Review: Brooklyn-based production pals JKriv and Lou Teti join forces once again, here delivering an effortlessly casual chunk of typically NYC slacker disco. As with most of their recent work, "Elisco" carefully combines great live elements - sleepy vocals, guitars, keys and such - with a nagging boogie bassline and touchy-feely synth touches. It could certainly be described as Balearic. Remix-wise, there's plenty to get stuck into, from the low-slung bass and shiny electrofunk synths of Alphabet City's shimmering take to Sleazy McQueen's eccentric yacht rock re-wiring. There's also a nice hypnotic, vocal-heavy excursion from Space Ranger that's well worth a listen.
Review: You perhaps couldn't describe Brooklyn-based Lou Teti as a "rising star", but he's certainly upped his game of late. "Get Away", the debut release on his Tigers On A Leash label, fuses the touchy-feely sounds of soft-focus Euro nu-disco with a touch of New York sassiness - and a vocal that's straight out of the Screamadelica school of dreaminess. Remix-wise, there's a nice groove from Mario Basanov, a bizarre but attractive vocal tweak from Drop Out Orchestra (think classic soul/disco meets ragging Italo meets spiralling indie dance), a chunky dub from the same crew, and a percussive disco-not-nu-disco rub from JKriv.
Review: Tigers On A Leash regular Lou Teti pops up on Mullet. He's pushed the boat out for the occasion, too, delivering a bubbling fusion of 80s Italian pop, low-slung disco-punk, coy synth-pop, twisted nu-disco and dreamy Balearica. It's hard to pin down musically, but rather charming all the same. Mullet regular Tad Wily provides the obligatory electrofunk-inclined remix, adding a fat synth bassline to propel the action 'floorwards (see what we did there?). There's also a rather silly (but, again, charming) 80s Balearic pop makeover from the brilliantly named Dublin Aunts. Worth a listen.
Review: This new single from Tigers On A Leash main man Lou Teti is a bit of a surprise. Whereas previous releases have hovered between the worlds of house, disco and nu-disco, "I Know The Way" veers off towards the rockier end of the cosmic disco spectrum. Sounding like a cross between those odd heavy rock records Daniele Baldelli used to play and Daft Punk making nu-disco, it's a fun and forceful beast. Toomy Disco provides a big, glossy, borderline anthemic nu-disco makeover, while Cassian offers two light-hearted disco-funk takes. Check also Generatto Tape's Dub, which sounds like vintage Orbital jamming with a bongo-fixated percussionist.
Review: It can take some producers years to develop a "trademark" sound, but Brooklyn-based Lou Teti's done it in six months. Like his most recent outings for Mullet and Tigers On A Leash, "Shake" offers a breezy mix of nu-disco synths, DFA-ish baggy indie-dance vocals, low-slung punk-funk bass and a sprinkling of Balearic stardust. The influences are obvious, but the blend is all his own. Remix-wise, Drop Out Orchestra turn in a baggy, E'd-up version that sounds like a cover of Primal Scream's "Loaded", while Toby Tobias lays down some delicious deep house/nu-disco fusion for bleary-eyed dancers. A versatile package is rounded off by a bumpin', deep disco rub from J Kriv.
Review: New York-based prducer Lou Teti seems to be gaining confidence with every release. This new single for La Belle is arguably his strongest yet. The genius of "Talk About It" lies in its combination of fuzzy, low-slung disco grooves, alien synth melodies and weary vocals. The whole thing sounds tailor-made for DFA - think Holy Ghost! on downers and you're close. Bonus cut "Dream Out" busts some squidgy electrofunk shapes, whilst Pete Herbert offers up two remixes of the title track. Both boast heavy synth bass and sprightly nu-disco synths - well worth checking out!
Review: This time last year, Parisian imprint La Belle - run, at least in part, by Golden Bug and Herr Styler - slipped out their first release. 12 months on, they present an impressive resume of their output to date. Focusing on a stylish, knowing, basement-friendly take on nu-disco, with nods to house, acid, punk-funk and electro - La Belle Season One is a riotous collection of floor-friendly jams. From the acid-infused 4/4 funk of Freeform Five's remix of Golden Bug's "One Way" and the inspired Italo of Moon Runner's "Tlatohua", to the Balearic disco-goes-rave stylings of Pete Herbert's rework of Lou Teti's "Talk About It", there's much to admire. In fact, you'll struggle to find a stronger collection of contemporary disco-inspired business.