Review: Icelandic producer B.G. Baarregaard has gone from strength to strength since his arrival on the scene in 2012 with the Playboy 12" for Whiskey Disco. This Keep Slippin' EP, for Alkalino's Audaz, sees the Reykjavik native join disco edits don Rayko and Dutch producer The Legendary 1979 Orchestra in providing the label with some Italo inspired, piano driven house. The title track is arguably Baarregaard's best work to date as a cosmic whirl of baroque keys, chords and strings continuously keep the track at a euphoric height, while "Wouldn't I Be Foolish" sounds similar to the early productions of the filter-disco-turned-house sound of Melbourne producers Francis Inferno Orchestra and Tornado Wallace. "The Past" then steers the EP toward something a little more French and quirky sounding, possibly inspired by Space, as synths build, bobble, and wail on top of a burning bass arpeggio.
Review: Given he currently resides in Oslo, it's perhaps unsurprising that "Partysvenskenes Dans", the lead cut on the Icelandic producer's first outing on Paper Disco, has a breezy, Scandolearic disco feel. In fact, with its cheery, Arp-style synth melodies, chugging groove and subtle acid touches, it sounds like a tribute to Todd Terje's mighty "Inspector Norse". "Konur Og Kalar" is reminiscent of material on Prins Thomas's Oslo-based Full Pupp label, too. Perhaps the most arresting track, though, is "(Got Me) Runnin". Available in two versions (including a tremendously Balearic sounding Dub), it's a pumping deep house/nu-disco hybrid that makes great use of sampled disco vocals and spine-tingling pianos.
Review: Hot on the heels of a recent, well received deep house excursion on Paper, Norwegian producer BG Baarregaard pops up on Swedish edit label DiscoDat with a pair of white hot scalpel reworks. "Out Of Space, Out Of Time" adds a heavy house pulse to Electrik Funk's 1982 Prelude classic "On A Journey", cleverly combining elements from the vocal and instrumental versions on a thrillingly spacey rework. "The Void" has more of a European feel, sounding like a cross between the muscular, arpeggio-heavy throb of Munich Machine, the tongue-in-cheek cheeriness of Italo-disco, and the melodious, organic feel of obscure Balearica. The results are both dancefloor-friendly and impressive, despite the laidback feel of the chiming melodies.
Review: Iceland's BG Baarregaard has made a big impression on the nu-disco scene - already releasing on a plethora of hip labels (Audaz, Whiskey Disco, Editorial) since his arrival two years ago. Here joins up with Disco Dat for two sizzlers: the arpeggiated 4/4 synth-disco slammer "Play With Us", and the slinkier, glittery funk loops of "Pitch Black City". Classy!
Review: Icelandic disco don BG Baaregaard returns to the label on which he began his quest, Whiskey Disco, as he continues his successful streak. Here he delivers three more gems this time exploring less conventional styles than the usual re-edit fare: "The Sound" seamlessly fuses '70s disco with acidic funk, "The Return" re-interprets Mark Morrison's Return Of The Mack as an Italo disco classic and "The Desire" wraps things up nicely in a simmering retro arpeggiated house/Balearic style.
Review: According to his SoundCloud account, Iceland born, Oslo-based, B.G. Baarregaard has accomplished many a milestone in his meteoric rise to modern disco fame and we'll take his word for it! The infectious and uplifting nu-disco of "AMR" is executed like only the Scandinavians can. "Kulturhuset" reminds us of another local legend such as Lindstrom; not at all a bad thing. Finally "Mestringkatten" (whatever that means!) is the smoothest and most deep offering on here; perfect for late hot summer nights when disco retroverts wanna get their groove on: look no further than this.
Review: Icelander-in-Oslo BG Baarregaard has so far proved adept at releasing both re-edits and original productions, along the way delivering EPs for Paper Disco, Disco Volante and Whiskey Disco. This EP sees him return to the latter with a trio of sparkling, floor-friendly re-edits. Choose between the dashing synth-boogie explorations of the proto-Metro Area slickness that is "Disco Inn", the delay-heavy, dubbed-out P-funk explorations of "Undercover Lover", and our pick of the trio, "Kaffibarinn". The genius of this latter track lies in its' tasty use of subtly changing TB-303 bass, clipped disco guitars, and twinkling deep house flourishes. It's musically hard to pin down, but sounds like a genuine floor-filler in the making.
Review: Despite the prolific nature of Sleazy McQueen's Whiskey Disco label, we haven't had a compilation from them since the summer. Well, it's been worth the wait as this EP boasts killer cuts by three very different producers. BG Baaregaard's "Tokyo Nights" is all tough, filtered loop-house, a real beachside, smothered in soft warm synths, kind of thing. Vins offer two cuts of shimmering fantasy cruise disco, but it's the Sandrobianchi & Tripman edit of the sublime and melancholic Eurodisco anthem "Mamy Blue" that's the real winner here.
Review: Here on Editorial's latest compilation, Waxed: 9, the BPMs are typically low. Nothing wrong with that of course, and Matt Hughes begins things nicely with some dreamy and soft chilled disco on the filtered instrumental "Star System", next up "Girls, Girls, Girls" is probably the perkiest EP track here with a jagged electro funk bassline, taught guitar and string stabs, with its shimmering analogue synths, "Get It Right" is like the sound of a magic carpet night flight over ancient Arabia or something, and finally "Hypnotic Groove" is the token houser - all slow thump and piano loops.
Review: Having proved more than adept at delivering contemporary re-jigs of disco, soul and electrofunk obscurities, the Editorial crew continue to blur the boundaries between re-edits and original production with a decidedly laidback, groovesome EP of summery tracks. Predictably, there's much to enjoy, from the baggy, organ-and-guitar heavy deep disco goodness of Tonbe's "Letter From The Past", to the horizontal listening pleasures of Sunner Soul's slo-mo surprise "Caribbean Wind". In between, you'll find a range of tasty, floor-friendly morsels, including the delay-laden piano party of SonicVibe's "No Cure" and the rolling disco heaviness of Martin Hayes' "Mesmerized".