Scott 'Robot 84' Ferguson has previously worked with Yam Who man Andy Williams, but has apparently gone solo on this first single since 2013. Dedicated to the more electronic side of disco - with clear house and Balearic influences, of course - Ferguson drops a trio of floor-friendly gems for Paper Disco. The title track is the real killer, with appealing synth melodies and woozy, near Balearic chords riding a hard-wired, Italo style arpeggio. "Automatic" is a bouncy nu-disco number with clear deep house influences and more analogue-sounding synthesizers, while "Ego" sees him explore the world of classic dub house via ricocheting
Fresh from the runaway success of his brilliant "Sunny Bigler" single, Leon Sweet has been installed as the man behind the decks for the second volume of Paper Disco's Trash The Wax series. Sweet's two-hour DJ mix is excellent, of course, but it's the unmixed tracks - a combination of unheard bits and recent Paper gems - that make this compilation essential. Expect a range of re-edits and original tracks that variously touch on nu-disco, Italo, boogie and, of course, house. Highlights are plentiful, and include a trippy slow acid version of The Balearic Beat Boy's "Waiting For Me", a typically rubbery mid-80s soul re-cit from 80s Child, and a killer, filter-heavy rework of Melba Moore by Neil Diablo.
Secret Life's first release of the year, the Standing On My Own EP by The Ball And The Wall (Danish/American producer/musician Noah Rosanes) is well worth the wait. There are two original tracks here - the Fiest-like folky piano-pop of the title track which is surely destined for a sofa advert on your telly soon, and "So Good" which in total contrast is all deep, synthy soulful electronica. Richard Norris's remix of the former is sultry electro-house, whilst the Balearic Gabba Soundsystem turn the latter into bleepy Miami Vice sunset music.
The Drop Out Orchestra massive make an appearance outside of their more familiar Drop Out label and land most vertically on Germany's Peppermint Jam with a four-pronged house affair for the weekend evenings. "I Got It" is a soulful, disco-leaning romper-stomper with classy vocals by Yvette and all that stringy goodness you'd come to associate with the 70's. The tune is rewired by HIMWOL into a funky house number and by Gary Baldi into an 80's electro kinda jam. You also get an instrumental of the original, naturally...
The third release on Sam Pauli's Chapter 24 label finds the London-based producer teaming up with Paul Nolan as well as going it alone on this four-track release. Pauli's "Implications" is a warm, emotive tech house cut with plenty of playful synth action at its heart, while the collaboration with Nolan, entitled "Start Over", takes a more introspective approach that leans towards gentle techno with a spiritual edge. Jonas Saalbach takes to "Implications" and edges a healthy dose of restrained drama into the melodic content, while Rashid Ajami turns "Start Over" into a mysterious, Eastern influenced brood-machine.
Having originally appeared on last year's Shakedown 3 album, "True Love Survivor" now gets a new breath of life in remixed form. Freemasons have an innate understanding of hitmaking and here they've selected producers guaranteed to do their hit justice. First up the Future Classic mix is a titanic hands-in-the air, synth-drenched summery Euro-pop-house explosion that utilises Solah's huge vocal melodies to devastating effect. Elsewhere Beth Yen drops a killer dirty tech house jam, and Xaanthi goes trancey sunset Italo-disco and finally Vincent M delivers some airy prog-pop to wrap things up perfectly.
After an impressive appearance on the excellent Rawax household, Rhythm Factory turns up on New York's mytical Nervous label - going string since the early 90's and always delivering the highest calibre of house and disco bombs - with four hip-jerking licks straight from the source. There's jazzy influences in there and plenty of sampling goodness, of course, but it's that swinging groove structure which truly stands out in the mix! "Jam Is Pumpin'" has to be the favourite on here, where a dubby bass drum pounces away amidst broken vocal chops and swamped low-ends. Quality house music for the big room!
Stuart Ojelay has been keeping himself busy releasing quality deep and funky house on a number of independents over the last few years and it was only a matter of time before he'd pop up on the fledgling Vudu imprint. This time it's a one-track affair in the form of "Hey If You Wanna", a bass-heavy funk house grinder featuring the vocal talents of Michelle Manetti amid those mutant swells of UK low-end. Club-ready tool.