Review: Few outfits in the nu-disco scene are quite as experienced as Mirror People. The Lisbon-based trio has been serving up colourful, floor-ready treats for the best part of a decade, though this EP on band member Rui Maia's Belong Records imprint might be their best collection of cuts to date. Covering Loose Joints classic "Is It All Over My Face" is fraught with danger, but we can confirm that they've done a terrific job, primarily by retaining the wonky looseness and dub-flecked quirkiness of the Arthur Russell/Steve D'Aquisto original. Elsewhere, they provide a chunkier disco cover of Ralphi Rosario's early Chicago house classic "You Used To Hold Me" (here titled "Hold Me"), pay tribute to John Carpenter soundtracks on "Taste of Murder" and go all jaunty and spacey on the arpeggio-driven sleaze of "What Is Luv?".
Review: You know a nu-disco record is on to something when its chiming analogue melodies and bubbling synths sound like they were designed for a woodland rave full of tiny pixies, goblins and fairies. That's what "Reaction" sounds like (to us, at least), and it's rather good. There's a darker, dubbier remix from Tiago Zawa, too, for those who secretly want the fantasy rave to be taken over by villainous Alan Rickman lookalikes. "Odyssey", meanwhile, takes the cheery little people on a trip to the moon - think space disco with a dash of acid and old skool piano frippery - while Jacques Renault's dubby house remix sets off into deep space and just keeps on going.
Crazy P - "Clouds" (Outboxx remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
James Fox - "Holding On" (feat Vanity Jay - NYC mix) - (5:57) 120 BPM
Tempelhof - "Drake" (Future Disco edit) - (6:21) 83 BPM
ADA - "Maps" (Michael Mayer & Tobias Thomas remix) - (8:54) 125 BPM
Downtown Party Network - "Space Me Out" (feat Egle Sirvydyte - Mario Basanov remix) - (8:18) 120 BPM
Clockwork - "Lost Keys" (feat Tale Of Us) - (5:02) 120 BPM
Various Artists - "Future Disco - 'Til The Lights Come Up" (continuous mix) - (1:02:58) 121 BPM
Review: How many long-running compilation series are still going in this day and age? Ok, well respected ones then. Sean Brosnan's Future Disco series has always delivered the goods and can always be used as a benchmark for where the nu-disco world is at any one time. This time, it's (perhaps unsurprisingly) all about the vintage house vibes so not so disco then, but still a thrilling listen. Highlights include the slinky DJ T-esque "You're The One", the ever-brilliant DJ Koze's remix of hot newcomers Mount Kimble and the deeply enchanting Axel Boman remix of "Naughty".
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".