A decidedly pop-tastic release from Razor-N-Tape here, coming from Underground System, a multiracial, NYC-based indie-dance live band who cite Fela Kuti as a primary influence and whose work has previously appeared on Soul Clap Records, Planet E and Hell Yeah Recordings. Both 'Into The Fire' itself and the vaguely new wave-tinged 'He Said, She Said' have something of a Hot Chip-ish kinda feel, while on 'Desnuda' the band take a left turn into more reggae-leaning territory. The standout for this writer, though, is Yuksek's remix of 'Desnuda', which packs lashings of fat, squelchy 80s bass.
Historically, DiCE_NZ releases have mostly been re-edits but the three tracks here appear to be original productions. 'The Situation' itself is a smooth groover with a late 70s soul/jazz-funk vibe and hints of Balearica. Elsewhere, 'Believe Me' is a nicely laidback lil' roller with a jazz-style female vocal from Brittany Kate - we won't insult your intelligence by explaining the Andy Buchan Sax Remix - while 'Don't Ya Know' loops up a snatch of male vocal that may or may not come from the Cate Bros' recording of 'Yield Not To Tempation', and comes with a Fingerman remix that packs some absolutely killer stabs.
This latest album-length excursion by Montenegran nu disco regular Sasha Mitich finds him largely exploring and expressing his love for all things 80s - perhaps never more so than on 'Someone Like You', which could have come straight from the soundtrack of some coming-of-age movie starring at least one of the Brat Pack. Elsewhere, 'Back To Funk' brings the 80s boogie vibes, 'Woman Saying' recalls the likes of Fern Kinney or The Captain & Tenille and 'Your Life' slips in some cheeky Bee Gees bites, but the standout by far is the ultra-funky 'Fancy Dancer', a rework of the Commodores cut of the same name from 1976.
Following some great EPs by the likes of Alex Aguayo, Silicodisco and label chief David Ponziano, Penrose kickstarts back into action with a terrific new one this week by Calypso Records" Inigo Vontier, in collaboration with Concret - the duo comprised of Diego Angelico Escobar and Q-pha. The Mexican trio serve up a tunneling expedition through the more psychedelic fringes of indie-dance on "Kiodo" which receives a rework by the one-and-only Lauer up next, taking you on a neon-lit night drive. Then submit to the hypnotic polyrhythms of dark disco chugger "Buconero", it too getting a re-rub this time by Javi Redondo - who delves deep into 303 territory.
Four mixes to choose from of this latest offering from UK disco don Dave Lee, which sees him teaming up with male vocalist Lifford and reassuming an alias (Raw Essence) that he hasn't used for about 20 years or so. The Extended Album Mix rocks pure early 80s boogie vibes, executed of course with Lee's usual impeccable production values, while the Dub It Again Mix brings the 80s synths forward. Lazywax's vocal and instrumental remixes, meanwhile, strip things right back to bare bones and as such may work better on those floors that lean more to the soul (as opposed to disco) side of the street.
Play Pal Music's latest recruit is Eleizer, a Tel Aviv-based twosome best-known for their releases on New Day Everyday and Eskimo Recordings. Taking a cue from compatriots Moscoman and Red Axes, the duo's sound is psychedelic, moody and low-slung, joining the dots between cosmic disco and post-punk. This alluringly intoxicated vibe is explored on opener 'Ritmica La Noar', a fine collaboration with Mufti; the arguably superior, surf guitar-sporting throb of Skelesys hook-up 'Don't Be'; and the delightfully psychedelic, synth-powered head-trip that is Ackerman co-production 'Halalit Ushma Tshuka'. The EP also sports remixes of all three tracks, with the deliciously layered, sun-speckled Modular Project rework of 'Don't Be' being our pick of a very strong bunch (though the breathless, hallucinatory TYU version of 'Halalit Ushma Tshuka' arguably has more dancefloor potential).
About Disco: Since emerging from Philadelphia and New York in the mid 1970s, Disco has been the dominant form of dance music, with its' stylistic traits – four-to-the-floor drums, soulful vocals and funky instrumentation – also provided a blueprint for many styles that followed, most notably house.
Following the disco-house exploits of Daft Punk, Cassius and Joey Negro in the 1990s, a new wave of synthesizer-fuelled disco tracks emerged in the 2000s, with the style earning the 'nu-disco' moniker and artists such as Metro Area, Chicken Lips and Daniel Wang becoming stars of the underground.