She Once Knew (Massimiliano Pagliara remix) - (8:31) 124 BPM
Review: According to Gomma's PR blurb, Barotti is a "much talked about multimedia artist based in Berlin". While well known in Europe for his performance art and sound instillations, this is his debut single. There's something classically beautiful about the atmospheric, ultra-deep house of "She Might Know", which expertly combines analogue gear, sinewy orchestration and his own hazy, occasionally gruff vocals. There's a more broken, alien feel to "She Might", where glitch-tronica influences rub shoulders with twinkling pianos and more clandestine vocals. A quietly impressive package is completed by a rough, acid-laden rework of "She Might Know" by Ostgut Ton and Live at Robert Johnson regular Massimiliano Pagliara.
Review: One of the undoubted highlights from Box Codax's distinctly disco-punk album Hellabuster gets a deserved single release, with all manner of new remixes. The original album version, included here, is a delightfully full-throttle fusion of sharp electronic appregios, attitude-laden vocals and bowel-bothering bass from Franz Ferdinand man Nick McCarthy. The remixes are tasty but largely reverential, with Rodion (sparkling space disco), KDMS (fuzzy disco-funk) and Den Haan (hi-NRG pop) offering the best reworks. There's also a simple dub from Telonious, which removes the vocals for those who prefer instrumentals.
Review: With its jangling Spanish guitars, spiralling guitar solos, manic South American percussion and authentic spoken word vocal, "No Hay Ritmo" comes on like the soundtrack to a Mexican gun-slingers' stand off that's morphed into an impromptu rave. By the time it reaches its breathless climax after 11 epic minutes, most of the protaganists will have laid down their weapons and moved on to sweaty hugs. "No Hay Dub", meanwhile, offers a more breezily percussive take on this memorable scene, while PG Parallax's electrofunk-flavoured remix drops a bagful of God knows what into the drinking water and points the camera towards the heavens.
Review: Ever a reliable outlet for the newest of nu-disco, Gomma once again come up trumps with this record from Justin Robertson's more synth-wave influenced project. The original is a dynamic and immaculately realised pop jaunt fit for early Depeche Mode, not least in the stoutly English vocals. Ewan Pearson gets a snappy house framework around the key elements of the track, never so in his element as reworking a bombastic vocal tune. The "Club" mix focuses on a serious dose of acid intent with a hint of electro house a la Tiefschwarz, and Disco Bloodbath turn out an unbeatable slice of Chicago precision.
Review: Here's something to cheer: the first EP from Dimitri From Paris and DJ Rocca's collaborative Erodiscotique project following the release of last year's superb debut album on BBQ Japan. As usual, their inspirations and musical reference points tend towards the vintage. Opener "One For Frankie", for example, smothers a vintage Chicago house groove with the kind of dreamy, positive and melodious musical flourishes that were a hall mark of Frankie Knuckles best productions, while "Zanzibar" pays tribute to the bustling, percussive, synth-heavy pressure of early '80s NYC and NJ "proto-house" productions. "Don't You Feel The Same", on the other hand, wraps sweet Balearic synth lines around a chunky, "French Touch" style disco-house groove.
Review: For reasons not made clear, the esteemed Gomma label collared Peaches and decided to record some cover versions of tracks from the back catalogue of the iconic Casablanca Records label. Purists might sneer at the mere idea of this concept but the end products are undeniably fun (and its refreshing to hear Ms Nisker actually sing as opposed to, you know, act like Peaches). Moullineux step up first with a burning punk funk rendition of Flashdance's "Maniac", whilst Telonius' take on Donna Summer's "Our Love" gets bonus points for having Mr Harold Faltemeyer on keys! Other highlights in the eight track include Munk's chunky disco funk take on the Stephanie Mills classic "You Can't Run From My Love" whilst the ever excellent Phenomenal Handclap Band embellish the Halloween standard "Walk The Night" with their own distinct brand of loose limbed funk.
You Are Not A Primate (Dimitri From Paris At The Loft mix) - (8:42) 122 BPM
You Are Not A Primate (Pollyester remix) - (4:40) 108 BPM
You Are Not A Primate (Dimitri From Paris Dubwise) - (6:44) 122 BPM
Bearsong (Lorna Dune remix) - (5:44) 106 BPM
Review: On Bearsong, Gomma label bosses Munk and Telonious have decided to commission new remixes of two tracks from experienced Danish producer Hess Is More's 2014 album Myheadisaballroom/Whoneedsaplaceanyway. Given that it was recorded with a full band, and rooted in jazz and leftfield disco, there's plenty for remixers Dimitri From Paris, Pollyester and Lorna Dune to work with. Dimitri offers two disco-heavy takes on the cheery "Iamnotaprimate", with the percussive, spaced-out Dubwise version impressing most. Pollyester's take on the same track - all bubbling electrofunk synths, rubbery disco bass and eccentric vocals - is, if anything, even better. A solid package is completed by Dune's deep, woozy and pleasingly sweet synth-pop remake of "Bearsong".
Review: Has there ever been an instance with pop duos of the moody, out-of-focus-bloke-at-the-back actually being the singer and the pouting glamour puss female being the socially uncomfortable producer boffin? We doubt it, but some rules aren't meant to be broken. Hotlane know this and just get on with the music instead. "On My Own" is a lovely slice of deeply seductive Europop and appears in many remixed guises too, the best of which being DJ Steef's off-kilter Balearic groover and Ricardo Baez's pristine glacial house effort.