Review: Earlier in the year, Algy Strutt's "Future Flashback" made an appearance on Paper Disco's sixth "Trash The Wax" compilation. Due to popular demand, the cut is now appearing as a single alongside a slew of previously unheard remixes. Strutt's original version remains a gnarled, fuzzy and forthright treat, with TB-303 style acid lines and hairy rock guitar riffs riding a throbbing, Italo-influenced nu-disco grooves. The next track is a debut remix by the Gouranga clan with an 80s style synth bass pumping throughout. Spanish producer James Rod emphasizes the groove's trippy feel on his pulsating, mind-altering revision, while Norwegian legend Rune Lindbaek offers up an analogue-rich take that smartly re-imagines the track as a thrusting Italo-disco throb-job. Those hankering after a heavier dose of acid flavour are also catered for via the EP-closing "Badass Version".
Review: Last time we heard from Hardisco co-founder Kalson it was way back in 2012. Then he was sharing top billing with two other producers, making "Acid Brazil" - his debut outing on Gouranga Music - a first solo single since 2009. The title track is pleasingly eccentric: a bouncy house romp that brings together squelchy acid lines, sweeping synth-strings, epic orchestration and what sound like samples from an easy listening era Brazilian music classic. It's odd, but also impossible to dislike. Veterean Norwegian producer runs with the "acid" theme on his accompanying remix, layering waves of psychedelic TB-303 acid lines over heavier house drums and some of the same samples Kalson used. The result is a sleazy beast that's arguably even better than Kalson's original mix.