Review: They might hail from Israel, but much of Rabo & Snob's music is not influenced by Middle Eastern musical culture, but rather the rhythms, vocals and instrumentation of the African continent. The pair continue this approach on their first Razor 'N' Tape outing, with opener 'Yom Yom' cannily combining squelchy synth bass, fizzing electronics and slick Afro-synth drums with Ghanaian vocals and distinctively West African melodic phrasing. Later in the EP you'll also find a more hypnotic, percussion-rich Dub Mix of the same track that's also well worth checking. Elsewhere, 'Have You Seen My Lady' is darker and sleazier, with low-slung bass, creepy chords and warehouse-ready stabs, while the similarly weighty and locked-in 'Adjinu' makes great use of Acid Arab style electronics and a very 'LFO'-esque analogue bassline.
Review: Since 2015, Tel Aviv twosome Rabo & Snob has been delivering annual releases on re-edit stable Whiskey Disco. Here they make the transfer to one of Sleazy McQueen's other imprints, Lovedancing, with some tasty original productions. "Yawumna", featuring Somma Idrisu, effortlessly underpins jangly acoustic guitars and African vocals with a metronomic nu-disco groove, while "Afia", featuring vocalist Azizaa, sounds like an unlikely fusion of Afrobeat and Adonis's "No Way Back". Art of Tones provides an organ-laden, sunshine-soaked Afro-house revision of "Yawumna", while Jacques Renault provides a suitably chunky dub of "Ifa" for those late night moments.
Review: Whatever Whiskey Disco serves up on their regular multi-artist re-edit EPs, it's invariably high quality. Happily, that's certainly the case with the material showcased on Make Your Day. You'll struggle to find a more positive and hedonistic chunk of disco-funk/boogie rearrangement than Derek Kaye's rolling revision "Sing a Song", while Sandrobianchi and Tripman's "Strawberry Letter" is extraordinarily loved up and psychedelic in the best possible way (and, yes, it's definitely Balearic). The EP also includes some high-grade, synth-laden electrofunk (Rabo & Snob's ace "No One Can Do It") and more than a sprinkling of AOR disco camp (In The Night's thrillingly tongue-in-cheek "Love Drop").
Review: Israel's Rabo & Snob don't tend to release that much material, but when they do it's nearly always on the mighty Whiskey Disco, and it's also almost always good. The Let You Know EP keeps the home fires burning, as its features four strong-as-an-ox disco jams. The title track features slammin' 4/4 drums, incessant funky bassline and overall Tensnake-esque slick vibe. Elsewhere "Cue" is moody Italo-disco of epic proportions, "So Hard To Reach" has a pumping early hi-NRG vibe (think Gino Soccio at his campest) and finally "Do It" wraps things up with a sizzling slice of looped French Touch-style tough house. A strong return from Rabo & Snob!
Review: Whisky Disco invite a trio of fresh faces to their ever-growing talent troupe for the Disco Darling EP. Andy Ash takes the lead with a loopy, strutting slice of sample-laced house that wouldn't go amiss in a Mark Farina set while Vincenzo De Bull & Halve Soul lower the tempo, invite us on a Balearic picnic and insist we gobble up huge chunks of Sade's "Cherry Pie". Deeper into the EP we find firm label friends Rabo & Snob laying down a velvet bed of Rhodes and vocal harmonies before the final label newcomer JP Source plays a slo-mo game of sample patty-cake with loopy disco mischief.
Review: The terrible twosome from Tel Aviv are back! Yes, Rabo & Snob have rustled up more boogie treats for our dancing pleasure, and a pleasure it is. First is the pumping Italo-disco fizz of "You Get By", which is turned into slinky peep-show grooves by Love Dance. Elsewhere we get the muscular disco rock of "Believe" and last but not least the elastic bass arpeggiations and percolating synths of "Together". Ace.
Review: This debut edits EP from Israeli disco duo Rabo & Snob first appeared on wax back in 2014, and here makes it to digital download for the first time. It sees the Tel Aviv twosome deliver a trio of effortlessly groovy, mid-tempo reworks that seemingly bristle with sunny intent. Opener "Here We Come" excites in part due to the tasty combination of hustling Clavinet lines and starry synth-work (though the swinging rhythm below is also rock solid), while "Baci" sees them reaching for the strobe via a trippy, Italo-influenced groove, sweaty percussion hits, and sweeping, tops-off strings. Best of all, though, is the hypnotic bounce, rubbery bass and sultry, late night sensuality of killer closer "Everybody Knows It".
Review: The first installment of the Masterworks' Bag Of Tricks series went down a treat upon its summer release. Now it's the autumn and they've rustled up some more edits, 15 in fact, again featuring some big names on the nu-disco scene. This new comp will one and all swinging from the rafters from fireworks parties to Christmas knees-ups. Highlights include the Cathy Dennis-sound-alike cowbell jam "You Know How" by RobJamWeb, the swaggering guitar strut of "The Walk" by Silver Rider and Rabo & Snob's quirky, perky hiNRG pumper "Harry Rama".
Review: Dynamicron's Los Grandes label is fast becoming one of the more reliable sources of contemporary disco. Their Black Lace compilations, which feature tracks that sit somewhere between straight-up edits and disco-tinged house productions, have proved particularly popular. There's predictably plenty to enjoy on this sixth instalment in the serious, from the righteous rubbery bass and space synths of Sunner Soul's "One Game" and heavyweight Italo pulse of Nicko's "Electronic Disguise", to the bouncy cut-up disco house antics of Mr Moustache Love's "El Coca", and Plastic Fantastic's dreamy downtempo gem "Beyond The Horizon". While the latter stands out like a sore thumb next to such boisterous dancefloor fare, it arguably provides the album's most startling moment.
Review: There's something admirable about the no-nonsense approach of the Editorial camp. While steeped in a deep love of the disco sound and the genre's deep history, the edits and reworks they release are first and foremost tried-and-tested dancefloor bumpers. The four cuts here are a great case in point. Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Do It One More Time" is a hustlin', low-slung treat (recasting Harvey Mason's "Groovin You" as a sweaty chugger), while Rabo & Snob's "Camel Filter" romps along on a formidable disco-funk flex. The biggest surprise, though is Vinyladdicted's "Alright", a rush-inducing chunk of Balearic disco.