Review: We may not be able to gather to dance outdoors under a blazing sun or a blanket of stars, but there's no harm in a little musical daydreaming. That's what the latest multi-artist Ravenelli Disco Club release is all about: summery escapism that comes with a big dollop of rush-inducing disco release. Ethyene sets the tone with the colourful boogie-house fusion of "Let Love" - all twinkling synth motifs, echoing percussion hits, thickset grooves and hazy vocal samples - before Carlo raises the temperature via some jazzy deep house heaviness in the vein of Derrick Carter's "boompty" era. Over on side B, Hotmood's "Magical Flight" is a surging, string-drenched disco-house roller, while Rees' "The Way You Mood" is a tooled-up take on what sounds like a classic Philadelphia International cut.
Review: Next up from the Me Me Me team we have been given an absolute treat as Rees steps up for a fabulous new EP drop, showcasing his unique take on breakbeat themes. The title track for this one is as epic as it sounds as 'Bamboo Of Kyoto' combines silky, exciting pad textures with acidic warblings and well processed drum layers for a magnificent exploration into so many areas of dance music in one. The Colourful synth flaps and bouncy rhythms of 'An Evening In Yoshino' before Matrixxman provides us with a grizzly neuro rethink of 'Bamboo Of Kyoto'. This is then chased up with a remix from Sagittariun who gives the whole track an apocalyptic industrial overhaul.
Review: An EP here that's the proverbial game of two halves, Brian. 'Chances' itself is a fat-bottomed disco-funk groover with a soulful male vocal, parping brass and some fine west coast-ish guitar work, yet the extensive use of filters and the high production values generally mark it out as unmistakably a 21st Century thang. The female-vocalled 'Mystery Funk', on the other hand, is straight-up disco/boogie revivalism, and could have beamed straight in from 1982 or so. Either track will move disco-friendly floors without a doubt, but the authentic stylings of 'Mystery Funk' win the day.
Review: The young Squane, who has started to seize the bass scene with his endless slew of kinetic devilry, is up on Jelly Bean Farm, accompanied by a number of different artists, all specializing in different dub-strains of bass. The opening collab with Hypho blends cold Berlin techno vibes with London's grime heritage, then Rees comes through to drop in yet more pulsating industrial action, while Kelly Dean and Ill Chill have got us wrapped up in a nutty bundle of post-modern broken house beats. Ebb's appearance is marked by shimmering cold waves of hypnotic chanting, while Mershak helps to add another layer of swing to Squane's cavernous production style, and Delo helps to strip it all back to a chilling minimalist stance. Lovely.