Review: With his Wonder Stories label going from strength to strength, Aman "AIMES" Ellis has decided to launch a re-edit focused offshoot. It's perhaps fitting, then, that Wonder Edits first release comes courtesy of Ellis himself. All four tracks hit the spot, with Ellis getting just the right balance between old-fashioned scalpel rearrangements and contemporary, house-inspired loop jams. We're particularly enjoyed the choppy but celebratory disco-funk of "Makin' Moves" and swirling, vibraphone-sporting slo-mo disco closer "Lovin". In between, you'll find solid revisions of two better-known boogie-era gems, including Maze's proto-house classic "Twilight".
Review: We were full of praise for Aman "AIMES" Ellis's first batch of Wonder Edits, a formidable four-tracker that landed last month. Predictably, there's more floor-friendly goodness to be found on this swift follow-up. This time, Ellis eases us in gently with the stepping, post-freestyle Brazilian goodness of "Batonga", before beefing up the beats for a disco-house take on a string-laden Bollywood Disco staple ("Jimmy"). He's back in synthesizer-wielding mode on the bright-and-breezy Euro-disco chug of "Take Me Up", while "Dancing" is a swirling, pumping, delay-laden and decidedly full-throttle fix-up of a well-known Bee Gees anthem that sounds like it's capable of causing a commotion on most danceflors.
Review: Brooklyn's nu-disco hero Aimes (aka Aman Elli) has delivered plenty of hot dancefloor jams for labels like Wonder Stories and here he is with another, "Smiling Faces" on Spa In Disco. His original mix is a really slick slice of sunset boogie, with driving punk-funk bass and catchy vocal refrains. First up on remix duty is Rayko who adds a more melodic bassline to the mix, resulting in a cool joint that echoes early Noughties electro-disco. Elsewhere Mordisco turns in some excellent moody tech-house with lashings of pan pipes and lastly Alex Malos delivers a reliable and sturdy disco-house rework.
Review: AIMES is the production moniker and musical alter ego of Alabama born, Brooklyn resident, Aman Ellis. Fresh off releases on Wonder Stories, Spa In Disco and Pole Position, his signature brand of "spacey disco" with synth-pop sensibilities is on fine display once again for new imprint eclectics who rein him in to follow up great releases recently by James Rod, Mr BC and Coyote. Featuring the deeply emotive boogie-down antics of "You Should Be Feeling Wonderful , the sunkissed balearica of "Sun Lit Lazy" and a couple of pretty awesome remixes. Our favourite was certainly by the UK legend Chris Coco who serves up blissful, neon-lit island dream on his fabulous rendition here of "Bomba Espacio".
Review: More from Brooklyn-based, Alabama-born AIMES, a producer who has spent the last few years carving out a niche as a purveyor of "spacey nu-disco with synth-pop sensibilities". This outing on Roam boasts two original AIMES productions: the mind-altering acid bass, psychedelic electronics, sci-fi synth chords and rolling drums of the decidedly sleazy "Machination" and the breezier - if similarly acid-fired - bustle of twisted peak-time throb-job "Devious Maneuvers". You'll also find remixes of both tracks, with Lauer's hypnotic revision of "Machination" - all intense acid lines and glassy-eyed chords - being just a little more potent than Steve Crook's heavy and hypnotic take on "Devious Maneuvers".
Review: Night Noise Music has decided to start a compilation series. Enitled "Night Noises" (we see what they did there), each volume will offer up previously unheard cuts from label stalwarts and guest artists they admire. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on this launch edition, from the gently bubbling acid lines and glistening guitar riffs of Tuiloxi's chugging dub disco opener ("Winter Afro Acid") and the druggy Italo-disco/proto-house flex of "Quirked" by Aimes, to the weighty and exotic disco pump of Jack Carel's Bollywood-inspired "Eastern Journey" and the throbbing cosmic disco psychedelia of Roe Deers' dark and pulsating "Prince". Superb stuff all told.
Review: Since launching as a Tirk sub-label in 2009, Nang Records has gone on to outlive its parent label and become one of the most reliable imprints in nu-disco. The label's progress has traditionally been charted by compilation series The Array, with new volumes appearing every 12 months or so. This latest installment is naturally packed with highlights, from the sparkling disco-soul of Hot Toddy's remix of Situation's Andre Esput hook-up, "Get To Know Me", and the contemporary Italo-disco throb of James Rod's "Steelerr", to the quirky Balearic bliss of Cardmoth, the synth-heavy wooziness of Deepkey, and the trippy, acid-flecked thrills of Aimes' "A View of Istanbul".