Review: Mexican label Furious Mandrill - specialists in "tropical disco and Afrodisiac funk" - bring us a four-tracker from Argentinian producer Alexny. 'I Believe', which is either a cover of The Jackson Sisters' 'I Believe In Miracles' or a re-edit of someone else's (it's hard to tell) gets the ball rolling, followed by 'Diggin' Roots', a shufflin' funk-soul cut with a late 60s/early 70s feel (think War, Sly Stone, Rare Earth). 'Tamanqueira' is a summery slice of Latin-infused funk, while the high life-esque 'Sekele Movement' plays us out on an Afro tip. Four very solid cuts that'll work well on more discerning floors.
Review: This year Alexny has been busy... and we mean really busy. We make this outing on Furious Mandrill - his first disco-focused EP for a fair few months after a run of deep house cuts - the producer's seventeenth solo set of 2019 - an astonishing figure when you think about it. We'd argue that the headline attraction is opener "Que Beleza", a percussion-rich, beefed-up take on a horn-toting Latin disco workout, though some may be more attracted to the breezy, piano-sporting positivity of samba disco edit "Do Sol". Elsewhere, "Deixa A Tristeza" sees him craft a filter-heavy house chugger from bits of a joyous old samba jam, while "First Pay" is a sludgy loop-house head-nodder rich in jazzy guitar licks and twinkling melodies.
Review: Mango Sounds present Disco House goodies from cold Russia. Following up some great releases by Le Babar, Club Disco and Igor Gonya, they've decided to slap together this terrific various artists compilation so you can sample a more diverse array of their sticky sweet sounds. Mango Pudding Part 1 includes: Robert Ouimet & Dave Godin with the low slung and sensual groove of "Smash The Disco" (Rework), Albania's Vahe Akhperjanyan aka Arni Rock with "Disco Marten", Welsh DJ and promoter Toby O'Connor getting on some of that classic Salsoul style vibe (complete with killer brass section) on "The Heater Experience" and finally Argentina's Alexny is here channelling some old-school house sounds reminiscent of DJ Sneak with the cheeky drums of "Searching For".