Review: There's plenty to get excited about on this selection of 'lost mixes' from the vast back catalogue of Toy Tonics' parent label, Gomma. Check first Pete Herbert and Tristan Dan Cunha's retro-futurist, proto-house-meets-Balearic nu-disco rework of The Glimmers' 'U Rocked My World', before moving on to In Flagranti's all-action, peak-time ready take on Golden Bug's 'LookLookLook'. The Ep continues via a now 22 year-old rework of Leroy Hanghofer's 'Pin' by Jacques Lu Cont and John Burillo - a brilliantly low-slung house workout featuring punk-funk bass and colourful boogie synth flourishes - before concluding with a killer dub disco take on the KDMS' 'Never Stop Believing' courtesy of NYC disco original Nicky Siano.
Dance To Save Us (Whatever Whatever remix By Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette) - (10:09) 120 BPM
Dance To Save Us (Anton Klint remix) - (5:54) 120 BPM
Review: Los Angeles based label Machine Limited present more magnificent material by KDMS, the duo made up of London singer/songwriter Kathy Diamond and Silesian producer Max Skiba. Beginning with the balearic tinged nu-disco jam "Dance To Save Us", powered by a neon-lit, retro synth arrangement and then gets a couple of sweet remixes as part of the package. The Whatever Whatever remix by New York City legend Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette goes down a darker route - more suited to the late night with its grinding arpeggio backed by gritty, rust tainted rhythm arrangements. Finally Gothenburg's Anton Klint (part of the disco/rock outfit Tiedye) goes for that gloomy and slow burning indie dance vibe in the vein of labels such as Correspondant or Roam.
Review: While more often associated with punk-funk and dirty Italo style dancefloor workouts, Gomma's vast back catalogue contains a string of disco and boogie-inspired gems. To highlight the fact, the label has decided to release a series of EPs featuring some of its finest "Disco Jams". This first installment begins with a fine WhoMadeWho interpretation of Munk and LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy's Sly Stone style growler, "Kick Out The Chairs", before charging into dub disco-meets-proto-house territory via In Flagranti's "In The Silver White Box". There's another chance to admire Dimitri From Paris and DJ Rocca's Prelude Records tribute, "Eros Disco Theme", while original NYC disco don Nicky Siano channels the spirit of Loose Joints on his fantastic rework of KDMS's "Never Stop Believing".
Part Time Lovers (Leaves & Iron Curtis SMPL mix) - (7:01) 122 BPM
Part Time Lovers (Acid Washed remix) - (5:41) 122 BPM
Part Time Lovers (Martin Brodin remix) - (5:57) 122 BPM
Part Time Lovers (A Copycat remix) - (7:38) 124 BPM
Part Time Lovers (Peter Visti remix) - (6:38) 124 BPM
Part Time Lovers (Nirosta Steel remix) - (4:29) 122 BPM
Part Time Lovers (Leaves & Iron Curtis SMPL dub) - (7:00) 122 BPM
Part Time Lovers (Nirosta Steel remix instrumental) - (4:29) 121 BPM
Part Time Lovers - (4:16) 122 BPM
Review: With its delightfully organic swing, leftfield disco vibe and sweet lyrics, "Part Time Lovers" was one of the undoubted highlights of The KDMS's 2012 debut full length, Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories on Gomma. Smartly, Martin Brodin has decided to give it a new lease of life on his MB Disco label, and here offers up a dizzying array of new remixes. Brodin himself delivers one of the best reworks, a soaring, wide-eyed disco interpretation that turns the quirky original into a rush-inducing anthem. There's plenty more to get excited about, too, from Peter Visti's woozy, cosmic disco interpretation, to a brilliant Italo camp-at-thon from Copycat. Best of all, though, is the Balearic brilliance of Nirosta Steel Eastwood's thrillingly downtempo take.
Review: Morgan Geist's remixes usually hit the spot, and they're a surefire way to prick our attention. Here, he offers similar vocal and instrumental takes of The KDMS's "Tonight", a chunky, string-laden nu-disco effort that sounds like a European take on Escort at their most electronic. MG's mixes bring out the synth-pop elements of the original, successfully layering up vintage synths, analogue basslines and just the right amount of disco guitar. They're more "Double Night Time" than "Muira" or "Look Right Through", but that's no bad thing. Felix Martin also remixes, delivering a straight-up nu-disco workout that should appeal to synth-inclined house DJs.
Review: The KDMS (aka Kathy Diamond and Maximilian Skiba, geddit?) return to the Gomma imprint with this little gem of a single boasting remixes from King Of Kong and Box Codax. The original version of "Tonight" features Diamond's dulcet tones cooing over some vintage boogie-disco flex - the strings in particular are quite enchanting. Wisely the instrumental version doesn't dispense with the vocals totally, just strips them back a bit, while the King Of Kong remix beefs up the bottom end considerably and Box Codax offers a fun interpretation full of noodling synths.