Review: Paris - Barcelona joint venture La Belle present the second edition of One Night Stands, which is a compilation they describe as danceable but freaked-out electronics that push the boundaries of what the underground is in the year 2020, featuring 'slo-mo synth-pop, lo-fi fusion, space dubs, tribal grooves and spiralling nu-disco electronics'. Highlights not limited to: Get A Room!'s deep dive into the dreamy exotic titled "Jungle Night Walk", Ellis Island Afro / folk / punk-funk collide on the wonderful "Ahah", Front De Cadeaux take you on a deeply meditative trip into the rainforest on "De Puta Madre Terra" and AKKAN's glassy-eyed and bittersweet deep house journey "La Tramuntana" closes out this terrific collection.
Review: Australian duo Funboys make their debut on the Nein label with this sleeping hit "Sorcery" delivering a sound somewhere between the darker techno of Richie Hawtin, experimental electronics of Severed Heads and zaniness of groups like Yello. Perpetuating this evolution in future-retro electronics, Funboys here also hint at similar oddball samples and themes once heard and pioneered by Eno's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album. Rave versions come in Kimshies 'Boccaccio' remix, with stripped back textures making and heavy percussion in ID_UA's mix. Danny Fade sends in a remix of twinkling lights down a darker techno abyss. Quality release from Nein.
Review: Mullet boss Casio Social Club claims that Australian producers Funboys' "break the mould". While that would be pushing it, there's certainly something impressively madcap about their anything-goes productions. EP opener "Jean-Pierre", for example, somehow melds together disco guitars, rubbery disco bass, camp synth stabs, even camper vocals and all manner of idiotic noises. That it's actually quite good is testament to the Funboys' clear grasp of dancefloor dynamics. There's plenty of similarly madcap fun to be found elsewhere, from the low-end wobble, loose beats and 'pots and pans' percussion of "New York City Breakers", to the tropical electrofunk nonsense of "Occasional Crossdressers". Inspired lunacy.