Review: Logical's latest chug-tastic EP comes from debutant duo Course Correction, an outfit that specializes in what they describe as "sometimes guitar-driven slow techno". Leading the charge is "Course Correction", a 100 BPM throb-job full of druggy arpeggio lines, twisted TB-303 style acid motifs and all manner of head-mangling effects. They up the tempo a little on the noveau new wave flex of "Bright Lights & Brilliant Minds", where jangly, mid-'80s guitars and shoegaze style vocal refrains rise above another thrusting arpeggio line. As usual, Logical has thrown in a wealth of remixes. We'd suggest checking Busto and Quantal's slightly more melodious (and even more trippy) interpretations of "Course Correction" and Los Fugazzi's brilliant dub disco revision of "Bright Lights & Brilliant Minds".
Review: Madrid-based Logical Records has successfully been representing the chugging side of nu-disco for some time, delivering a string of fine releases built around trippy, arpeggio-driven grooves and meandering electronics. There's naturally much to admire about this latest EP from label founder Javier Busto. His original version of "Dynamic II" achieves a near perfect balance between throbbing electronic disco-chug and starry, far-sighted melodiousness, and benefits greatly from some particularly intricate percussion programming. Ivan De la Rouch's "Nasty Remix" lives up to its' name buy putting a darker, more psychedelic spin on Busto's original, while the Telesketch rub makes merry with ricocheting percussion hits, malleable synth-bass, and waves of trippy electronics.
Review: Following a summer 2017 diversion to Roam Recordings, Javier Busto is back on Logical, the Madrid-based label he founded at the turn of the decade. As you'd expect, it's a largely chugging and heavily electronic nu-disco affair. The Spanish producer excels at creating throbbing, almost psychedelic excursions, and "Joolz" is no exception. Pulsating at a little over 102 BPM, the track sees Busto pepper an arpeggio bassline and delay-laden beats with foreboding synth lines and moody chords. The El Fumidor remix adds a little druggy tech-house spice whilst retaining the original version's hypnotic, slo-mo tempo, while the faster Ands Mega version sounds like a contemporary dutch take on Italo-disco with added low-end grunt.
Review: With a wealth of releases on Silhouette Music to his name, John Parsley is no nu-disco newcomer. This, though, is his first release on Logical. It begins with the horror-tinged, mid-tempo cosmic disco throb of "Monday Talk (Original Mix)", where John Carpenter style arpeggio lines and ghostly chords weave in and out of a mildly foreboding, 110 BPM groove. It comes accompanied by an even darker, sleazier and creepier Itako-disco interpretation (the Dirt Track remix) and two different takes on "Knockorock". The original mix is trippy and intergalactic, with heavily-effected violin lines and metallic, robotic electronic riffs riding an unfussy drum machine groove, while the accompanying Future Bones remix is an altogether more psychedelic, mind-altering affair.
Review: Logical's latest expansive EP comes from Barcelona-based producer Kairos, who recently turned heads in the Junodownload office with his Disco Nebula EP on Night Noise. There are three original tracks to choose from, with the wonderfully psychedelic, mind-altering dark disco chugger "The Attack of the TMI Drones" and bizarre-but-brilliant "Terranova" - think mutant hip-hop meets macabre acid and alien electro - particularly impressing. Martin Noise's slow, metronomic, guitar-laden dark-Italo tweak of "Terranova" is arguably even better - though it's a close run thing - while Los Fugazzi's darting, heavily electronic acid-disco revision of the wild and intoxicating "I Found You" is equally as impressive.
Review: Madrid based label Logical present Los Fugazzi next, who are Guadalajara based duo Bernardo Barrera and Messier 83 that serve up some wicked nu-disco grooves like on "Kinetic" with its sleazy cosmic vibe and vintage synth flair reminiscent of Todd Terje. It gets a wicked remix by Rigopolar shortly after; which takes it even further into the stratosphere in more lo-slung fashion. Second original track "Pyromaniac" carries on with some soaring and razor sharp arpeggios with some synth funk-bass that's redolent of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It too receives a brilliant remix by Aussie duo Somerville & Wilson who accentuate the throwback vibes furthermore, even adding some nice 303 acid squelch into the mix for dramatic effect.
Review: Celebrating 10 years in the game with a sound coming live and direct from Madrid, Spain, Logical brings together a huge commemorative compilation championing the label that has come to define itself over the past decade. Pushing deeper, often lower slung sounds of progressive house, disco, techno and trance, label owner Javier Busto appears throughout the release alongside highlights from Caberet Nocturne, John Parsley and Barcelona-based producer Kairos. Expect an era's worth of 100 BPM throb-jobs, psychedelic, mind-altering dark disco chuggers to contemporary dutch takes on Italo-disco and waves of trippy, acid-tipped electronics.