Liquid Pegasus's synth-funk focused 2016 debut album "What I Actually Do" was so good that many expected him to become a major force in the growing nu-boogie scene. His career seems to have stalled since then, with this outing on Clandestine Boogie marking his first outing in almost two years. It's a vibrant, colourful and sun-kissed affair that regularly reaches rush-inducing levels of positivity. Check the meandering synth-bass, sparkling stabs and eyes-closed jazz guitar solos of "Makin' It Hot". "Sparkle" is deeper, more laidback and a touch more disco-fied, with Dave Allison upping the tempo a little while increasing the Balearic factor on his accompanying remix. Matt Hughes' tidy take on "Makin' It Hot" is arguably sturdier and more club-ready than Liquid Pegasus' original version.
Few labels do revivalist boogie, electrofunk and Italo-disco quite as well as Berlin's Royal Athlete. For proof, just check out this multi-artist EP, which is just overflowing with synth-heavy goodness. Atmospheric '80s pop revivalists Private Agenda get things going with the dreamy "Tender", before occasional PPU contributor Sven Atherton drops an authentic chunk of Balearic-minded synth-funk (the standout "Last Of The Linn"). Other highlights include the piano-heavy boogie business of "Bass Finger" by Liquid Pegasus and the emotion-rich soul wonkiness of Rick Wreck's raw and teary-eyed "Heartache 2 Heartbreak". In other words, it's another essential EP from the Royal Athlete camp.