Having already carved a decent name for himself in the nu-disco universe, 80s Child (aka Danny Worrall), now turns his hand to running labels. Masterworks is his new imprint, and this eponymous compilation is its debut release. It's a total all-you-can-eat buffet of contemporary disco, featuring a whole host of familiar names. There are a whopping 23 tracks on here, some of the best include Tomas Malo's sultry grinder, "After The Rain", Yam Who?'s bouncy sunkissed disco joint "Find Out" and the digi-freestyle breaks of TV's "Love Situation".
There's a touch of the Clash Of Titans here, with prominent Brooklyn re-edit label Razor N Tape recruiting James Baron (Ron Basejam/Crazy P) for a heavyweight nu-disco release. Baron doesn't disappoint either, delivering three tough disco housers that touch on 80s electro-boogie ("Love Don't Wait"), soulful gospel ("Someday") and loopy, filtered funk ("We Supply").
With the Ladykillers EP being his third EP under the YSE Saint Laur'ant moniker, it seems that Ant Plate (Rhythm Plate/YSE) seems to be growing more and more accustomed to the guise. That's good news for us and fans of high quality laid back palm tree disco jams everywhere. There are four tracks here, each of which takes a different direction, from filtered slo-mo disco-house loops ("Ghetto Woman") to weirded out samples over hypnotic shuffles ("Psychodelic Woman"), but our fave is the breezy, disco-drenched yacht rock of "Crying Woman".
Having fallen to earth some years ago, Alien Disco Sugar have now been well and truly assimilated into Earth's culture. Ok, at least Earth's disco culture (it's the moniker of veteran Greek DJ Leonidas), and here he presents us with four more of his world-renowned edits. "Don't Stop" is good wholesome pop-disco, "Love Connection" is an upbeat boogie-down and features a flute solo, "My Number & Dime" is killer '80s electro-funk and things wrap up nicely with the squelchy low-slung bass groove of "Nobody (You and I)".
Ricky Bonewell's music on the Slowburner EP incorporates three vintage songs re-edited into sinuous and percussive grooves. "Edit Your Love" is all dark sweaty basement bass and fierce percussion breaks, "Itadi" is throbbing late hip grinder and "Slowburner" is all dreamy dreamy synths and slo-mo bottom end, a beautifully seductive closer.
Portuguese producer Alkalino has a nice lifestyle in Munich, dividing his time between DJing at exclusive venues, composing original music and re-editing forgotten favourites. For his first outing of 2015, it's the latter side of his output that takes centre stage. Fireplug boasts two more high-grade re-edits with his usual subtle house shuffle. Virtual A-side "Makes Me Ready" is a suitably classy and subtle rearrangement of a slap bass-wielding deep boogie gem, with glassy-eyed synths and soulful vocals taking centre stage. Meanwhile, "Ghetto Blues" is infectiously Balearic - all baggy grooves (solidified by additional percussion), hazy jazz guitar solos and sun-kissed acoustic guitars. Blissful and dancefloor-friendly: a perfect combination.
Poor Loz Goddard, it must be a nightmare having a name that virtually everyone misreads as 'lolz'. Still, when it comes to this prolific young Mancunian's productions it's certainly no laughing matter. Here we catch him flexing his re-edit skills on four tracks for Editorial - "TJB" kicks things off sounding like an explosion at a Shalamar wine bar gig circa 1983 (if you're into sharp soul, that's a very good thing indeed) while "Sliced N Diced" is deep percolating house, "Shakedown" is thumping party funk and "You're The One" is warm and fuzzy filtered disco-house.
Mysterious Parisian disco-house maestro KS French, has rustled us up three more slices of what he does best as part of his ongoing Super Groove series. "The Fuzz" kicks things off with some beguiling, guitar echoes, elastic basslines, and a sleazy, hissy thump, "Make Me" does its own thing and goes slow, opting instead for dreamy, filtered Balearica-meets soul and lastly "We On It" closes the show with some classy 70s hotel bar-style grooves.
Having focused exclusively on digital releases for its first six years, leading Mexican disco/house/Italo fusionist label Electrique has decided to press this 80th EP to vinyl. Happily, it's also available as a digital EP. An all-star concoction featuring various label regulars, it variously touches on bleep-heavy deep house (La Royale and Pato Watson's bleep-heavy "Gravy"), dirty analogue electronics (a trippy and fuzzy offering from Max Jones), rubbery machine funk (Gameboyz), throbbing heads-down fare (Bufi, Eddie Mercury) and Latin-tinged analogue disco (Juan Soto & Rocco Desentis). Best of all, though, is Thomas Jackson's Lee Scratch Perry-sampling "For The Junkies", a prize slice of fuzzy, Prins Thomas-ish organic disco.
Nu-disco chiefs Situation are back on DJ Butcher's Chopshop imprint, having sowed their musical oats with a selection of other labels. The Johnny Disco EP, though, shows how at home they are with this label, providing us with an epic so ambitious, it's split into two mammoth parts. "Johnny Disco Part 1" is a light-headed raw disco jam, replete with flowing guitar licks, incessant percussion and loopy keys. "Part 2" ups the energy with disco party claps and new wave-inspired synth lines. "Maxi Disco" also continues with the electronic theme, being a thrilling Moroder-in-space Italo-disco bomb.
Every now and then Spanish disco maverick Rayko gets the time to release some of his in-demand edits on his own label, Rare Wiri Feelings. Maybe it was the Christmas lull, but he's found the time again, and here we have On The Beat. The title track cruelly, but beautifully, teases out B. B. & Q. Band's "On The Beat" to heavenly effect, "Satisfaction" is a moody glam stomp and "Sneak Preview" is slick soul pop, but it's the funk meets Italo-disco of the euphoric "Time Bandits" that's the standout here.
It's a busy week for British nu-Balearica DJ Craig Bratley, what with releasing one of his most popular edits (The Go Go) as well as turning in a new long player, Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" We get 10 tracks here on what is an immaculately produced laid-back ride that channels some cool 70s/80s prog disco vibes. The inclusion of some hip-hop MCs will probably jar with purists of this style but on moments like the proto body music grinder "Birdshell", the sugary Italo-disco of "Hyper Velocity" and the electroclash sleaze of "Obsession", the quality shines through.
Having recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with the Silence V compilation, Vidis's Silence Music rounds-off a year of birthday celebrations with a collection of previously unheard remixes. Ewan Pearson kicks things off with an atmospheric, acid-flecked nu-disco rework of Downtown Party Network's "Space Me Out", before Mugwump and DC Salas weigh in with a thrillingly epic, undeniably druggy version of Leon Somov's "Free" (think trippy, late night electronic disco, and you're close). Elsewhere, Mickey Moonlight impresses with a sparse space-pop version of Mario, Vidis and Ernesto's "Changed", while Balearic types Seahawks steal the show with an ambient dub-meets-acid remix of Kurak's "My Senses".
Bristol's Joe Newman is on a serious '80s tip and, luckily for him, so are Tru Thoughts who have signed him up for an album. While we wait for said long player, here we have a teaser treat in the form of a three track EP. "101 Reasons" is a killer update to that whole mid 80s British 'S(ynth) & B' sound (think Loose Ends, The Limit or early Princess), as is "So Nice (It's Got To Be)", whilst Lady T toughens up that classic lazy p-funk sound. Time to reinvest in some grey leather slip-ons and some Soul Glow!
Hailing from Brazil, Joeblack is on a mission to bring back the good time vibes of 80s electro boogie, and Mullet boss Casio Social Club has now given him the go ahead to continue his campaign with another Mundo Paralelo installment. Although the six tracks here could be accused of pastiche (he even lifts a chorus from Hall & Oates on "Nao Vou Parar"), the excellent production, playing and gifted vocals (made even better by being sung in his native tongue) make these chrome-plated digi-soul jams all his own.
Perhaps better known as one half of Swedish pair Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Mariam The Believer has now also attracted attention as a solo performer due to her album Blood Donation. Some nu-disco heavyweights have recently reworked tracks from the LP, the latest being Wolf Muller. Here we get both his sparse six-minute trippy punk funk remix of the raw "Invisible Giving", as well as his largely instrumental freaky dub mix.
Here's a new missive from a recent signing on Roccodisco - Front De Cadeaux (aka DJ Athome and Hugo Sanchez), an act that has already received support from the likes of Erol Alkan, Acid Washed and Rodion. "Infodrogue" is a deep and slow electro-chugger: brooding and full of suspense. Optimo's JD Twitch also offers up a remix for all those fans of psyched-out dubby EBM out there.
Multi Culti is a label co-run by Tiga's brother Thomas Von Party and Meditative Australian micro-dream-beat producer, Dreems. The latter's productions have already tickled the fancy of artier DJs such as Trevor Jackson and Ivan Smagghe. Now he presents his debut album, In Dreems. It features 14 tracks forming a cohesive narrative via distant, abstract beats, and hypnotic delayed soundscapes that subtly escalate over the course of the album. Highlights include the euphoric shimmer-rave of "Eagle Spirit" and the downer-electro of "The Munros".
Although busy releasing albums and singles, Relish boss Robi Insinna still could not stop himself putting out another label compilation, such was the quality of the stuff he had on his hands. Relish EP Six sees contributions from five different artists whose sound all manages to comply with the Relish vision. Highlights include the doomy new romantic electro-disco of Heretic's "Insurrection", the warped body music of Club Bizarre's "East Side Story" and the jack hammer nastiness of The Mansisters's "SSWS".
Metropolis- is it an actual city or a digital fantasy; a construct formed inside a synthetic brain? Either way this is the soundtrack to a city that exists somewhere. A place that comes alive at nightfall and breathes artificial light until dawn. Where millions of human threads interweave, and a machine conciousness drifts by on the periphery, searching for an intimate connection.