Review: Further proof of the constant rise of Mexican post-disco (or should that be post nu-disco?) arrives in the shape of The End Has No End, a seven-track mini-album from Mexico City-based twosome Avanti. With a delightfully slow tempo, rubbery post-punk bass, dubwise effects and crazy industrial funk sax aplenty, it comes on like some kind of long lost early '80s Latin space funk masterpiece. There's plenty for those of a horizontal persuasion to enjoy, from the low-slung grittiness of "Take It" and smacked-out post Balearic groovery of "Final Discourse", to the weird-out guitars and stuttering synth-bass of "Dead End". Recommended.
Review: Hard-working Denver based label Gazeebo International has become a must-check label in recent times, releasing a healthy slew of EPs and launching a sister label. Here they drop another bumper selection of tunes, this time from producer Avanti. The tracks that make up Night Flight offer various atmospheric takes on analogue nu-disco, from the deep and bubbling "Telesforos Journey" and uber-slow "Much Love" to the sparkling grooves of opener "Parallel Universe". Label bossman Gazeebo reworks the deep "Nuclear Baby", turning it into a breezy fusion of analogue Italo and waspish deep house.
Review: Teniente Castillo's Madrid-based disco/nu-disco imprint Play Pal Music got off to the perfect start last year, delivering a sweet compilation of re-edits, reworks and original tracks that found its way into the playlists of many top selectors. This follow-up repeats the formula, delivering a wide range of goodness, from the string-drenched nu-Balearic goodness of Trip Guitar's "El Vuelto", to the baggy, horn-heavy, filter-sporting disco-funk revivalism of Disco Tech's "Let Me". Highlights are plentiful, from the superb re-edits of Get Down Edits (whose touchy-feely "Holdin' Me Back" is excellent) and Beaten Space Probe (check "Gotta Play Funk", with its woozy synth doodles), to the heavy electrofunk of Juan Laya and Thomass Jackson.
Review: It seems that we're not the only ones to have noticed the recent rise of Mexican disco-not-disco, and more specifically the anything-goes fusion antics of the Electrique Musique label. ISM head honcho Yam Who has been paying close attention, and here compiles a showcase featuring tracks the label and related Mexican artists. There's much to admire, from the wide-eyed Balearic disco shuffle of Zombies in Miami and the head-nodding, toe-tapping house shuffle of Mr Jones, to the post-punk electrofunk of Avanti and dayglo Prince grooves of Thomass Jackson. Listing all the highlights is near impossible, so just dive in - you won't be disappointed.