifting Happy.
The latter comprises The Joubert Singers gospel-fused funk tune Stand On the Word, this version comes with a dubby electro twist, and Lee McDonald’s soul banger I’ll Do Anything For You, and Mato’s version lies close to the floor-filling original.
This album is definitely not disco, but it’s not straight reggae either. It’s a selection of dance floor anthems carefully crafted with a new vision. The result is a rocking and swinging album with a cool edge.
French producer Taggy Matcher is, along with Bost & Bim, Jstar and Jr Blender, one of my favorite remixers when it comes to mashing hip-hop, soul and funk with reggae, sometimes as mash-ups, sometimes as straight cover versions.
Stix Records has now collected a few of Taggy Matchers productions on a great vintage-styled album, a set that looks and sounds like it was made in the 70s. Disco Reggae collects nine tracks from Taggy Matcher, The Dynamics, Blundetto, Grandmagneto, 7 Samurai and John Milk. These artists all share a love for working in the best spirit of 70s funky reggae.
The set features classic tunes by the likes of Herbie Hancock, The Commodores, The Sugarhill Gang, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Curtis Mayfield, The O’Jays and Harry Nilsson. All served up as dub-infused numbers with lots of discofied funky elements.
Disco Reggae is certainly reggae with a twist. The versions are innovative and creative, but it’s hard, probably impossible, to make a song like Move On Up even better than the original.