Review: Future Disco invites you poolside and guides you through the long hot summer days, where the parties begin early and finish late. Taking you from lounging by the pool under the clear blue sky to sunset house, this is perfect for any laidback occasion. an essential summer soundtrack that features key artists such as: Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak who present the sensual lo-slung disco of "Don't Want This To Be Over" (Jean Tonique Remix), U.S. artists David Marston & Life On Planets who team up for the evocative deep house groove of "Contortions" feat. Hannah Noelle & Dan Izco, and Berlin-by-way-of Vancouver artist Jayda G who serves up the hypnotic Detroit vibe of "Rishikesh". Elsewhere, the ever reliable Butch delivers the main room dancefloor drama of "Lale", and Brazilian techno legend Renato Cohen makes his comeback on "Sweet Nightmare" but makes a departure from what we're used to on this funky house anthem. Also comes with a continuous DJ mix.
Review: Jayda G goes from strength to strength. Not content with blowing us all away with her 2019 debut album "Significant Changes", she's now stepped things up another notch on her first fresh EP of 2020. Particularly potent is bright and breezy title track "Both Of Us", a gorgeously loose-limbed, bass-heavy house number smothered in retro-futurist piano riffs, dazzling keys-solos and the Australian's own heady vocals. If anything, the accompanying "Sunset Bliss Mix" - a celebratory, tooled-up take that drags the cut towards "summer anthem" status - is arguably even better. The EP also contains two versions of "Are You Down": the percussive, spacey and sub-heavy deep house flex of the original mix, and a smoother, dreamier "Remix" that boasts some ace electric piano solos.
Review: Ninja Tune has commissioned remixes of tracks from Jayda G's debut album - and it's a truly diverse selection. First up is Honey Dijon's slamming, acid-heavy takes on "Stanley's Get Down (No Parking On The DF)"'. Over the course of two interpretations, she intersperses 303 licks and white noise percussion over a slamming groove. In stark contrast is Dam Funk's beautiful, gospel-tinged take on "Move To The Front (Disco Mix)" and Fett Burger's version of "Missy Knows What's Up", where the Freakout Cult boss delivers an otherworldly house version that touches on electro influences and chopped up vocals. It's a fitting end to this across the board remix selection.
Review: Canadian DJ/producer Jayda G presents her debut album on UK institution Ninja Tune. The Berlin-based artist made the album in 2018, the same year she completed a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management. Of the album's theme, Jayda explained that she is trying to bring her two worlds together, bridging the communication gap and engaging people - as she feels it's her social responsibility to use a platform like this in a positive way. And while not entirely sure if people in the electronic music community want to talk about the environment, she certainly hopes that this will elicit some kind of conversation around the topic. The Significant Changes LP features 'a blend of vintage drum machine funk, drawing heavily on Chicago's house blueprint' and featuring vocals by a good friend and frequent collaborator: Calgary-based songstress Alexa Dash. She last joined Jayda on the terrific "Diva Bitch" on Freakout Cult last year - the label she runs with DJ Fett Burger.