Review: Hailing from Lyon relative newcomer Markus Gibb returns on Mexican imprint Disque Discos. Its a match made in heaven as the sound of this EP is totally in keeping with the post Italo-disco sounds being pushed by many artists and labels in that city right now. "Lobotomia" is a totally cool heavy breather of a tune (that gets an awesome art-house make over from Aristidez). Think Daniel Maloso being out-sleazed and you get the picture. "B Side" is deep arpeggiated acid turned into irresistible jack-pop by Barusto. A totally essential release.
Review: For the first Magic Feet single of 2015, label boss Craig Bratley has decided to showcase the work of two relatively little-known producers; Correspondant contributor Paresse, and Clouded Vision associate Markus Gibb. The former kicks things off with "Nada", a stylish Italo chugger that makes great use of reverb, delay, foreboding electronics and sparkling synthesizers. The Swedish producer also offers up "Little Wanderer", a surprisingly grandiose chunk of fluttering Balearic disco. Gibb flips the script a little on "Prey", a slightly dark, post-punk influenced chugger blessed with fuzzy, atmospheric guitars, before rounding things off with the moody, mid-tempo rave revivalism-meets-new wave throb of "Whistler" (which, incidentally, does feature whistling).
Review: Blindetonation is a Tokyo based record label run by the formerly London based Kezokichi. The label goes for some stylish electro-indie-house flavour that fans of Correspondant or Comeme will surely be fond of. Canadians My Favorite Robot throwdown a typically sleek and slinky remix of Tkuz's "Calor De La Noche" which features some sleazy rhyming over the top (which we loved) before the bouncy late night groove of Duncan Gray's "Kickintrusion" gets a wicked makeover by Monoblok & PSLKTR: razor sharp bassline on this one, seriously! Finally man of the moment; the Frenchman Markus Gibb returns with "Vipre Lubrique" (Hardway Bros DJ Dag Is Playing At My House remix) where A Love From Outer Space affiliate Sean Johnston takes you on a smooth disco-noir journey.
Review: Japanese DJ/producer Kezokichi made quite an impression during his time in London. Now he's returned to Tokyo and launched his own record label, Blindetonation, dedicated to "the disco of randomness - Balearic, drug chug, slow motion and weird vibe". Here, he kicks it off with an expansive compilation featuring a range of well regarded and little-known artists. Naturally, there's much to enjoy, from the sweet, analogue bounce of Jamie Paton's "Keys For Your Keeper (Dub)" and the near psychedelic chug of Tronik Youth's "The Past", to the bubbling electronics and eyeliner-clad melodies of Kieran Holden's "Stubbies", and the twisted, slow motion acid of Duncan Gray's "Kickintrusion".
Review: Clouded Vision boss Matt Walsh's first mix CD, The Clouded Vision Experiment, gained plenty of praise on its 2012 release. Three years on, he's finally got round to putting together a follow-up. As with its predecessor, The Clouded Vision Experiment Level 2 aims to join the dots between bouncy, electro-influenced techno, warehouse-friendly tech-house, glistening nu-disco (see the Eskimo Twins' "Elegy") and hard-to-define, dancefloor-friendly electronica (Richard Norris's "Dim The Lights" being a great example). The unmixed portion of the collection is full of gems, including tracks and remixes from The Hacker, Pulp Disco & The Outcasts (whose P-funk goes-acid banger "3.142" stands out) and the brilliantly named Forty Fingers Dynamo.