Review: Number eight in the series, and do you really need us to tell you that it's an object lesson in how to do 21st Century disco properly? Tracks range from the Kraftwerk/Yello-isms of From Beyond's 'Hypersleep' to Kooky & Damoon's genre-defying 'Confidence Of Ignorance (Dub'), which tops a sumptuous, jazzy funk/soul cut with a liberal dose of acid squelch, and from Jahn Solo's Ecstasy, Passion & Pain-biting piano houser 'Touch Me' to the sleazy early 80s Berlin throb of Brian SNR's 'Hot Shot', with a side-order of syprupy soul courtesy of The Secret Soul Society. Big names may be in short supply here but adventurous, imaginative grooves are not!
Review: A range of house and disco styles are touched upon on this split EP from Copenhagen's Jahn Solo and New Zealand's Kennedy, coming on Manchester label Paper Disco. Driven along by insistently fluttering guitars and a full-phat bassline, Kennedy's 'Who Rocks '89' recalls nothing so much as late 80s Italian house while 'Superfly' is one part early 80s Eurodisco to one part mid-90s house euphoria. Not to be outdone, the man from Copenhagen gives us the laidback but jaunty 'It's My House' with its lively brass stabs and sing-song vocal, and 'Night People', an authentically 70s-sounding disco workout topped with a cheeky harmonica line.
Review: Paper Recordings has recruited another four rising stars to its "Wild Army", a kind of musical vigilante group whose weapons are synthesizers and drum machines. The first to bear arms is Martin Wold, who offers up a sparkling, sax-laden slab of bubbly nu-disco cheeriness entitled "Elixir". The Secret Soul Society replace Wold on guard duty, cloaking the killer groove from Five Sinners' rubbery Italo-disco classic "Magic" in melancholic strings and dreamy chords. Jahn Solo calls his comrades to arms via the glassy-eyed AOR disco re-edit magic of "Til The Night Closes In", while Boblebad keeps those back at the barracks in good spirts with a cheery chunk of deep, disco-fired electro goodness ("Frustrasjon").