Review: Following fine outings on Atop, Spa In Disco, Midnight Riot and Editorial, long-serving producer and re-editor Massimo Vanoni makes his bow on Rayko's "Rare Wiri". He begins with fine title track "The Beat", a chunky and warming slab of gently Balearic nu-disco rich in bubbly bass guitar, snaking saxophone motifs, dreamy synthesizer chords and short hip-hop vocal samples. He then delivers more afternoon sunshine via the janling piano riffs, soulful vocal snippets, hearty organ notes and unfussy beats of "Free", before dipping the tempo and doffting a cap to the greats of swamp funk on "Positive Soul". This loopy, chugging affair sees Vanoni make excellent use of looped blues vocal snippets, eyes-closed snatches of jazzy guitar and a suitably chugging, arpeggio style bassline.
Review: On his return to Atop for the first time in six months, experienced producer and re-editor Massimo Vanoni has decided to operate at a more sedate pace. All three tracks hover around the 105 BPM mark, offering a shuffling, head-nodding take on nu-disco that's suitable for both warm-up sets and the weary last moments of an all-night club session. Our pick of the job is the hazy, warm and glassy-eyed slow-disco head-nod of "Everybody (Love Mix)". That said, many will be drawn towards the two mixes of "Feel My Body", both of which pepper an angular electronic bassline with vintage house vocal samples. Of the two versions it's the EP-opening warmth of the "Vibe Mix" that stands out.
Review: Label-hopping producer and re-editor Massimo Vanoni has enjoyed a relatively quiet year thus far, with a low-key outing on Atop his only release of note. This EP on Editorial should thrust him back into the spotlight though, as it really is rather good. Its' most headline-grabbing feature is the sedate, slo-mo tempos he's decided to operate at. Sure, there is one 120 BPM workout - the acid-speckled, jazz guitar-laden disco/deep house fusion of sun-kissed stunner "House Revenge" - but everything else hovers around the 100 BPM mark. On standout "Feel It", Vanoni works wonders with a chugging groove, dub delays and snippets from a seriously sweet cut, while "On Your Loving" is a superb sunset-ready groover rich in elastic slap bass, vintage electronics and dreamy chords.
Review: If you've ever wondered what you might hear if Nightmares on Wax man DJ E.A.S.E invited you back to his Ibiza villa for a post-club crack on, this edition of the long-running "Back To Mine" series has all the answers. Naturally, it's as hazy, stoned and soulful as you'd expect, with the Warp Records stalwart shuffling between stunning hip-hop soul (Children of Zeus, Ladi6), deep synth-soul (Creative Principle), sun-kissed good-time grooves (Bosq, Massimo Vaoni), Imagination-sampling nu-disco (Dim Zach), simmering jazz-funk (Chieftain) and dubby early NYC house flavas (SBM). There's naturally also a sprinkling of his own productions, including a loved-up, string-laden house version of "Russia" by Fat Freddy's Drop.
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits label has now notched up 50 releases. To celebrate this landmark occasion, the man himself has selected 25 of his favourite cuts from the label's rapidly expanding back catalogue. As a showcase for everything that's good about the imprint, it does a bang up job, gleefully jogging between exotic mid-tempo disco and disco-funk (Frank Virgilio, Dr Packer, The funk District), slo-mo disco-acid (Fingerman's tremendous rework of B-Jam's "Sundog"), kaleidoscopic, reworked '80s boogie business (Casual Connection, Melon Bomb, the hard-tweaked filters and heady loop business of Chewy Rubs), tried-and-tested party-starters (Smashed Atoms, Get Down Edits remixing Stephen Richards) and giddy peak-time workouts (Shit Hot Soundsystem, Dave Gerrard, Thomas Maslo, Kiu D). As the old saying goes, this is all killer, no filler.