14 May 12
Tema De Alcatraz (radio edit) - (3:42) 114 BPM
Tema De Alcatraz (club edit) - (6:20) 114 BPM
Tema De Alcatraz (La Version De Rodion) - (7:19) 115 BPM
Tema De Alcatraz (La Version De Avanti) - (5:56) 115 BPM
Review: Like many Electrique Music releases, there's something strangely pleasing about this single from the previously unknown Alcatraz. There's a stripped-back, punk-funk influenced groove (check the chunky live bassline), twittering nu-disco synths, a touch of deep house charm (via classic pianos and pads) and a breezy Spanish vocal. While simple but effective, it's also incredibly charming, too. The obligatory big name remix comes from Rodion, who laces the piano and vocals over a sturdy electro-disco groove that's broader than Broadway. Avanti also remix, delivering a rework that sounds like a grumpier take on Holy Ghost.
09 Feb 15
Myoosic (original mix) - (8:50) 118 BPM
Myoosic (Mekanikos remix) - (7:35) 118 BPM
Myoosic (Idoit remix) - (8:54) 124 BPM
Review: As their name suggests, Italian duo Alien Alien make music that isn't of this world. On the title track, the bass is loose and lumbering as it moves up and down a few notes, the hissing percussive layers cloaking the arrangement in mist and all the while an indistinct vocal mutters "Myoosic". The Mekanikos remix is also unusual; the beats are slower and almost at a hip-hop pace - for a split second, they sound like Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" on downers - and the arrangement is submerged in an acid-fried dub cloud. Idoit's remix picks up the pace and transports Alien Alien's original track into a skeletal rhythmic framework, a place where it sounds like the robots have taken over from the little green men.
21 Nov 12
Discoteca Clandestina (The Deadstock 33s remix) - (6:35) 117 BPM
Discoteca Clandestina (Zombies In Miami remix) - (5:39) 116 BPM
Discoteca Clandestina (Love Bites remix) - (6:18) 123 BPM
Discoteca Clandestina (Max Jones remix) - (8:33) 120 BPM
Discoteca Clandestina (Rafa Navajas remix) - (5:58) 118 BPM
12 Sep 12
Discoteca Clandestina - (6:53) 117 BPM
Discoteca Clandestina (Bottin remix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
Discoteca Clandestina (Bufi remix) - (6:40) 120 BPM
Played by: Julian Sanza, Stan Tropic, Irregular Disco Workers, Alexander Robotnick, SW, Juno Recommends Disco, Marbeya Sound, Drop Out Orchestra, Martin Brodin, Trujillo, Cyclist, LA ROYALE, Bufi, Salon Acapulco, MOON RUNNER, Richmed, Andre VII, An Architect
Review: Andre VII is one of the leading lights in Mexico's nu-disco scene, which has flourished over the last 18 months thanks to the efforts of the Electrique Music imprint. Here, he returns to said label with a relentless burst of acid disco. Like many of the label's releases, "Discoteca Clandestina" sits somewhere between revivalist house (check those pianos and acid squiggles) and rubbery, low-slung disco (clipped guitars, heavy electric bass) - with a dash of electro-disco thrown in (Moroder-ish appreggios). Bottin provides the headline remix, dusting down his vocoder for a spot of revivalist nu-Italo. Bufi's remix - leaning more heavily on disco-funk influences - is also worth a listen.
13 Jun 12
17 Mar 11
Stamina 76 - (5:25) 120 BPM
Believe It Boy - (4:58) 127 BPM
Por Detroit - (5:54) 119 BPM
Intention (National Beat) - (4:23) 133 BPM
Blow Joe - (3:50) 131 BPM
Smegmax 909 - (3:10) 126 BPM
01 Nov 12
Training Tofu (radio edit) - (4:38) 111 BPM
Training Tofu (Heko remix) - (4:46) 116 BPM
Training Tofu (Andre VII remix) - (6:54) 117 BPM
Training Tofu (Avanti remix) - (6:07) 113 BPM
Played by: Dave Harvey - Futureboogie, Spilt Milk, Leri Ahel, Kid Color, Sean Innit, LA ROYALE, Bufi, Inigo, Future Feelings, Richmed, Lazy Kiss
Review: By the sounds of things, if you're of the nu-disco persuasion, Mexico is really kickin' off these days. Bufi is one of that city's leading lights as can be evidenced here. "Training Tofu" is like one of those club records from the 80s that's equal parts new wave, disco and house...proto house in other words. In Ron Hardy was around today he'd be slammin this! On the remix front we have glacial electro soul from Heko, killer, Bobby O-style, electro-disco from Andre VII and cool punk-funkisms from Avanti. Top-notch all round.
06 Jun 12
Will Be (original mix) - (4:19) 118 BPM
Will Be (extended club mix) - (6:06) 119 BPM
I'm Coming Up - (4:45) 116 BPM
16 Oct 13
Review: Bufi is arguably one of the most productive - not to mention successful - producers in the Mexican electronic music scene. Along with others from the Electrique Music imprint, he's been responsible for defining the Mexican nu-disco sound - a kind of fuzzy blend of vintage electronics, new-wave attitude, house sassiness, indie-dance posturing and electrofunk squelch. Here he returns with another double dose of stylish goodness. "Bees" is pleasingly sparse, creating an attractive dancefloor proposition from a handful of (excellent) elements (wide-eyed Balearic melodies, synth bass, fuzzy guitar, crusty live beats and baggy vocals). "El Techno En Tu Idoma" substitutes tactile dreaminess for the hedonistic delights of a stripped-back groove, punk-funk vocals and proto-house attitude.
25 Jan 12
30 Jan 13
Played by: Spec., Julian Sanza, FINGERMAN, Juno Recommends Disco, Richard Rossa, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Alessandro Otiz, Bufi, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, Thomass Jackson, Nine Lives, Tulioxi, Inigo, Future Feelings, Reed & Radley
Review: Along with the likes of Daniel Maloso, Bufi and La Royale are leading a very healthy Mexican scene that's heavily indebted to 80s disco and proto-house. This isn't the first time these two have collaborated and you can hear why - they have a genuine chemistry that results in some excellent retro dance bangers. "Paris" sees lean, mean, neon bass notes lock over 4/4 nu-disco drums in an intense mechanical groove. Hazy vocals and heavy breathing jostle for position with high drama cosmic synthlines in what's basically a dubbed-out Italo winner.