Review: With 17 tracks from nearly as many artists to choose from, you certainly can't fault this nu-disco collection from Rafaell Cancian's Brazilian label About Disco on the VFM front! It's hard to pick holes, too, when it comes to musical variety, with tracks ranging from the rock-tinged funk/soul vibes of Imanol's 'Improv' to the fierce acid meltdown that is Panko Samuele de Santis's 'Caldo Caldo', and calling at pretty much all stations in-between - albeit it's straight-up nu-disco jams from the likes of Jehan and The Secret Soul Society, and raw funkers like JB Boogie's 'Night Drive', that actually work best to these ears. Worth investigating for sure.
Review: With 24 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this latest collection from Italy's Sound Exhibitions camp, which features multiple contributions from label regulars C Da Afro, DJ Moy and Vito Lalinga. 'Nu disco', in this instance, tends to refer to tracks that faithfully reproduce 70s stylings - you won't find much here in the way of Italo-inspired synth workouts, for instance - but there's the odd excursion into housier/more electronic territory, such as on the Afro Acid Dub of Lalinga's 'Hard Core', while soul lovers will enjoy cuts like Goodge's 'Step Forward'.
Review: It may have been a pretty rubbish year in general, but Midnight Riot has done its best to keep us entertained via a wealth of disco and boogie-centric EPs. If you missed out on many of the label's 2020 treats, don't worry, because they've gathered together the best of their recent output on this epic compilation. Drawing on original nu-disco, revivalist disco, feel-good house, synth-heavy boogie sounds and gently tooled-up edits, highlights are predictably plentiful. Our picks include the summery soulful house goodness of 'Nothing But the Music (Hotevilla Mix)' by Platinum City, the nu-boogie brilliance of Qwestlife's remix of 'Savage' by Tommy Glasses, the loopy disco-house joy of Mottes 'The Horse Ride' and Yam Who's 'Full Vocal Mix' of Sam Shelley's sunshine disco number 'Groove It'.
Review: Greek disco producer Giannis Mpizas, better known as JB Boogie, comes to Mexican label Furious Mandrill with four suitably Latin-tinged workouts. Opener 'Pina Colada' places barrio-style "jungle music" shouts atop a looped-up funk guitar riff reminiscent of (but not sampled from) The Jackson Sisters, while 'Cocktail' has a slightly more lounge-y feel, with brass to the fore. It's the horns, too, that make Spanish-vocalled EP standout 'Cuba Libre' - that riff will get under your skin like scabies! - before the EP's closed out by 'Amaretto', which like 'Cocktail' has something of an easy listening vibe. Schmaltzy, but tons of fun all the same.