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: The same Gouranga Music that brought us creamy nu disco cuts from the likes of Algy Strutt, Hardisco co-founder Kalson and Spa In Disco artist K-Effect now introduces Beyond The Struttosphere! A two-track single packed with four remixes, "New Frontier" throws down a searing synth line attached to an aggy bassline flecked by cosmic acid guitars, while "Rolling Thunder" turns in a rockin' disco tune through its delayed metal riffs, grungey spoken word samples and dubbed-out appeal. The Gouranga Clan remix clears away the spacey noise of the original to deliver a edgier, stripped back version of "Rolling Thunder", while K-Effect plays with melody and italo lazer synths in its remake of "New Frontier". Mufti keeps it electrified and muffled leaving James Rod to bring it home with some spiralling peaks and huge, slo-mo industrial drops. To the Struttosphere and beyond!
Review: A quirky nu-disco three-tracker from Ichisan, AKA Slovenian photographer, guitarist and DJ/producer Igor Skafar. Skafar released an album on Nang last year, which gives you an idea what to expect here: both 'Baba Mustafa' and 'Ultrapasa' would sit neatly alongside tracks from Nang label mates and fellow East Europeans Sare Havlicek or Ilija Rudman, for instance, having that same glossy Mediterranean 80s sheen. But 'Baba Mustafa' distinguishes itself by getting wilder and more wigged-out as it goes along, an idea that's carried to its natural conclusion on the seriously out-there Dub Mix, which hints at the sonic experiments and explorations of Larry Levan or Arthur Russell.
Review: Following rock solid releases from Kalson and Algy Strutt, Gourango Music has turned to sometime Roam Recordings and Spa In Disco artist K-Effect for EP number three. The experienced producer delivers the goods - and then some - on title track "Awareness", a chugging, psychedelic disco throb-job rich in hypnotic organ motifs, druggy acid lines, Italo-style arpeggio bass and pulsating peak-time drums. It's borderline trance-inducing, and in our book that's no bad thing. Virtual flipside "R.E.M Phasex" is equally mind-altering in its own way, with K-Effect wrapping oddball melodic motifs, creepy chords and strange noises around a bassline reminiscent of Rinder & Lewis's legendary cover version of "Willie and the Hand Jive", and drums that shuffle and echo across the sound space.
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.