Review: Last year Disco Halal introduced us to Mount Kismet, a production trio comprising David Ducarage, Douglas Pisterman and Henning Specht, via a track on the multi-artist "Perfect Strangers EP". Here they offer the threesome a chance to set out their distinctive take on exotic musical fusion via a debut album that effortlessly joins the dots between psychedelic electronic disco, intoxicating Middle Eastern music and chugging, sunrise-ready house. There's much to admire throughout, from the layered percussion and haunting melodies of "Agfa" and "Arif", to the spaced-out, string-laden brilliance of "Targajh Movement 1" and the stylish Arabic post-punk psychedelia of "Teenage Fantasy".
Review: David Ducaruge, Douglas Pisterman and Henning Specht, collectively known as Mount Kismet, have released just two singles, both in the last 18 months or so and both on Disco Halal, and now they return with two new remixes of the second one, 'Teenage Fantasy'. Both feature the same bubbling 303 bass and haughty, coldwave-style spoken female vocal, but Whitesquare's rub is more angular and attitude-y and likely to find favour with the indie-dance crowd, while Kino Todo's rub has a hazier, more 'epic' feel that means it'd make for a good set-builder in progressive/melodic sets. Look out for their album 'Warmer Lanes', which is coming next month.
Review: Berlin based Israelis Disco Halal are purveyors of all things exotic and this is further exemplified tremendously on their Perfect Strangers EP. With previous releases by hometown heroes such as Moscoman and Autarkic, you know what kind of oddball grooves to expect from this bunch! The Organism from Ukraine serves up some dark disco of the most hypnotic kind on "Reflection", Kincaid (Sol Selectas/Silver Bear) gets into some esoteric tribal vibes like a true shaman on "Tyrant" and mysterious trio Mount Kismet get back to the program on the trippy and lo-slung cosmo-balearica of "Prune & Dunes".