Review: With a title like 'Cosmic Memories' your middle name doesn't need to be Sherlock to work out what's going on here, as Rare Wiri bring us a nine-track collection that pays homage to the trippy, synth-fuelled disco of early 80s Italy. Who better to kick things off, then, than cosmic disco originator Daniel Baldelli, with his and DJ Rocca's remix of Manolo's 'Amalfi Drive'? That sets the tone nicely for an album that's long on glacial synths, 80s-sounding electronic drum beats, Euro-style vox and dramatic magenta blusher... okay, you can only actually HEAR the first three of those, but you get the idea! Phoreski's 'Slow Down' stands out for yours truly, packing as it does a little more of Da Funk.
Review: If there's a divide, in the current disco scene, between the Italo/cosmic side of things and those of a more traditional/funky/soulful persuasion, no one's told Massimo Vanoni because on this four-tracker for Hot Digits he straddles that divide with aplomb - never more so than on lead cut 'Cosmic Game', which marries a gig, nagging synth hook to an altogether funkier, more organic-sounding bassline. Fingerman provides a sparser alternate pass, while elsewhere, 'Hidden Gem' really is with its big throbbing b-line, assorted vocal snips and familiar-sounding keys, while 'Hands Up' provides the EP's most full-on funk-ified moment.
Review: Italian disco DJ/producer and Atop Records boss Vanoni comes to Rayko's Rare Wire imprint with a very solid three-tracker here. 'Apache' is a midtempo chugger with a looped rising, wordless vocal wail serving as a main hook, underpinned by wukka-wukking funk guitar and an understated, shuffling backbeat, and will serve nicely for building up energy slowly. 'Funky Stuff', with its cheeky country/blues-style guitars and harmonica and female "funky stuff... push me" vocal, perhaps has the most immediate dancefloor appeal of the three, while completing the EP is 'Disco Azzurro', a more sparse, twitchy and experimental-sounding number with a simple, Casio-like synth hook.