It's three years since Craig Smith and Graeme Clark impressed with One Night In The Borough, a landmark album that epitomized all that was good about the cut-and-paste, disco-sampling deep house scene of the time. This sophomore set offers more of the same, delivering tracks that ride a range of tempos in their trademark deep, loopy, hypnotic and pleasingly baggy style. While there are plenty of surprisingly supple, heavily electronic uptempo cuts on offer (see "Feel", the disco rush of "In Your Arms" and the classic, Frankie Knuckles-ish US house of "Read My Mind"), they're still at their best when operating at a slower tempo, as the deliciously jazzy "Walk Away" and sensual throb of "Through The Night" neatly prove.
Alien Disco Sugar sounds like the kind of thing we'd like in our tea: "two lumps at least please!". Here we get a bunch of slick disco rejigs evenly divided between the '70s and '80s. "Gimme Your Love" and "African Love Song" cover the former with rolling soulful grooves and raw, Afrocentric gospel-funk respectively. Then we hit the '80s with "Records Keep Spinning" reworking "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life", and Gino Soccio's masterpiece "Dancer" getting a glorious extending.
Australian disco-house-electrofunk fusionist Brevil has been a busy boy over the last couple of years; in 2013 alone he released no less than seven singles on his digital-only Electric Larry imprint. Here he delivers his first EP of 2014, a curiously off-beat saunter through contemporary deep house with his usual synth-funk, R&B and disco influences. Check the pitched-down male vocals and odd guitar solos of "High Pressure", or the swung, jaunty synth bass and celebratory disco vocal samples of opener "Give Me The Funk". Best of all, though, is the hypnotic, delay-laden late night bounce of "Brown Love" - a midtempo treat blessed with more classic vocal samples that sounds primed for peaktime plays.
"It all started in 1974 with the purchase of my first Mini Moog and another 70's dream machine,
a white Mellotron M 400." So starts Klaus Hoffmann of his 40 years love affair with the Mellotron. Moving from Prog-Rock guitarist to Cosmic Disco warrior in a space of a few years, the birth of Cosmic Hoffmann would
lead to a number of classic Kosmiche albums through-out the 1980s. Before this though came Space-Disco. Initially recorded in 1978 after endless late night sessions exploring the new realms of this free form electronic music, the first incarnation was recorded live to tape for a failed film project. An uplifting spaced-out synth journey, it was the later reworked version that would go on to become the lost cult classic. With added disco syncopation taking the track into interstellar spheres, it appeared only as a flipside of Cosmic Hoffmann's first and last single,
"Weltraumboogie", in 1982. Unfortunately the release did not make much impression at the time but has become highly sought-after for the more leftfield DJ and music lovers in the years since. Now fully licensed and remastered, the inclusion of the unreleased 1978 Original will be only add to the collectors dream.
The Remedy (TwoDirty instrumental) - (6:18) 113 BPM
The Remedy (Caserta Knows The Cure remix) - (5:45) 118 BPM
The Remedy (Grey Area remix) - (5:51) 118 BPM
The Remedy (Duu Ben remix) - (6:03) 113 BPM
Having first dropped on fluorescent yellow vinyl back in November, Dirtytwo's baggy, string-laden Razor 'N' Tape debut, "The Remedy", finally makes it to digital download. The original - a tactile US garage-influenced deep house take on Diana Ross's disco classic "Love Hangover" - is joined by a quartet of similarly classic-sounding remixes. DirtyTwo throw in a few more original disco elements on their TwoDirty Remix (which, incidentally, also comes in instrumental form), Caserta drops some piano house riffs and booming garage bass on his rework, while Grey Area go all Balearic on their deliciously saucer-eyed version. Finally, Duu Ben sprints back towards the disco on his chunky, percussive interpretation.