Review: Three sample-happy nu-disco cuts from SIRS make up the Disco Is Life & Death EP. 'DC10 Disco Dancing' lifts chunks of vocal and the train whistle from Telex's 1979 classic 'Moskow Diskow' and places them atop a Moroder-ish synth bassline, druggy slo-mo 4/4s and cascading 80s syn-drums. 'Gone With The Wind' is a far more laidback groover built for afternoon or warm-up play, but the real star here is 'The Sound Of Music', which takes the female BV's from Dayton's 1982 boogie gem of the same name and marries them to a phat funk bassline and space disco synth stabs to create a contemporary disco anthem-in-waiting.
Review: Little is known about Sirs, the crew behind the fast-rising Sirsounds label. This appears to be their debut EP, and it's really rather good. In its original form, "Check It Out Heritage" is a sumptuous chunk of horizontal Balearic boogie/stoned disco fusion rich in live guitars, bass, keys and synthesizers. It doesn't try too hard to be liked, but that's all part of the track's heady appeal. The accompanying remix package includes a superb interpretation from Raiders of the Lost Arp - all grandiose, head-in-the-clouds synth chords, tumbling electronics and yearning disco flourishes - plus a Max Essa style Balearic mix from Spanish producer Rayko (which, rather strangely, is also re-edited by Sirs themselves).
Review: Germany's Daniel Klein is a scene veteran whose career dates back to the early 90s, and who's DJ'd everywhere from Manumission to Tresor. Latterly, in his SIRS guise, he's been exploring retro disco and funk territory, which is where we find him on this, the project's debut long-player. The album as a whole can safely be filed under the 'nu disco' umbrella but there's enough variety on offer to ensure things never get dull, from soul- and boogie-infused nuggets like 'Night Wind' and 'All Night Long', to a Stee Downes-vocalled electro-disco cover of Tony Di Bart's 90s club fave 'The Real Thing'.
Review: Given that previous releases from the publicity-shy Sirs crew have been rather good, hopes are naturally high for their latest trip into wide-eyed, musically rich dancefloor fusion. As usual, there's a decidedly hazy, sun-kissed feel to the original version of "What a Day", which features Cinnamon Denise adding sumptuous vocals to an Afro-tinged deep house shuffler full of warm electric piano chords, live bass and Balearic instrumentation. Arguably even better is Manoo's thrillingly epic and dreamy Batacuda Remix, which not only boasts layered Brazilian drums but also some wild and wonderful synth solos. Sirs delivers an even lengthier, slightly more percussively intense tweak of the French house producer's revision, before treating us to a brilliant ambient "Reprise" crafted around swirling chords and delay-laden Fender Rhodes.
Review: Mousse T's Peppermint Jam continue its consistent compilation crusade with the fourth instalment of the Catch The Groove series. Twenty timeless tracks in total, each one lives up to the album title; deep, unforgettable deep house grooves that jack, twist and pump with authority. Highlights include the spoken word consciousness of the Black Beatnik, DJ Gregory's swampy, filtered jitters on "Grande De Folie", the dubby hypnosis of "Brother On The Run" and the rich slo-mo stomp funk of "Set Me Free". If you've so much as nodded your head to a house track of late, this is essential.
Review: Mousse T is man who likes his grub, he even calls his albums things like Gourmet De Funk, and here's his record label's latest culinary themed compilation for our aural palette. Dubbed 'Menue Two", this long player takes in a wide number of styles and tempos and makes it all work in that typical Mousse T way. It's quite a mouth (or ear?) full, taking in loungey jazz ("De La Bass"), soulful pop-rock ("Rock You"), bloc-rockin' electro-funk ("Coffee Break") and even handbaggy house (T's own remix of "You Came My Way"). Go get yourself a bellyful.
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.