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.
Review: The Socialists are a pan-European (and Russian!) electro-pop supergroup and this their first project for Glam Jam. "Only This Moment", as remixed in-house by KLar and PF, is an awesome exercise in Miami Vice-style yacht rock (i.e. the Jan Hammer kind). The shimmering digital production is all about azure skies, pastel suits, stubble and reclining poolside. The addition of truly authentic Michael McDonald-esque vocals, ensures that the listener ahem, keeps forgettin' it's not the 80s anymore. Satin Jackets keep the Balearic vibes on their mix, but add subtle disco claps and percussion for when the sun goes down and sunbathing turns to swaying at the yacht party.
Review: Casio Social Club's haircut-obsessed imprint goes pop here, with Telsa Boy slapping down something that hovers somewhere between vintage New Order, Divine and Simple Minds. With Glam Rock beats. Odd? A little bit, though it has a quirky charm that's hard to resist. Remix-wise, there's plenty to enjoy, including two melancholic, piano-laden nudisco rubs from Satin Jackets (if you're not digging the vocal, there's an instrumental) and a full-on French synth-pop-goes-filter-funk rework (think Breakbot and Alain Braxe producing beardy babies) from Estate. Best of all, though, is Solila's ubeat remix, which has more than a touch of the Pet Shop Boys about it.
Review: Since launching last year, House of Disco Records has made something of a splash, offering an array of disco-influenced deep house cuts with a decidedly atmospheric flavour. Here they join forces with the similarly minded Dikso label for an expansive compilation featuring fresh cuts from both imprints' artists. There's much to admire, from the casual soulfulness of Nihan Solo's super-deep "Hey Girl" (inspired, perhaps, by dewy-eyed '80s soul) to the delay-laden, low-end wobble of Daniel Solar's "Hush" and Unsui's excellent slo-mo acid jam "Anata". Best of all, though, is Volta Cab's "What It Feels Like", a supreme example of super-sensual warm-up fare.