San Francisco collective 40 Thieves have hardly been prolific since releasing their first EP, the winding, organic nu-disco warmth of Point To The Joint, back in 2006. Since then, the Bay Area trio have released no more than a handful of singles, though it’s fair to say that the majority of those were rather special. Most notable, perhaps, was their 2008 cover of Hot Chocolate’s “Don’t Turn It Off” on Permanent Vacation, which recast the saccharine, slow-burning original as an intoxicating chunk of stylized dub disco. There was also a brilliant, single-sided ‘80s radio style megamix of classic electro and early house records for Rong Music (the fantastic “Yo Spaceship Megamix”), an EP of laidback nu-disco grooves for the same label, and a couple of hazy, vaguely Balearic dub disco outings on Leng. That, though, is pretty much it – quality rather than quantity all the way.
The Rong Music collective will release their debut album on Leng Records next month.
Magik Sunrise sees Psychemagik return to the Leng label run by Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy and Simon Purnell following the widely successful Magik Cyrkles compilation from last year. While Psychemagik were already well known within certain disco edit buying circles, it’s fair to say that Magik Cyrkles was the record that opened them to a wider audience, and the ensuing global success which they have found has brought along a palpable degree of expectation for this next collection. As a result, Psychemagik have dug deeper and gone for the rarer and more obscure selections; however this isn’t done at the expense of the flow of what is a surprisingly varied narrative of warm and optimistic music which hails predominantly from a bygone era.
Prolific edit and DJ duo Psychemagik have curated Magik Cyrkles, a forthcoming double CD compilation and mix for Claremont 56 sister label Leng.