Review: ISM's tenth anniversary celebrations tend towards the epic, with the Yam Who-helmed label serving up a series of bulging retrospective compilations stacked to the rafters with imprint highlights, dancefloor hits and overlooked gems. This second selection boasts 24 more tried-and-tested ISM classics, from the rubbery disco-funk bounce of Birdee's "Chemistry" and the synth-laden electrofunk revivalism of Qwestlife's D-Train style revision of "Streetlife" by Natasha Watts, to the spiraling Balearic disco throb of Pete Herbert's killer remix of Gemini Brothers' "Jeckermich" and the piano-powered nu-disco-soul of Rocco Raimundo's "Higher Lovin", featuring the smooth vocals of Stee Downes. Other highlights include the boogie-soul revivalism of Sweetooth's "Make Believe" and the hypnotic deep house/electrofunk fusion that is Mark E's fine revision of Heion's "Follow Me".
Review: About three years ago, Australian disco wizard Rocco Raimundo had an unstoppable run of top-notch re-edits until that is, he stopped. He's been relatively quiet since then, but now he's back with a bang on ISM. "Higher Love" in its original form, is pristine, funked-up soul-pop. Remix-wise Earl Grey delivers an enthralling FM synth-washed dream-mix, Yam Who? turns in a housed-up grinder and Tunnel Signs & Chux deliver a toughened up moodier version.
Review: Aussie adventurer Rocco Raimundo seems to get better with each release. Having previously impressed with some solid edits-not-edits on Disco Deviance and Bedmo Disco, he's now been snapped up by the House of Disco collective. On The Rocks is arguably his strongest release to date. It develops his filter-heavy, '80s-soul sampling midtempo groovery furthery. "Keep On Keepin' On" brilliantly flips a classic Whispers track, while "Go On & Fly" seductively shimmies between the speakers like a lothario on heat. "Love Glow" inserts some wide-eyed bump into proceedings, while "Night Moves" slowly moves towards musical orgasm with all the style of an E'd-up character in a Mills and Boon novel.
Review: Here, Sydney-based Rocco Raimundo takes a giant leap forward with his first original production. It's a bit of a belter, too, developing the trademark sound he initially developed on a string of much-played edits for Disco Deviance, House of Disco and Bedmo Disco Records. "This Is The Love" is typically Australian, mixing sunny horns and pianos with a baggy disco groove and choice vocal samples. It's pretty tasty, all told. Remixes come from Dicky Trisco and Deep&Disco. The former concentrates on the horns, coming up with something that sits midway between disco and classic house. Deep&Disco, meanwhile, deliver a breezy, Latin-tinged revision full of muted trumpets and swinging beats.
Review: With Valentines Day just around the corner, Editorial changes tack and takes a step into the world of loved-up, slo-mo groovery. It's a smart move. They've got some great up-and-coming producers involved, with Matthew Kyle's pal Joseph Terruel and Aussie moustache man Rocco Raimundo both offering deliciously deep, spine-tingling rubs. The latter's epic, filter-heavy "Looking For You" is arguably one of the best things he's done to date - a sinewy, string-laden disco slow dance that should impress all but the most miserable of disco purists. Heion's "Run" and DJ Steef's "I Can Win" are gorgeous, too, offering loopy, bass-heavy grooves with just the right amount of lip-smacking charm.
Review: The first House of Disco 12", released in the summer, set out the label's stall as a home for superior atmospheric, touchy-feely house with more than a dash of disco. This second full-length, featuring tracks from various fast-rising disco/house producers, raises the bar further. There's much to enjoy, from the comfy soul cut-ups and rock solid grooves of Matthew Kyle's "Toni" and the classic deep house blues of Luminodisco's "Too Night" to the E'd-up end of night goodness of The Groovers' "All Night". Best of all, though, is Rocco Raimundo's "Give Me Your Love", a teasing, tantalizing close dance with Luther Vandross and the girl of your dreams.
Review: Bristolian disco Grinches Bedmo Disco call on the talents of Rocco Raimundo; if his marvellous moniker doesn't tip you off as to where this EP is heading, the Italian flag and crumb catcher that adorn the artwork surely will. "Steamy Summer Sonnet" is all heavily filtered synth hits riding above a glorious arpeggiated bassline; killer vocal too! You'll find more frenetic disco-funk on "Turn Me On", while the soaring strings and almost French touch loopy filter fest that is "Ridin High" stands out as our pick of a very impressive bunch.