Review: Here we have the second instalment of rarities from the vaults of Apersonal Music. Leading the way in this collection of 'ones that got away' is the loopy, sloppy-disco house of Igor Jadranin's "Countless Nights", the soundtrack to the messiest imaginary party ever. Next up, Michael Bow's 1980s Italo-disco hit "Love & Devotion", is slowed and warped (almost out of all recognition) into a mellow electro-boogie gem by Davide Franca. Lastly, Joseph Terruel ends things with the insistent, yet lazy, orchestrated funk of "Tryin To Be Me".
Review: A clutch of tracks from Mexico's Jona Saucedo and Joseph Terruel get the re-edit treatment from mystery producer(s) Para-Mu here. "Digital Soup" is the EP's most uptempo cut and could equally well be filed under slo-mo house, while elsewhere "False Dreams" is lazy, loop-y and druggy, "Fashion Show" is a haunted midnight cruise on Miami's Ocean Drive, "Beverly" has an 80s soul flava, "About U" nods to future R&B and "Sexy Mama" is low-slung and seductive. All told, it's a classy EP all round, and one to reach for when you want to slow things down a little on the dancefloor.
Review: Mexican maestro Joseph Terruel enjoyed a relatively successful 2020, with his numerous releases on Deep Sense and Paraiso Musique all coming under the 'must check' category. His first outing of 2021 showcases a single track, 'Riding High', but it's another good one. Chunky, thickset and hypnotic, it sees him wrap swirling synths, filtered samples and well-chosen disco snippets around a rubbery bassline and bustling beats. It's basically a loopy disco-house box jam, but its expert construction - it just does what it needs to at exactly the right times - makes 'Riding High' a sure-fire dancefloor winner. To be honest, we'd expect nothing less from Terruel.
Review: Six months on from serving up his last solo single, the amusingly titled 'Bro House Theme', Joseph Terruel returns with an EP full of Lost Grooves. We've not been able to find out whether these are genuinely old recordings he found down the back of the sofa, but either way there's plenty to set the pulse racing over the course of the four tracks. Check first the colourful, synth-bass powered, nu-disco deepness of opener 'B-JVPPI', before getting a sweat on via the near techno tempo, revivalist disco-funk-meets-boogie business that is 'Life's 2 Short'. The Mexican producer dabbles in a bit of chugging, positive-sounding re-edit action on killer loop jam 'NVSTY', while 'Smoovin' sees him stick a boot up the backside of an extra-funky, slap-bass sporting disco workout.
Review: Mexico's Joseph Terruel returns to his regular home of Paraiso Musique with more of his trademark laidback disco grooves. 'Hot In Here 1' centres around a funk guitar/bass/drums loop that's augmented first by space-y Rhodes, and then a gloriously 70s-sounding, chorus'd female vocal ("let's go out the back door tonight/don't you know your dancing gets me so uptight?"), with the six-string really cutting loose towards the end. The accompanying 'Hot In Here 2' has a very similar MO but perhaps not quite the same instant appeal, thanks largely to the lack of a vocal - though the brass section does its best to plug the gap.
Review: Publicity-shy Mexican producer Joseph Terruel - his online presence could teach those Romanians a thing or two about minimalism! - returns to Paraiso Musique with an instrumental cut that sits right on the cusp of nu-disco, Balearica and funky house. An unhurried, rolling affair with handclaps a-gogo, 'Tranquilo' is pleasant enough listening and certainly won't drive any bodies from the dancefloor, though as it lives up to its name and is really rather unassuming, some more mixes might have helped broaden its appeal. That's assuming, of course, that there isn't a remix package waiting in the wings...
Review: Mexican producer Joseph Terruel returns to his usual home of Paraiso Musique with a single-track release that crams in multiple different influences, and as such could work in a range of sets. 'Marvelette' opens with a near-breakbeat rhythm made up of 80s drum machine sounds, then adds a squelchy electronic funk bassline and birdsong-like twittering sounds before the arrival of the Rhodes chords, guitar chops and vaguely UKG-ish wistful female vocal snips that are the main event, while the breakdown halfway through recalls comedown-friendly sounds of the rave era. A midtempo gem for the summer.
Review: There's much to admire about Joseph Terruel, not least the long-serving Mexican producer's publicity-shy approach and desire to let his music do the talking. His latest effort is a no-nonsense affair aimed squarely at peak-time dancefloors. The headline attraction is undoubtedly "Rocket Dub (DJ Tool Mix)", a pumping disco workout that peppers bongo-laden beats and rubbery bass with mangled vocal samples, spacey dub effects and occasional blasts of razor-sharp strings. Terruel then doffs a cap to his slo-mo disco past on "Flandisco (Skit)", a chugging, slap-bass-propelled affair where effects-laden guitar passages and filtered disco loops slowly rise and fall throughout.
Review: With no social media presence, it's fair to assume that Mexican producer Joseph Terruel is something of the retiring type. 'Cozy Life', being a single-track release, is similarly unassuming: rather than bursting into your eardrums with 17 different remixes and demanding you spent the next two hours listening to them all, Terruel constructs a simple, synth-led groove that operates on the nu-disco/Balearic margins and tops it with wonky, tripped-out keys and a breathy "don't miss me" female vocal that loops throughout. Imagine The Clangers recovering on a beach from a particularly heavy night before and you're somewhere in the ballpark.
Review: In some ways, this latest EP from Mexican slo-mo merchant Joseph Terruel is a bit of a curio. It's made up of two interlude style beat workouts - the blazed, near horizontal head-nodder "Listen" and Dilla-inspired "Notice" - and a pair of Terruel reworks of other people's music. Naturally, it's these that stand out. He raises the tempo to a dizzying 109 BPM to unfurl a hypnotic, chugging remix of Juan MP's "Dangerous City" - think looped bass, unfussy beats, fizzing funk Clavinets and eight-bit bleeps - before reaching for the scalpel in order to re-edit Paraiso's "Wildest Cream". This latter concoction, a bass-heavy fusion of slo-mo house hypnotism and seductive, Barry White style bedroom disco, is easily the EP's most impressive moment.
Review: Mexico's slo-mo-house king, Joseph Terruel, likes a certain level of vintage sauciness to his tunes, and this latest single of his doesn't disappoint. Yes, with its warm undulating bass, loose hi-hats and eyebrow-raising blues licks "Thrill" could well be straight out of a 1970s porno flick. If the latter is all the boudoir sounds, then "Unity" is all about steppin' out on the dancefloor - all looped slap bass fun, spacey filters and a solid 4/4 backbeat, simple but effective boogie.
Review: Mexico's Joseph Terruel has got it made - by creating the perfect sun-goes-down cocktail disco music, he's created the perfect sun-goes-down cocktail disco life for himself, or at least we'd like to believe so anyway. Here's his latest missive on Paraiso Musique and it's a two-track sizzler. The title track, "Blue Regret" serves up some uncharacteristically lively disco action from the man - all thumping four to the floor beats, lush orchestration and 70s analogue synthetics. "Tool For Love" meanwhile, is what we know best from Terruel; a slow, warm Balearic haze of joint. Dive in, the water's just right.
Review: Editorial love slo-mo disco grooves and their latest comp, Funk Ride, is packed full them. Matt Hughes kicks off the Balearic party with elasticated basslines, bongos and poolside sunset vibes on "Biodigital Jazz", Joseph Terruel, ups the tempo a fraction for the dreamy boogie of "Basics" and Woodhead whips out the brass section and tight guitar licks for "Hopeless Situation". Elsewhere Napoleon drops the fuzzy funk loops on the hazy boogie jam "Little Sailor" whilst we drift away on the blue-sky chords of Old Chap's "I've Got The Groovy Touch" and Feza closes with the compressed live funk anthem "Discotizier".
Review: Imagine Michael McDonald, James Ingram and DJ Alfredo made a record and rubbed it with wire wool because it still wasn't smooth enough. That's "Tool For Love", all shimmering synth soul goodness to which Dave Allison adds some mean meandering bass and samples. "Joy To Be" meanwhile, is a sharp-snared early 80s electro funk smacker which gets both beefed up and stripped down by Hotbox Boogie.
Review: With Valentines Day just around the corner, Editorial changes tack and takes a step into the world of loved-up, slo-mo groovery. It's a smart move. They've got some great up-and-coming producers involved, with Matthew Kyle's pal Joseph Terruel and Aussie moustache man Rocco Raimundo both offering deliciously deep, spine-tingling rubs. The latter's epic, filter-heavy "Looking For You" is arguably one of the best things he's done to date - a sinewy, string-laden disco slow dance that should impress all but the most miserable of disco purists. Heion's "Run" and DJ Steef's "I Can Win" are gorgeous, too, offering loopy, bass-heavy grooves with just the right amount of lip-smacking charm.
Review: With 23 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this summer compilation from London's Slightly Transformed label. Such an extensive tracklist also offers plenty of scope for stylistic variety, with tracks ranging from laidback, groovesome boogie/soul jams like opener 'What Are We Gonna Do' to the mellow Balearic haze of 'Summer In The City', via the strident 80s attitude of 'Edgy', the looping filter disco of 'Something About Love', the authentic-sounding Blaxploitation funk of 'Mac And Carly Go Uptown', the Zapp/Cameo-isms of 'Firebabe' and even a bossa nova cover of Bill Withers. Serve poolside, accompanied by several mojitos, for maximum impact!
Review: New Mexican disco edits label Deep Sense throws its first release in our direction. A various artist compilation showcasing their new found roster of talent. There's so much to choose from on here but for our money, we'd put a wager on Monsieur Van Pratt's Ghostbusters referencing nu-disco floor filler "Ecto 1", the throwback deep house vibes of Perfect Straight's "Sundaze" which sounds like a lost tape off of Prescription or Alleviated while The Funk District's "Bodyshaker" gos for the tightly looped disco DJ tool vibe like early Nick Holder or Moodymann and thats right up our alley!
Review: Barcelona's nu-disco label, Apersonal, are currently celebrating their third birthday, and to mark the occasion label co-founder Andres Vegas delivers this sizzling late summer mix. The label's vibe is all about deep, sunkissed Balearica that is explored to the nth degree over the space of (just over) and hour. It's a wondrous journey with select highlights including Jay Shepheard's mesmerising, early Beloved sounding "Here Comes", the hazy mid 80s digital soul of "After Midnight", the looped white heat funk of "Tryin To Be Me" and the Italo-disco/acid house hybrid "Bottle Of Mine" by Egyptian Nipples.
Review: It seems that we're not the only ones to have noticed the recent rise of Mexican disco-not-disco, and more specifically the anything-goes fusion antics of the Electrique Musique label. ISM head honcho Yam Who has been paying close attention, and here compiles a showcase featuring tracks the label and related Mexican artists. There's much to admire, from the wide-eyed Balearic disco shuffle of Zombies in Miami and the head-nodding, toe-tapping house shuffle of Mr Jones, to the post-punk electrofunk of Avanti and dayglo Prince grooves of Thomass Jackson. Listing all the highlights is near impossible, so just dive in - you won't be disappointed.