Review: Climbing his way out of the mists of time and space with a stream of records for The Ransom Note this past decade, Italian producer out of Madrid, Bawrut, becomes the latest addition to Life and Death and Tale Of Us collective. He does so with three slower, long burning club, acid and synth numbers. All three tracks are defined by the slower 120 BPM rhythms with their own variations of pulsating basslines and rawkus electro melodies. "Drum Beat" goes for the trippy exotic approach, with "Rollin'" inhibiting a similar yet more percussive zone, to "Terza" fattening it up to the max.
Review: Madrid based Italian Bawrut follows up a run of great tracks on top labels such as Midnight Themes, Ransom Note and Multi Culti with this absolutely kickin' new release for Berlin based PETS Recordings. Across the Jomo EP's four tracks, you get treated to a deep trip aboard the acid express on the woozy "Desert Island", hear the drummer get wicked on the dusty shenanigans of "Piano & Piano" and going deep into the late night on the psychedelic madness of "Your Job Is My Job".
Review: Barely two months have passed since the release of Bawrut's excellent 4x4 EP, but already Ransom Note is serving up a remixed version. Philip Lauer naturally impresses with a typically loved-up, melodious and glassy-eyed dancefloor rework of "I Hear Voices" that's as Balearic as they come, while psychedelic disco sort Timothy Clerkin re-casts the same track as an acid-fired ambient trip rich in hallucinatory electronics. Elsewhere, Jimpster surprisingly doffs his cap to Gieorgio Moroder on a druggy, arpeggio-driven re-make of "More Cowbell", Sano lays down a low-slung, Afro-tinged jack-track take on "Ghettoscar" and Lossy's remix of "Three Sounds" joins the dots between bass-heavy bleep-era electro and shimmering Balearic house. Arguably best of all though, is the epic, rush-inducing positivity of Marlon Hoffstadt's "Aloe Vera Mix" of "More Cowbell".
Review: Mexico's Tyo returns to his semi-regular home of Duro clutching this two-track, four-mix EP. 'Bailando' comes on like a mid-80s Spanish-language electro workout given a lick of 21st Century production polish, while Bawrut's remix does a good job of nudging it closer to house and disco floors. The other original, 'Pieles', has one of the most distinctive intros you'll hear all week - think Benedictine monks raiding the cowbell cupboard - before unleashing more 80s flavas, this time in a more coldwave-y vein and topped with a spoken female vocal in Spanish, while Niv Ast's remix drops the tempo a notch and adds rock guitars.
Review: Prepare to indulge in your darkest disco fantasies courtesy of Correspondant's second collection of greatest hits and near misses. Featuring a stellar cast of indie-dance favourites, all serving up bold and stylistic electro-noir across 20 tracks. Black Merlin's dark ambient intro "Sub Conscious" sets the tone from the get-go that this is a largely brooding affair, just like on Bird of Paradise's knackered house epic "Brothel Drummer" from a few years back, and there's even moments of oddball IDM as heard on Borusiade's "Not Harmed". A duty of care was taken to highlight more recent offerings to the labels' catalogue too, such as The Juan Maclean's new beat influenced "Manthony", dark disco heroine Terr's wicked rendition of Fort Romeau's "DADA Pt. 1", and Irishman Cyence's strobe-lit "Slave" (Eurodollar Dub) which ventures into hypnotic techno territory.
Review: Since 2006 Permanent Vacation has earned its reputation for releasing some of the best in contemporary house, electro, disco and leftfield music, showcased and celebrated most with their various artist compilations. As lockdown in some parts of the world begins to ease, maybe a sixth Permanent Vacation is in order, which this time introduces a fresh cast to the series with our ears drawn to the abstract dub, drum and rhythm tracks of Bawrut, and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Rae in the tripped out "The Bukit Have Eyes". Smallville's main man in Paris Jacques Bon turns in a stair-sailing synth number of breezy, uplifting house in "Reverse Flight", with techier drums and club tracks coming from DJ Kuesse ("Tropicana Girl") and the au courant electro sounds of Eliott Litrowski's "Spray", and Sedef's Adasi's "Tender Trip" a highlight too.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: Chief wranglers at PETS Recordings Wojciech and Grzegorz can certainly give each other a well deserved pat on the back for a seriously prolific 2018 - and this compilation is testament to the fact. Best Of 2018 features last year's greatest hits and near misses, with highlights not limited to: the pair themselves getting a moody and woozy rework of their track "Don't" by Live At Robert Johnson's Roman Flugel, the fabulous collaboration of heavyweights Matthew Dear, Joe Goddard & Eats Everything on "Love Games", through to Jesse Perez' edit of Mathias Kaden's "NoKick" which gets the Miami booty bass treatment, and the always reliable man from Madrid named Bawrut - who gets those classic house vibes in effect on "Your Job Is My Job".