Andre Crom‘s OFF label has built up a steady following over the years thanks to their unpredictable wares and party-starting mannerisms. Yet even in the context of their previous releases, their latest release is something else entirely: an altogether different beast that’s their most emphatic for some time.
Much like recent Claptone and Adana Twins fare, Purple Disco Machine tackle the A-side with a sound that’s heavily indebted to old, perhaps not so original samples, with the Isley Brothers’ ”Between the Sheets” (itself sampled famously on Notorious BIG’s ”Big Poppa”) to deliver the dancefloor gumption. Even so, the track is still a sure fire dance floor winner, with the sample still treated with a respectful reverence and paired with a cannily placed tech-house beat. As the press release proclaims, it really is ‘one for the beach and the club’.
On the B-side, UK producer James Silk turns in a wonderful slice of funk, with Judy Clay and William Bell’s ”Private Number” the track that’s utilised to great effect this time around. Much like its bigger brother, it too is the perfect accompaniment to a day out in the sun. Sure, the samples aren’t the most difficult to source, but it’s how they’re manipulated with such effect that makes OFF’s latest a record to remember.