Review: Brighton-based Fingerman teams up with fellow UK disco stalwart Slync for this latest salvo on his own Hot Digits imprint, which is presented in a choice of five mixes. In its Original Vinyl Mix form, 'Saft Junk' (see what they did there?) is a shuffling instrumental affair that sits somewhere between 'disco', 'deep' and 'soulful' house - think early 00s Om - while on the remix front Chewy Rubs gets fat n' funky, Vigi ups the tempo a notch to give the track a lil' more peaktime appeal, Boogietraxx take inspiration from the title and serve up a French Touch-ish pass, while Homegroove plays us out with a slightly more stripped back 'n' percussive rub.
Review: Wolverhampton man Ian Stanford, better known as Slync and also one-third of Paper Street Soul, comes with the boogie nouveau vibes on this five-tracker for Masterworks Music. From the synth sounds to the vocal phrasing, 'Fantasy' is a musical wormhole that'll whisk you straight back to the early 80s, and comes accompanied by a Dub from the Levan/Cowley school of thought. Elsewhere on the EP, there are more boogie vibes on 'Stranger Feeling', 'Scuba Du' is a dreamier affair that leans towards jazz-funk and the slightly squelchier 'Piece Of Pi' has hints of Daft Punk around the edges.
Review: In normal circumstances, we'd be a little worried if someone served us "Golden Cream". We know we're safe in the hands of DJ/producer James Rodriguez though, with the compilation representing the cream of the crop from the Spanish producer's Golden Soul Records imprint. There's naturally much to enjoy across the 17-track collection, with Rodriguez opting for cuts that flit between kaliedoscopic nu-disco headiness (Italo Brutalo's remix of his and Disco Doubles' "White Sands"), Clavinet-happy acid disco chunkiness ("Crazy Bass" by The Players and DJ Steevo), elastic electrofunk with a Middle Eastern flavour (Dim Zach's remix of JB Dizzy's "Transistor"), driving late night intensity (Los Fugazi's "Afterglow (Flxxx Remix)", peak-time piano fun (Get Down Edits glistening remix of Slync's loved-up "Neon") and rushing disco goodness ("Tradlord" by Call Me Classic).
Review: Hearty congratulations to Rayko, whose Rare Wiri label has just turned ten. To celebrate the label's decade in dance, the Spanish producer has put together this fittingly fine collection of archive cuts. It features no re-edits, just original tracks and associated remixes. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the Clavinet-sporting crunchiness of Limpdisco's compilation-opening "Moving To '70s" and Spiritcatcher's D-Train style NYC boogie revision of Julian Sanza's "Can't Stop The Feeling", to the jazz funk-flecked deep house/disco fusion of Nowsense's "Smile" and Situation's wonderfully atmospheric electro-acid revision of James Rod's "Disco Rocket". Naturally, there are plenty of Rayko tracks and remixes dotted throughout, including a wonderfully spacey and bass-heavy take on Ilya Santana's "Electrik Mind".
Review: Sometime Pole Position regular Slync pops up on Fingerman's Hot Digits label, and this time he's not foolin' around. The title track is a wonderfully breezy, melodious and kaleidoscopic chunk of nu-boogie rich in drum machine style beats, life-affirming chords, rubbery bass guitar and colourful synthesizer melodies. It comes accompanied by two solid bonus cuts - the boogie/deep house fusion of "Boogie Bells" and hazy dub disco workout "Lovely Dub" - plus two tasty revisions of "Foolin". There's a rushing synth-house revision by Pete Da Freq and a decidedly heavy rub by Cuz Electric that sits somewhere between nu-disco and mind-altering Italo-disco darkness.
Review: Spain's 'chunk house' hero Ilya Santana has joined forces with Midlands nu-disco guy Slync for this mutual musical love-in. First up is Santana with the dreamy six minute Italo-disco-meets-Balaeric of "Midway". Slync then takes the track on a much more laid-back trip with plenty of delayed guitars and loops. He then provides his own "Don't Cha", a fluffy handbag house confection, for Santana's remixing hands where it becomes an exhilarating hiNRG odyssey.
Review: For the third release on his Golden Soul imprint, Spanish producer James Rod has turned to Slync, the recording alias of fast-rising producer Ian Stanford. His "Neon" is something of a sweltering, beach-friendly treat, with eyes-closed, Steve Hillage style guitar solos and Balearic piano flourishes stretching out across a chunky disco-meets-deep house groove. His original is backed by all manner of remixes, including a chunky, guitar-heavy 'Balearic Remix' from globetrotting Spaniard Rayko, and a typically atmospheric 'Yacht Disco' version from Somerville & Watson. Arguably best of all, though, is the interpretation from Get Down Edits, who reach for the pianos and sparkling electronics in a bid to create Balearic disco gold.