Review: Nine Lives is producer/DJ Nick Shaw who has been spinning across the globe for the last 15 years. He's only recently entered the world of production though, but things have been going well since his debut 1985 - The Edits dropped earlier this year. This new tune, "What Would She Do" is his most ambitious yet, eschewing his previously beloved samples for a more straight up pop dance number. Boasting strong multi-layered female vocals that sit a top a summery feelgood backdrop in the vein of Fred Falke, we could be looking at a crossover hit here!
Review: Melodic pop-house producer Nick Shaw continues his quest to reach the top ten with another sugary dance bomb! "Ta Tada" features Shep Pettibone-style freestyle production and layers of breathy female vocals. Basically it sounds like the kind of anonymous 80s dance tune, usually discovered hidden in a bargain bin, that turns out to be gold when brought home and brought back to life on your turntable.
Review: Vendition regular Nine Lives is the undisputed master of the single-track release; last year, he impressed with the party-hearty, Stevie-aping electrofunk/breaks/disco fusion "Played In The Shade", which did enough on its own to require no B-sides or reworks. "Hooked" is another impressive solo missive, and again blends all manner of complimentary elements - clipped funk guitars, female vocal hooks, a chunky disco bassline and some unfussy drums - with decent results. There's little more to it than that, but there doesn't need to be; it rolls along on an incessant groove, with the odd percussive build or subtle change to keep things interesting.
Review: Not to be confused with the Noughties electro-house pairing of Matt Schwartz & Jonathan Ulysses, this Nine Lives is aspiring DJ Nick Shaw, who has been slowly building a reputation for himself with his formula of accessible piano-driven house and melodic female pop vocals. Again, "Centro" is in keeping with this approach, but hey if it ain't broke...This time in addition to the above we get searing synth lines, punk-funk bass and some great disco lasers.
Review: If you've ever wondered what a fusion of Stevie Wonder style clavinets, old skool electro breaks and the party-hearty rumble of hip-house would sound like (we certainly have, though not on that many occasions), this single from Nine Lives delivers an emphatic answer. It's excellent, as it turns out, with booming analogue bass and cheeky clavs propelling the action towards the dancefloor with the air of a drunken man desperately searching for a playmate. There's little remarkably new about it, but Nine Lives' deft production guarantees good times throughout. For the record, there's a solid instrumental included for those who don't like the rap.
Review: Take one cutesy R&B style pop vocal, a bunch of bright house pianos and a slick nu-disco backing track. Stir well. You now have your very own copy of Nine Lives' "Cloud Nine", one of two toe-tapping, head-nodding productions featured on this latest Vendition Records release. The other cut, "Heart Break Move Shake", inhabits similar ground, but includes a soaring pop vocal that wouldn't have been out of place on a classic '80s synthpop jam. It feels like the sort of thing you'd hear blaring from a beachside bar in Rimini, while an attractive waiter/waitress (delete as appropriate) brings you something long, tasty and ice cold.
Review: It's kinda impossible to mention Mullet Records without mentioning the 1980s, simply because, well, they are obsessed with them! It was a great time for electronic production, so who can blame them? Here label boss Casio Social Club compiles another installment of his remix work and lots of great stuff on offer. Highlights include his icy mix of Nine Lives feat (the) Jaki Graham, his scratchy breakdance mix of Sare Havlicek and the melancholic excursion of his Phonetica/Soulemotion rework.