Review: Having made his debut on Marseille-based digital download imprint La Dame Noir back in 2014, Dame Noir is no newcomer. Even so, he's released little of note since, with "Rise & Shine" - his belated return to Le Dame Noir - marking his first solo single for almost three years. We can happily report that he's in fine form throughout, from the squelchy acid bass, trippy synth lines and locked-in drums of opener "Show Me", to the loved-up arpeggio style melodies, druggy electronics and unfussy nu-disco drums of "Rise and Shine". Sweet-voiced vocalist Alta makes a guest appearance on the atmospheric psychedelic disco chug of "Kiss ME, Kill You", a track that is immediately re-cast as an early morning space-disco throb-job by remixer Max Pask.
Review: To celebrate five years of releasing new wave-inspired, left-of-centre goodness, Madrid's Play Pal Music has put together this celebratory compilation of previously unheard treats from the label's growing roster of artists. As you'd expect, the tone is dark, druggy and psychedelic from the word go, with Rambal Cochet's hallucinatory, slo-mo opener "Dark Caravan" neatly signposting what's to come. There are of course plenty less intense moments scattered throughout the compilation - see the tasty tracks by Did Virgo and Amevicious, Vereno and Club Bizarre, for starters - but a low-slung, heavyweight jam is never far away. To our ears, the best examples come from Curses (the wonky disco-punk of "More Cherry Pie"), Theus Mago (the Motorik throb of "Low Cost Interstellar Drive") and Nozz (grandiose soundtrack Italo throb-job "Clock").
Review: There seems be a move away from re-edits in the disco scene of late, with producers opting for original recordings instead of just sticking a bigger kick under someone else's classic. Here, highlights include the Terminator-style disco noir of "Meccanica Futurista", the immense sleaze of Castillo and Thomass Jackson's doom-disco joint "No Wifi At The Attic" and the Daniel Molosso-style warped electro-disco of "Round One". The sound of all the good stuff that's happening in disco today.