Review: Nang's annual round-up of key cuts they've released over the previous 12 months, The Array, has long been a must-check for those who like their nu-disco colourful, synthesizer-heavy and soaked in Mediterranean sunshine. Here the long-serving label offers up volume 11, a predictably entertaining affair that skips between the revivalist '80s synth-pop shimmer of Kim & Buran's remix of Wang Chung's 'Dance Hall Days'; the jaunty nu-disco colour of Tonbe's squelchy 'Good Taste'; the more cosmic, Italo-influenced shuffle of Outtake's 'Black Discotheque'; the throbbing, acid-flecked trip that is Aimes' revision of the Beat Broker's pedal steel-flecked 'Hold Your Horses'; the shimmering cheeriness of Disco Doubles' 'Don't Hurt Me'; and the low-down disco-funk hustle of Future Feelings' 'Downtown Girl', as remixed by Situation.
Juan Soto - "Oh Ziggy, Wil You Ever Win?" - (6:44) 113 BPM
Ilya Santana - "Obscure" - (5:08) 109 BPM
Alex Arcocha - "Take Me Out" - (6:57) 126 BPM
Aimes - "Cafe Disco" - (6:55) 118 BPM
Review: As the title suggests, Spa In Disco's latest multi-artist extravaganza is aimed aquarely at dancefloors, though in these times is more likely to inspire bedroom DJs to dance around their kitchens or living rooms. There's plenty to get the juices flowing amongst the eight tracks on show. Check first the rubbery bass, sparkling pianos and summery nu-disco vibes of Future Feelings' rushing "Bold Drink", before turning your attention to the revivalist Italo-disco chug of Sauco's "Orion" and the hard-wired, acid-flecked analogue chug of Ilya Santana's superb "Obscure". Highlights elsewhere on the EP include the revivalist electrofunk chunkiness of Juan Soto's "Oh Ziggy, Will You Ever Win", the dreamy Balearic breakdowns of Rayko's "Jungle" and the up-beat nu-disco cheeriness of Aimes' "Caf? Disco".
Review: Since launching as a Tirk sub-label in 2009, Nang Records has gone on to outlive its parent label and become one of the most reliable imprints in nu-disco. The label's progress has traditionally been charted by compilation series The Array, with new volumes appearing every 12 months or so. This latest installment is naturally packed with highlights, from the sparkling disco-soul of Hot Toddy's remix of Situation's Andre Esput hook-up, "Get To Know Me", and the contemporary Italo-disco throb of James Rod's "Steelerr", to the quirky Balearic bliss of Cardmoth, the synth-heavy wooziness of Deepkey, and the trippy, acid-flecked thrills of Aimes' "A View of Istanbul".
Review: Rene Lavice has been one of themost exciting additions to Andy C's Ram stable over the last few years. While the label is usually associated to strict drum & bass, Lavice's tunes push the boundaries of the genre way out into hyper space, and touch on many different influences in the process. "Human Safari" is a true hybrid tune, a mass of broken half-breaks, surrounded by raucous sonics ad playful atmpshperics. It's as daring as you're gonna get from modern d&b. It's definitely worth a gander!
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: Buenos Aires nu-disco label Heartbeat Revolutions dropped the Music Fever EP by Ccccchaves earlier this year. Now it's back in remixed form and sounding as good ever. "Dirty Disco" has been turned into glistening, synth drenched electro-disco by Phunktastike, "Funky Dancefloor" gets twisted into very early '80s Duran Duran (with plenty of killer slap bass) by Julian Sanza and finally the title track gets stretched into an irresistible seven-minute slab of percolating electro-disco-house by Future Feelings.
Review: Wow! Here's a collaboration and a half - former Silver City man, Julian Sanza (2020 Vision, Cr2) has hooked up with Future Feelings (Los Grandes, Eskimo, Gazeebo International) for an Argentinean meets Mexican hoedown. The original mix is pure shimmering, sleepy poolside synthpop with that unmistakable Silver City glacial sheen. Remix-wise, Tronik Youth adds some nice chunky electro arpeggiation, Avanti opts for some mid 00s electro-house action and Ben Macklin steers us into piano-led nu-disco territory. With early support from the likes of Cosmonauts, Tensnake and Bill Brewster, it looks like this one's a winner.
Review: To date, Mexico-based producer Future Feelings has tiptoed the fine line between deep house and nu-disco. "Stay On The Scene", though, is an altogether murkier affair, with pulsating, Jaydee style Belgian bass and trippy electronics underpinning a gnarled spoken vocal. It's more akin to something that you'd find on Hot Creations or Crosstown Rebels than Electrique, but that's no criticism. The strangely titled "Eddie Mercury (Mike Dub)" version is, if anything, even more intense, with darker textures and some twisted acid touches. It's a real late night, heads-down hip-wiggler. It's probably the pick of the two tracks, which is some compliment given the qualities of the original version.
Review: Over the last few years, the Editorial imprint - an outlet for disco, electrofunk and house-centric re-edits and reworks - has established a winning formula: expansive, compilation style EPs featuring tracks from a wide range of scalpel-wielding talents. This 33rd excursion sticks to the script, offering another quintet of floor-friendly rubs. There's a dash of heavyweight P-funk (Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee's forthright "Saturday Night"), some cut-and-paste, sampleadelic beats (Future Feelings' Steinski-ish "Basement Jam"), a sprinkling of deep disco-house (Matt Hughes, P-Sol) and a fluid, Aim-ish trip into downtempo instrumental hip-hop territory (Riccio's electric piano-heavy "Reflections").
Review: We can't believe it's a whole year since Madrid's Los Grandes dropped Future Feeling's nu-disco bomb, the Funk EP. Well, Our Nights are keeping its spirit alive by releasing a whole bunch of remixes of lead track, "Skylife"; Fernando gives his old cowbell and voicebox a good workout, Heion goes heavy on the squelchy analogue grooves, L'equipe Du Son brings some killer Chicago jack to the party and Modulaire supplies some stripped back Italo vibes. Also the mighty Dynamicron adds all kind of quirky noises to "Africa's" leftfield disco shizzle.