Review: In its' original form, "Gong Bong" - the latest missive from label-hopping producer Billy Bogus - is a sumptuous chunk of melodious nu-disco/dub disco fusion smothered in glistening guitars, swirling synthesized strings and life-affirming synthesizer flourishes. You can dance to it, of course, but it works just as well in those "can't move from the sofa" moments on a Sunday afternoon. The first of two remixes comes from Leng regulars Mushrooms Project, who emphasize the track's dub influences whilst adding warm new chords and their usual heavy dose of blazed late night textures. Arguably best of all, though, is the interpretation by label boss Stevie Kotey, who wisely pushes the duo's wonky acid lines and jazzy guitar solos to the fore.
Review: Billy Bogus debuted his Caribbean House project on Bearfunk last autumn, serving up a sumptuous single ("Gong Bong") that brilliantly joined the dots between dub disco, string-laden Balearica and picturesque nu-disco. This follow-up debut album naturally contains that superb track, plus seven more hard-to-pigeonhole cuts that variously doff a cap to '80s new wave pop dubs ("Night Drive"), distorted, techno-tempo analogue wonkiness ("Lonely Man"), Scandolearic space disco headiness ("Love By Proxy"), flash-fried dub disco ("Jesus Freaks"), Chicago jack-tracks ("Nature Nature") and blissful, delay-laden pop oddities ("Streets Like Noodles"). There's a lot going on throughout, but that's no criticism; it's simply one of those albums where you'll hear something new on each successive listen.
My Malaise (The Pete Herbert Brick Lane version) - (6:07) 117 BPM
Back 2 Basement - (6:34) 123 BPM
Review: London nu-disco imprint Bearfunk are back with a smashing tune from the mysterious Matt Kenny. My Malaise" is classic Detroit techno - hi-tech soul if you will, but not at such a blistering tempo. Kenny somehow makes it work in a downbeat fashion which we could really appreciate. From what we can tell, the track is around five years old but sounds as fresh as ever: we're glad that Stevie Kotey and Co. could help this sleeper hit see the light of day and bring forth his first release in nearly 10 years! His last release was on sub-label Hairy Claw way back when. It also gets a wicked remix by Reverso 68 main man Pete Herbert on his absolutely electric Brick Lane version, and is followed up by another original offering in the form of the evocative "Back 2 Basement". It's yet more soulful and evocative techno business that will appeal to fans of first and second wave sounds from the Motor City.
Living On The Edge (feat Sorcerer) - (5:06) 112 BPM
Flexxibility - (4:53) 116 BPM
New Business - (4:45) 116 BPM
After Touch - (4:58) 112 BPM
Mystic Moods - (4:55) 117 BPM
Infinite Wave - (5:12) 113 BPM
Make Your Move - (4:50) 114 BPM
Review: His heart may be Balearic, but The Beat Broker resides in California. Still, the sun shines brightly in both locations and that's the most important thing when you're in the business of brokering sunkissed dance music. Having released numerous singles on Steve Kotey's Bear Funk label, he now returns with a full-length offering, Back To Business, on the same imprint. There are nine new jams to get stuck into, highlights of which include the bleepy, shimmering 303 disco of "Groove Glide", the chiming, yacht-rock-at-sunset haziness of "Living On The Edge" (feat Sorcerer) and clean Italo disco joy of "New Business