Review: Headman's Relish label have been turning out the angular, leftfield disco-not-disco grooves for nearly 20 years now. So it's no surprise that such are in abundance on this 10-track compilation; what's more surprising is that two decades in, far from the label's quality standards slipping they actually seem, if anything, to be getting better at it! Fans of the likes of ESG, A Certain Ratio, Liquid Liquid, Fischerspooner or Cabaret Voltaire will find much to enjoy here, with Moscoman's dub-inflected 'Wet Shoes Everywhere', Bozzwell's Talking Heads-ish 'I'm Emotive' and Retriever's hypnotic, gothic-tinged 'Murder (NUN Remix)' among the highlights.
Review: After 18 months of near silence, Ajello first started teasing us with this in September 2014. Now finally available, it's every bit as sprightly, fun and funky as we'd hoped. With Prelude style synth and vocals and the duo's trademark silken production dynamics, it's well worth the wait. Remix-wise Luminodisco adds a headier 4/4 dancefloor focus, Yam Who? gets his slap bass boogie on while Rayko takes us to the stars with an epic, cosmic work out that's not dissimilar to the early work of Prins Thomas. Stunning.
Review: Given the title, you'd expect Ajello's latest to feature a prominent kalimba melody. Unsurprisingly, it does, alongside some African-inspired percussion and some seriously squelchy bottom-end in their typical dirty nu-disco style. The result is a track that isn't needlessly deep or overtly banging, instead playing its strengths by delivering the best of both words. Even better is Hardway Brothers' decidedly cosmic remix, which adds some voodoo magic and more than a little acid tweakery. Elsewhere, Verdo's darting remix is pleasingly Balearic in its wide-eyed approach, while Retrospective label bosses Ruben & Ra turn bonus track "Saturday Morning" into a rush inducing chunk of deep electrofunk.
Review: With a title like Smells Like A Remix Orgy, it doesn't take a genius to work out that this is a remix album. Specifically, it sees various disco and house starlets stamp their own style onto tunes from Ajello's 2011 album Smells Like Too Cheesy. There are, predictably, some tasty reworks to devour. Brennan Green impresses with a unique acid/electrofunk/Detroit techno fusion take on "Chocolate Black Leather", while Emperor Machine man Andrew Meecham turns "Dreams of Paradise" into an acid-laden electro-disco rinse-out. Those searching for a touch of disco campery should check Discodromo's screaming take on "Chocolate Black Leather", which makes it sound like some kind of long lost Bobby 'O' and Patrick Cowley collaboration.
Review: Since setting their stall out in 2006, the Rebirth label has tried to reflect changing tastes, mixing up their releases accordingly. This expansive compilation showcases a selection of their disco-tinged releases and remixes, casually moving between dubbed-out nu-disco, revivalist fare and disco-leaning house. There's plenty for disco diggers to enjoy, from he spacey, low-end throb of Mock & Toof's remix of Nufrequency and Faze Action's bouncing synth-disco re-cut of Stretch Silvester, to a vintage, synth-laden collaboration between Spirit Catcher and Ilija Rudman. There's also an early, pre-hype remix from Tensnake and a typically adventurous Dr Dunks outing from Eric Duncan.
Review: The ever excellently named Danny Was A Drag Queen imprint return to "Chocolate Black Leather" Ajello's supreme collaboration with Hard Ton with this top heavy selection of remixes. Upon original release it was backed with a ton of revisions from Brennan Green, though this remix EP presents a more varied selection with the likes of Discodromo sharing space with the legend that is Q Burns Abstract Message. It's Cocktail D'Amour duo Discodromo who call shotgun with a propulsive italo remix, which contrasts nicely with the kind of breakbeat meets disco flutter of Tempelhof's effort. The brilliantly named Analog People In a Digital World turn in an expansive ten minute techno effort, whilst Q Burns provides both vocal and dub remixes with the loose limbed latter perhaps the pick of the bunch.
Review: A rare outing for Ajello on Glasgow's Solardisco label, teaming up with Heels Of Love and Rampi under the Jadoo pseudonym. While all three tracks feature Ajello's usual rock solid synth basslines, there's a newfound subtlety to the production that really raises the EP beyond the realms of nu-disco mediocrity. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead cut "Kings & Queens", which comes on like a modern take on classic Metro Area. There's also many a deft touch on "Mellow Mellow" and "She Can't Hate You", two sweet synth-funk groovers that give the oft-used Prelude/NY dub disco template a fresh new look.