Veteran Swedish producer Daniel Savio once again dons his Kool DJ Dust hat for a trip into disco re-edit territory on the ever-impressive Basic Fingers imprint. As the EP title none too subtly hints, all three tracks here have a distinct flea market discovery vibe. Lead cut "Editsa Alexandria" sounds like a foreign language cover of "Going Back To My Roots" - all urgent disco grooves, soaring strings and hammered-out pianos. "Take It To Jesus" is a synth-fried gospel disco groover, while "Dancing Suite" has a distinct Mike Theodore Orchestra feel to it - all high-energy bottom end, booming electric bass and dub-laden synths and horns.
This is the latest Kojak release to get transferred to digital and it's a sizzler! "Disco Dancing" is a tight, percussion-heavy slice of disco melodrama, full of thrilling orchestral stabs, which retains some of the original's hushed vocals for extra thrills. "PSBS" on the other hand, is a more chilled clap-a-long, with an infectious female chant and a guitar lick not unlike "Is It All Over My Face".
For the uninitiated, Nemas Problemas are a crate-digging crew linked to Malmo's Wildlife Records. Here, they make their first appearance on Passport To Paradise, editing up a quartet of suitably obscure tracks found on various dusty-fingered record hunting trips. Rizzolo DJ kicks things off with "Ride To Paradise", a suitably rolling, dancefloor-friendly version of a stoner rock/cosmic disco gem, before Kool DJ Dust raises the pressure further with the vocoder-laden electrofunk jam "A Brew With My Crew". Then Rastanils lo-fi, synth-laden disco delight "Darling", and arguably the highlight of the entire EP, The Keeper's deliciously Balearic, melody-rich jazz-funk chugger "Quivering Crevice".
Since launching in 2015, Leeds-based Passport to Paradise has fast become one of the most interesting re-edit labels around, primarily be presenting superb rearrangements of thoroughly obscure and little-known cuts. Nemas Problemas Volume 2 continues this trend, serving up superb scalpel works from a quartet of rising talents. The Keeper kicks things off via the sprightly warmth and synth-heavy swing of quirky Italo-disco throb-job "Bear Claw", before Kool DJ Dust sprints off into over-the-top disco pastures on the swirling "Return of Koolius". Flip to the virtual flipside for the Clav-happy eccentricity of the impossible-to-describe madness of Rasta Nils' "Babla Rappinghood" and "Body Down" by Rizzolo DJ, a delay-laden slo-mo shuffle through Balearic electro pastures that could well be the EP's standout moment.
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