When Alaia & Gallo debuted on Soul Heaven back in 2016 with ‘Who Is He?’ the record apparently proved popular on dancefloors during that summer. With Kevin Haden’s vocal covering Bill Withers’ classic ‘Who Is He (And What Is He To You)’, Alaia & Gallo’s take on the soulful house sound resonated with both selectors and the dancefloors they played it on.
The Shapeshifters’ studio skills and dedication to his craft has resulted in singles that possibly stand up alongside golden era disco records as much as they sound fresh on dancefloors today. His relationship with Glitterbox has yielded tracks that epitomise the label’s ethos for preserving disco’s mission to uplift and empower, in particular with his latest release and debut collaboration with the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning Billy Porter, ‘Finally Ready’.
Earlier this year, one of Italy’s Marco Faraone teamed up with Greeko on ‘Armaghetton’ for their Defected debut. The house cut, complete with a full-throttle bassline and hip-house inspired vocal, apparently captured the attention of key tastemakers, with support from the likes of Hot Since 82, CamelPhat and BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, Annie Mac and Pete Tong.
‘Follow Me’ has a more stripped-back feel to previous Fiorious outputs, his vocal back dropped with deep synths and a relaxed groove. Roger Sanchez’s remix opens the package, a fitting artist to take on the duty after remixing the 1992 original. Roger’s mix provides a clubbier feel, with jacking bass and keys.
Casbah 73 makes his Glitterbox Recordings debut with the slice of disco soul ‘Love Saves The Day’. Driven by a soul-filled vocal hook from Angela Goode, the jam’s authenticity possibly lies in its rawness, as it aims to sound like it’s been ripped straight from a 1970s dancefloor while maintaining a freshness for today’s listeners.
Kiddy Smile’s career has gone skyward since he made his debut on Defected in 2016 with ‘Let A Bitch Know’. Traversing the worlds of music and fashion, working with the houses like Balmain, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang, it seems fitting that a fellow of both worlds, Honey Dijon, would now remix his Defected debut for the label’ sdisco counterpart Glitterbox.