Review: In 1586, the city of Lima, Peru was all but destroyed by an earthquake that now gives its name to this V/A collection from Temblor, a label whose name also means 'earthquake'. With seven tracks from as many different artists, there's an impressive range of sounds on offer, from the dirty squelch bass of CLUB RAVE & Enjanzea 2's 'Dist' and the Eastern, almost gothic edge of 'Code Of Chaos' by Goats, to the proggy, hypnotic 'Raiz Cuadrada' from Ruary & Tatook and the more techno-oriented 'Perdidos' by Disconnected. Overall this is 'disco' only in the sense that it's not really anything else, but it's an interesting collection all the same.
Review: Theus Mago's Duro label decides to look back on the last-half decade with glee in this Hard Five Retrospective bringing together a huge compilation to help remind us what life's gonna be like when we're allowed back on the dancefloor! Not just bells and whistles, Duro keeps its flavours deep with cuts from Rigopolar in the Jean Michel Jarre/coldwave vibes of "Espiral" matched by the heavy beats and juicy basslines of Max Jones's "Poche". Earlier on you'll find some rare Tyu jams - our pick being the Espacio remix to "Stephen Hawking" - next to a selection of choice Bufi cuts (we recommended the Mio remix), with Mago going deep himself in the groove-centric "Luna". Other dope jams include Bruha's 808-driven "Ladra", Sascha Funke's remix to Motel77 and Rina & Benji killer workout "Koshmaro".
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: Amsterdam imprint Nightnoise's latest recruit, Roliva, has previously released music on Nein Records and Phisica, suggesting a love of trippy cosmic disco and psychedelic electronics. These twin musical obsessions are evident on EP opener "Bajas Frecuencias", whose combination of chugging cosmic disco bottom-end, jammed-out Clavinet lines, crunchy electric guitars and chanted vocals reminded us of Daniele Baldelli's recent productions. They can be heard, too, on the cosmic disco/cosmic rock fusion of "Ruido Capital", which also includes some killer jammed-out electric piano riffs. Damon Jee remixes the same track, upping the psychedelic electronics and lifting the tempo with typically mind-altering results.