Review: Ombra International is inviting artists from different cities from around the globe to contribute their rock and roll or post-punk influenced grooves via slo-mo disco and cold wave sonics. OMBRA INTL 002 is four tracks bringing together Cannibal Ink (Madrid) with the sleazy psych rock of "La Haine", Dawn Again from Sydney, K-effect (Toledo) and Curses in Berlin. Curses is the dark and romantic moniker from New York City native Luca Venezia aka Trouble & Bass main man Drop The Lime who serves up the awesome "Neu Dimension".
Review: Fresh from a much-charted EP on Hot Digits, Dawn Again re-emerges from the Melbourne disco scene to deliver a fine EP on Wonder Stories. The producer's naturally instinct is to keep things woozy, hazy and mid-tempo, mixing colourful nu-disco synths with a laidback, Balearic sensibility. This head-in-the-clouds vibe can be heard on both opener "Pyramid Scheme" (easily the EP's standout moment) and "Dharamsala", where a rising and falling bassline wraps itself around a densely layered drum track and exotic Indian instrumentation. Elsewhere, "432 Evergeen" is dark, moody and chugging, while Lawrence Lee Control re-imagines "Pyramid Scheme" as a stab-heavy slab of rave-era house madness.
Review: Melbourne, Australia based disco larrkin Dawn Again returns to Hot Digits Music with four joints of smooth soul goodness. A producer on the rise in the words of the label and the evidence is sure here. "Hot Tub Lonnie" is the kind of lo-slung and loopy bliss for sunny Sunday afternoon backyard BBQ parties while "I Want You Hugh" continues on with the slo-mo vibes on this clever edit of a very familiar classic we all know and love. Finally "Zozesphino" goes for more of a soul/funk vibe and again samples a certain diggers delight and geared for ergonomic modern DJ use. Nice one!
Review: To celebrate hitting 20 releases, Wonder Stories has decided to put out the label's first compilation. Wonder Buds is largely made up of arguably overlooked back catalogue highlights, but also includes a handful of previously unreleased tracks to appease regular label-watchers. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the jostling Italo-disco/nu-disco fusion of Pop District's remix of Steve Cook's "Notice Me" and the boogie-influenced cosmic disco chug of DJ Rocca's Aimes rework (the brilliant "Notice Me"), to the foreboding psychedelic disco-chug of Curses' "Brains Bones Blood" and the acid-fired pulse of Los Fugazzi's "Paralel" [sic]. Oh, and the saucer-eyed, Balearic-inspired nu-disco dreaminess that is Mighty Mouse's wonderful remix of Air Zaire's "Love '94".
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has packed in a lot of releases over the past 12 months, as this expansive roundup of the label's second year in business proves. Featuring 27 tracks and a bonus mix by the South Coast dwelling label boss, there's naturally plenty to admire. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the rolling, head-nodding grooves of Eyeco M's "Keeping It To Myself", the killer proto-house throb of "Tonight" by Bad Barbie vs Evil Smarty, the sexy, string-drenched disco loveliness of P-Sol's "Can't You See", LTJ's trumpet-boasting funk bumper "Fat Thing", and the hard-wired, bass-heavy rework of Julia & Company's "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" by Melon Bomb. It is, though, all pretty darn hot.