Review: Although there's always been some subtle variety within Innervisions' output, Dixon and Ame's imprint has become known for a particular type of grandiose, tech-tinged house. Props to them, then, for releasing this EP of arpeggio-driven, 1980s style Italo-disco created by contemporary Italian producers. Muscemi and Phunkadelica kick things off, first layering exotic Middle Eastern synthesizer melodies over druggy arpeggio lines on "Babilonia", before slowing the tempo a little via the ghostly tunefulness, robotic vocals and chugging bottom-end of "Velluto Blue". Stereocalypse then takes over, serving up two more killer cuts: the long, bold chords, slap bass and rush-inducing melodies of "Lone Solo Drummer", and the Rimini '84 pomp of the arguably superior "The Cunning Man".
Review: Sicilian tech/progressive house imprint Engrave Ltd return with local duo Phunkadelica from Catania. From the moody and tunneling psychedelia of "Interspazio, the slinky and hypnotic deepness of "Microcosmo" (with its sublime use of melody and texture) and the evocative rework up next by dynamic Puglian duo Underspreche. The Optimo Trax affiliated live act deliver the goods - as always - on their rendition. "Macrocosmo" dives deep into the exotic on a psychedelic indie-dance number that will appeal to fans of Red Axes or the Multi Culti sound and finally Italian expat in Berlin Enzo Elia hammers the message home in epic fashion with his hi-tech soul rendition in the vein of the Innervisions/Exit Strategy sound.
Collapso (Man Power Italo Belgique remix) - (6:10) 113 BPM
Ipernova - (5:23) 116 BPM
Review: Here's an interesting melting pot of influences; Engrave Ltd is based in Sicily and the label's latest offering - by new act Phunkadelica - draws on Italo Disco and the country's lesser known wave/industrial heritage. The title track fuses tripped out acid lines with ebm bass and searing techno riffs to create a distinctive dance floor workout. "Collapso" sees this fledgling act combine grungy, Bunker electro with a throbbing, disco groove, while on "Ipernova", there are echoes of Italian horror movie soundtracks, played out against a melodic but moody rhythm track. Factor in Man Power's epic "Italo Belgique" take on "Collapso" and its clear that Engrave has one of 2017's most unusual releases on its hands.
Red Axes - "Caminho De Dreyfus" (feat Abrao) - (5:16) 122 BPM
Review: Cardini & Co. glance over the last few years of their discography over at Correspondant, serving up a finely curated selection of their trademark brand of dark disco on 'Collection Vol 1'. It features all the modern classics you could possibly need compiled in one package: from Gerd Janson's low slung remix of Yovav's "Caribbean Zen Mode", Julian Stetter's utterly mesmerising epic "Bushwick" and the neon-lit glory of Krystal Clear's reinterpretation of Terr's "Neuromancer" to more recent additions to the catalogue like Fideles' balearic tinged nu-disco groove "Brain Machine". Elsewhere, there are some proper anthems that couldn't possibly have been overlooked, such as Damon Jee's awe-inspiring "Charmaniac", Maceo Plex with the moody "Mutant Disco" (feat. Maars) and eclosing it out are label staples Red Axes with the very track which set them on course for success seven years ago - "Caminho De Dreyfus".
Review: German producer Basti Grub hails from Frankfurt and runs the Hohenreglar imprint, in addition to appearances for Exploited, Desolat and Mobilee. He has also produced German legend Timo Maas in recent times, so if that doesn't prove that his star is on the rise - then what more proof do you need! Here he presents the 82nd edition in Wuppertal based Faze Mag's legendary mix series featuring top tracks such as Frankey & Sandrino's "Wega", George Morel's "Yesterday Made Today" (Basti Grub Remix) [Feat. Lady Jxne] and Moscoman's "Song for Bourdain". Not to mention several exclusives by the man himself in one continuous hi-octane mix that will knock your socks of!