Review: Second time around for Roctiv's nu-disco era deep house jam "Victims Of The New World", this time with a string of new remixes. Roctiv's disco-sampling, acid-laden 2008 original opens proceedings, while the producer himself closes the EP with a brand new version that's noticeably brighter, breezier and a whole lot more polished. Elsewhere, there's an excellent electrofunk-meets-acid tweak from Tad Wily, a thrilling Balearic house interpretation from Andrew Clarke (seriously wide-eyed and blessed with beats that sound like they've been nicked from The Chimes' "Heaven") and a great, live-sounding re-make from The Cruising. As remixes packages go, it's pretty darn tasty.
Review: There's a growing feeling that the time has come for Berlin-based Brazilian Rotciv to emerge from the shadows. While he's been on the radar of those in the know for some time thanks to a string of quietly impressive edits, remixes and original productions, he's yet to receive wider acclaim. This excellent mini-album of collected original productions could finally tip the balance in his favour. He confidently flits between delicious old skool house, Italo-influenced nu-disco, pleasing deepness, contemporary electrofunk (check the delightful "Need A Fix") and wobbly Kraftwerk-isms, all the while keeping a firm fix on the dancefloor. As with most of his releases, it's well worth a listen.
Review: More mastery from Roctiv on Mister Mistery, a label the Brazilian producer established way back in 2008. These are "Edits Not Edits", trippy and mind-altering dancefloor workouts that blur the boundaries between humble edits, imaginative remixes and sublime original productions. For proof, check the post-Italo psychedelia of delay-laden throb-job "Transducer" or the grandiose, EBM-on-Qualudes haziness of mid-'80s dancefloor weird-out "Be Forever Young". Roctiv reaches for the Fairlight stabs, hypnotic arpeggio bass and ricocheting Art of Noise drum hits on sleazy chugger "Rain Dance", while the equally jumpy and delay-laden "Cyber Countdown" sounds like a mind-mangling revision of a 1987 Ministry B-side.
Review: Since setting their stall out in 2006, the Rebirth label has tried to reflect changing tastes, mixing up their releases accordingly. This expansive compilation showcases a selection of their disco-tinged releases and remixes, casually moving between dubbed-out nu-disco, revivalist fare and disco-leaning house. There's plenty for disco diggers to enjoy, from he spacey, low-end throb of Mock & Toof's remix of Nufrequency and Faze Action's bouncing synth-disco re-cut of Stretch Silvester, to a vintage, synth-laden collaboration between Spirit Catcher and Ilija Rudman. There's also an early, pre-hype remix from Tensnake and a typically adventurous Dr Dunks outing from Eric Duncan.