Review: Some fans dig the analogue sound of Italo disco, and some dig the later, more artificial digital incarnation. A Walk In The Woods clearly falls into the latter camp. That's no bad thing though, because there's nothing wrong with that crisp, punchy sound - just ask the likes of Peter Benisch, Flashworx or anybody on the Valerie Records label. "Evening Sky" is the storming debut on Dutch label Nightnoise: seven minutes of gently shimmering blue-sky disco. Berlin's Acid Washed ad some extra club-thump, Sinchi Music turn it into moody pad-swept electro and Wait & See's mix goes for holiday-pop vibes.
Review: Geneva (formerly Amsterdam) based Night Noise serve up a new one by Mark Cooper's Bedford Falls Players: a collective of DJ's heavily influenced and inspired by the early acid house and balearic experience including Terry Farley, Justin Drake, Alan MacKenzie and Rob Webb amongst others. On "Moon: Chapter 1" (Agent Cooper's "Peak" Time Warm Up mix) it's an interesting genre defying one, we must say. Gloomy dub chords soar over cavernous beats and a howling EBM style arpeggio. There's some dark and reductionist Italo business up next on "Chapter: 3" (Agent Cooper's Black Lodge Excursion) which will appeal to fans of the Correspondant sound. It gets remixed up next - they save the best for last with Duncan Gray of Tici Taci's deep and lo slung balearica rendition.
Review: Amsterdam's Night Noise have saving up a present for their ever-devoted, and here is a festive bundle, Amuse Bouche, that reveals the kind of treats they have in store for us in 2016. There are six artists showcased here, all with their own take on 21st century disco. Highlights include Ujin Ray's sombre robo-funk joint "Traum", the glacial Nordic-style synth fantasy of "Lost Patrol" by AWITW and EP highlight, the skin crawling, post-punk evil disco of "Orasol Fate" by FLVN.
Review: Ian Scott and Josef Wretham aka Buran is the latest act to trip the light fantastic on Amsterdam label Night Noise. Taking inspiration from 90s artists like Emannuel Top, the Manchester duo delivers a four-track EP that is equal parts acid, trance and techno. This seamless fusion is most audible on the title track, where liquid 303s and swirling synths unravel over a pulsating groove. "Hissy Fit" revolves around the interplay between gently building melodies and grainy 303s, while on "Goat Locker" the sound is more stripped back, with Buran starting off with a stripped back groove that morphs into an acidic climax. Oli Warriner's tougher, more tracky take on "Grid Squares" rounds out the release.
Review: The latest missive on admirable Amsterdam institution Night Noise comes from an unfamiliar artist, San Francisco's Dance Station. In fact, the outfit is a collaboration between old friends Layne Fox (member of long-running dub disco collective 40 Thieves) and former Leng artist Josh Praus. Title track "Sirens" is an absolute doozy, all told - a cosmic, deep space dancefloor excursion influenced by the arpeggio-driven throb of Patrick Cowley, sleazy Italo-disco and ricocheting, delay-laden proto-house. The duo hurtles further towards the stars on "Beige & Yellow", a spacey chunk of acid-fired cosmic disco straight out of the top drawer. LA Decadense reworks "Sirens" and adds a fuzzy dub disco flavour, while "Roliva" delivers a wonderfully psychedelic take on "Beige & Yellow" that's probably capable of making perfectly sober people hallucinate vividly.
Review: The latest instalment on Nightnoise comes from the mysteriously named ID_UA, a project from an emerging Ukrainian producer. The title track, which refers to a district in the country's capital, Kiev, is a teased out, pulsating slice of techno, with chimes and rolling drums providing the backing for eerie textures and some trippy, pitch bent sounds. "Guitar" is a radically different proposition, with ID_UA bringing waves of warped guitar and screeching sounds to bear over a rolling groove and muddy bass. However, the release quickly moves back down the hypnotic techno rabbit hole, as Sinchi turns "DVRZ" into a filter-heavy, mid-tempo track that'll appeal to fans of Mike Parker and Rrose.
Review: International Peoples Gang are Martyn Watson and Ric Anderson-Peet who have recorded sporadically over the last 20 years. They team up with Crazy P main man Sean Todd aka Hot Toddy from Nottingham on "Slow Motion Cowboy", which was originally released back in 2016. These killer remixes come courtesy of the revamped Sean Dickson of The Soup Dragons: now known as Hifi Sean with his Big Beat Boutique sounding version. Indeed it's a throwback to the late '90s. The EP's highlight comes courtesy of Reverso 68's Pete Herbert who comes in with a sexy and slinky nu-disco rendition. Finally we get treated to a tidy 2017 remaster for fans of the original. All killer no filler right here, dig it!
Review: The latest Nightnoise release comes from Ivan Fabra, an underground producer who shares the label's disdain for strict genre boundaries. Across the four tracks showcased on Disco Estelada, you'll find largely mid-tempo club workouts that slickly combine elements of rubbery deep house, bubbly nu-disco, life-affirming, sun-kissed Balearica, electrofunk and fizzing, Clavinet-fired disco. For peak-time plays, we'd suggest taking a listen to "Disco Estelada", where a fantastically elastic bass guitar line and rolling drums are peppered with attractive disco flourishes, though the lilting, dewy-eyed deep house bliss of closer "Vintageve" provides a fitting conclusion to a rock solid EP.
Review: Amsterdam's Night Noise are back with their sixth release this year, this one comes courtesy of newcomer Kairos: a DJ and producer from Barcelona. He's had previous releases on Maleante out of Mexico and Germany's Emerald & Doreen. Disco Nebula features four tracks that skilfully merge Chicago house and Detroit techno to wave and disco.
From the slo-mo Italo antics of the title track, the strobe-lit tunnel vision of "Lost In Orion" with its soaring acid legato or the sexy neon-lit nu-disco of "Omega Style" which demonstrates just how much diversity there is in this talented young producer's repertoire. Expect to be hearing more from this young gun in 2018!
Review: Middle Sky Boom is Josef Laimon, a Tel Aviv based artist who has released previously on Newcastle's Join Our Club and now Amsterdam's Night Noise. "Maz'tomeret (original mix)" is the kind of cheeky indie-disco that could equally have been at home on Comeme with its deadpan vocals and punky bass guitar giving way to some fuzzy and cosmic synths later. The remix by Andrew Claristidge is pretty sweet too: it injects some real four to the floor thump and more woozy druggy vibe for playing it out at the later hours of the evening. Second original track "Avenue End" is best described as deep indie disco, if you've ever heard such a thing? Well this is it and it's equally suited to morning sets. The remix of it by AWITW gives it a balearic edge of the darker kind with some wonky synths which will come in handy this Summer.
Review: We are always keen to hear anything new on Night Noise - the Amsterdam/Geneva based imprint that pursues new directions in noirish electro/disco pop. Fans of Nein, Days Of Being Wild or Roam Recordings - look no further! The label's new thriller comes courtesy of Parisian Michal Dabrowski aka Must See, who delivers some 'new' new-romantic seduction on the tres chic "Crocodile Tears". This is followed by a lo-slung/punk-funk rendition by Mexico's Inigo Vontier, as well as a retro dreamwave rework by AWITW. "Waste Of Time" sounds rather reminiscent of early Benny Benassi or Whirlpool Productions - which was cool - but we preferred Andrew Claristidge's bouncy remix.
Review: Pino is Konstantin Kandelaki: a popular DJ on the Tbilisi, Georgia circuit with previous releases on Roam Recordings and Logical out of Madrid. This new one is on the impressive Night Noise of Amsterdam, where he presents a collection of sleek neon-lit grooves for the late night. From the brooding and Carpenter-esque melodies of "Doppelleben" (and its even spookier minimalist rework by Amsterdam's Sinci Collective), "Thorn" is a bouncy, darkwave nu-disco workout that's perfect for when the smoke machine comes on. It too gets the remix treatment by Germany's Freudenthal (Nein/Roam Recordings) who gives the track an added dose of funk and bounce.
Review: Amsterdam imprint Nightnoise's latest recruit, Roliva, has previously released music on Nein Records and Phisica, suggesting a love of trippy cosmic disco and psychedelic electronics. These twin musical obsessions are evident on EP opener "Bajas Frecuencias", whose combination of chugging cosmic disco bottom-end, jammed-out Clavinet lines, crunchy electric guitars and chanted vocals reminded us of Daniele Baldelli's recent productions. They can be heard, too, on the cosmic disco/cosmic rock fusion of "Ruido Capital", which also includes some killer jammed-out electric piano riffs. Damon Jee remixes the same track, upping the psychedelic electronics and lifting the tempo with typically mind-altering results.
Ibicentric - "Strangers On A Train" (Mark Cooper "Coops" Acid mix) - (4:38) 134 BPM
AWITW - "Endless Summer" - (6:08) 105 BPM
Jamie Porteous - "Sic Four The Muse" - (6:20) 128 BPM
Yarni - "Escher" - (6:33) 100 BPM
Review: Night Noise presents its 34th release where they steer clear of the dance floor and in doing so returns to its roots. They seek out unknown artists and provide a platform for artists on it's roster to showcase their talents. For the 'Musa' EP the label asked the artists involved to create a piece that is inspired by the people, places and music that surround them. First up is label newcomer Robert Burbidge's Rubberlips featuring Da,y whose beautiful song "Without The Moon" kicks off the EP. Ibicentric are fronted by former Sham 69 bassist Andy Prince and get remixed by Night Noise regular Mark Cooper. Regular Night Noise contributor Jamie Porteous serves up a dark trap and grime inspired jam on "Sic For The Muse" while cohorts Yarni and AWITW both deliver music that sits somewhere between chillout, balearic and experimental.
Review: Sergio Mateo has long been one of Spain's leading underground DJs. Now he applies that expertise to production. The title track is a wonderfully evocative affair that features a dreamy vocal narrative unfolding over breathy synths. Meanwhile, percussion clicks and a bass rumbles away in the background. On "The Nothing Box", the approach is more conventional, with a stripped back rhythm complementing an electronic bass riff. Nightnoise regular Pina's remix of the title track sees it turned into an epic, atmospheric techno groove that doesn't lose sight of its original, haunting sensibilities. Meanwhile, on the Pino take of "The Nothing Box", the groove is straighter and more linear, as Hacker-esque bleak synths hover through the arrangement, but without any loss of the original version's powerful bass.
Review: A musical collective unified through a 'search of truth through their chosen medium', Sinchi Music have arrived brandishing a double hitter - the "Exhale EP". First up is the pulsating analogue throb of "Aether Drift" which is remixed into a moody electro-house bounce by Gemini Brothers. Meanwhile the deep dark and tormented EBM of "Silicone Sweat" is reworked into creeped-out slo-mo electro-disco by FLVN. Depressed disco at its finest.
Review: Amsterdam based Sinchi Music is back with the Never Lost Never Found EP which serves up some deep and slinky tech house. "Never Found" features gentle 303 acid flourishes over a restrained groove. "Never Found" is a delightful ambient house makeover with an electro beat that is just made for drifting. The remix of "Never Lost" by man of the moment; Tel Aviv's Moscoman is just as low slung and funky as you'd expect but with the right amount of funk and wonk in the melody: quality as always! Oli Warriner's remix of "Never Found" is more on the straight up techno tip, albeit a restrained one; featuring booming 808 and haunting industrial textures building the right amount of drama and atmosphere.
Review: The Sinchi Music collective open the Nightnoise account for 2018 with this wildly diverse but inspired release. The title track is a pulsating, electronic disco groove, led by a pumping bass and mysterious synths. On "Hyperborea", the collective sticks to a similar path, only this time the synths are more epic and the melodies exude mysterious qualities. Nightnoise's mission is to navigate a path through disco, electro and techno: on the Rigopolar remix of the title track, this artistic intent results in a swing towards rumbling tribal techno and reverberating claps, while the Rollover version of "Hyperborea" concludes the release in a hail of warbling acid.
Review: The Nightnoise imprint has become synonymous with quality electronic experiments, particularly of the balearic category, and they're known for pushing out new talent on the regular. Tales Of Voodoo is their latest catch, a producer who clearly has a vision in mind for what he wants his music to be - "Sun Cymbals" is a joyous, almost tribal groove that sways left to right, from house to something altogether undefined; "Moon Rituals" is the darker, more percussive evolution of the track heads way out into the ether. There's two remixes, Jose Manuel's starry-eyed revisioning of "Sun Cymbals", and Yarni's hyper-space-deep-house rework of "Moon Rituals". Fly.