Review: Nu-disco scene veterans Dagfest has been doing their thing since the dawn of the decade, in the process notching up tracks and EPs on such labels as Nang, Melodicoa, Editorial and Paper Disco. Even so, their first outing on Lovedancing is particularly impressive. Opener "Falling In Love" is bouncy, synth-bass-propelled revision of a little-known tropical disco jam (think soulful reggae vocals and colourful electronic lead lines) that's as summery as test cricket and England losing in a football semi-final. Tom Noble gives the track a more spacey feeling on his fine remix before the duo offers-up the sparkling Balearic boogie of "Prism". On the obligatory remix, Whiskey Disco chief Sleazy McQueen turns the cute and loved-up original into a slamming slab of disco-house (though happily, he has retained Dagfest's rather lovely synth solos).
Review: Next on Sleazy McQueen's ever reliable Lovedancing label is a proper stalwart of the New York City music scene who should need no introduction - the one the only The Juan Maclean. On his new EP The Lone Dancer, get stoned into the groove of the infectious disco house stomper "Body Language Pro" which then receives a worthy rework by label main man McQueen in collaboration with Cole Medina, and followed by the lo slung boogie down antics of "Let Me Come Into Your Life".
Review: Vagabundo Club Social are the Colombian duo of Jaime Tuiran and Juan Pablo Pinedo, but the overall vibe of this latest EP is more Afro than Latin. 'Pambele' itself opens with hand percussion and breathy vocal stabs before developing into a Hammond-tastic Afro-jazz workout topped with a lengthier male vocal loop in an unidentified language. 'Esclavo 29' does have more of a Latin feel but we're back in Afro territory for 'Angayusa', which is the pick for house lovers with its solid 4/4s, chanted vox, lingering keys and mournful sax parps. Dancefloors that like their beats on the more exotic side should lap it up.