Review: Buenos Aires nu-disco label Heartbeat Revolutions dropped the Music Fever EP by Ccccchaves earlier this year. Now it's back in remixed form and sounding as good ever. "Dirty Disco" has been turned into glistening, synth drenched electro-disco by Phunktastike, "Funky Dancefloor" gets twisted into very early '80s Duran Duran (with plenty of killer slap bass) by Julian Sanza and finally the title track gets stretched into an irresistible seven-minute slab of percolating electro-disco-house by Future Feelings.
Review: Rene Lavice has been one of themost exciting additions to Andy C's Ram stable over the last few years. While the label is usually associated to strict drum & bass, Lavice's tunes push the boundaries of the genre way out into hyper space, and touch on many different influences in the process. "Human Safari" is a true hybrid tune, a mass of broken half-breaks, surrounded by raucous sonics ad playful atmpshperics. It's as daring as you're gonna get from modern d&b. It's definitely worth a gander!
Review: Veteran producer Julian Sanza from Mar del Plata, Argentina is responsible for an extensive discography under many different aliases like Silver City, Ciudad Feliz, The Spirals, 2020 Soundsystem (with Ralph Lawson) and Cielo 45 among others. His new one for Big Mama Records is "Tunnel Of Tunnel '' featuring some sublime tech/progressive house excursions. From the slinky and hypnotic vibe of "DM2" which also receives two impressive reworks by India's Lola Allen: the deep and dusty Menopause edit, followed by the tribal polyrhythms on the Retrograde Edit. Finally we have the evocative and euphoric slow burner that is the title track.
Review: Silver City/The Spirals veteran Sanza links up with NYC label AntiDEEPressant for his latest opus, which comes complete with remixes from Vincent Inc & LA and Christian Lamper. Sanza's original is a deep, druggy chugger that sits right on the deep house/disco cusp, with a lil' hint of prog to boot. A much more straight-up disco sensibility informs Vincent Inc & LA's remix, which comes dripping in funk geetar chops, while Lamper opts for a dreamier, more late-night vibe. Vincent Inc & LA's rub is the obvious pick for disco lovers, then, but all three takes are eminently playable.
Review: Hot on the heels of former Silver City man Julian Sanza's Can't Stop The Feeling EP comes this hot-to-trot remixed version. Belgian boogie revivalists Spirit Catcher steal the show with a wonderfully bouncy, positive and synthesizer-heavy reinterpretation of the title track, while Ilya Santana joins the dots between punk-funk, Balearica and Italo-disco on his stellar rework of "Cannot Dance". Elsewhere, Phunktastike press the big purple button marked "nu disco" and deliver a throbbing-but-wavy take on "Yayaya", before Yam Who turns the musicality up to maximum on his attractive remix of "Sunset". Happily, there's not a duffer in sight, but plenty of dancefloor-ready goodness.
Review: Some three years on from his last solo outing, former Silver City and 2020 Soundsystem man Julian Sanza pops up on Rare Wiri with more dub-wise, synth-heavy disco fare. Like former studio partner Fernando Pulichino, Sanza's productions make extensive use of rubbery electric bass, sparkling boogie synths, and heaps of tape delay. This formula still offers plenty of room for manoeuvre, though; contrast, for example, the dub disco-meets-proto house cheeriness of "Cannot Dance", and the more Balearic dreaminess of "Can't Stop The Feeling", which benefits greatly from eyes-closed electronics and sweet electric guitar touches. Arguably best of all, though, is the stripped-back, delay-laden Balearic disco dub of closer "Sunset".
Review: Another set of 'Edits & Sexy Things' from Argentina's Heartbeat Revolutions, coming hot on the heels of September's Vol 1. Those involved have dug deep: Rick J's 'Hot Blooded' and Prinz's 'Up Town' draw on Rick James and Prince, respectively, but the source material for the other three remains a mystery, though the fluttering early 80s funk and chanted vox of label boss Julian Sanza's 'Say Something' have a naggingly familiar feel. Elsewhere, T Hook's 'Indian Girl' is all funk guitar and Native American-style vox, while Butterchops' 'She's The Boss' is another funk chugger with more guitars, analogue-sounding synths, house-y pianos and cut-up female vocal snips.
Review: After securing some horizontal heat from Redux boss Fernando, Solardisco turn to his Silver City and 2020 Soundsystem cohort Julian Sanza for their latest release. A consummate producer in his own right with drops for Lost My Dog, Rebirth and 2020 Vision, Sanza adopts a more languid approach for his Solardisco debut, with "Fired Up" best described as a dizzying, dosed up disco track that builds effortlessly over the course of seven minutes. Solardisco keep things on a South American tip for the remix, enlisting Sanza's young compatriot Toomy Disco to turn the track into a straighter, more dubby version that skips along merrily, the groove driven by a reverberant arpeggiated shimmer.