Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Toolroom's "Poolside Ibiza" compilation strand, namely groovy nu-disco, house and laidback Balearic beats inspired by afternoons spent lounging by the water in stonking White Isle heat. Naturally, there are plenty of gems to be found amongst the 40 unmixed tunes selected by chosen DJs Moullinex and Xinobi, from their own collaborative post-punk/dub number "X Marks The Spot", to the slick '80s synth-pop dreaminess of Tensnake's fine remix of Xinobi's "Far Away Place" and the drowsy, Morricone-influenced soundscape weirdness of Simple Symmetry's remix of Moscoman's "I Ran". Throw in some seriously good cuts from Felipe Gordon, Donald Dust, Pin Up Club and Meera (whose carnival-ready boogie jam "Fine Without You" stands out), and you have a fine collection of summery cuts.
Review: To kick-start their 2018 release programme, long-serving Belgian nu-disco imprint Eskimo has turned to an old friend: George "NTEIBNT" Bakalalos. While this appears to be his first single in some time, he's previously released a wealth of material on the label, often in cahoots with this single's guest vocalist, Stella. Her distinctive vocals take pride of place on "A State Nearby", a cheery chunk of gently bouncy nu-disco goodness rich in throbbing, Italo-disco style arpeggio bass, tactile piano riffs (think St Etienne's cover of Neil Young's "Only Love With Break Your Heart") and dreamy chords. Bakalakos opts for a warmer and groovier feel on bonus cut "I Do", creating feel-good vibes via the use of crunchy disco guitars, Balearic synthesizer motifs and dreamy vocal snippets.
Review: Back in April, NTEIBINT (AKA producer George Bakalakos) made a surprise return to action after two years away. That EP - Never Without You - was something of a low-key triumph, so Eskimo Recordings has snapped up this similarly picturesque follow-up. "Riptide", featuring the evocative vocals of Birsen, is an outsider nu-disco gem - a woozy, occasionally foreboding fusion of twinkling synth-pop melodies, shuffling drums, dreamy pads and tipsy electronics. These elements come to the fore on the accompanying Instrumental Mix, where Bakalakos's sweeping builds, shimmering breakdowns and heartfelt melodies are given due space to breathe.
Review: Over the last couple of years, Belgium's Eskimo Recordings has done a particularly good job in showcasing artists that effortlessly fuse elements of synth-pop, nu-disco and deep house. Greece-born NTEIBINT (and, yes, it's meant to be capitalized) has been one of their most successful signings in that regard. Having scored a dancefloor hit over the summer with "The Owner", he's joined forces with vocalist Rush Midnight for the Andras & Oscar style bittersweet Balearic pop workout "By Your Side". It's heart aching, evocative and hugely attractive. Flipside "A Baby For My Bass" doesn't quite live up to these impressively high standards, but is a perfectly enjoyable chunk of cheery nu-disco full of attractive electronic melodies and rubbery grooves.
Review: While Nteibint's "Hide In" is a fine slice of cheery, melodious nu-disco/synth-pop fusion, it's the accompanying remix package that makes this an essential purchase. Ewan Pearson, in particular, is in fine form, delivering vocal and instrumental versions that drag the track kicking and screaming towards the dancefloor. Both make excellent use of particularly psychedelic acid lines, sturdy beats, sharp violins and some killer disco cowbells. Both are little less than total overhauls, and testament to Pearson's quality as a producer. Zombies In Miami do a fine job on their remix, too, which sticks a little closer to Nteibint's original while ladling on the atmospheric chords.
Review: Greek producer Nteibint has previously impressed with excursions on Bang Gang and Kitsune, and here pops up on Eskimo with the deliciously dreamy and immersive "Never Without You". Vocalist Stella does a passable impression of Annie Lennox, and her evocative vocal works perfectly with Nteibint's enveloping production style - all lucid chords, twinkling pianos and Balearic touches. The accompanying remixes - particularly Gespleu's slowed-down interpretation - retain this atmospheric feel, with only Bluford Duck opting to raise the tempo and aim for the dancefloor (think woozy nu-disco with bold synth bass). There's also a touch of vibrant Balearic nu-disco to enjoy in the shape of bonus cut "Baby".
Review: George 'Nteibint' Bakalakos is slowly becoming one of Eskimo's most reliable artists. Since ditching the robust, in-your-face sound of his early singles for Kitsune and Bang Gang 12 Inches a couple of years back, the Greek producer has delivered a couple of notable EPs of smooth, sun-kissed nu-disco for the long-running Belgian imprint. "The Owner", featuring the sweet and evocative vocals of Stella, is another confident outing, effortlessly joining the dots between smooth, dancefloor-centric nu-disco and radio-friendly synth-pop. The accompanying remixes are tasty, too, with Anoraak's piano-heavy interpretation just edging out Justin Faust's fluid deep house-disco version. Bakalakos' Beatless Version is pretty special, too.
Through The Night (feat David Harks) - (4:17) 105 BPM
Review: Under the Satin Jackets alias, German nu-disco don Tim Bernhardt has released a swathe of synth-pop influenced singles, but only one album. "Solar Nights", his delayed follow-up to 2016 debut LP "Panorma Pacifico", has the feel of a crossover hit in the making, with Bernhardt once again showcasing his ability to graft gorgeous, sun-kissed and synth-heavy Balearic pop that's as comforting and life-affirming as a loved-up hug from your nearest and dearest. There are, of course, plenty of club-focused cuts to enjoy too, with highlights including the colourful, piano-heavy nu-disco/Balearic house fusion of "String It Again", dreamy chugger "Still Not Forgotten" and almost overwhelmingly gorgeous "All For You" standing out.
Review: Having previously released Orange, Blue, Green and Pink "collections", Eskimo Recordings continues its' colour-coordinated theme with a Yellow compilation. As usual, the collection draws on material from both established names and lesser-known talents, and does a bang-up job joining the dots between hazy Balearic pop, nu-disco, indie-dance and colourful, soft-focus house. While it's all of a high standard, we're particularly enjoying the sparkling dub disco-goes-Balearic flex of Satin Jackets' dub of Du Tonc's "We Can Hold On", the trippy analogue bump of Man Power's "Fisky", the splendid rush of Luxury's baggy disco groover "Breathe", and the camp, Italo-disco thrust of "El Wild" by the brilliantly named Zombies In Miami.
Review: Last year's Pink Collection, the first in Eskimo's Colour Series of compilations, delivered a sumptuous blend of baggy Balearica, synth-heavy nu-disco, electronic deep house and wide-eyed indie-dance. Here, the long-running Belgian label repeats the formula, serving up 12 new and recent cuts from a wide-range of artists. Highlights come thick and fast, from the touchy-feely goodness of Freeform Five's Roisin Murphy hook-up "Levinthian" and the atmospheric nu-disco-goes-acid of Volta Cab's subdued "Smoke Some Kill", to the guitar-laden Balearic house of Peak Oak and company's "Nova", and Elke Kleijn's sensual, string-laden deep house epic "A Tale of Two Lovers".
Review: Eskimo's long-running series of colour-coded compilations continues via "The White Collection", the label's first multi-artist extravaganza for two years. Featuring an attractive, ear-pleasing collection of cuts that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the compilation jogs between colourful nu-disco, hazy house, sun-drenched Balearic beats, late night Italo-disco chuggers and the kind of happy-go-lucky 21st century synth-pop that Eskimo does so well. Highlights include, but are no way limited to, the melodious bubbliness of Michoacan's "I Can See", the cowbell-laden Scandolearic space disco throb of Cavego's "Alfred (Og Venene Hans)", the low-slung new wave sleaziness of Eliezer and Rina's |San Sebastian", and the fluttering, hypnotic Balearic bliss of Middle Sky Booming's drowsy "Dreamy Route".
Review: Eskimo Recordings' colour-themed compilation series has thus far delivered enjoyable material in spades, with the first three albums providing a mix of sun-kissed nu-disco, woozy nu-Balearica, Italo-tinged chuggers, sumptuous syntyh-pop and atmospheric deep house. The Orange Collection, the fourth volume in the series, continues in this vein. Packed with colourful synths, tactile rhythms and vibrant vocals, highlights include the chiming nu-Balearic pop of This Soft Machine, the cheery Italo revivalism of Tarjei Nygard and Are Foss's "Flog", and the quirky Scandolearic deep house wooziness of Trulz & Robin's collaboration with fellow Norwegian Ost, "Find My Love".
The Purple Collection (continuous DJ mix) - (1:10:56) 119 BPM
Review: Eskimo Recordings' colour-coded compilation series has been running for a while now, serving up previously unheard cuts from the Belgian label's ever-growing family of artists. Typically, there's much to admire on The Purple Collection, the seventh annual instalment in the ongoing series. Highlights include the deliciously cosmic, slo-mo pulse of Atella's "Ascension", the horizontal Balearic disco shuffle of Antenna's "Sparks", the pitched-down, early Chicago house-meets-synth-pop flex of Dan Soloand Future Feelings' "What Else Can I Do" and the Aeroplane style nu-disco positivity of Cavego's "Var I Eyer". Elsewhere, you'll find more up-tempo, nu-disco-fired dancefloor excursions from Simple Symmetry, BOKA and Horixon, while a hugely enjoyable non-stop DJ mix of the selected tracks completes a fine package.