Australian experimentalist Rory McPike drops a bizarre release on the fast-rising Cult Trip label. The title track kicks-starts the record with slowed down, teased out acid workout, but soon enough McPike is exploring different areas. "Outlaw" is a punky, disco groove underpinned by a doom-laden, Bauhaus-style bass, while "Technocracy" sees this antipodean maverick shift again. It's a chord-heavy affair very much in the European techno tradition of Kanzleramt. Finally, there's "The Rig". It marks a return of sorts to the title track, but on this occasion, the acid lines are based on lithe break beats and pulverising bass tones.
Land Of The Promises (instrumental radio) - (3:24) 125 BPM
Jersey Dreams - (7:07) 100 BPM
The latest audio missive from the impressively enthusiastic We Mean Disco camp comes from 5 Star Disco Patrol. Little info is available about his/her/their identity, but it matters not; all you need to know is that Disco Police is a decent first outing. The deep house-meets-deep disco flex of "Spirit Of The Night" kicks things off, before the tempo dips on the early Parliament style party funk flex of "Fire Fighters". Punchy disco percussion and steel drum melodies are the order of the day on "Final Path", while "Final Promises" offers an instrumental, flute-heavy disco-house take on Joe Smooth classic "The Promised Land". Finally, there's a deliciously dubby rub of a slow-disco classic previously reworked by the Idjut Boys in the early noughties.
Shake It Up (feat Alicia Blue Eyez Smith - extended 12 version) - (7:32) 88 BPM
Cosmic Jam (extended 12 version) - (7:02) 111 BPM
Throughout the latter half of the noughties, musical fusionists 7 Samurai made regular appearances on G.A.M.M and Poets Club Recordings, delivering reworks and original tracks that somehow joined the dots between jazz-dance, dub, deep house, soul, hip-hop and Latin beats. Here the duo returns on France's Favorite Recordings with their first new material for well over four years. Flipside "Cosmic Jam", dedicated to Patrick Forge, is arguably the pick of the two tracks, with rich Rhodes riffs and Herbie Hancock style space synths riding a dubby, rolling deep house groove. That said, Alicia Blue Eyez Smith hook-up "Shake It Up" - a loose, twinkling chunk of cosmic disco inspired dub-soul fusion - is pretty darn tasty, too.