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03 Mar 12
Played by: Phunktastike
Review: Here's an unlikely combination: synth-heavy nu-disco re-rubs of a bizarrely titled dubstep wobbler from producer A Contrari. How very post-modern! It's little-known producer Serj V who delivers the unlikely combination, a sludgy fusion of Euro-disco arpeggios, bold synths, floppy-haired posturing and odd, cut-up auto-tune vocals. Exactly what it has to do with fish we'll never know, but it has a cutesy kind of appeal. Olej's Deep Lake remix, meanwhile, casts a line into deeper waters, offering up a fluid, downbeat house version that ebbs and flows delicately. It's arguably the more impressive of the two versions, if only for its unflinching dedication to ticklish melodies.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Martin Brodin
09 May 13
Played by: Mark Knight, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), P A U L I E, Fredeverything, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 2 Good Souls, Lesale, Disco Doubles
Review: The fantastically named A/Jus/Ted - veteran producers Justin Strauss and Eddie Mars on a collaborative tip - make their debut on Under The Shade. "A Brighter Light", featuring the treacle-thick soul vocals of Jeremy Glenn, sits somewhere between electro-soul, early Chicago house and Balearic nu-disco. As you'd probably expect from the soul-minded Strauss, the resultant track is effortlessly soulful, quietly uplifting and brilliantly produced. The same could be said of the more instrumental Re A/Jus/Ted remix, which blends skittering proto-house rhythms and electrofunk dub elements with woozy modern deep house. Like the original, it's excellent.
20 May 13
Played by: Downtown Party Network
Review: Somnambulant sonic flavours abound as NY house duo make their debut on Southern Fried with "Stay Up Here". Swaying with delicate pianos yet pumping with a prominent acid hook and sparkling with Miss Bee's lush vocal, it's deep without any danger of limpness. Remix-wise both Bonar Bradberry and The Rhythm Odyssey deliver the goods. Bonar spaces things out a little and adds a trippier, more yearning edge to the groove while The Rhythm Odyssey (AKA Dean Meredith from Chicken Lips) dub-funks out the whole affair with a powerful synth bassline. Lovely.
21 Jun 10
Played by: John Clements
22 Aug 11
21 Sep 09
23 Apr 10
Played by: Bonar Bradberry
Review: Your Disco Needs You bring some retro disco shine courtesy of AAA presents SGT Lovebody. "Crystal Skies" lets an upbeat and wildly funky bassline lead the way as jazzy piano keys join in the ride. "Tumble Down" has a solid percussive backbone to which more piano motifs are cast alongside slick grooves.
08 Apr 13
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20 Oct 12
21 Aug 11
Played by: Q-Burns Abstract Message, Kid Who, DJ Steef, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Agoria
Review: Abstraxion may hail from France, but you'd be forgiven thinking he was Italian on this stomping, discofied romp. Rather than the clunky beats of a lot of the current retro Chicago house music, "Jus Acid" positively steams ahead with the kind of propulsion that made Italo disco so popular, and it works here a treat. On the remix tip, In Flagranti take things on a more cosmic house tangent, while Jacque Renault slopes in with a weird, discordant and utterly brilliant take. All three have their merits, but Renault wins out for pitching the perfect creepy late night vibe.
20 Feb 12
Played by: Lou Teti
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05 Apr 13
08 Apr 13
Played by: Inigo
04 Apr 13
04 Mar 13
Played by: Cloned In Vatican!, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, Permanent Vacation, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Dixfisical
Review: Internasjonal pull a curveball with the delightful afro house stylings of "Tembezi" from the unheralded Ackin'. Featuring the poignant vocal talents of M. Akamatsu, there are multiple charms to "Tembezi" which brandishes the sort of richly textured rhythms and melancholic piano improvisations that can't help but encourage the movement of feet. This being an Internasjonal release there is an accompanying Prins Thomas remix that winds down the tempo to a more cosmic level without losing any of the original's tinkling delights, but our favourite thing about this release is the final remix from 3 Chairs originator Marcellus Pittman. Adopting a bumpier note, Pittman's talent for crafting emotive synth melodies and dubbed piano chords shines through with positively incandescent results.
30 Nov 09
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17 May 12
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Stan Tropic, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, Trujillo
Review: Since appearing on Nang back in 2009 with the well-received "Free Flight" single, Russian duo Acos Coolkas have quietly built a name for themselves as a reliable source of melody-driven nu-disco. This EP for regular home Theomatic holds few musical surprises, but there's still plenty to admire. With its warm Rhodes chords, bright synth melodies and head-nodding midtempo grooves, "Solar Wind" is every bit the stargazing nu-disco groover its name suggests. "Planetarium" slows the pace further, sounding like a Russian take on Krystal Klear or Bestboygrip. A pleasingly melodic EP draws to a close with "Lunokhod 2", a bubbling chunk of intergalactic disco.
14 Oct 11
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Pete Dafeet, Subsoil Recordings, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Billy Bogus, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Golden Fleece, Superbreak, Brothers' Vibe, Hot Toddy, Roberto Rodriguez, Tom Lown (Acryl/Um Records/Lmd), Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Fernando, Mighty Mouse, Dirty Mckenzie, Antek, Denny Loco, Rubba J, Leg Jazz, Stephane Deschezeaux, Silver City
Review: This great value five-tracker sees former Swedish Brandy producer Opolopo launch a new moniker, Actual Proof. Musically, it offers a slightly more varied diet than his previous work, variously touching on deep house futurism (the rather quite spellbinding "Huff & Puff"), bubbling, sub-aquatic deepness (two excellent mixes of future late night staple "Hubble") and gritty, stripped-back disco/deep house fusion (two dubby versions of lead cut "The Grit"). As usual, it's all immaculately produced, offering the sort of far-sighted but groove-centred deepness that always impresses dancefloors. This boy will go places.
26 Dec 12
28 May 12
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Cloned In Vatican!, Alexander Robotnick, Kerry And Casio, Martin Brodin
Review: You remember Adamski, right? He's the keyboard wizard who launched the career of Seal with rave anthem "Killer", before vanishing into obscurity via a series of attempted comebacks. Here he is, back again, with a piano-bashing, in-your-face, synth-heavy nu-disco burner that samples a familiar, 80s electro-era vocal. Attar remixes, taking the track further into student haircut disco-rave territory. Sweaty. Arguably better still is the cut-up synth silliness of "Wot Happened To U", a kind of Italo/Hi-NRG/electrofunk/rave hybrid. Blackjoy provides a brilliantly fuzzy, MDMA-tinged remix, while Mirror People contribute a chunky nu-disco version. Worth checking!
23 Jan 13
12 May 10
Review: Having made a tantalising appearance on the excellent Music From Mathematics, Late Invitation make their debut release with three live tracks of retro-vintage, house and boogie. Lost Brother, Crouch Dash and Millipede are a three piece outfit from Liechtenstein whose crazy names match their onstage attire. They have built their own, inimitable style that wafts in and around deep house but in a nu-disco, dubby, stepping kind of way. The title track is a warm piece of jacking, disco house led by fat, fuzzy kicks and smudged synth keys. Adding more charm, you cannot help but love the wonderfully simple piano that drops in halfway through. It is "The Late Invitation Theme" however, the track that appeared on the aforementioned Mathematics CD, where the low end beefs up in spectacular fashion. As the deep sub bass calmly squeezes along, warm synth stabs ease into the mix alongside a blissful guitar motif. Meanwhile "Thus" stretches itself out into an eight minute plus, vintage boogie edit. Full of warmth and emotion, this is a track perfectly suited to the morning after the night before.
28 Feb 13
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