Review: With 17 tracks from nearly as many artists to choose from, you certainly can't fault this nu-disco collection from Rafaell Cancian's Brazilian label About Disco on the VFM front! It's hard to pick holes, too, when it comes to musical variety, with tracks ranging from the rock-tinged funk/soul vibes of Imanol's 'Improv' to the fierce acid meltdown that is Panko Samuele de Santis's 'Caldo Caldo', and calling at pretty much all stations in-between - albeit it's straight-up nu-disco jams from the likes of Jehan and The Secret Soul Society, and raw funkers like JB Boogie's 'Night Drive', that actually work best to these ears. Worth investigating for sure.
Review: Despite the artist name and album title, this is far from being the collection of 15 limp, same-y soul ballads you might be fearing! Instead, Secret Soul Society - AKA Neon Heights front man Cal Gibson and friends - serve up veritable smorgasbord of Balearic delights, from the dusty, looped disco-soul of 'Better Get To Know You' and the folksy Laurel Canyon vibes of 'Groovy Coconuts' to the 80s soul redux of 'Find Our Way', the bonkers 'Leeping For Joy' which should appeal to fans of 4hero, Four Tet et al, and the Stevie Nicks-biting 'Stevie Loves Bettye'.
Review: Number eight in the series, and do you really need us to tell you that it's an object lesson in how to do 21st Century disco properly? Tracks range from the Kraftwerk/Yello-isms of From Beyond's 'Hypersleep' to Kooky & Damoon's genre-defying 'Confidence Of Ignorance (Dub'), which tops a sumptuous, jazzy funk/soul cut with a liberal dose of acid squelch, and from Jahn Solo's Ecstasy, Passion & Pain-biting piano houser 'Touch Me' to the sleazy early 80s Berlin throb of Brian SNR's 'Hot Shot', with a side-order of syprupy soul courtesy of The Secret Soul Society. Big names may be in short supply here but adventurous, imaginative grooves are not!
Review: With 23 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this summer compilation from London's Slightly Transformed label. Such an extensive tracklist also offers plenty of scope for stylistic variety, with tracks ranging from laidback, groovesome boogie/soul jams like opener 'What Are We Gonna Do' to the mellow Balearic haze of 'Summer In The City', via the strident 80s attitude of 'Edgy', the looping filter disco of 'Something About Love', the authentic-sounding Blaxploitation funk of 'Mac And Carly Go Uptown', the Zapp/Cameo-isms of 'Firebabe' and even a bossa nova cover of Bill Withers. Serve poolside, accompanied by several mojitos, for maximum impact!
Review: Paper Recordings has recruited another four rising stars to its "Wild Army", a kind of musical vigilante group whose weapons are synthesizers and drum machines. The first to bear arms is Martin Wold, who offers up a sparkling, sax-laden slab of bubbly nu-disco cheeriness entitled "Elixir". The Secret Soul Society replace Wold on guard duty, cloaking the killer groove from Five Sinners' rubbery Italo-disco classic "Magic" in melancholic strings and dreamy chords. Jahn Solo calls his comrades to arms via the glassy-eyed AOR disco re-edit magic of "Til The Night Closes In", while Boblebad keeps those back at the barracks in good spirts with a cheery chunk of deep, disco-fired electro goodness ("Frustrasjon").