Review: Few DJs have more experience of providing the soundtrack to Balearic sunsets than Chris Coco and Pete Gooding. It's perhaps fitting, then, that they've compiled and mixed this second installment of the Gecko Beach Club (based on Formentera, Ibiza's little brother) mix series. This bulging digital package contains a mix from each (Coco's is defiantly hazy and downtempo, Gooding's packed full of tactile deep house), plus their selections in unmixed form. There are some real gems to be found, from the sun-kissed simplicity of Seu Jorge and Almaz's unfussy cover of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", and Blackbelt Andersen's spine-tingling "Mann Pa Mars", to the wide-eyed Balearic house goodness of Gooding's own "Malibu", and the bassy strut of Waifs & Strays' "Remedy".
Review: Whiskey Disco presents a quartet of blisteringly good reworks from Dead Rose Music Company and Satin Jackets on this fine release. Dead Rose Music Company open proceedings in style with "Nothin To Ya", a brilliantly low-slung, bass-heavy re-edit-turned-remix of the Jones Girls' "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" that turns the delightful original into a dubbed-out chunk of dancefloor chugginess. The more upbeat "Too Late", based on a lesser-known favourite, is almost as good. Satin Jackets' "The Hustle" provides some looser - but still formidably heavy - dewy-eyed disco-soul thrills, while "I Can See The Light" is more Balearic than a wet, sloppy kiss from a grinning stranger.
Review: The Dikso imprint doffs their collective cap at the current amalgamation of disco and house with a quartet of floor burners on the seventh edition of the Super Sound series, making for a fine 10th release from the label! Mother Recordings boss Nhan Solo opens proceedings with "Supervisor", a finely crafted gem that starts off a bit disco (check that slap bass line son) before mutating into some kind of post Hot Creations house behemoth while you are busy trying to figure out what that vocal sample says. Alongside this Dikso head Daniel Solar teams up with rising talent Huxley and the impressively voiced Miss Bee for "Dancing With Your Heart" which has more than a touch of vintage Moloko about it - do check! Up next Mexican duo Balcazar & Sordo bring the chunky disco/house vibes with the ever present soar of "Stay With Me" while Satin Jackets drops the most overt disco moment on "One More Chance" which is owned by the glistening vocals from Natalie Conway.
Review: Few do nu-disco quite as well as Satin Jackets. The German producer has an impressive discography to prove it, with previous releases appearing on such labels as Deep & Disco, Whiskey Disco and Eskimo. Here, he returns to the latter - with British vocalist Esser in tow - with the shimmering, summery goodness of "Shine On You". The previously hyped - but recently surprisingly quiet - Mighty Mouse contributes a headline-grabbing mix, in which he turns the cheery original into a driving chunk of synth-propelled disco-house. Ben Macklin goes in the opposite direction on his two reworks, diving deeper into the world of sun-flecked Balearic electronics and soft-focus nu-disco.
Review: Nu-disco may be on the wane a little, but thankfully there a still a few acts capable of delivering deliciously dreamy and floor-friendly electronic disco jams. German duo Satin Jackets is one of those acts. This three-tracker for Belgium's Eskimo Recordings is full of enveloping chords, shuffling grooves and bright-eyed melodies. Opener "Sunrise In Paradise" sounds like classic Aeroplane with a dash of hazy, horizontal pop thrown in, while "Galee Royale" is so effortlessly sun-kissed that you want to grab your sunnies and head for the beach. Closer "Fall Apart", meanwhile, is almost thrillingly dreamy, with Patrick Barber's guitar and vocal drifting from the speakers as if it was a plastic bag caught in a humid summer breeze.
Review: (Mr) Satin Jackets is both the name of duo Tim Bernhardt and Den Ishu and the fictional protagonist of their songs (depicted here on the cover of their debut album as a Money For Nothing-style computer graphic). The 80s influences continue way beyond the sleeve as the music is pure white linen suit, palm tree and breezy ocean territory. There are 12 smooth FM synth gems on here including hit singles "You Make Me Feel Good", "Shine On You" and "We Can Talk". If a neon-tinged pop-house update of vintage synthpop is your thing, then this is most definitely your album!
Review: German duo Satin Jackets excel at making the kind of glossy, feelgood fodder that sits somewhere between groovy nu-disco and beach-friendly deep house. Having already impressed, they're now ready to drop arguably their biggest production yet, "You Make Me Feel Good". It's a decidedly Balearic jam, offering spine-tingling vocal samples over a smooth, tactile groove that should sound good at outdoor parties and musical festivals this summer. The package also includes the Deep Mix, a shuffling deep house mix that sounds like a nu-disco era take on the luscious Naked Music sound of the early 2000s. As it's already appearing on big compilations, you can expect it to be massive.
Review: German nu-disco duo Satin Jackets is back on Eskimo Recordings with a tasty collection of cuts from the vaults. The majority of the material on Diamonds Are Forever - save for a couple of unreleased exclusives and reworks - originally came out on various obscure compilations and EPs earlier in the decade. There's natural plenty to enjoy, from the swirling, sun-kissed dreaminess of opener "Latin Jackets" and the sparkling, loved-up synth-pop-goes-Balearic-house brilliance of "Hollywood", to the breezy, beach-friendly cheeriness of EP standout "How Long Can I Wait For You". The EP also offers a chance to own two sought-after Satin Jackets remixes, with their nu-disco/deep house fusion re-make of Novika's "Miss Mood" standing out.
Through The Night (feat David Harks) - (4:17) 105 BPM
Review: Under the Satin Jackets alias, German nu-disco don Tim Bernhardt has released a swathe of synth-pop influenced singles, but only one album. "Solar Nights", his delayed follow-up to 2016 debut LP "Panorma Pacifico", has the feel of a crossover hit in the making, with Bernhardt once again showcasing his ability to graft gorgeous, sun-kissed and synth-heavy Balearic pop that's as comforting and life-affirming as a loved-up hug from your nearest and dearest. There are, of course, plenty of club-focused cuts to enjoy too, with highlights including the colourful, piano-heavy nu-disco/Balearic house fusion of "String It Again", dreamy chugger "Still Not Forgotten" and almost overwhelmingly gorgeous "All For You" standing out.
Review: Having popped up on Mullet and House of Disco Records, German nu-disco types Satin Jackets have decided to launch their own label. Naturally, they kick things off with something they've penned themselves, the typically Balearic, synth-heavy "Hollywood". Blessed with a lazy, laidback vocal from Eric Cozier, it sounds a bit like late '80s Pet Shop Boys (think Introspective or Behaviour rather than "It's A Sin") after sharing a fistful of E's and a string of super-strength spliffs with Johnny Marr. Swede Chris Jylkke remixes, emphasizing the Balearic elements on a long, lazy rework that's probably destined to grace a 'Beefa chill out compilation.
Northern Lights (Carl Louis remix) - (4:31) 111 BPM
Review: Belgium's Eskimo label have long since been champions of retro electro-pop and house. Here Germany's Satin Jackets see their recent yacht rock hit Northern Lights remixed into sublime and dreamy pop-trance by Carl Louis. With the original's tougher edges now smoothed out, the song becomes something else, that something else being a slow motion widescreen Euro anthem, drenched in summery synth riffs and yearning vocals courtesy of David Harks who sounds uncannily like Jake Sheers in ballad mode. A fitting end of the summer epic.
Review: Aside from putting out a number of releases on Nu Indee and Whiskey Disco, Satin Jackets is a regular for Eskimo Recordings too. "We Can Talk" features the vocals of Emma Brammer, and it's a fine disco number with a distinctive pop edge. There's a housier reinterpretation by Moullinex too, and Larse chucks in a weighty, mystical dub.
Review: While relatively under-appreciated in the UK, Satin Jackets are one of Europe's most successful nu-disco outfits. The German duo impressed last year with their breezy debut album, Panorama Pacifico, which effortlessly joined the dots between nu-disco, Balearica and radio-friendly synth-pop. Here they return to Eskimo Recordings with a new chunk of sun-kissed goodness: the gentle warmth of 'Never Enough', where Niya Wells' ear-catching vocals ride a backing track rich with colourful synths, tumbling piano lines, crisp guitars and toasty electric bass. Fellow German producer Cassara provides the accompanying remix, smartly emphasizing the more organic elements of the duo's original productions to ensure a looser, classic disco feel.
Review: Chanteuse Niya Wells stars as German nu-disco don Tim Bernhardt once again slips on his Satin Jackets and gets "Lost In Japan". Wells is naturally in fine form on the title track, delivering strong and sultry vocals over a breezy and attractive blend of rich pianos, fluttering electronics, deep melodies and a huggable nu-disco groove. As ever with Bernhardt's work, the song is just as radio-friendly as it is dancefloor-focused. Speaking of which, some DJs may prefer the accompanying Dub revision, in which snippets of Wells' vocals drift across a deeper, echo-laden bed of Balearic disco goodness.
Review: Although they've never really broken through in the UK, Satin Jackets are one of the most successful nu-disco outfits in Europe. Feel Good, featuring the woozy vocal talents of Scavenger Hunt, was one of the standout cuts on their recent album, Panorama Pacifico. The dreamy, eyes-closed, Balearic pop vibe of the original version is hard to beat, but a trio of remixers steps up to have a go. Cavego goes first, delivering a near perfect blend of sun-kissed nu-disco bliss full of clipped guitars, dreamy pads and rolling, Balearic disco grooves. Kaljet reaches for the pianos on a bold and beautiful interpretation, before In Limbo slows things down on a drowsy, late night version that's as picturesque as a leisurely drive through the Black Forest at sunrise.
Review: The esteemed Dikso imprint presents the sixth edition of their Super Sound Singles series with quite the all-star continental line up. Representing Portugal is the prolific and magnificent Social Disco Club, whose "You Got To Stay" nestles nicely between house and disco, whilst Kitano's "For The King" plunges deep into the chugging, bass heavy house refrain. Soho 808 are on top form at the moment with appearances on Wurst and Mystery Meat and their return to the Super Sound series is magnificent. "Turning Slow" features the Ditto style vox of Lydia Caesar and present a near flawless contemporary update on the classic disco sound. The excellently named Satin Jackets close this release with aplomb on the twilight tinged "Girl, Forever".
Review: Since launching last year, disco/house website House of Disco's in-house (sorry) imprint has proved to be a rich source of atmospheric, groove-heavy slo-mo and midtempo tackle. Here they deliver four more sparkling cuts for the dancefloor. The Treatment's "Waves" builds a delightfully touchy-feeling synth-house jam around the groove from Surface's "Falling In Love", while Satin Jackets deliver a cosy, piano house-inspired nu-disco sparkler. Roberto Rodriguez opts for a more Balearic nu-disco feel on "Mustat Varjot", while Debonair turns a familiar disco staple into a rising disco/house banger - all twisted vocal samples, intricate percussion and heavy low-end bounce. Job done.
Various - "Poolside Mexico" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:18:25) 120 BPM
Review: Having already covered the likes of Croatia and Australia, Toolroom's latest Poolside installment is timed to coincide with the BPM festival in Mexico. As such, it's a fizzy sunkissed collection of party house boasting 32 tracks and a bonus DJ mix too! Highlights include the crystalline synth pop interlude "Fall Apart" featuring the breathy vocals of Patrick Baker, the Eats Everything-esque stab-heavy electro houser "It's On You" and the sublimely soft, Euro trance anthem "Spinning Around" by Alex Barck.
Review: Last year's Pink Collection, the first in Eskimo's Colour Series of compilations, delivered a sumptuous blend of baggy Balearica, synth-heavy nu-disco, electronic deep house and wide-eyed indie-dance. Here, the long-running Belgian label repeats the formula, serving up 12 new and recent cuts from a wide-range of artists. Highlights come thick and fast, from the touchy-feely goodness of Freeform Five's Roisin Murphy hook-up "Levinthian" and the atmospheric nu-disco-goes-acid of Volta Cab's subdued "Smoke Some Kill", to the guitar-laden Balearic house of Peak Oak and company's "Nova", and Elke Kleijn's sensual, string-laden deep house epic "A Tale of Two Lovers".
Review: Listening to Miami 2014 it sounds like this year's WMC will be dominated by interpretations of classic US house. Prok & Fitch's "South Keys (original club mix)" is a storming tribal affair, while the key changes and heavy low end on My Digital Enemy's "Change" is reminiscent of New Jersey garage. Garage of a UK variety is audible on the rolling snares and rubbery bassline of Hot Since 82 's "Hot's Groove", but in the main, this compilation is US-dominated. Piemont's "Microsleep (original mix)" recalls the darkest excesses of Armand Van Helden house, replete with scary sirens, while the Kevin Knapp take on Richy Ahmed's "The Drums" is a clap-heavy Chicago jam.