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: 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: 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: It's been two years since the first installment of Hudd Traxx's Out Of Order series, which contained some fine material from previously unheard talents. This follow-up tweaks the formula slightly but retains the same high quality threshold. Experienced producer Julian Sanza predictably hits the spot with "Pata Negra", where Steve Hillage style guitars and ghostly chords ride a smooth-but-bumping deep house groove. The Joyfull Family [sic] raise the tempo significantly on the stripped-back but bombastic jam "I Gonna Love This", while Manooz wraps himself up a big duvet on the deep and soulful "Love The Underground". As if that wasn't enough, there's a bonus chunk of trippy deep house in the shape of Little Fritter's "Different Day".
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.
Review: Wow! Here's a collaboration and a half - former Silver City man, Julian Sanza (2020 Vision, Cr2) has hooked up with Future Feelings (Los Grandes, Eskimo, Gazeebo International) for an Argentinean meets Mexican hoedown. The original mix is pure shimmering, sleepy poolside synthpop with that unmistakable Silver City glacial sheen. Remix-wise, Tronik Youth adds some nice chunky electro arpeggiation, Avanti opts for some mid 00s electro-house action and Ben Macklin steers us into piano-led nu-disco territory. With early support from the likes of Cosmonauts, Tensnake and Bill Brewster, it looks like this one's a winner.