Review: To celebrate 250 parties, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, the residents at and organisers of Mister Saturday Night, have put together this wonderful compilation. It starts with the offbeat folk of Menelik Wossenatchu's "Tezeta" and the glorious, soulful disco of Soul Bros Inc's "Pyramid". The compilation veers back towards electronic sounds on the stripped back deep house of ESB's "On Cue" and the bleepy "Aches" from Baba Stiltz. FaltyDL's "Hardcourage" bridges the gap between the abstract and dance-floor structures, Marcellus Pittman drops the acid-soaked Detroit house of "There's Somebody Out There" and Kerrier District delivers the lush electronic disco of "Let's Dance and Freak".Then & Now is a wide-eyed, freewheeling compilation that captures the long-running New York party's essence.
Review: Drawing on the usual combination of close associates and fresh talent, Modeselektor are plaing curators once again and serve us this hefty 18-strong collection of shockingly modern beats. There's rugged and ranging electronica from Clark, Prefuse 73 and Mouse On Mars, while Modeselektor themselves keep things decidedly techno. By and large though the strongest informer is electro, from Lazer Sword's manic delivery to the deadly Detroitisms of Diamond Version. A special mention goes out to Martyn for the swinging glory of "Red Dancers", a rough and ready jacker with bandy legs and bawdy acid in its veins.
Review: We've come accustomed to Let's Play House delivering EPs of brand new house music. Here, the Brooklyn imprint flips the script, instead serving up a pair of re-edits from two of the best in the business. First label co-founder Jacques Renault joins forces with Marcos Cabral as Runaway for the first time in five years. Their contribution to the EP, "Don't Let Go", is a gently pulsating chunk of wide-eyed sunrise disco ecstasy; a mid-tempo shuffler full of loved-up vocals and rising orchestration underpinned by a druggy, Italo-disco style groove. Arguably even better is Soft Rocks' re-edit, 'Slap My Stick", a tasty rearrangement of a P-funk era electro jam laden with ace slap bass and kaleidoscopic synth flourishes.
Review: Berlin based Israelis Disco Halal are purveyors of all things exotic and this is further exemplified tremendously on their Perfect Strangers EP. With previous releases by hometown heroes such as Moscoman and Autarkic, you know what kind of oddball grooves to expect from this bunch! The Organism from Ukraine serves up some dark disco of the most hypnotic kind on "Reflection", Kincaid (Sol Selectas/Silver Bear) gets into some esoteric tribal vibes like a true shaman on "Tyrant" and mysterious trio Mount Kismet get back to the program on the trippy and lo-slung cosmo-balearica of "Prune & Dunes".