In the space of two years Wurst Music has emerged as a label with a blossoming reputation - one that should be considered as much a part of New York's musical landscape as DFA, Environ or Slow To Speak. To showcase the label's credentials, Roy Dank has put together The Wurst Music Ever, a cheekily titled collection of previously unreleased cuts from label stalwarts, new signings and like-minded friends. With 10 tracks covering every aspect of the label's musical approach - vaguely Balearic nu-disco, underground NYC house, disco revivalism and heavy electronic grooves all feature - it's a thrilling snapshot of where the label is at right now Highlights are naturally plentiful. Newcomers Pink Stallone impress with "Help Yourself", a low-end heavy chunk of slo-mo contemporary P-funk that's dirtier than a night in with Prince and a bevy of bikini-clad beauties. Hometown heroes Midnight Magic provide a stunning cover of Native Underground's "Push 4 Love" that recasts the freestyle-tinged original as a loose, dubwise disco gem. Tiago channels the ghost of Patrick Cowley on the Munich Machine-aping "Peanuts", whilst Soho 808 (another promising newcomer) and Great Weekend throw down future house anthems. If The Wurst Music Ever is an indication of what we can expect in the future from Dank's label, it seems the Best of the Wurst is yet to come.
Space Traveller (Go Nogo Space Odyssey) - (7:21) 125 BPM
Space Traveller (Capella remix) - (5:37) 114 BPM
Space Traveller (80s Stallone remix) - (4:52) 118 BPM
Space Traveller (Summer Of Haze remix) - (4:53) 100 BPM
Space Traveller (DigitalNativeDance remix) - (5:21) 114 BPM
You can always rely on the Robot Scientists' Emerald & Doreen imprint for fly-by-night pop fun. Never-endingly leftcentric, their A&R knows no bounds. Which is thankful as they've just brought your attention to Russian synth pop duo Hot Hot Hawk. With a sound that touches on Human League, but done in the style of Hot Pink Delorean; "Space Traveller" is at once dreamy and cosmic yet utterly hooky and memorable. Remix-wise there's heaps to choose. Highlights include the Justice-style slap bass snatches on Capella's rub and the super-slow-motion slouch effect on the Summer Of Haze remix.