Review: Ever since Will Buckley and PRTMNTO debuted on last year's Lovetrax EP on Whiskey Disco Small Batch, we've been eagerly anticipating the duo's first collaborative EP. Title track "Soul Sides" - one of three cuts mixed by label boss Pontchartrain - is a breezy and positive affair, with sultry disco strings and attractive, delay-laden riffs slowly rising above a loopy, deep disco-house groove. "Liif 1982" is a more obviously energetic affair blessed with rubbery slap bass and some seriously seductive synthesizers, while "Do It To Me" is a jazzier and jaunty affair that subtly doffs a cap to both sleazy disco and jazz-funk. Parallax brilliantly strips back the latter track, adding sweet jazz guitars on a superbly summery and laidback interpretation.
Review: 'Lovergirl' has us recalling images of early Prince with 80's power ballad screams next to sexy breathy spoken vox and hard drums which begin to morph into a calm shuffling near techno vibe.
'Love Me Too' is just as funky, but we're treading in more suave waters, with chilled shakers and real bass guitar and strings. 'Need Your Love' is the most modern sounding piece on the release and also our favourite track, with all the groove and swag needed to pull off good disco, it has this nu-school sounding unescapable loop, which captures you in a way that's almost magnetic. You'll recognize elements of Modjo's ever classic 'Lady' or Miss Khan depending on your generational tastes. 'Sonico Amor' is more relaxed, and focused on the beat.
Review: Alkalino's Audaz imprint has become the one stop shop for some of the most exciting adventures in modern deep house and nu-disco flavours. The Portuguese expat turned Munich machine now presents the second volume in his Audaz Heroes series, serving up over a dozen surefire grooves by up and coming talent from Germany and beyond. It's all killer no filler, rest assured, but for our money we can sure bet on: Italian Daniel Puz and his slow motion disco funk as displayed on "Elisir" or "Mulholland Drive" alike; the latter having a melody reminiscent of a certain Marvin Gaye classic. Elsewhere there's British expat in Dubai Andy Buchan with the dark Italo horror of "Dylan's Dream", Brooklynites Will Buck and PTRMNTO with the sexy and pumping late night groove "Hot 4 U" and of course head honcho Alkalino who serves up several killers but we particularly liked his deep down and dirty epic "Vulture".
Review: German label Audaz has been predominantly guided by its founder and bossman, Alkalino. The nimble and versatile producer has made sure that his label encompasses the full spectrum of house sounds, and his own productions have been there to led the cause. This time, however, he acts solely as A&R man in this tight, thirteen-track compilation names Audaz Heroes. All shades of house are included here, and there's not much we don't like the sound of. From the mechanical tech-house swings of "Give A Message" by Micka Blaster, to the deeper, more esoteric harmonics of the excellent "The Way" by Trobar, and the nutty, spaced-out nu-jazz of "Groove 1" by 54th Street Hustler, this compilation is not to be underestimated. Instead of relying on your usual, perhaps more hyped labels and artists, you should do yourself a favour and check this bad boy of a comp. Tipped and recommended!"
Review: Four very serviceable slices of contemporary disco/disco-house make up this latest from the Whiskey Disco camp. '21212' is an understated, shufflin' affair with Latin and lounge overtones, then bursts into life with some proper hands-in-the-air piano action. 'Touch Down' then takes us into deeper, mellow territory before 'Make Your Move' brings the good-time disco vibes, with a vaguely 'Disco Inferno'-ish bassline and a looping female "hey babe..." vocal. The EP's completed by the Sleazy McQueen 6am Mix of 'Harmony', a housier jam featuring a microsnip of a Whitney vocal that was famously pilfered by Brothers In Rhythm in the rave days.