Review: Mexican imprint Duro may have walked steadfast down the left hand path of late, with their knack for moody industrial influenced music, but the first installment in their new 'Muy' compilation series sees them celebrate their 4th birthday in fine fashion - with the label and its cohorts returning to their nu-disco roots in delightful fashion. Kubebe delves deep into lo-slung territory on the mesmerizing groove of "Lagomar", Lithuanian Roe Deers offers up some cut-up classic house shenanigans on "Florida", Wolfstram does deep into the exotic (Disco Halal style) on "Ritual Of Nothing" and Hanzo & Yaman deliver the neon-lit body music of "Supergeil".
Review: Next up on Bird Of Paradise's Sulk Magic is Lithuanian duo Roe Deers, who have appeared previously on Magic Feet and Nein. "Go" is one seriously neon-lit groove for the late night, featuring shimmering vintage synth arpeggios, shiny FM tones and smashing Linn drums - all the good stuff. "It Takes Two" (original mix) goes for some semi-brooding synth-pop reminiscent of Songs Of Faith & Devotion era Depeche Mode - very bold and stylish indeed. There's a grinding acid/EBM remix by one half of Eskimo Twins and the artist otherwise known as Heretic - Timothy Clerkin. "It Takes Two" (Tecwaa remix) goes for a more slo-mo and chilled out balearica vibe, which we also enjoyed.
Choco (Traumer Long Shaked Trip) - (15:15) 123 BPM
Choco (original mix) - (6:04) 100 BPM
Shaker (Markus Gibb remix) - (5:58) 113 BPM
Shaker (original mix) - (5:29) 53 BPM
Review: It's time for Marseilles label Beat Is Murder to present their new label and its first release comes courtesy of Lithuanian duo Roedeers (Nein/Sulk magic). The slow burning indie dance shenanigans of "Choco" features some nasty warbling bass frequencies over its exotic drums that reach near tribal moments: it will appeal to fans of the Multi Culti or Correspondant sound. Parisian minimal house hero Traumer (Desolat/Gettraum) steps up for a surprising remix contribution, which is just as brilliant as expected. Deep and trippy afterhours shenanigans on the Ricardo Villalobos tip to be enjoyed here. Second offering "Shaker" is a slo-mo EBM journey for dark and smoky neon-lit discotheque frequented by neo-goths. The remix up next by Markus Gibb (Rocktothebeat) is a dark journey track on the tech house tip, that's as atmospheric and esoteric as you like it: will appeal more to fans of the Crosstown Rebels or Einmusik sound.
Review: Night Noise Music has decided to start a compilation series. Enitled "Night Noises" (we see what they did there), each volume will offer up previously unheard cuts from label stalwarts and guest artists they admire. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on this launch edition, from the gently bubbling acid lines and glistening guitar riffs of Tuiloxi's chugging dub disco opener ("Winter Afro Acid") and the druggy Italo-disco/proto-house flex of "Quirked" by Aimes, to the weighty and exotic disco pump of Jack Carel's Bollywood-inspired "Eastern Journey" and the throbbing cosmic disco psychedelia of Roe Deers' dark and pulsating "Prince". Superb stuff all told.
Review: Some 13 months after the label's last round-up of cuts from associated "Rotten Citizens", Rotten City Files serves up a third edition of its popular annual compilation series. There's loads of music to set the pulse racing throughout, from the opening slo-mo chug of Roe Deers' suitably psychedelic "Hunting" and the throbbing, strobe-friendly pulse of Thomass Jackson's exotic "Copcacabana's Magic", to the New Wave era, post-punk hum of D.Y.O.R's "Devil's Way" and the Weatherall-friendly dark room mysticism of 'Do You Know" by Skelesys. We're also rather enamoured by the reverberating, 4/4 electro/dub disco fusion of Marco Dionigi's "Listen To My Beat".
Review: Like the label's previous release, Ombra International's third EP is an all-star affair featuring contributions from a quartet of artists. Veneno kicks things off with the clandestine, post-punk dub-disco trip "Attencion Especial", before Teniente Castillo blasts off into space via the psychedelic synthesizer arpeggio lines, undulating acid flashes and extended guitar solos of EP highlight "Not That Way". Perel's "Hildegard" does a fine job in straddling the thin line between mind-altering acid house and quirky, off-kilter nu-disco, while former Nein and Magic Feet duo Roe Deers steal the show via the wonderfully weird, loose and eccentric closer "Metal Ants", a track that defies any attempts at categorization.