Review: German imprint House is OK built its reputation on a series of compilation style EPs called We Make Music. Five years after the final volume dropped, they've decided to revisit the concept by launching a new series, Gemist. Fittingly, heavy hitting Swede Kornel Kovacs kicks off Part 1, serving up an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink peak-time floor-filler seemingly inspired by the cut-and-paste, sample-laden house hits with which M/A/R/R/S and S-Express made their name. Jean-Paul Gavri and Sleazy McQueen do a good job combining choppy house beats, disco samples and wild synth solos on "Dead Sea", while Longhair's "Coco Loco" is an attractive, retro-futurist box jam. If you fancy something a little raw and rough-round-the-edges, Janis's excellent "Floating" is well worth a listen.
Review: After EPs for Bordello A Parigi, Love On The Rocks and Renate Schallplatten, Longhair present their first full length EP for Munich's Permanent Vacation. The duo is composed of some veteran DJs and producers: you may know Benedikt Bogenberger of Peak & Swift/Salon zur Wilde Renate fame, while Marko Pelaic produces as Home Boy and Bechari among other aliases. The Space Time EP features some properly neon-it nu-disco euphoria, as heard on "Rhythm Activity" and "Ten To The Third" (which we're big fans of), while the title track's sun kissed balearic bliss is the perfect way to farewell the summer of 2020.
Review: Next on Berlin's Renate Schallplatten is Longhair, a project formed by Marko Pelaic and Benedikt Bogenberger (residents of related club Salon zur Wilde Renate) and this four-tracker following up last year's release on Bordello A Parigi. The Mangostine EP opens with the title track, an emotive, neon-lit classic house expression awash in retro synth glory. They go deeper next on "Pans & Pots" the name most likely referring to the chiming and hypnotic polyrhythms throughout and then go intro trippier afterhours territory with the reduced bounce of "Aquaman". There's also a remix of "Mangostine" by Studio Barnhus' Axel Boman as well. This release is Renate Schallplatten's first since 2017's various artist compilations. Earlier EPs have landed from Moscoman, Sebastian Voigt, Wareika and more.
Review: If you're in the mood for some sun-kissed sounds tailor-made for sun-kissed pool parties and lazy afternoons on the beach, Future Disco's latest compilation could be just the ticket. You get 18 unmixed tracks for your DJ sets, plus a non-stop mix to help while away the hours while your skin turns a lovely shade of red. Musically, it's a mixture of baggy Balearic disco-pop (Luxxury, Stavanger Hunt and Future Disco's "Another Lifetime", dub disco influenced grooves (Soulwax remixing Tendts, the low slung strut of Lowheads' "Seven Afro Mood"), dreamy deep house sexiness (Henrik Vilard, Moon Boots) and evocative nu-disco haziness (the Italo-influenced thrust of 16BL's ace "You Are High"). More importantly, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.