Review: Since 2015, Tel Aviv twosome Rabo & Snob has been delivering annual releases on re-edit stable Whiskey Disco. Here they make the transfer to one of Sleazy McQueen's other imprints, Lovedancing, with some tasty original productions. "Yawumna", featuring Somma Idrisu, effortlessly underpins jangly acoustic guitars and African vocals with a metronomic nu-disco groove, while "Afia", featuring vocalist Azizaa, sounds like an unlikely fusion of Afrobeat and Adonis's "No Way Back". Art of Tones provides an organ-laden, sunshine-soaked Afro-house revision of "Yawumna", while Jacques Renault provides a suitably chunky dub of "Ifa" for those late night moments.
Review: Ever since Will Buckley and PRTMNTO debuted on last year's Lovetrax EP on Whiskey Disco Small Batch, we've been eagerly anticipating the duo's first collaborative EP. Title track "Soul Sides" - one of three cuts mixed by label boss Pontchartrain - is a breezy and positive affair, with sultry disco strings and attractive, delay-laden riffs slowly rising above a loopy, deep disco-house groove. "Liif 1982" is a more obviously energetic affair blessed with rubbery slap bass and some seriously seductive synthesizers, while "Do It To Me" is a jazzier and jaunty affair that subtly doffs a cap to both sleazy disco and jazz-funk. Parallax brilliantly strips back the latter track, adding sweet jazz guitars on a superbly summery and laidback interpretation.
Set It Out (The Silver Rider remix) - (6:03) 122 BPM
Review: A pleasingly varied deep house EP here that shows off the French crew's musical versatility nicely. 'What Else' opens proceedings, a lounge-y, laidback affair underpinned by a constantly surging bassline and topped with snatches of female conversation. That's followed by 'Cindy Goes To A Party', a slo-mo number with a blissed-out feel and a bizarre female vocal sample that sounds like it's been lifted from a old B&W movie. 'Dizzy Spell' then takes us into more uptempo, small-hours territory before the EP's closed out by the disco-tinged dancefloor romp that is 'Set It Out'.
Review: A fine four-track V/A sampler here from Sleazy McQueen's Lovedancing label. Felipe Gordon and Vagabundo Social Club's 'Basilio' opens proceedings on a deep Afro-tip, pairing garage-y organs with tribal beats, chants and a spoken vocal about colonialism, before Eddie's Stomp Mix gives the track a shot of dancefloor energy, complete with space disco stabs, jazz-funk synths and a new "I got it!" vocal. Sleazy & VSC's 'Chips Y Salsoul' is 70s barrio funk given a 21st Century house makeover, and then finally 'Be There' sits right on the deep house/nu-disco cusp with its soaring strings and vaguely Latin-sounding backbeat.
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.