Review: Sometime Sound Exhibitions sort Noil Rago has a solid track record when it comes to serving up off-kilter nu-disco, celebratory house and beefed-up re-edits. This EP - a collection of "Unusual Disco" - is his first for Hot Digits and, unsurprisingly, there's much to enjoy throughout. Perhaps the most alluring track of the lot is "Sambao", a 102 BPM trip into organ-rich revivalist Afro-Cosmic territory full of funk-fuelled guitar riffs, rolling percussion and bubbly electronics. Later in the EP it's given the remix treatment by Fingerman and Bellabouche, who smother it in dub disco delay and add a hypnotic, beatdown style groove. Elsewhere, "Not By Change" sees the Naples-based producer brilliantly fuse nu-disco, Afro-Cosmic and dub disco, while "Stop" is a robotic trip into nu-disco/NYC electrofunk fusion.
Review: Naples producer Noil Rago returns to Sound Exhibitions with four 21st Century funk jams. The EP opens with 'Martini Is', a laidback, lazy groove built around cascading toms, shimmering synth tones, cut-up male vox and a full-phat bassline. 'Like In A Movie' has a suitably 'Blaxploitation soundtrack'-like vibe, while the title track turns out not to be the Lipps Inc cover you might be expecting, but instead an energetic nu-disco/disco-house cut with cut-up fem vox and choppy strings. Completing the EP is 'Passage For', an exercise in squelchy 303-like bass and euphoric disco strings. Quality stuff all round.
Review: The team behind Thunder Jam is dreaming of a "Fantasy Fling". Given that the compilation is an expansive, 21-track affair (sorry), it would be safe to say that they're thinking of a steamy, all-action romance rather than a disappointing one-night stand. Musically, the cuts on offer tend towards the warm and loved-up, with Adata's dreamy deep house opener "Marlena Soul" and the glassy-eyed Balearic disco heat of Aure Zwins' "Long Way" setting the tone. Highlights include the loopy, filter-heavy bounce of Celestino's Lionel Richie-sampling "Rhythm", the twinkling, picturesque nu-disco cheeriness of Double F.O.G's "Bang Bao Boulevard", the synth-heavy boogie revivalism of "Fangkok" by Ivan Fabra and the low-slung dub disco-goes-jazz flex of Noil Rago's "J.Club".