Having by now fully exhausted the first part of Luv Shack's summer themed series, we're now ready for part two. Lee Stevens & Domino's "Vacances En Afrique" kicks begin with a seven-minute opus - all live bass, floating vocals, bongos and bongs. Burnin Tears' "Confessions (ROTCIV remix)" ups the pace by diving straight into a clever blend of raw acid and shimmering Balearica, DJ Rocca revisits some '90s warped organ vibes on "Ring Bell" and blends them with a strong electronic bassline. Finally things end on a moody note with the tough underground pump of "Struggle (Radio Diffusion remix)".
For those with an interest in the lefttield side of European disco, the recent renaissance of legendary Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli has been an exciting development. For those outside of Northern Italy, Baldelli remained a marginal figure for many years. Although he - and, it could be argued, compatriot Beppe Loda - invented the cosmic disco sound in the late 1970s and early 80s, it's only in the last decade that the sound has been celebrated across the globe. This collaborative EP with fellow Italian spinner DJ Rocca is his first release since 2009. It sees the duo give contemporary nudisco a fresh new twist, adding obvious Italo, cosmic and old skool electro influences. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead track "RoBa Che Scotta", where the veteran duo add simplistic, stargazing melodies to a rough, appregiated groove. There's beauty within the heavy analogue beats and bassline, but they never lose sight of the dancefloor. Ichisan provides a slightly grubbier, disco-centric rework for those who dig straight-up nudisco. The EP finishes with the title track. Similarly melodic and intergalactic in its construction, 'Space Scribble' has an endearing, child-like quality thanks to a sprightly mix of original electro beats, swirling chords and analogue synth riffery. It's a great end to Baldelli's best EP yet.