Review: Given their obsession with early 80s synths and cheery nu-disco, it's no surprise to see that the bods behind Mullet have recruited Sare Havlicek. Or, for that matter, to find that the resultant track is a grin-inducing tribute to early '80s electro and hip-hop dressed up as a delay-laden electrofunk jam. "Bipolar Duality" comes complete with a tongue-in-cheek, old skool style rap vocal from DJ Winksy, and is backed by a remix by Casio Social Club that pilfers the beats from BB&Q's synth-soul classic "Dreamer". Pleasingly, the package also includes two delightfully breezy B-sides. Of these, it's the guitar-laden '86 stomp of "Let The Sound" that impresses most.
Review: Usually a regular on the Nang release schedule, Slovak nu-disco impresario Sare Havlicek has opted with the Wooden Dunes crew this time round. Maybe it's a coincidence, but "Sound Of Your Soul" does mark a more commercial slant to his sound. With BB James on board delivering some big, classic soulful melodies this is one hands-in-the-air disco house hit. There's radio edits and dubs, but there's also a synthy funk mix by FM Attack, a euphoric housed up version by FSQ Caribbean and a bonus track, the cool Bobby O-style hi-NRG banger, "Thundersoul".
Review: Slovenian Sare Havlicek's music is all about the music and moods determined by the cultural draft so typical of the area where Mediterranean passion hooks up with East European pride and where German exactness blends with hedonistic Balkan spirits. He returns to Nang with the first single of his eagerly awaited fourth album entitled Softmachine. "Everybody Freak Out" announces Sare's return with a loud disco bang. It's a low slung and funky deep disco joint. Remixes come from artists all over the planet. Our favourites were by Kim & Buran with their Space Disco mix which has a cosmic intergalactic feel about it and the upbeat-neon-lit rendition by Kontinents from Budapest.
Review: Sare Havlicek has long been one of Nang's most reliable artists, delivering a steady stream of well-crafted albums and singles. Predictably, the Slovenian is in fine form on this fourth full-length - his first for two years - gleefully sprinting between joyful, Chic-inspired disco ("Everybody Freak Out", "Like You Wanna Do", "Here Comes That Sound"), woozy, synth-heavy Balearica ("Softmachine"), undulating Italo-disco inspired electrofunk ("Riot"), colourful P-funk ("Science of the Beat"), sumptuous Balearic disco bliss ("Music and Lies") and "Stranger Things"-inspired synthesizer soundscapes ("Perpetual Rise" and opener "Dreamachine"). In other words, it's another spot-on collection from the Slovenian.
Review: It's kinda impossible to mention Mullet Records without mentioning the 1980s, simply because, well, they are obsessed with them! It was a great time for electronic production, so who can blame them? Here label boss Casio Social Club compiles another installment of his remix work and lots of great stuff on offer. Highlights include his icy mix of Nine Lives feat (the) Jaki Graham, his scratchy breakdance mix of Sare Havlicek and the melancholic excursion of his Phonetica/Soulemotion rework.
Review: Since launching as a Tirk sub-label in 2009, Nang Records has gone on to outlive its parent label and become one of the most reliable imprints in nu-disco. The label's progress has traditionally been charted by compilation series The Array, with new volumes appearing every 12 months or so. This latest installment is naturally packed with highlights, from the sparkling disco-soul of Hot Toddy's remix of Situation's Andre Esput hook-up, "Get To Know Me", and the contemporary Italo-disco throb of James Rod's "Steelerr", to the quirky Balearic bliss of Cardmoth, the synth-heavy wooziness of Deepkey, and the trippy, acid-flecked thrills of Aimes' "A View of Istanbul".