Review: Perma busy record label don David Griffiths launches the brand spanking new Labour Of Love imprint in consummate style, with a five track EP from Ichisan boasting remixes from disco beards Bottin, Nicholas and Pete Herbert. Herbert's refix of "House Dance Conference" is a typically driving affair, with a slinky guitar riff and 80s synths. The original takes on a more cosmic hue, with a twinkling key melody that is truly bewitching. The string-laden "Tiny House" is given a deepish re-rub by the prolific Nicholas - this one if our pick of the bunch - while fellow Italian Bottin opts for a heavily arpeggiated discoid odyssey.
Review: Slovenian photographer-turned-producer Ichisan enjoyed his most prolific year to date in 2014, with releases appearing on Internasjonal, Catune and Danny Was A Drag King. Here he pops up on Yam Who's ISM label with more bouncy, synth-laden nu-disco fare. That's arguably best represented by the jammed out keys and rich chords of bubbling bonus cut "Veg Out", though there's more of a shamelessly Adriatic vibe about the cascading melodies and laidback disco shuffle of "Bela Ljubljana". That track gets treated to a pair of remixes; a chunkier, analogue-heavy dub disco interpretation from Yam Who, and an acid-flecked, pleasingly trippy take from Kalidasa.
Review: Ichisan's 2017 debut album on Bordello A Parigi was arguably a little overlooked, which is something of a surprise considering the quality of the assembled Balearic, synth-wave, nu-disco and Italo-disco tracks on show. Hopefully the same fate won't befall his sophomore set, "Polykarp", because it's every bit as alluring and ear pleasing. It offers up a similarly colourful and vibrant collection of synth-heavy tracks, with highlights including the acid-flecked Italo/nu-disco fusion of "Polykarp", the Lindstrom style space disco positivity of "Kino-Sloga", the Todd Terje-esque Scandolearic dancefloor warmth of "Gonzo-Bossa Nova" and the Italian dream house revivalism of "Halo House".
Review: Photographer-turned-producer, Ichisan, made quite a name for himself on the nu-disco scene some years back. He's been a little quiet since, but that's all going to change with the release of "Metamundus" on Dutch disco label Bordello A Parigi. The overriding theme for the three new cuts here is a fusion of bubbly 303 acid with Italo disco; the title track sees a particularly squelchy 303 provide a stuttering funk counterfoil to some melancholic 80s Euro synth washes, "Bar Trenutek" is all about pulsating hiNRG arpeggios and dream-like melodies, and finally "Terasa' wraps things up with some lo-fi Bontempi kitchiness.
Review: Slovenian space cadet Ichisan returns to the scene of the cosmic crime as he revisits select cuts from last year's superlative debut album Aperitiv. All equally velvet, "Hotel Jama" feels even more welcoming with its glistening strings, "Modri Tunel" is all about the deep dubby dynamics while "Kozmetika" while have you hot shoe shuffling quicker than you can say vibraphone. Finally "Terminal E" will fly you first class to wherever your head needs to be. Stunning, as always.
Review: Our ears continue to be dazzled by Slovenian disco type Ichisan who makes an appearance on the ever great Under The Shade imprint after two great EPs on Solardisco and Airtight last year. "Magnetic Field" is a fine slice of soaring cosmic delight with a gentle chugging bass line propelling the floor friendly groove. Ichisan opts for a more electro boogie feel on "Rear Window," a slap bass odyssey with some exceptional synth stab action. Two masterful remixes round off a typically fine Under The Shade release. The Off Key Hat gets tweaked out on acid on their take of "Magnetic Field" whereas DFA dude Walter Jones goes for the deep chug with glorious dubbed out synths.
Review: Paper Disco's Trash The Wax compilation series certainly offers a lot of bang for your buck. This fourth installment continues the trend, serving up 22 tried-and-tested dancefloor jams for disco-loving DJs. As usual, the selected tracks are a mixture of killer edits (Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee, Solid State, Electric Pendergrass, DJ Rocca & Chris Massey), sparkling remixes (a tasty '80s electrofunk rework of Reggie Got Beats' "It's On Tonight" by Norwegian eccentric Ralph Myerz), and stellar original productions (see 2 Billion Beats' "Bob", Daco's Gladys Knight-sampling throb-job "I Heard It", Picotropico's decidedly Balearic "Time Will Tell"). There's possibly a little more Italo-disco on this edition, but that's no bad thing - especially as the arpeggio-heavy cuts showcased here are universally excellent.
Review: Hearty congratulations to Rayko, whose Rare Wiri label has just turned ten. To celebrate the label's decade in dance, the Spanish producer has put together this fittingly fine collection of archive cuts. It features no re-edits, just original tracks and associated remixes. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the Clavinet-sporting crunchiness of Limpdisco's compilation-opening "Moving To '70s" and Spiritcatcher's D-Train style NYC boogie revision of Julian Sanza's "Can't Stop The Feeling", to the jazz funk-flecked deep house/disco fusion of Nowsense's "Smile" and Situation's wonderfully atmospheric electro-acid revision of James Rod's "Disco Rocket". Naturally, there are plenty of Rayko tracks and remixes dotted throughout, including a wonderfully spacey and bass-heavy take on Ilya Santana's "Electrik Mind".
Review: Notching up a decade in the business is big news for any label, so congratulations must go to Yam Who's ISM label. He's decided to mark the imprint's first decade in some style via a series of compilations that highlight some of the killer nu-disco, boogie, disco, house and Balearic jams nestling in ISM's bulging back catalogue. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the Imagination-inspired electrofunk flex of Ron Basejam's killer rework of Alena's "Changes" and the synth-heavy rush of Balearic disco maestro Pete Herbert's revision of M Roberto & Nikolay Denev's "Be Yourself", to the breezy, soul-fired dancefloor warmth of Jonathan Ryno's "Don't Know Love" and Mark E's terrifically loved-up deep house tweak of Robot 84's "Lookin' For Love".
Review: Yam Who is a man who is on a mission to uncover the coolest cult re-edit guys around and make sure the public hear them. This is usually through his own ISM imprint and it's also usually via the medium of the EP. Here, though he's gone all out to present this huge compilation album, bursting with party goodness, and boasting 24 tracks. Highlights include the '80s Child's rework of power-snare soul anthem "Let Me Be The One", the neon glow of arpeggiated synth boogie gem "Jeckermich" and Ron Basejam's deep and sensuous take on the sultry electro-soul of "Changes".
Review: London disco house imprint ISN presents us with a compilation showcasing recent graduates of their Class of '16. All the usual suspects are here; and they all pass, with honours! Hosting the ceremony is none other than Yam? Who, compiling the release tremendously with some surefire dancefloor fodder to make it one year to remember, and boy do they ever! There's the sweet boogie down vibes of The Hinge Project's "Brand New Day" and Freekwency's "Something Else On Your Mind" right through to the Italo favoured vibe of Ichisan's "Bela Libujanja" and not to mention sweet nu disco ditties by Joey Dice ("Puzzling Me") and Richard Seaborne ("U Said U Loved Me") showcasing the labels various moods and grooves in impressive fashion.
Review: The '80s man from Madrid - Rayko - returns at the helm of a whole compilation of sleek synth cuts, Rare Wiri Chronicles. The timing couldn't be more perfect with the sunshine vibes collected here guaranteed to dispel even the slightest thought of winter blues. Highlights include the Sasse-esque digi-sweat-funk grind, "Wanting You" by Illya Rudman, Rayko & Landerground's sensual sophisti-pop seducer, "Mechanical Life" and the spacey Italo-disco joint, "Air Shark" by Phoreski.