Review: When French fashion designer Vanessa Seward launched her summer collection earlier in the year, the catwalk show was accompanied by previously unheard music from Bertrand Burglat's Tricatel label. This expansive EP showcases those tracks, many of which seem to have been inspired by the designer herself. Check, for example, Burglat's two-part "Vanessa's Way", which gleefully joins the dots between vintage lounge music, easy listening disco and the rubbery bottom-end bounce of dub disco. Chassol's "En Femme Francaise", featuring a delicious bilingual spoken word vocal and Air style lounge music flourishes, explores similar territory, while Anita Lane's "Do That Thing" is a prime chunk of sleazy, string-laden disco. Arguably best of all, though, is the rip-roaring disco-punk madness of Burglat's heavyweight "Lightyears (Cool & Bright Vanessa)".
Review: A decade has now passed since Future Disco's debut compilation of colourful nu-disco treats and disco-fired house grooves first hit record stores. To celebrate that fact, they've given their distinctive design a makeover and asked chief compiler Sean Brosnan to serve up another hot-to-trot collection of cuts in their usual style. As you'd expect, Brosnan has picked some belters, with highlights including Darshan Jesrani's sublime, mid-'80s NYC style revision of Galaxians' "How Do U Feel", the D-Train inspired synth shuffle of Flamingo Pier's "Hold It", the sun-kissed '80s soul/Whispers style warmth of Kiwi's "Midnight Driver" and the dreamy, synth bass-propelled deepness of Force of Nature's loved-up rework of Khotin's "Aloe Drink".