Review: For the label's sixteenth release, Citizens of Vice welcomes back rising star Andy Buchan, a producer who has previously plied his wares on Rare Wiri, Hot Digits and Masterworks Music. Opener "Kosmick" lives up to its name, with Buchan peppering a sturdy, arpeggio-driven grooves with waves of colourful synthesizers, sparkling aural textures and some suitably saucer-eyed melodies. "Come My Way" offers a chunkier, more groove-focused take on the same spacey nu-disco sound with the addition of tougher, house-style drums and wavy male vocal samples, while "2049" is powered forwards by stomping drums, sustained chords and a squelchy synth bassline. To round off the EP, "Come My Way" is turned into a dreamy slab of spaced-out synth-soul by the Paper Street Soul crew.
Review: Citizens of Vice's latest on-point EP comes courtesy of Andy Buchan, a producer, remixer and re-editor who has previously released umpteen EPs on labels such as Midnight Riot, Hot Digits, Paper Disco, and Masterworks Music. To our ears, the standout cut is undeniably opener "What U Do 2 Me", a joyously summery and rush-inducing affair that layers bouncy piano riffs, elastic synth bass and pitched-down vocal samples over a suitably big and ballsy groove. Pete Herbert takes a different tack on his remix, re-imagining the cut as a sparkling, synth-heavy chunk of proto-house/Balearic nu-disco fusion. Elsewhere, "Get Down" is a driving chunk of organ-sporting nu-disco/deep house fusion, while "Dubble D" sees Buchan pepper another sturdy groove with jaunty synth-riffs, sunset-ready piano stabs and Italo-influenced electronics.
Review: If you've yet to taste the sunny, sumptuous, synth-heavy world of Nico Bernard AKA AWITW, this on-point outing on Citizens of Vice is as good a place as any to start. "Memories", in particular, is blissfully gorgeous; a cheery, life affirming mid-tempo amble through sunlit Mediterranean uplands in the company of a drum machine and a wealth of vintage synthesizers. "Childhood", meanwhile, chugs a little more, with alien synth melodies riding a squeezable electronic bassline and warming Fender Rhodes chords. Tim Hutton's chunkier, acid-flecked revision of "Childhood" is naturally also a tasty treat, while Plastic Fantastic brilliantly re-casts "Memories" as a woozy shuffle through deep house/dreamy synth-pop fusion that's more Balearic than queuing for hours to get into a disappointing super-club.
Review: Don Dayglow AKA Adam Hignell serves up a nu-disco four-tracker that steers refreshingly clear of the usual musical cliches. 'Can't Get Enough' does tread fairly familiar nu-disco/disco-house ground, admittedly, but 'Fight Back' is a more inventive number that marries 80s soul elements to a full-phat bassline and house pianos to great effect, while 'Square Leg' is as fine a slice of acid funk squelch as you'll hear all month, with a few nods to Italo-disco thrown in for good measure. And then there's 'Hooked On The Music', which starts out all experimental and percussive, then takes a sudden left turn into a rave circa 1989.
Review: Given that he's most associated with the more tech-tinged Nightnoise label, we were a little surprised to see Jamie Porteus popping up on sun-soaked, Balearic-minded disco imprint Citizens of Vice. Perhaps we shouldn't have been, because "Way Hey" is superb - a deliciously sunny, mid-set workout that wraps glassy-eyed Balearic guitars and bold synthesizer motifs around a chunky groove that reminded us of the Cure, the Police (as in the band, not your local neighbourhood coppers) and all manner of obscure 1980s European Balearic disco records. Over on the virtual B-side, Something Sanctified channels the spirit of Canadian Balearic synth-pop heroes The Junior Boys on a mix so luscious and tactile you half expect it to spring from the speakers and give you a hug.
Review: To celebrate the dawning of a new decade Citizens of Vice has decided to offer up a multi-artist extravaganza featuring contributions from a quintet of rising stars. Jamie Porteus kicks things off with "Johnny Deep", a wonderfully warm-and sun-kissed blend of bubbly electronic grooves, ear-pleasing melodies and subtle dub influences, before Lanowa goes down a deeper route on the warm, hypnotic and bass-heavy house cut "Gorgeous People". Elsewhere, Lovebreak's "Honestly" is a dusty sample-house shuffler, Paper Street Song's "Bobby's Song" is a glassy-eyed rework of an eyes-closed 80s soul jam and We Play Alone's "There's Something Up There" brilliantly joins the dots between drowsy deep house and sub-heavy UL garage.
Review: Contemporary disco-house at its best on this four-tracker from Nottingham producer Lanowa, coming on French label Citizens Of Vice. 'Coloured Squares' is a throbbing, hypnotic affair with a spoken female vocal that's highly reminiscent of Who Da Funk's classic 'Shiny Disco Balls'. 'Disco Stu' is warm and bass-y rolling disco groove topped with a vocal that sounds like a Native American chant: the formula's simple, but at 4am on big speakers it may well sound like the best record on Earth! 'You Know' is fat n' squelchy with echoes of NJ garage, before the mellower 'Green Wave' completes the EP with its gently tinkling keys, jazz fusion geetar and playground chant vocal.
Review: A four-track EP here that you can file under disco, deep house or downtempo as you see fit... unless, of course, you have a crate marked 'stunning', in which case it deserves a place in there! Opener 'Calle De Dulcinea' is a bumpin', bass-y affair with a fine jazzy vibes solo in the middle and occasional scat vocal snips, 'Andalusian Jazz Hands' operates in similar territory but is a tad more upbeat and floor-friendly, while Bobby Bricks supplies a blissed-out, Balearic refix of the former and The Beat Broker provides an even-bassier dub of the latter. A very fine package for the summer months.
Review: Paper Street Soul is a new project from some experienced producers/musicians, namely Slync man Ian Stanford and Cuz Electric's Rich Hall and Megan Jones. This is their debut EP and it's really rather good. Check first the languid Balearic disco goodness of opener "Fallin' Down", where eyes-closed guitar solos, swirling chords, hazy sax motifs and echoing vocals wrap around a laidback dub disco groove, before admiring the layered percussion, deep chords and elastic bass of superb deep disco-house cut "Always (On My Mind)". To round things off they take a relaxed trip into sweet nu-disco territory via the bubbly arpeggio bass, clipped guitars and colourful synthesizers of "Moonpig".
Review: After a sojourn on Sprechen, Paper Street Soul (Slync's Ian Stanford and Cuz Electric's Rich Hall and Megan Jones) return to their original home, Citizens of Vice, with arguably their strongest EP to date. Check first gorgeously sunny and humid opener "Idle Promises", a tasteful chunk of NYC freestyle-meets-Euro-disco cheeriness, before getting down to the fizzing p-funk synths, rubbery bass guitar and unfussy boogie beats of "Rain". Remixer Ourra delivers a superbly sun-kissed and undeniably Balearic nu-disco revision of "Rain" smothered in eyes-closed soft rock guitar solos, while "Indigo Days" is another hot-to-trot slab of squelchy electrofunk that should appeal to Prince and Parliament/Funkadelic fans.
Review: French label Citizens of Vice welcomes the Canary Islands' very own Sauco to the mix with the Sun Goddess EP featuring sleeper hit "Sun Goddess". With the lead track tripping out on flamenco-like guitars, looped disco-machine grooves and balearic synth, it undergoes a funk and ballroom workout in Lanowa's worthy remix. With Rayko dubbing out the guitars, tuning his synths and pumping up the Roland in his Italo-inspired version of "Soulstice", it's the undeniable vamp, build and crescendo of the original within it mega groove that does the trick on us here.
Review: Just two months after delivering their debut EP for Citizens of Vice - the rather good "Arrivals Part 1" - Bent member Simon Mills and International Feel artist Joel Hood reprise their Somethin' Santified partnership. "Arrivals Part 2" is a rock solid sequel. The pair begins with "Soul Glo", a wonderfully woozy and opaque number where glistening melodies and sechoing vocal samples bob and weave around a chunky, proto-house style groove, before wrapping themselves in cotton wool on the loved-up Balearic dancefloor bliss of "CuCuCu". "Marzipan" is a sticky, humid and melodious chunk of sunrise-ready deep house breeziness, while closing cut "White Blossoms" is a reverb-laden jazz-house shuffler rich in fluttering flute lines and drifting Brazilian vocal samples.
Review: A few years ago, Tito Velcro, Elena Hikari and Rare Wiri founder Rayko joined forces in the studio and produced a handful of decidedly Balearic tracks. Now, having sat on Rayko's hard drive for "a few years", they're finally getting a deserved release courtesy of Citizens of Vice. "You're Not Alone" is suitably special, with swirling and evocative vocals from Hikari rising above lazy, laidback guitar riffs, dreamy chords, bubbly beats and soft-touch synth sounds, while 'Unforgettable' is a chugging, slow-motion treat that wraps sparkling synth lines and echoing guitars around echoing beats and low-slung bass. Rayko provides a slightly more club-friendly nu-disco take on 'You're Not Alone', while Ilya Santana re-imagines the same track as a sparse, sunrise-ready chunk of Balearic electrofunk.
Review: Tonarunur hails from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, which is also where he resides and works. You might remember the music he previously made as B.G. Baarregaard, but he now goes under this alias for Citizens of Vice. On the Sunny Nights EP you are certainly in for a treat: from the dusty and sun-kissed deep house of "Flora" which is reminiscent of Berlin producers like Max Graef and Glenn Astro, to the classic early '90s Chicago house vibes on "Sumra" or the blissful layers of melody on closing cut "Skorra" which will hypnotise you into submission - Baarregaard showcases some of his finest musical forays yet on this great EP.
Review: To kick-start 2021, Citizens of Vice has chosen to showcase some fresh remixes of back catalogue tracks courtesy of some of the label artists. Lanowa kicks things off in style via a driving but dreamy, peak-time ready nu-disco take on Paper Soul's 'Falling Down', before Don Dayglow surprisingly turns Somethin' Sanctified's 'CuCuCu' into a drowsy, tactile and melodious fusion of Balearic nu-disco and pitched-down drum and bass. Andy Buchan offers up a typically jaunty and synth-heavy take on Citizens of Vice's own 'Pikes', before Jamie Porteus re-invents Don Dayglow's 'Hooked On The Music' as a glossy, big-studio '80s electro number full of chopped-up samples and oodles of funk. Closing out proceedings is Atdhe, whose 'Disco Meditation' mix of Porteus' 'Way Hey' is arguably the best of the bunch.
Review: Earlier in the year We Play Alone debuted on Citizens Of Vice via a contribution to the label's superb "Twenty 20". Here the trio of experienced producers returns with a rather fine first EP. Opener "Love Breaks Down" is dreamy and delicious, with the threesome wrapping tactile chords and mangled vocal samples around a bustling house beat. "Into You" sees them join the dots between Todd Edwards style garage and laidback analogue deep house, while "3-29am"is the kind of wavy, ultra-deep house jam that makes perfect sense at half-three in the morning. Also superb is former Accidental and Mantis Recordings man Brooks's remix of "Into You", which turns the cut into a quirky fusion of booming sub-bass, pin-sharp melodies and constantly intensifying beats.