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18 Dec 12
Review: For this, his first release on Vendition, Mexican producer Eduardo Rossell has decided to go back to his roots and explore the music that first inspired him. Teaming up with vocalist Carreyo, "Don't Wanna Go Home" sees the pair writing a retro, funk guitar-driven homage to hedonism. Remixes come thick and fast from a host of label mates, the highlights of which are the Nine Lives punchy 80s electro-funk flavoured mix and especially The Midnight Perverts' sultry synth disco interpretation.
15 Jan 13
Review: Having recently signed an artist deal with Vendition Records, Dutch nu-disco DJ, Kono Vidovic, has recently made the step up from spinner to producer. This is his second release and it's a classy one. Vidovic is fond of deep, laconic grooves and that's what "From Lisa With Love Is All About". Built around a cheeky sample of Kelly Charles's 'You're No Good For Me' (previously used by the Prodigy), Vidovic pitches the vocal down to sit within an infectious melancholic electro-house setting.
15 Oct 12
Review: Amsterdam-based Kono Vidovic is arguably best known for his Dirty Future Disco mixtapes, which have been a huge hit online (just check his Facebook page or Soundcloud profile for proof). In recent times he's moved into production, and here drops a pleasingly baggy single for Vendition. "Lion El'Groove" sits somewhere between lazy Balearic disco and sprightly deep house, delivering formidably positive vibes throughout. There's not much to it, but enough detail - nice clipped disco guitars, tasty chords, occasional vocal samples, p-funk squiggles - to suggest it will fit in a variety of sets.
10 Sep 12
26 Mar 13
Played by: Nu Disco Fever
Review: Not to be confused with the Noughties electro-house pairing of Matt Schwartz & Jonathan Ulysses, this Nine Lives is aspiring DJ Nick Shaw, who has been slowly building a reputation for himself with his formula of accessible piano-driven house and melodic female pop vocals. Again, "Centro" is in keeping with this approach, but hey if it ain't broke...This time in addition to the above we get searing synth lines, punk-funk bass and some great disco lasers.
12 Feb 13
Played by: Spec., Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Chudy, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Nine Lives, Kono Vidovic
Review: Take one cutesy R&B style pop vocal, a bunch of bright house pianos and a slick nu-disco backing track. Stir well. You now have your very own copy of Nine Lives' "Cloud Nine", one of two toe-tapping, head-nodding productions featured on this latest Vendition Records release. The other cut, "Heart Break Move Shake", inhabits similar ground, but includes a soaring pop vocal that wouldn't have been out of place on a classic '80s synthpop jam. It feels like the sort of thing you'd hear blaring from a beachside bar in Rimini, while an attractive waiter/waitress (delete as appropriate) brings you something long, tasty and ice cold.
31 Jul 12
Played by: Peter Edison, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Audioprophecy, Kerry And Casio, Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit), Nine Lives
Review: If you've ever wondered what a fusion of Stevie Wonder style clavinets, old skool electro breaks and the party-hearty rumble of hip-house would sound like (we certainly have, though not on that many occasions), this single from Nine Lives delivers an emphatic answer. It's excellent, as it turns out, with booming analogue bass and cheeky clavs propelling the action towards the dancefloor with the air of a drunken man desperately searching for a playmate. There's little remarkably new about it, but Nine Lives' deft production guarantees good times throughout. For the record, there's a solid instrumental included for those who don't like the rap.
04 Dec 12
Review: Nine Lives is producer/DJ Nick Shaw who has been spinning across the globe for the last 15 years. He's only recently entered the world of production though, but things have been going well since his debut 1985 - The Edits dropped earlier this year. This new tune, "What Would She Do" is his most ambitious yet, eschewing his previously beloved samples for a more straight up pop dance number. Boasting strong multi-layered female vocals that sit a top a summery feelgood backdrop in the vein of Fred Falke, we could be looking at a crossover hit here!
01 Jun 12
27 Nov 12
Review: We're not sure who State of Affection are, but they're clearly students of Italo, freestyle and boogie-influenced '80s pop. "I Wish That" features many stylistic hallmarks of the period - Latin Rascals/Shep Pettibone style vocal cut-ups, stuttering, stop-start edits, bold synthesizer melodies, even a dash of scratching - underpinning a strong vocal from Laura Cyganik. There's even a wonderfully silly, eyes-closed, cock rockin' guitar solo. The two versions - full-length Original and Radio Edit - are pretty similar, and it's a pity that they've not included a freestyle style Dub, which would have lifted the release further. That said, as exercises in freestyle/'80s pop love goes, I Wish That is spot on.
22 Jan 13
Review: In previous outings, 27 year-old Serbian producer Tonbe displayed signs of potential, without ever really nailing it. This one-track missive for Vendition, though, is pretty spot on. As the title suggests, "Malibu" is a sumptuous, sun-flecked nu-disco groover with picturesque '80s pop melodies aplenty. The use of classic synths suggests that Tonbe is a keen admirer of '80s soul and boogie, while the clipped guitars and sharp, layered production recall the beach-friendly nu-disco sounds of Sare Havlicek and the Nang label. Expect to see "Malibu" popping up on many a nu-Balearic compilation next summer.
19 Feb 13
Review: This aspiring Serbian producer hasn't been shy about getting his music heard with already a long list of releases under his belt in the handful of years that he's been around. This new one-off track sees him mine the same field as Jacques Lu Cont did before he went all proggy electro-house. " Traverse" features a solid, thumping 4/4 house beat, sprinkled with disco claps all beneath a perky, quirky electro-pop melody and catchy bassline. Guaranteed to get the party rockin', 80s-style!
19 Mar 13
Played by: Vinyladdicted
Review: Serbian producer Milos Djordjevic has been working at the fringes of the European nu-disco scene since 2009. In that time, he's produced some notable cuts in his "elegant nu-disco" style, without ever quite breaking through. Here he tries something a little different; remaking The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On" in an instrumental nu-disco style. In truth, he's done a pretty good job. The familiar elements are all there (albeit in re-recorded form) - simmering disco strings, clipped guitars, those famous synth stabs (as famously pinched by Will Smith) - alongside some tasty new sounds, including a deliciously lazy, sun-flecked jazz-guitar solo. It will sound particularly good when the sun's shining.
15 Apr 13
Review: Nu-disco is in the blood of Serbian producer Milos Djordjevic aka Tonbe. But of late he's branched out, exploring the re-recording of soul classics and such. Here he sticks to his roots but applies them to a more contemporary electro house format. "You Got Me Down", featuring a female soul vocals, tough 4/4 drums and quirky keyboards, the result almost sounds like a hybrid of club music and 80s yuppie pop a la Swing Out Sister or Belouis Some. "Freaky Disco" applies the same format to an instrumental take on Rick James' "Superfreak".