Realisation Of Unlimited Possibility (live version) - (11:29) 119 BPM
Review: Italy's Alessandro Parlatore and Marcello Giordani, better known as Marvin & Guy, describe themselves as "engineering a cosmic bridge between the heritage of disco and Italo towards contemporary techno," which gives you a good idea what to expect here! The EP's four tracks, presented in six mixes, couldn't be much more redolent of 1980s Europe if they tried, and will go down a storm on specialist floors; the lower-tempo remix of 'Migration' could also find its way into deeper prog sets, while the Dance Mix of 'Badlands' has overtones of the Motor City, aping the kind of early techno that was partly inspired by Italo-disco in the first place.
Review: Italian duo Marvin & Guy return to Permanent Vacation after their 2017 Fire! Fire! EP. This time the duo of Alessandro & Marcello explore all the influences throughout their musical career on "Hint of '92″. Like the name might very well suggest (hint hint!) they explore the timeless aesthetic of early '90s German trance and truly recapture that euphoric 'zeitgeist' oh so well. The track also features fellow Italian Marika from Underspreche on vocals, who also contributes a groovy disco remix up next. "Discoteque" is a driving and roaring nu-disco epic that is more familiar of the duo's sound, while "Colours" goes deeper on this atmospheric acid drifter.
Review: According to the elaborate press release accompanying this release, "Solar Warriors" is "Marvin and Guy on rocket fuel". There's certainly something suitably cosmic about "Notte", the cut that opens the Italian duo's second outing on Life & Death. Beginning with an inspirational spoken word sample, the track boasts woozy, deep space synths, hissing cymbals, colourful synthesizer lines and breathlessly beautiful piano riffs gently rising above a quietly pulsing groove. It's very good, all told, as is "Idra" where chanteuse Perel adds an atmospheric spoken word vocal (in German) over a slightly darker groove and even more spacey chords and melodies. Further intergalactic bliss is provided via the jaunty synth-bass, skittish beats and supernova synthesizer flourishes of "Stige (9AM Mix)".
Review: Italian duo Alessandro Parlatore and Marcello Giordani aka Marvin & Guy appear next for the Life and Death powerhouse for a stellar new EP. These four tracks 'explore parallel worlds through expert synthesizer sequencing and cavernous vocal features.' Esoteric melodies mixed with Athena's stream of consciousness recital guarantees dance floor energy on "Superior Conjunction". "Arpadia" with its hypnotic theme compliments the title track's restrained drama, while the Fantastic Twins' spoken word performance elevates "The Train of Fantastic" to an altered state of being. Fresh off some killer releases this year for Correspondant, Disco Halal and Permanent Vacation, these guys are bringing some top tunes and are truly on fire at the moment.
Review: Having previously released music on a swathe of highly regarded labels - Correspondant, Hivern Discs and Young Adults included - Marvin & Guy pops up on Munich's long running Permanent Vacation imprint. The Italian duo is in typically eccentric mood, serving up a quartet of cuts that seem keen to avoid easy categorization. Check, for example, the psychedelia meets Itallo-disco at the Cosmic Club vibes of "Theme From 'Fire! Fire!'", the baggy and Balearic-minded shuffle of vocal curio "Mother Nature Is Calling You", and the clandestine, high octane thrills of "Moreno", which sounds like the '88 version of The KLF's "What Time Is Love" after a session in Italy's sleaziest club.
Review: Marvin Dan III and Lee "The Black Belt" Guy debut on the excellent Hivern Discs with the Egoista release and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and understanding of what makes a dancefloor tick. Most recently spotted on US label Young Adults, Marvin & Guy are known best for the series of cosmic disco mind benders issued for Let's Get Lost, On The Prowl, and their own eponymous label. That sense of cosmic sprawl is very much in evidence on this three-track release, with the seven minute title cut setting the tone, sounding akin to one of Joakim's more epic productions. The star gazing "Cancion (Para Ti)" has Lena Willikens set-opener written all over it whilst "The Man Who Lost The Hat" adopts a somewhat darker tone, despite the silly title. More great music from the Hivern crew.
Review: Marvin & Guy launch Young Adults' 2015 with a fresh, thrilling three-tracker in the familiarly disco-infected take on house music. The dupo's own M&G edits have now solidified their sound and we can only expect total dancefloor quality from the pair. As expected, Dance Ability certainly doesn't disappoint and their trademark blend of tight loops and acoustic instrument is more prominent than ever! "Dance Ability (The Journey)" is an ultra-deep, psychedelic synth journey accompanied by a relentless 4/4 swagger; "Dancecity" features Athena and goes into a funked-out jazz mode thanks to those cool horns and seductive vocals, while "Dancenergy" picks up the tempo and heads back to the floor...where Marvin & Guy always rule with an iron fist.
Review: This shady duo specialise in no-nonsense disco and house with its roots strictly in the old skool. Here we get three underground productions: the title track is a deep linear loop affair with seductively chiming percussion and the occasional vocal noises, "Moon Import" is more trippy with gentle jazzy chords, loose, open hi-hats and more than a hint of acid. Finally "Shot Me" with its elastic live bass and heady atmosphere recalls punk funk at its most disco. Top trumps for the Cabral's Bottom mix of "Estasy" which evokes the raw spirit of Ron Hardy's Music Box.
Review: Munich-based Permanent Vacation perform their usual yearly ritual by serving up a bunch of essentials, with their seventh edition here including a whopping 25 tracks. Kicking things off in style is Madrilian producer Pional's uplifting anthem "Tempest", label chief Benjamin Froehlich appears with "Drawn From Memory" which receives an evocative rework by French legend I:Cube, while German nu-disco heroine Perel is on point as always with the neon-lit "Angelika". Elsewhere, Irish duo New Jackson present the glassy-eyed and bittersweet "Romancecar", label co-head Tom Bioly gives us the deep Italo vibe of "Night Heat", label staple Fort Romeau shows off his usual knack for emotive dancefloor drama on "Heaven & Earth", plus the worthy addition of Terr's dark disco delight "Have You Ever" (Dub Version).
Review: Eskimo Recordings' colour-themed compilation series has thus far delivered enjoyable material in spades, with the first three albums providing a mix of sun-kissed nu-disco, woozy nu-Balearica, Italo-tinged chuggers, sumptuous syntyh-pop and atmospheric deep house. The Orange Collection, the fourth volume in the series, continues in this vein. Packed with colourful synths, tactile rhythms and vibrant vocals, highlights include the chiming nu-Balearic pop of This Soft Machine, the cheery Italo revivalism of Tarjei Nygard and Are Foss's "Flog", and the quirky Scandolearic deep house wooziness of Trulz & Robin's collaboration with fellow Norwegian Ost, "Find My Love".