Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
Review: West Country nu-disco dons Situation are the latest outfit to and compile and mix an installment of Nang's popular Beach Disco Sessions series. Happily, they've dug deep into their crates, putting together a selection that blends back catalogue material from the Nang and Tirk labels (Ruf Dug's quirky mix of Klein & MBO's Italo-disco classic "Dirty Talk", the blissful nu-Balearica of Sorcerer, AN2's overlooked rework of Space's "Carry On, Turn Me On") with vintage material and overlooked gems from a decade of nu-disco (see the early Hans-Peter Lindstrom remix of Fuzz Against Junk's "Country Clonk"). Naturally, there are a few of their own tracks and remixes in there, too, including the deliciously woozy deep house cut "Here Comes The Sun" and a sublime, string-drenched remix of Love/Money's "Strange Kind of Love".
Review: Steve Kotey's ever dependable Bear Funk imprint presents a second, slightly slimmer edition of the post-winter blow out Hibernation compilation with a smattering of new faces amidst the usual ursidaen funkateers. The set opens with one of those in the shape of Downtown Party Network, the criminally unprolific Lithuanian duo who burst on the scene back in 09 with "Days Like These" on Eskimo. "Get A Life" is a suitably glistening return to form for the duo and sets the tone for what to expect. Claremont 56 boss Mudd returns for Bear Funk duty for the first time since the label's early days with the languid six minutes of "Ossians Cave" whilst there are strong contributions from the likes of Ilija Rudman and Max Essa. The piece de resistance however is Kotey's edit of the vastly underrated Blakula that closes this set - cleverly adding some percussive urgency to the throwback Giallo stylings of "Miss Morgue".
Crazy P - "Clouds" (Outboxx remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
James Fox - "Holding On" (feat Vanity Jay - NYC mix) - (5:57) 120 BPM
Tempelhof - "Drake" (Future Disco edit) - (6:21) 83 BPM
ADA - "Maps" (Michael Mayer & Tobias Thomas remix) - (8:54) 125 BPM
Downtown Party Network - "Space Me Out" (feat Egle Sirvydyte - Mario Basanov remix) - (8:18) 120 BPM
Clockwork - "Lost Keys" (feat Tale Of Us) - (5:02) 120 BPM
Various Artists - "Future Disco - 'Til The Lights Come Up" (continuous mix) - (1:02:58) 121 BPM
Review: How many long-running compilation series are still going in this day and age? Ok, well respected ones then. Sean Brosnan's Future Disco series has always delivered the goods and can always be used as a benchmark for where the nu-disco world is at any one time. This time, it's (perhaps unsurprisingly) all about the vintage house vibes so not so disco then, but still a thrilling listen. Highlights include the slinky DJ T-esque "You're The One", the ever-brilliant DJ Koze's remix of hot newcomers Mount Kimble and the deeply enchanting Axel Boman remix of "Naughty".
Review: Lithuania isn't known as a hotspot for house music, but as Silence Please shows, it contains more than its fair share of talented artists. The Few Nolder takes on Markas Palubenka's "Kill Me" and Fink's "Q&A" map out new possibilities for modern deep house, the vocals chopped up over dreamy chords and snappy drums, while Darius Vaikas pushes towards a darker sound. This he achieves with the chilling strings and rippling bass of his interpretation of Mario Basanov's "Machinarium" and the chiming drums of his own "White Eights". But it isn't just Vaikas who embodies the Baltic wind blowing in over Vilnius and Mario & Vidis' "Warung" is an inspired piece of eerie, bleepy house.