Review: The '80s man from Madrid - Rayko - returns at the helm of a whole compilation of sleek synth cuts, Rare Wiri Chronicles. The timing couldn't be more perfect with the sunshine vibes collected here guaranteed to dispel even the slightest thought of winter blues. Highlights include the Sasse-esque digi-sweat-funk grind, "Wanting You" by Illya Rudman, Rayko & Landerground's sensual sophisti-pop seducer, "Mechanical Life" and the spacey Italo-disco joint, "Air Shark" by Phoreski.
Review: Veteran nu-disco types Cosmonauts return with a new single. As its title suggests, "Stardust" is a heavily electronic nu-disco workout with its head in the heavens and its feet firmly on the dancefloor (though said dancefloor is probably on Mars). It's bubbly, bouncy, possibly even juicy - all floating vocal samples, alien melodies and brash synth motifs. Of the trio of accompanying remixes, it's Justin Robertson's slightly mental Deadstock 33s rub that really hits the spot, thanks to an abrasive combination of spacey synth noises, ragging acid lines and sub-bass flavour. There's also a fine rework from Linntronix, who turns "Stardust" into a cheeky '80s synth-disco banger.
Review: Some would argue that Aeroplane's productions have not been the same since Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano went their separate ways. While Fasano is rebuilding his career as The Magician, De Luca has been left to carry on producing and DJing as Aeroplane alone. Here he brushes aside criticism of his debut album with a debut mix set. It's actually rather good, offering a typically accessible and synth-heavy mix of groovy contemporary disco (Cosmonauts, Drop out Orchestra, Poolside), unreleased exclusives (his own, auto-tune heavy "Save Me Now") and forgotten gems (Stars On 33) that touches on curious Balearica, Italo and punk-disco. This digi version is available in its intended mixed form, but you can also buy the tracks featured individually!