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Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Rotciv, Diskjokke, Gazeebo, Chris Coco, Borgie, Marbeya Sound, Cosmonauts, Drop Out Orchestra, Martin Brodin, Casual Encounters, Booka Shade, The Supermen Lovers, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Bufi
Review: Some would argue that Aeroplane's productions have not been the same since Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano went their separate ways. While Fasano is rebuilding his career as The Magician, De Luca has been left to carry on producing and DJing as Aeroplane alone. Here he brushes aside criticism of his debut album with a debut mix set. It's actually rather good, offering a typically accessible and synth-heavy mix of groovy contemporary disco (Cosmonauts, Drop out Orchestra, Poolside), unreleased exclusives (his own, auto-tune heavy "Save Me Now") and forgotten gems (Stars On 33) that touches on curious Balearica, Italo and punk-disco. This digi version is available in its intended mixed form, but you can also buy the tracks featured individually!
19 May 08
Played by: Cloned In Vatican!
17 Sep 12
Review: Blende has been on the London scene for a few years now, building up a following for his classic electro-disco productions. Now he's got a new EP on esteemed Belgian synth-pop label Eskimo, and he's clearly settled right at home. "Fake Love" is excellently produced electro-pop, not unlike a much more polite Uffie, and with some subtle Chic style chords and a big juicy chorus. Villa chop up and re-skewer the original in their remix, and the humorously titled Chordashians provide a pulsating, arpeggiated and melodic version. The Living Islands supply two versions of their Tropical Doom mix (one's a dub), which isn't that doomy but is a pretty lovely Italo-disco excursion.
28 Mar 11
Played by: Philippos N (Freshit Recordings), Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Los Charly's Orchestra, Cloned In Vatican!, Alexander Robotnick, Richard Rossa, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Tesla Boy, Space Ranger, Trujillo
Review: The Belgian purveyors of esteemed discoteria known as Eskimo revisit Bottin's fine contribution to their recent output - calling in some excellent producers to add their own slant to "Discocracy" and "August". Creme Organisation's Bangkok Impakt commences proceedings with the playful Italo techno reflex of "August" which melds the original's soaring elements with some devilish analogue arpeggios, whilst Relish Recordings' resident unpronounceable Finns Hannulelauri give "Discocracy" a gentle electro rerub. Gomma boss Munk tackles the same track, adding a live yacht rock sensation which slowly transforms into a mid tempo analogue freakout - a most pleasing remix. Bottin himself offers a Coup D'etat rerub of "Discocracy" that is all about those expansive drum pounds! This shiny digital release also comes with a second Bangkok Impact remix of "August" that didn't grace the vinyl version.
07 May 12
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Slow It Down, Juno Recommends Disco, Cosmonauts, Fab Mayday, Martin Brodin
Review: Previously, Mullet faves Casio Social Club have largely delivered sprightly, tongue-in-cheek revisions of '80s electrofunk and synth disco. Here, they pop up on Eskimo with arguably their strongest release to date - a bass-heavy blend of Italo, deep house and tactile Balearic pop that simply twinkles with dancefloor intent. It also features some wonderful piano stabs, too, making it more E'd-up than your average Shoom punter circa 1989. Djuma Soundsystem & Kolombo's "Cherimoya", meanwhile, slows the pace for a similarly touchy-feely blend of sparse nu-disco and eyes-wide-shut electronic soul. Arguably Eskimo's best for some time, and definitely worth investigating.
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Played by: Ray Mang
03 Dec 12
Review: Eskimo Recordings revisit one of their smash hits from last decade and bring in new blood Claptone to drop a pair of remixes like it ain't no thing. This is camp, disco-strutting business of the most unashamed order, with chic guitar licks and crisp layers of percussion unfurling around the central vocal turn, while the core drums keep the track relevant for a club set. The dub version keeps faithful to the first remix, substituting some of the raw vocals for vocoder moments, but otherwise letting the groove do the talking in all its slick, funking glory.
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Review: Drop Out Orchestra's "It Will Never Be The Same Again" first appeared on Aeroplane's In-Flight Entertainment mix in October 2011, and here we finally see a single release on Eskimo Recordings, including a set of remixes from the likes of Moullinex and Punks Jump Up. Moullinex takes the optimistic core of the original and injects some Chicago snare rolls and a rounded, plucking bass line that sits in the back of the throat. Punks Jump Up meanwhile utilise a notable clap drenched in a deadly phase that cuts right through the beat. The vocal hook, fierce piano stabs and soft guitar sounds all dovetail with effortless aplomb, making for a very enjoyable cut that rounds off a fine release.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Fingerman, Doc Martin, Dave Allison, In Flagranti, Alessandro Otiz, Martin Brodin, Thomass Jackson, Italodisko, Monkey Boots
Review: Following his hit remix of Isolee's Beau Mot Plage, Anu Pillai (aka Freeform Five), rode the crest of the noughties electro-house boom. Then he vanished, or rather switched to co-writing pop for the likes of Cheryl Cole and Ladyhawke. Now he's back on Belgium's arty dance label Eskimo and well, it sounds...different. Hooking up with Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, "Weltareh" is a slice of sleek world music with beats (the plucked intro also sounds like Dolly Parton's Jolene!). Pillai adds some snappy house beats for his own reform, while Prins Thomas provides one of his trademark organic electro-disco interpretations.
22 Apr 13
Review: Male/female production duo Him Self Her impressed with their ubiquitous 2012 single "Gone To Long". Here they return to Belgium's always-eclectic Eskimo Recordings imprint with two more sumptuous slices of eyes-closed, floor-friendly deepness. "Together", with its delay-laden vocal sample, shaker-driven shuffle and fluid chords, sounds like a deeper take on the often flat Visionquest sound. "Aftermath", on the other hand, is decidedly darker and wonkier, updating the New York tribal sound for contemporary clubs. That means a similar aesthetic, but more fluid synths and less overblown, layered drums. If you enjoy the likes of Maceo Plex and Jamie Jones, this should be in your cart.
13 Oct 09
01 Feb 10
Review: Ilya Santana uses complex structures and enchanted melodies in his music in an attempt to uncover hidden emotions. Having previously remixed The Human League, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Lindstrom, Santana's first release for Eskimo is "Burning Jupiter," a spaced out, disco tinged piece of electronic. The singles precedes his debut artist album, out later this year.
07 Feb 11
Review: Ilya Santana, a man whom we can say with some degree of certainty is the Cayman Islands' finest disco export, releases this lovely new EP via Eskimo Recordings. Santana's pedigree is well established - his first ever release came on Daniel Wang's Balihu imprint no less, with subsequent productions seeing the light of day on Tirk, Permanent Vacation and Gomma. He also released two fine 12?s on Eskimo in 2010, namely Burning Jupiter and Erin. "Transborder" is classic Santana tackle - 80s synth work, emotive strings and an immensely pleasing disco thud. Remixes come from two esteemed sources; Minilogue (Mule Electronic, Cocoon, Wagon Repair) and Letherette (Planet Mu, Warp, Ho Tep). For our money it's Letherette's off kilter, twinkling re-rub that resonates the most.
19 Dec 11
Played by: Visti, Peter Edison, Juno Recommends Disco, Dirty Mckenzie, Get Down Edits, Things Happen
Review: It's been almost five years since Kris Menace used the Stars On 33 moniker, and his musical style has shifted several times since then. Whereas back then it was for a typically shiny, disco-tinged house EP, this time round it's for something altogether more emotion-rich and Balearic. Sure, he's still basically making house, but this time it sounds looser, more organic, more disco even. Both "Keep On Dancing" and "Luv" both strike a positive balance between swooping, string-laden disco and piano-heavy Balearic house, while "Something You Can Feel" pits sturdy bottom end electrofunk against cute jazz guitars with considerable success.
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