Review: For about a decade now, Cabaret Nocturne (aka Raphael de Sauvage) has been leading an Electroclash revival with a string of moody electro-house releases and a well-regarded radio show. The New Beat/EBM influence is unsurprising here when you learn that Monsieur Sauvage hails from Belgium. There are two original tracks featured: the slow, raunchy throbbing dark room soundtrack of "Western Ghost" and the melancholy new wave instrumental "Lost Town". The former is remixed into a tragic New Romantic epic by Kieran Holden and the latter into a punchy electro rocker by Damon Jee. Get your black leather on!
Review: Since launching last year, Madrid's Rotten Files has delivered a trio of releases dedicated to the trippy end of mid-tempo house/nu-disco fusion. Here, they continue that approach, serving up a quartet of remixes of tracks from November 2015's excellent Rotten Citizens Volume 1 EP. Undo steps up first, turning Kieran Holden's intoxicating "Barlick Acid" into a vocoder-sporting chunk of low-slung, post-punk disco/nu-disco fusion. Next, JackWasFaster's "Granada Liberation" is re-invented as a 102 BPM psychedelic acid chugger by A Best Man Dead, before Avanti doffs a cap to EBM on an excellent re-make of Gameboyz' "Tacon Puntera". Finally, Jonathan Kasuma chucks everything but the kitchen sink at Cabaret Nocturne's "Blind Trust", resulting in a chiming, chugging treat.
Review: Madrid's Rotten City is a label dedicated to all things slow and moody and to kick things off they have rounded up some of the most appropriate producers for this new label comp. Over the fours tracks we vibes are all about slow motion brooding body music. Kieran Holden ups the acid levels on "Barlick Acid", JackWasFaster's "Granada Liberacion" is dark, linear machine music, Gameboyz deliver some typically excellent electroclash and Cabaret Nocturne wraps things up with the soaring Depeche Mode style electro-pop of "Blind Trust".
Review: Since launching back in 2012 with a suitably grisly EP from Moon Runner, Disque-Discos' occasional Discorror series has provided listeners with an impressive catalogue of horror-influenced, heavily electronic disco jams. This fifth installment, arriving just in time for Halloween, offers more of the same. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the John Carpenter-on-steroids pomp of Comegatos' "Ultratumba" and psycho strings of Gameboyz dark italo jam "Casa De Morte", to the throbbing bass, snappy analogue hits and moody electronics of Inigo Vontier's "Camino A Mordor". Arguably even better is the deliciously camp stomp of "Palo Oscurito" by Roman & Castro, and the sludgy, mid-tempo pulse of Tronik Youth's standout "The Machines Are Coming".