Review: In case you wondered, Aussie-in-Berlin Timothy Sullivan's machine is definitely soft, though the music he makes is far from flaccid or floppy. "It's Operational" is, in fact, a rather fine trip into Italo-disco/acid house fusion, with early electro-style vocoder vocal lines and a dash of nu-disco sassiness thrown in. By Eskimo standards, it's pretty tough and intoxicating, but that's no bad thing. The CHIDA remix drags the track further towards shirts-off, camp-as-Christmas Italo-disco territory - in the process emphasizing the original's more obviously analogue elements - while Avalon Emerson chooses to re-calibrate "It's Operational" as a bustling chunk of raw tech-house intensity.
Review: Having previously released Orange, Blue, Green and Pink "collections", Eskimo Recordings continues its' colour-coordinated theme with a Yellow compilation. As usual, the collection draws on material from both established names and lesser-known talents, and does a bang-up job joining the dots between hazy Balearic pop, nu-disco, indie-dance and colourful, soft-focus house. While it's all of a high standard, we're particularly enjoying the sparkling dub disco-goes-Balearic flex of Satin Jackets' dub of Du Tonc's "We Can Hold On", the trippy analogue bump of Man Power's "Fisky", the splendid rush of Luxury's baggy disco groover "Breathe", and the camp, Italo-disco thrust of "El Wild" by the brilliantly named Zombies In Miami.
Review: Eskimo Recordings' colour-themed compilation series has thus far delivered enjoyable material in spades, with the first three albums providing a mix of sun-kissed nu-disco, woozy nu-Balearica, Italo-tinged chuggers, sumptuous syntyh-pop and atmospheric deep house. The Orange Collection, the fourth volume in the series, continues in this vein. Packed with colourful synths, tactile rhythms and vibrant vocals, highlights include the chiming nu-Balearic pop of This Soft Machine, the cheery Italo revivalism of Tarjei Nygard and Are Foss's "Flog", and the quirky Scandolearic deep house wooziness of Trulz & Robin's collaboration with fellow Norwegian Ost, "Find My Love".