Review: No prizes for working out what's going on here - the clue's in the EP title! First released in 2010, 'Beam Me Up' from NYC collective Midnight Magic is a mid-paced disco/boogie groover with a female vocal that suggests something of a Grace Jones fixation. As for the remixes, Theo Kottis pays homage to the Italo-house sound of late 80s/early 90s Ibiza, Perel takes us into stripped 'n' sleazy Berlin-ish territory and Krystal Klear's rub has an epic, big room feel, while Benjamin Frolich gives the track a much housier makeover. Each of the mixes will find its fans for sure, but Perel and Frohlich lead the charge to these ears.
Review: Ever since they introduced themselves to the world via triumphant 2010 debut "Beam Me Up", New York disco collective Midnight Magic has consistently delivered the goods. Predictably, the outfit's latest single - their first new material for nearly two years - is another belter. "Give Me A Reason" is a sparkling, delay-laden exercise in early '80s NYC boogie/proto-house fusion, with evocative vocals, meandering horn lines and darting synthesizer motifs rising above a typically chunky, live-sounding groove. The band's proto-house/early Chicago house influences come to the fore on virtual flipside "Give ME Life", which includes some suitably trippy layered vocals and psychedelic synthesizer solos.
Review: Supposedly recorded to mark Permanent Vacation's 10th anniversary party, Raketenmix is full of surprises. Certainly the tripped out electronic disco of DMX Krew's "Disco Theme" is not what one might expect from the German label, while a similar, albeit more glossy-sounding approach is audible on Tensnake's remix of Sally Shapiro's "I'll Be By Your Side". There are plenty of feel good house tracks here as well; for example, the mix revisits Holy Ghost's 2008 disco reshape of indie rockers Panthers' "Goblin City" and the 'Rave Dub' version of John Talabot's "Destiny" is an excellent low-slung groove. It all comes together to create the ultimate party mix for a Munich keller.
Review: Purloined from the funkiest cavities of their last album Free From Your Spell, Midnight Magic's loose-grooved post disco fusion enjoys a new collection of re-visions and versions. George Clinton-approved FSQ add a little more drive in the drum department and swooning focus on the harmonies, Nark strips back the layers and polishes with a generous dose of acid while long-time Soul Clapper Michael The Lion rebuilds the elements into a roaring piece of piano-hammering gospel house feelgoodness. Feel the love!
Review: The Munich based deep house and nu disco institution returns for their fourth safari and it is quite the trip if we do say so ourselves. The landscapes.. the wildlife.. be prepared for an epic journey! Highlights on here include the gutsy analogue punk of Drvg Cvulture's "Night Time Is The Right Time", prog house don Henry Saiz teaming up with sometime John Talabot cohort Pional on the dreamy "Uruboros" and Sweden's always reliable Axel Boman with the dreamily hypnotic "Die Die Die!" which despite its title is summery and lush: a potential anthem of Summer 2017. Hidden treasures, lost classics and exclusive tracks through the deepest house valleys and the highest disco mountains of the label's catalog.
Review: Munich's Permanent Vacation churns out releases at a rapid rate, making it annoyingly easy to miss out on great material. Lucky, their sporadic Selected Label Works compilation series can help fill in the gaps. Volume Five contains a wealth of tasty treats, from the wonky late night throb of Dolkraut's mesmerizing "Fire", and progressive house influenced dancefloor bliss of TB's "City Girl", to the Orbital style intelligent techno of Daniel Bortz and Sacha Sibler, via the bass-heavy wonkiness of Lake People. There's also another chance to savour Session Victim's loose, warm and groovy rework of Midnight Magic, and a tops-off-friendly chunk of Sound Factory era pump from Tuff City Kids.
Review: Brooklyn disco-funkers Midnight Magic tore a hole in the scene in late 2013 with their debut album Midnight Creepers. Here we find Permanent Vacation doing what they do best; recruiting some of the game's finest producers to write their own subverted footnotes on an already killer narrative. Highlights include Blase's angular off-beat bleep serenade that eventually develops into a raw emotional meltdown on "Red Rain", the almost human-like heavy breathing synths of Mano Le Tough's take on "Drop Me A Line" and any one of the takes of the band's biggest hit to date "Beam Me Up". As ever with Permanent Vacation, there's some serious magic in the mix right here.
Review: Munich label Permanent Vacation's annual Selected Label Works collections are rarely less than essential, and this third volume is no different. As usual, there's an enjoyable mix of dancefloor hits, leftfield disco curiosities, rabble-rousing remixes and atmospheric, occasionally Balearic moments. With such a vast tracklist and the quality threshold high throughout, it's hard picking highlights. Worth particular attention, though, are Todd Terje's quaint dub reggae rework of Europop hit "All That She Wants" (covered under his occasional Chuck Norris guise), the quirky Germanic pop of new signings Candyblasta and Argy's thrilling, Hacienda-style Balearic breaks mix of his own Zodiac Free Arts Club track "NAOE".