Review: It's been a while since Johnny Paguro burst onto the nu-disco scene via a string of inspired releases on Pizzico. These days, his output is far more sporadic, but the Italian's high quality threshold has still not dipped. He begins his first Mister Mistery outing - and first EP of 2018 - with the Art of Noise-influenced, electro-meets-deep synth-funk workout "128 Coupe", a wholehearted 1980s tribute just ready to be revved up on dancefloors that like their grooves synthesizer-heavy. Elsewhere, "Night Trip (Bloodbuster)" wraps glacial synthesizer melodies around a foreboding groove in tribute to 1980s movie soundtracks, while "Gottarado '82" sounds like a more loved-up take on Jonny Jewel's Symmetry productions. More dancefloor fire is provided by Roctiv's throbbing, Italo-disco-influenced revision of "128 Coupe".
Review: There's a growing feeling that the time has come for Berlin-based Brazilian Rotciv to emerge from the shadows. While he's been on the radar of those in the know for some time thanks to a string of quietly impressive edits, remixes and original productions, he's yet to receive wider acclaim. This excellent mini-album of collected original productions could finally tip the balance in his favour. He confidently flits between delicious old skool house, Italo-influenced nu-disco, pleasing deepness, contemporary electrofunk (check the delightful "Need A Fix") and wobbly Kraftwerk-isms, all the while keeping a firm fix on the dancefloor. As with most of his releases, it's well worth a listen.
Review: More mastery from Roctiv on Mister Mistery, a label the Brazilian producer established way back in 2008. These are "Edits Not Edits", trippy and mind-altering dancefloor workouts that blur the boundaries between humble edits, imaginative remixes and sublime original productions. For proof, check the post-Italo psychedelia of delay-laden throb-job "Transducer" or the grandiose, EBM-on-Qualudes haziness of mid-'80s dancefloor weird-out "Be Forever Young". Roctiv reaches for the Fairlight stabs, hypnotic arpeggio bass and ricocheting Art of Noise drum hits on sleazy chugger "Rain Dance", while the equally jumpy and delay-laden "Cyber Countdown" sounds like a mind-mangling revision of a 1987 Ministry B-side.
Review: Second time around for Roctiv's nu-disco era deep house jam "Victims Of The New World", this time with a string of new remixes. Roctiv's disco-sampling, acid-laden 2008 original opens proceedings, while the producer himself closes the EP with a brand new version that's noticeably brighter, breezier and a whole lot more polished. Elsewhere, there's an excellent electrofunk-meets-acid tweak from Tad Wily, a thrilling Balearic house interpretation from Andrew Clarke (seriously wide-eyed and blessed with beats that sound like they've been nicked from The Chimes' "Heaven") and a great, live-sounding re-make from The Cruising. As remixes packages go, it's pretty darn tasty.
Review: Brazilian producer M?rcio Vermelho brings us two tracks here that pay homage to 80s coldwave, while remixes come from ROTCIV and Massimiliano Pagliara. Imagine Visage jamming with The Cure and you're somewhere in the ballpark with 'Feelings', which tops a decidedly gothic-sounding synth riff with a very Euro-style spoken male vocal, while Pagiliara's remix ups the tempo slightly, and hence is probably the pick for dancefloor play. 'Nightcrawlers' itself is in a similar vein, but with a sleazy, decadent feel that conjures images of 1980s Berlin, and again is pumped up for the floor by ROTCIV in an electro/Italo style.