Review: Munich label Permanent Vacation's annual Selected Label Works collections are rarely less than essential, and this third volume is no different. As usual, there's an enjoyable mix of dancefloor hits, leftfield disco curiosities, rabble-rousing remixes and atmospheric, occasionally Balearic moments. With such a vast tracklist and the quality threshold high throughout, it's hard picking highlights. Worth particular attention, though, are Todd Terje's quaint dub reggae rework of Europop hit "All That She Wants" (covered under his occasional Chuck Norris guise), the quirky Germanic pop of new signings Candyblasta and Argy's thrilling, Hacienda-style Balearic breaks mix of his own Zodiac Free Arts Club track "NAOE".
Review: Permanent Vacation's Safari series has previously done a great job in mixing overlooked gems and forgotten highlights from the label's expansive back catalogue, with previously unreleased material. Two years on from the release of the second volume, the Munich-based imprint revives the (successful) formula for a third selection. With a rather grandiose 29 tracks to choose from, there's plenty to enjoy, with Permanent Vacation's usual dancefloor-minded eclecticism providing all manner of stylistic shifts throughout. Standout tracks include Kool DJ Dust's brilliant 808-electro workout, "Platonic Lover", the Balearic wooziness of Candyblasta's "The Ocean", a suitably big and bouncy rework of House of Wallenburg by Marcos Cabral, and a stunning chunk of vintage Chicago house revivalism from Beautiful Swimmers (the excellent "Excited").
Review: Supposedly recorded to mark Permanent Vacation's 10th anniversary party, Raketenmix is full of surprises. Certainly the tripped out electronic disco of DMX Krew's "Disco Theme" is not what one might expect from the German label, while a similar, albeit more glossy-sounding approach is audible on Tensnake's remix of Sally Shapiro's "I'll Be By Your Side". There are plenty of feel good house tracks here as well; for example, the mix revisits Holy Ghost's 2008 disco reshape of indie rockers Panthers' "Goblin City" and the 'Rave Dub' version of John Talabot's "Destiny" is an excellent low-slung groove. It all comes together to create the ultimate party mix for a Munich keller.
Review: The always on point Permanent Vacation return to last year's excellent self titled album from Wolfram with this limited edition clear 12" for the discotheques. There are three collaborative remixes of "Out Of Control" - the collaboration with Hi NRG legend Paul Parker - from Danny Wang and Massimiliano Pagliara to contend with. The vocal mix is for those "who enjoy dancing on a fat funky masculine disco groove" the acid dub is for the "abstract" DJs and there is a instrumental for those who like their Wang and Massimiliano sans Paul Parker. In addition the label have a real treat in the shape of a special dub version of Legowelt's treatment of the Haddaway featuring "Thing Called Love" which everyone from Jackmaster to Weatherall & Smagghe is a fan of.