Review: With 23 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this summer compilation from London's Slightly Transformed label. Such an extensive tracklist also offers plenty of scope for stylistic variety, with tracks ranging from laidback, groovesome boogie/soul jams like opener 'What Are We Gonna Do' to the mellow Balearic haze of 'Summer In The City', via the strident 80s attitude of 'Edgy', the looping filter disco of 'Something About Love', the authentic-sounding Blaxploitation funk of 'Mac And Carly Go Uptown', the Zapp/Cameo-isms of 'Firebabe' and even a bossa nova cover of Bill Withers. Serve poolside, accompanied by several mojitos, for maximum impact!
Review: Sultry warm disco sessions for the open air this season with this swift four-pack from Paper Disco combi Anoraak & Luxxury. "Fire Inside" swoons a summer disco vibe with Lauren Turk's breathy lead vocals - reminiscent of a certain Linda Clifford circa-79 or pop starlet Kylie (circa-99) - while look to Anoraak original "Up To You" for a percussive, cosmic and instrumental burner. Staccato guitars and drum machine sequences collide with the odd space pong and warehouse sized vocal processing in The Emperor Machine's remix, supported by a straight up free and easy 'Fire Side" instrumental with subtle chorus line. Hot hot hot.
Review: Album number three from Luxxury here. But where their 2006 debut was an electro/indie-dance affair and 2014's 'Luxxury Edits' compiled a load of the hazy, dropped-tempo re-edits they're best known for, 'It's Not Funny' finds them turning in 10 tracks that operate in Nang-esque nu-disco territory... complete with all the glistening 80s pop sheen, analogue synth sounds and yacht rock-ish overtones that description implies! There's nothing especially innovative or ground-breaking going on but fans of the style will find much to enjoy here (even if the falsetto vox can get a little relentless), with standouts including the dreamy, mid-paced 'Hold On' and Scissor Sisters-esque closer 'I Wanna Be Everything'.
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: Given their respective profiles and reputations, you'd expect there to be plenty of takers for this studio hook-up between funk-fuelled Dutch veterans Kraak and Smaak and glossy LA nu-disco sort Luxxury. The original version - included at the end of the EP - feels like a more underground take on the floor-friendly, classic disco-pop sound cultivated by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on "Get Lucky". Really, though, it's the remixes that take top billing, with fast-rising Aussie Dr Packer providing the headline rework. His take is chunkier and funkier, making much more use of delay effects, mind-altering cowbells and crunchy Clavinet lines. It sounds like a summer anthem in waiting. Elsewhere, there's a deep French Touch style revision from Bas Roos and a breezier, suitably swirling Balearic nu-disco interpretation by Vhyce.
Review: York might not be the disco capital of the world, but the way the gang at Alpaca Edits carry on it might just as well be! They've been trotting out world class soul, disco and funk edits for a good while now, and here they deliver the second instalment of their compilation in aid of testicular cancer support. There are 15 quality scalpel jobs this time around, with highlights including the rumbling, evening poolside boogie of "I Need A Drink" by Hotmood, the punchy electro-disco of "Head Lights' by Stephen Richards and the white-hot 70s disco rock of "I'm A Man" Pontchartrain.
Review: When we first reviewed Luxxury's "Feel The Night" back in February, we hailed the original version - a cheery chunk of high-grade disco-pop with sing-along potential - but wondered why there were no remixes or alternate versions. It turns out that the L.A producer was saving them for this expanded reissue. He provides an extended, extra loved-up remix that sits somewhere between tactile nu-disco and vintage Daft Punk, as well as an Instrumental Dub for those who wish to revel in his fine Clavinet, synthesizer and electric bass playing. Best of all, though, is the rework by Ghosts of Venice (AKA producer Lee Dunn), who strips back the synths, instead focusing on the elastic bassline, vocals, and dubbed-out disco drums.
Review: When it comes to crafting tasty, radio-friendly disco-pop, Luxxury is a true master. His productions bristle with authentic, disco-era instrumentation, slick vocals, and the kind of hooks that will worm their way into your subconscious and remain there for months afterwards. "Feel The Night", the Los Angeles-based producer's first single of 2017, ticks all of these boxes. It boasts a strong, sing-along chorus, sharp string stabs, and some killer instrumentation from his regular backing band (think rubbery electric bass, hustling Clavinet lines, rich synth chords, and so on). It would have been nice to see the original version accompanied by some tasty, club-friendly dubs and remixes, but they may follow at a later date.
Review: Following the recent release of Luxxury's double A-side "Hold On"/"Take It Slow", which featured reworks from J Kriv and Crackazat, Deep & Disco presents four more remixes. Greg Wilson delivers two collaborative versions; an acid-flecked deep house-meets-disco tweak of "Hold On", and a hazy, dubby, stripped-back interpretation of "Take It Slow". Arguably the most impressive remix on the package, though, comes from Aficionado Recordings and Music For Dreams artist Vision of Panaorama, whose version of "Take It Slow" is little less than a sparkling, slow-burning Balearic delight. While it retains some elements from the original - notably the bass, guitars and live drums - the additional synths and electronics are little less than sublime.
Review: Having previously released Orange, Blue, Green and Pink "collections", Eskimo Recordings continues its' colour-coordinated theme with a Yellow compilation. As usual, the collection draws on material from both established names and lesser-known talents, and does a bang-up job joining the dots between hazy Balearic pop, nu-disco, indie-dance and colourful, soft-focus house. While it's all of a high standard, we're particularly enjoying the sparkling dub disco-goes-Balearic flex of Satin Jackets' dub of Du Tonc's "We Can Hold On", the trippy analogue bump of Man Power's "Fisky", the splendid rush of Luxury's baggy disco groover "Breathe", and the camp, Italo-disco thrust of "El Wild" by the brilliantly named Zombies In Miami.