Bordello A Parigi's long-running Riviera Disco series is undeniably nostalgic in outlook, serving up new music inspired by imaginary European beach holidays in the early-to-mid-80s. That's not meant as a criticism, as the music is invariably superb. This sixth installment delivers plenty of sparkling, retro-futurist thrills, from the tactile, slightly melancholic synth-disco shuffle of John Parsley & Jack Pattern's "Sequential Move", to the classic, arpeggios-and-cheery melodies of Luca Dell'Orso's ZYX style Italo-disco bubbler "Wave No. 3". Those fantasizing about sweaty, late night dances in sticky, sea front clubs should head for the muscular grooves, druggy arpeggios and spacey melodies of Daniel Kyo's "Cami De Pinedo", and the eyes-closed bliss of Mystery of Science's luscious "Planet of Love".
Originally released back in 1997, Slipotika remains DJ Slip's finest hour. Although the underground US producer has recently resurfaced on Brooklyn imprint Thema, this release shows why he became so well regarded. From the slamming, raw looped techno of "Broken Cake" - a visceral reminder of how vital this approach could sound - to the stripped back minimalism of "Railyard Sunset" and the wiry, glitchy electro of "Spice" and "Change Your Head", with their echoing drums, into the deep and eerie techno groove of "Streetwalker", this collection has not lost any of its vitality. It also provides a vital snapshot of the American electronic music underground during the 90s.