Review: Without fail, Futureboogie Recordings' annual "Summer Riot" EPs are always amongst the Bristol-based imprint's finest releases of the year. This year's edition - the eight in total - is no different. It's five floor-friendly cuts include a locked-in chunk of late night techno hypnotism by A Sagittarian (undulating opener "Machine Elf"), a raw and wonky, mind-altering analogue house jam full of Yellow Magic Orchestra style computer bleeps (Red Flower Union's "Natural Self") and a piano-sporting chunk of old school house revivalism from Statue ("Ivory"). Manchester producer Neil Diablo hits the spot with the starburst Italo-disco chug of "Colorado", while Kincaid gleefully dances through New York freestyle and Bobby Orlando style hi-NRG on EP standout "Bulfas".
Review: Kincaid is none other than Joe Arthur, whose dad Neil Arthur was the driving force behind 1980s synth-pop mavericks Blancmange. It makes sense, then, that Poppa Arthur would make an appearance on "Big Fat Head", his son's first single for Disco Halal. He provides a typically stylish, delay-laden spoken word vocal that slowly rises above a throbbing bed of exotic synthesizer lines, thrusting electronic bass, feverish Middle Eastern flourishes and layered percussion. The headline remix comes from Moscoman and Trikk, who re-imagine the track as a spacey and forthright chunk of leftfield electronic disco goodness. Joe Arthur handles the other remixes himself, serving up an atmospheric, slowly building Club Mix anda min-altering dub mix rich in sweaty drum hits, throbbing bass breakdowns and fluttering synth-flute flourishes.
Review: Berlin based Israelis Disco Halal are purveyors of all things exotic and this is further exemplified tremendously on their Perfect Strangers EP. With previous releases by hometown heroes such as Moscoman and Autarkic, you know what kind of oddball grooves to expect from this bunch! The Organism from Ukraine serves up some dark disco of the most hypnotic kind on "Reflection", Kincaid (Sol Selectas/Silver Bear) gets into some esoteric tribal vibes like a true shaman on "Tyrant" and mysterious trio Mount Kismet get back to the program on the trippy and lo-slung cosmo-balearica of "Prune & Dunes".