Melvo Baptiste hosts the weekly Glitterbox Radio Show, a place where we celebrate incredible dance music from across the decades. Each week, Melvo is joined by a guest who selects three of their all-time favourite records. You can expect Glitterbox residents, alongside house and disco legends. Never stop dancing.
Compiled for the first time by Melvo Baptiste, the latest instalment from Glitterbox turns disco conventions inside out. Rejecting nostalgia in favour of incredible music that resonates on dancefloors in the here and now, Melvo Baptiste makes his impressive first contribution to the revered Glitterbox series.
Comprising three mixes with over 45 tracks, ‘Glitterbox - This Ain’t No Disco’ spotlights nu-disco, vocal-led and uplifting soulful cuts from the last twelve months. Three remixes from edits kings Dr Packer – Johnny Corporate ‘Sunday Shoutin’’, Soulsearcher ‘Can’t Get Enough!’ and Shuya Okino featuring Navasha Daya ‘Still In Love’ - funk things all the way up, while new versions of two bona fide classics, The Shapeshifters featuring Teni Tinks ‘Try My Love (On For Size)’ and Shakedown ‘At Night’ (Purple Disco Machine Extended Remix) bring fresh magic. Two reworks from Kon, Mousse T. featuring TAZ & Inaya Day ‘Rock The Mic’ and Krystal Davis ‘So Smooth’, both released as singles on Glitterbox Recordings, represent modern disco at its very finest. More upfront highlights include Peggy Gou’s irresistible ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’, Sophie Lloyd featuring Dames Brown ‘Calling Out’ (Floorplan Extended Club Mix) and the unmissable ‘Light You Up’ from Luke Solomon featuring Queen Rose & Amy Douglas (Louie Vega Remix).
Forever paying homage to the golden era legends, Melvo has certainly not overlooked the artists that paved the way. His selections from the vaults include the sacred ‘Ain't No Mountain High Enough’ by Inner Life, written by Ashford & Simpson for a division of Motown in 1967, and in this instance featuring the voice of Jocelyn Brown and mixed by the legend Larry Levan, Ann Nesby ‘Lovin' Is Really My Game’ and Double Exposure ‘Everyman’ (Late Night Tuff Guy Rework), a stunning nod to a Salsoul classic.
Proving that disco is contemporary, sartorial, inclusive, and firmly rooted in the now, this is the soundtrack for a party that prides itself on freedom, fluidity and subversion. This ain’t no disco – not as you know it.
‘Love Injection’ is the latest instalment from Glitterbox Recordings, the one and only 21st century disco. Selected by label boss Simon Dunmore, this 40 plus track compilation showcases the finest producers making disco and dancefloor-ready house cuts in the here and now. KiNK, Purple Disco Machine, Folamour, Midland, CamelPhat and Hot Toddy make up some of the contemporary contingent proving that the disco spirit is alive and well. Simon has also included respectful nods to the golden-era voices of Gwen Guthrie and Kathy Brown alongside the work of production heroes like Marshall Jefferson, Larry Levan and Frank Wilson. Defining the true meaning of ‘dance music’ in 2018, ‘Glitterbox - Love Injection’ is here to move your body and your soul.
Capturing the hedonism of the Glitterbox extravaganza, Glitterbox – Disco’s Revenge is spread over three mixes, selected and curated by founder and label boss Simon Dunmore. Qwestlife’s ‘Give Me A Minute’, The Shapeshifters ‘When Love Breaks Down’, and DJ John ‘Julius’ Knight ‘Find A Friend’ (Dr Packer Remix) are brand new for the compilation. Iconic grooves come in the form of Patrice Rushen ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, Richie Havens ‘Going Back To My Roots’, Whitney Houston ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’ (KCC’s Release The Love Groove Mix) and Debbie Jacobs ‘Don’t You Want My Love’. Giving a subtle nod to the golden era of dance music, Glitterbox – Disco’s Revenge fuses contemporary dancefloor heat with unforgettably timeless grooves, each track being chosen for its ability to create magic on the dancefloor.
Whether you’re a disco connoisseur or a house newbie, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the musical mischief of Glitterbox. The latest album, ‘Glitterbox – A Disco Hï’ marks the party’s summer 2017 Ibiza residency at Hï – the new club from Ushuaïa, in the space formerly known as Space. Encapsulating the flamboyant abandon of the Glitterbox extravaganza, this double-disc mix by founder Simon Dunmore is bursting with all-time house classics, celebratory disco standards, and electro-funk rarities. Daring, different and authentic, ‘Glitterbox – A Disco Hï’ is your soundtrack to good times.
Love Is The Message’ encapsulates Glitterbox’s ethos. Compiled & mixed by Defected Records boss Simon Dunmore, the album showcases the finest disco & house across 2 immaculately-sequenced DJ mixes. Pioneers such as Colonel Abrams & Jellybean Benitez feature alongside the creators of tomorrow’s anthems, like Midland & Kiddy Smile, whilst production powerhouses Masters At Work & Danny Tenaglia rub shoulders with legendary vocalists Jocelyn Brown & Jackie Moore. Two brand new remixes from Glitterbox favourite Dr Packer are exclusive, as is Luke Solomon & Terry Grant’s revision of Red Rack’em.
After lighting up Ibiza for 16 weeks straight at Space during the storied venue’s final season, Glitterbox returns with a new album, 'For Your Disco Pleasure'.
Compiled and mixed by Defected boss and Glitterbox founder Simon Dunmore, this two mix compilation epitomises exactly what to expect when you hit the dancefloor at these unique, spirit-lifting parties. Spanning 40 years of disco, boogie and house, ‘Glitterbox - For Your Disco Pleasure’ is bursting with feel-good music. Untouchable classics from the likes of Chic, Ashford & Simpson and the Larry Levan masterminded NYC Peech Boys harken back to dance music’s roots in glamorous discotheques, whilst productions from Masters At Work, Mousse T. and Henrik Schwarz are sure to evoke happy, hazy memories for house-heads. Soul Clap, Eli Escobar and DJ Koze point the way forward for electronic music rooted in funk and soul, and Lykke Li and Låpsley light the path for pop and dance music’s continuing symbiosis.
After capturing the hearts of all who attended their summer residency at Space Ibiza over the last few months, the island’s most talked-about party, Glitterbox, now distils its unique, accessible and heritage-laden disco, soul and house soundtrack into this expansive release.
Defected presents Glitterbox London is a new mix album from the most talked-about Ibiza party of recent memory, joining the dots between classic and contemporary dance music rooted in soul and disco and celebrating the rich and diverse dance music history of the UK’s capital. Mixed by Defected’s founder Simon Dunmore and featuring some the most inspiring artists from the last 40 years of dance music, including Gwen Guthrie, First Choice, Patrice Rushen, Donald Byrd, Blondie, Breakbot, Moloko, and Purple Disco Machine, Glitterbox London is packed full of both unashamed anthems and hidden gems, and simply sparkles from start to finish.
“Selecting tracks than span 30 years of my DJ career is hardly a chore” says Simon. “Digging through my vinyl and CDs, or even scrolling through my iTunes library, define specific moments of my involvement in the scene. I want the album to reflect all the elements that have influenced me...soul, jazz, funk, disco and house. The challenge is then to make it a cohesive musical journey for the listener.”
“I believe the fact that Glitterbox has been reviewed so enthusiastically is down to the fact that the DJs curating the nights have real skills” says Simon. “They read the crowd and work to real moments in their sets. It is an art that is sadly declining, but it is clear from the reaction this summer how crucial understanding a room and your crowd is to achieving a great night. The album absolutely reflects the party. With both the focus is simply on great music.”
Ahead of a full-length album coming on Glitterbox Recordings, the king of disco re-edits Dr Packer presents four of his versions of soulful dancefloor favourites old and new, giving a flavour of what’s to come from the LP. ‘Different Strokes’ kicks off with a re-rub of the MK-produced LaTrece ‘I Want To Thank You’, itself a house cover of Alicia Myer’s soul classic from 1981. Dr Packer pulls back on the tempo, making way for keyboards that echo the vocal melody and enhanced percussion. Next, he remixes ‘Still In Love’ by Shuya Okino, a contemporary nu-disco classic with gorgeous string instrumentation and a tight guitar riff. In true Dr Packer style, his version has plenty of extra funk, fleshing out the bassline to suit a dynamic disco set. A remix of ATFC’s ‘Bad Habit’ is next, again given the effortlessly laidback, groove-laden Dr Packer treatment. Finally it’s Soul Rebel’s ‘I’ll Be Good’, a vocal house classic from the mid-noughties, reinterpreted masterfully for today’s Glitterbox dancefloor.
One of the most instantly recognisable voices of the last 25 years, Kathy Brown’s hits are up there in the house music hall of fame, ‘Strings Of Life’ with Soul Central and ‘Turn Me Out’ with Praxis being all-time classic tracks. Kathy has a long and prolific history with Defected, who first released ‘You Give Good Love’ in 2002. This jumping new mix from DnA Studios appears on the upcoming ‘Glitterbox - Love Injection’ album compiled by Simon Dunmore. Fulfilling Glitterbox’s ethos for celebrating timeless musical moments, the compilation includes respectful nods to the golden-era voices like Kathy’s, this disco standard being one of the clear highlights.
Fresh off the back of his Glitterbox remix of CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s hit ‘Cola’, Mousse T. drops his first original release on the Glitterbox label, showing off the depth of his production skills in this sparkling genre-binding track ‘Rock The Mic’. Mousse T. enlists the help of artist TAZ, the man who became the first UK rapper to sign to hip hop mecca Def Jam, also earning a prestigious Ivor Novello award nomination for his writing skills. ‘Rock The Mic’ also reunites Mousse with American song writer Inaya Day, best known for her unforgettable vocals on the German producer’s biggest record, ‘Horny’. The catchy hook and toe-tapping groove of ‘Rock The Mic’ intertwine perfectly over smooth strings to make this an irresistible record. The killer collaboration combines hip hop with disco, giving us the best of both worlds. ‘Rock The Mic’ lives up to the hype, delivering six minutes of bliss alongside a percussive remix courtesy of Kon.
Every once in a while a record comes along which is a little bit special, a record which stands the test of time, bringing the same reaction to the dancefloor now as it did all those years ago, ‘Don’t You Want My Love’ is one of those records. Almost four decades after its original release in 1979, the record has become a favourite with the Glitterbox crowds, creating a seminal moment at Ministry of Sound when David Morales dropped it at the party in March 2017. Now Debbie Jacob’s timeless classic lands on Glitterbox Recordings, remastered for digital download in this special package including a re-edit courtesy of disco veteran Dimitri From Paris. The spirit of disco lives on.
A creative partnership between Tom Laroye and Yam Who?, Qwestlife is a trans-continental boogie trip between the two producers’ respective homelands of Paris and London. Fulfilling the Glitterbox philosophy by crafting great songs the old school way with analogue and weird electronic gadgetry, Qwestlife’s ‘Give Me A Minute’ appeared first on Glitterbox’s Disco Revenge compilation and now graces the label for disco connoisseurs everywhere. Featuring the vocals of a frequent Yam Who? collaborator, soul diva Jacqui George, ‘Give Me A Minute’ is an instant party anthem. Disco-fuelled synths and strings plus live sax, trumpet, guitars and bass give a glorious saturated dancefloor vibe rolled into one by sticky hooks and a timeless catchy chorus. This sweet release provides all the good stuff that Qwestlife have to offer.
With musical trends always changing and evolving around us, it’s a testament to the real quality of The Shapeshifters to have sustained a successful career in house music for over 10 years now. After already lighting up dance floors with a recut package of their own anthem ‘Lola’s Theme’ earlier this year, and with Max now absent from production & DJ duties, Simon steps out on his own and returns to Glitterbox Recordings with the brilliant ‘When Love Breaks Down’. This masterpiece has it all; from the funky bassline to joyous brass sections, topped up by warm Rhodes piano and coated in sensuous vocals from London’s own Teni Tinks. ‘When Love Breaks Down’ is another timeless track which solidifies The Shapeshifters place as out-and-out legends of the scene.
Folamour represents the present and future sounds of the disco/house hybrid, staying true to the Glitterbox sonic philosophy. His tracks share the same production values as the timeless records from classic disco imprints in the late 70s; melodies are super-tightly harmonised, instrumentation is lively and the rhythms are designed purely for dance. ‘The Power and The Blessing of Unity’ is almost a mini album, exploring all the facets of Folamour’s sophisticated house and disco tendencies. The title track sparkles with brass stabs and a textbook swinging disco beat, ‘Home Beyond The Clouds’ has doses of uplifting house hooks and percussion while ‘Island Of Recent Father’ breaks things down into synthy house goodness. It’s a real trip.
Ralphi Rosario is a pioneer of house music, kicking off an influential DJ career in Chicago when he was still in high school. The remixes and productions that followed have garnered him #1 Billboard Dance Chart hits as well as more than 20 well-respected years spinning records. He’s an artist who represents the ethos of Glitterbox Recordings, with decades of quality house music history woven into every beat. Also in line with the spirit of the label, ‘Wanna Give It Up’ is a classic track given some very tasteful modern updates, from Full Intention, Dr Packer and Jamie 3:26. Full Intention are first, employing their signature grooving bassline for a very bouncy little number. A suitably funked-up version from disco edits maestro Dr Packer is present and correct, alongside a ‘Disco Party Version’ from Chicagoan Jamie 3:26, amping the party up a further notch with some irresistible clinking percussion and a lazy-cool groove. Finally completing the package is the familiar ‘Légo’s Dub’ from the original release.
Demonstrating Aeroplane’s typically flawless attention to detail and Tawatha Agee’s rich RnB tones, the timeless and soul-drenched ‘Love On Hold’ saw its digital release early in 2017 followed by a 12”. The next natural step was a remix package and who better to do the honours than a disco edit maestro and a world-class alumna at the school of funk.
Not a newcomer to dance music but a fresh face on the disco scene, Birdee wraps his remix powers around ‘Love On Hold’, beefing up the lower levels for a bigger bass impact while still maintaining the pure sweetness of the top line. A Glitterbox resident and all-time favourite of the global disco-loving community, Dimitri From Paris provides a ‘DJ Friendly Re-Touch’, lending itself to disco and funk sets with generous extended instrumental breaks and Tawatha’s vocal in full. Completing the package is Aeroplane’s own ‘Extended Instrumental’, letting the funking bass bridge and sparkling synth stabs do all the talking.
What is there to say about an iconic track like ‘Lola’s Theme’; a song that has transcended time, genres and trends since it was released in 2004. Thirteen years later and still sounding as relevant as ever, The Shapeshifters present a fresh Recut especially for the burgeoning Glitterbox Recordings imprint.
The ‘Recut’ itself, from The Shapeshifters themselves (aka Max Reich and Simon Marlin) is a tougher club version which comes along with a ‘Radio Edit’. Purple Disco Machine gives his customary blissed-out disco vibes, amped up by sumptuously saturated instrumentals and a live, festival feel. German producer Superlover, who is a familiar face on labels such as Suara and Mother, gets creative with the bassline, producing a deeper-reaching remix that still maintains the euphoric feel. Finally, Dr Packer adds instrumentation, filtering the vocal to create the nostalgic, early 2000s feel, brought to a climax by a textbook keyboard solo. Recruiting two seasoned masters of the disco edit and Glitterbox favourites Dr Packer and Purple Disco Machine as well as king of tight grooves Superlover, ‘Lola’s Theme Recut’ is the perfect 2017 update to a timeless work of art.
Sounding like something to come out of Solar Records in 1984, Aeroplane has an instant classic on his hands with this timeless record ‘Love On Hold’. The record embraces Aeroplane’s typically exquisite attention to detail, resulting in a perfect blend of disco, 80s funk and boogie. Seductive, refined and built on a meticulous groove, the track unites textbook instrumentation from the funking bass bridge to the sparkling synth stabs for a slick and effortless production.
For the vocals to sound truly authentic, Aeroplane tracked down the iconic voice of Tawatha Agee. Not only is Tawatha one of the greatest backing vocalist of our time, singing with Luther Vandross, Kashif and David Bowie to name a few, but she is also the voice of funk legendary band Mtume, singing on their 1983 classic ‘Juicy Fruit’. The credentials of Tawatha’s richly poised voice coupled with Aeroplane’s flawless composition make ‘Love On Hold’ unmissable.
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Providing a taste of what’s to come from the upcoming album Glitterbox – Love Is The Message, this sampler serves up the very best dancefloor-filling beats, balancing classic with contemporary across five glittering tracks.
Up first is a sublime remix of Soul Rebels ‘I’ll Be Good’. Soul Rebels covered the Rene & Angela electro-funk classic back in 2005, and this brand new remix is the first of two EP exclusives from the current king of disco re-edits, Dr Packer. Already a familiar name on the Glitterbox Recordings imprint, Dr Packer specialises in creating glorious upbeat re-works of much-loved favourites. Next up is his brand new remix of King Unique’s anthem ‘Love Is What You Need (Look Ahead)’. Another instant classic, it employs a warm, relaxed beat to give that unforgettable vocal more of a disco vibe.
The third exclusive on the EP, Luke Solomon & Terry Grant’s ‘Disco Revision’ of the seminal ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ reimagines the charmingly bonkers track, smoothing over some of the wonkiest bits but maintaining the disco fever by amping up the shuddering strings.
Holding down the “classic” end of proceedings is Kings Of Tomorrow with ‘Tear It Up’, featuring the heavenly voice of Julie McKnight. Glitterbox is all about those euphoric ‘hands-the-air’ moments, which this track has endlessly. Rounding off this outstanding EP with an irresistible groove, Mike Dunn’s re-work of Gershon Jackson’s ‘Love Desire’ is a certified dancefloor pleaser. If you can’t get enough, there’s plenty more where that came from on Love Is The Message.
The Italian-Belgian producer Vito de Luca - better known as Aeroplane - launches his new alias, Flush, for the inaugural release on Glitterbox Recordings. Flush’s ‘Come Back Baby’ conjures a playful Balearic house sound, playing out with the style of an 80’s electronica groove, and bloomed into one of the summer’s biggest records.
Providing a taste of what’s to come from the upcoming album Glitterbox – For Your Disco Pleasure, this sampler perfectly reflects the Glitterbox Recordings ethos; music with the sole purpose of getting you on the dancefloor. It also serves up a blend of old and new, with some brand new exclusive remixes and a lost classic from 4th Floor Records.
First up is Purple Disco Machine & Boris Dlugosch’s 2016 hit ‘Set It Out’ remixed by Plaster Hands, a new collaborative project between Italian producers Tommy Vee, Mauro Ferrucci, Keller and Paolo Visnadi. The remix takes the summer smash down a couple of BPMs, maintaining the infectious melody but dropping the tempo in favour of a more laidback groove.
Another brand new remix, David Morales’ version of Sonny Fodera’s ‘Feeling U’ featuring Yasmin lifts the track away from its deeper origins, giving it an irresistibly danceable classic house vibe and a glorious synth breakdown, while Yasmin’s gorgeous animated vocals further enhance the natural energy of the track.
RIP Productions aka DJ Omar and Tim Deluxe are behind the third and final track on this Extended Player, with ‘She’s Got’. It’s a classic from 4th Floor Records vaults, featuring the quintessential driving 4/4 beat which sounds just as box fresh now as it did back in the day. It rounds off an EP of three outstanding tracks that will only leave you wanting more.
Introducing the debut release on the brand new Glitterbox Recordings label; a label celebrating the incredible disco, nu disco, soul and classic house records that have made Glitterbox parties the most popular and joyous additions to the clubbing scene over the last few years.
Sharing the Glitterbox nights’ philosophy for supporting artists who really know how to produce uplifting music that stays in your mind for days, Glitterbox’s first release is the much-anticipated Dr Packer remixes of Sure Thing’s the infectious nu disco classic ‘Holding You Tight’. Both Sure Thing and Dr Packer embody the Glitterbox ethos, making feel-good, joyful music that lights up the dancefloor. On the A side is the Dr Packer Remix and Instrumental while on the AA side is Sure Thing’s original Extended DJ Mix, alongside Dr Packer’s Radio Edit and Accapella, completing an essential landmark record to kick off your Glitterbox collection.