Review: London is a cruel, addictive mistress: countless artists across every discipline imaginable have scribbled, sung and sketched their own unique homage to one of the world's truly great cities. Arcadis joins that list with London Lights; the title track is an insouciant house jam with breezy, Breakbot-esque arpeggios, it's more sunny day in Kew Gardens than grotty Bethnal Green back alley. The rest of the EP is worth checking too, most notably the low slung piano house of "Lost Days" and the starry-eyed funk of Lazuli and Viper Strike's remix of "Waitress".
Review: Dutch duo Authentiek Recept pitches up on Pole Position Recordings with a hustlin' dose of bumpin' jazz-house. While the swinging grooves recall classic US house, the relentlessly snaking sax line and tongue-in-cheek vocal samples take the track in a fresh new direction. Those of a certain vintage will recall similarly minded house tunes from the late '90s, but few have trodden this path of late. L'Atellier provides a suitably sleazy remix, while the largely sax-less dub - all loose jazz drums and deep chords - offers a nicely deep alternative. Deeper bonus cut "High Temperature" - available in two solid mixes - is worth checking, too.
Review: We don't know much about Black Magic Disco, other that he's based in London and makes funk-laden electroboogie tackle that sounds like classic Jam & Lewis productions given a contemporary nudisco makeover. It's this retro-futurist attention to detail - think bright '80s soul synth riffs, crisp guitars and booming synth-bass - that makes "Downtown" worthy of your attention. The same can also be said of the unashamedly touchy-feely "First Avenue", which is positively Balearic in its rush-inducing approach (it even features a sneaky sonic reference to Maze's "Twilight"). A trio of solid remixes complete a good package, with Satin Jackets' bubbling '80s synth-funker and Odahl's Daft Punk-do-boogie tweak standing out.
Review: Having previously impressed with 2012 debut "Downtown", London-based producer Black Magic Disco returns with a veritable sack full of remixes of "First Avenue", one of the highlights of that first EP. He opens proceedings with his own rework, a shuffling, organ-heavy rework that recalls the US garage-influenced sounds of the Local Talk label. Viper Strike and Patrick Baker deliver a sparkling, piano-heavy nu-disco/disco-house treatment (as summery as the obligatory post-work rush to a local beer garden), while the Final DJs drop a version that sounds like a contemporary dancefloor take on Please-era Pet Shop Boys (this is a good thing, in case you wondered). Meanwhile, Tom Eales goes all Tiger & Woods on his sparkling, thickset boogie-house re-make.
Review: "Zashu", the lead cut from this EP from unknown quantities Clark & Pudell, sits somewhere between murky nu-disco, '90s darkroom house and contemporary cocaine house. It pops and spits with hypnotic intent, burying subtle melodies under shuffling percussion, Tenaglia-ish chords and middle-eastern vocal samples. It somehow feels both dated and fresh, if that makes sense. Satin Jackets impress on their remix, a jaunty, piano-heavy tribute to the late '80s, rare groove-era pop-house remixes of David Morales and co. Soulplate deliver a subdued garage tweak, while Viper Strike takes it further into Tenaglia territory with a marathon 'bass and beats' edit.
Review: Sweet and feel good nu disco vibes by Zadar, Croatia's Darko Kustura who has previously released on Pixel Tree Music and What's In The Box Records, but now appears on the Cardiff based Pole Position. First up is the soulful and emotive "Flashes" featuring a funky bassline, smooth Rhodes chords and emotive strings; it ticks all the right boxes basically! Next "Peninsula" has a knack for rich and chunky synth leads and basslines that would make Todd Terje or Napoleon stand up and notice. It also comes with a remix by Viper Strike which sounds like a more low slung and cosmic revision of previous track "Flashes", more than anything; still awesome!
Review: Although they hail from Germany, this duo's hearts are most definitely rooted in France, or more specifically, the French sound. Once again "Moonshine" mines that familiar territory of sugary, compressed 80s synth-pop in the vein of well, almost anything on labels like Valerie. Auxiliary The Masterfader keeps it 80s, but more electro-funk, Phunktastike goes for a classic Alan Braxe-style workout, while CRAM go for a slightly housier interpretation.
Review: Stuttgart duo Final DJs hook up with Dim Mak vocalist Patrick Baker for a euphoric summer hit for all the lovers out there called, fittingly, "Summer Nights". Should Bag Raiders' "Shooting Star" have been a favourite you'll be happy to read this single treads a similar path as glittering arpeggios and synths ring out like a classic Cut Copy or Holy Ghost production, and should you want that extra heartfelt dose of warmth, let Baker's wispy croon do the talking.
Review: Straight outta Cardiff, Pole Position's releases have been reaching far and wide with such disparate names as Robert Owens and Etienne De Crecy supporting this new release. As the title suggests, "Sebastian's Birthday" is a big, exploding champagne bottle of celebratory Italo-disco joy. Remix -wise Black Magic Disco deliver an awesome deeper take that still has its heart firmly residing in the mid-80s. Nathan Swiss concentrates on up-funking the bassline while Phunktastike strip things back for a mellower party vibe.
Review: The relationship between Pole Position and Welsh producer Honom is in rude health - with the label commissioning a string of new mixes of his already popular tunes. Speaking of which, "Bedcat" sounds like Les Rhythmes Digitales doing Italo-disco (a very good thing in our book!). Remix-wise Satin Jackets take the track into the immaculate melodic electro-house places occupied by the likes of Billon. Frankie Goes Deep actually goes very Madonna circa Holiday for his remix and Cassara delivers the standout track here sounding like The Killers and Duran Duran jamming in the south of France.
Review: Copenhagen-based Frej Le Vin describes his sound as "deep and jacking", with US garage, hip-hop and G-funk influences. "The More I See You", his first single for Pole Position, demonstrates some of these stylistic inspirations, coming on like a sun-bright mix of deep house, nu-disco and soulful garage. With Ashibah's vocal to the fore, it's a pleasing listen. It's backed by a huge remix package featuring no less than six re-rubs. Of these, it's the deep garage shuffle of Marco Twellmann's two mixes that most impresses, though Frej's own 6am Sunday Mix, an exercise in twinkling two-step gorgeousness, is also lovely.
Review: Sometimes, it's the simple things that bring us so much pleasure. In its original form, "Torben Jazzin" is deceptively simple, lacing delicious jazz keys and formidable sax from horn player Torben Westergaard over a swinging, organ-heavy deep house groove. It's a simple idea, beautifully executed. There's a swathe of remixes to tuck into, too, including a deliciously deep, midtempo rub from Ejeca, a hustlin' Piano Dub from Le Bin himself, and a pitched-up, boompty-goes-deep excursion from Matt McLarie and Viper Strike. Most tasty of all, though, is the disco-flecked, feelgood bumper from Arcadis, which impresses with its sunny facade.
Review: Over recent years, Glasgow-based producer Matt McLarrie has released EPs on a dizzying array of labels. Here he pops up on Pole Position with an expansive selection of deep house-themed grooves. There's a dash of jazz-flecked spring sunshine (the lovely "Couscous" and "Cyclops", which are arguably the EP's two standouts), some classy, string-laden positivity ("Humble Abode"), a dollop of heavily percussive, sax-bating pressure ("Trilby Stand") and a chunk of super-deep late night house ("Dolphin Translator"). There's also a garage-inspired, organ-heavy old skool remix of "Cyclops" from Viper Strike. If you're looking for a versatile deep house EP, you can't go wrong.
Review: Matt McLarrie has previously proved himself to be a versatile producer, with releases on a wide variety of labels in a myriad of deep, soulful and jackin' house styles. The Glasgow-based studio buff continues this approach with Zookeeper, a diverse six-track EP. There's the Balearic sweetness of "Flamingo", the big chords and dancing synth bass of "Wingspan", and the liquid shuffle of "Enclosure". The old skool organ stabs and bumpin' beats of "Captive" impress, while stand-out cut "Online Safari" wraps delicious deep house pianos around a tough 'Africanism' style groove. There's also some old skool piano house in the shape of "Cetacean".
Review: Those with a keen eye for detail will note that Midiman is a name of a range of midi controllers and soundcards. It's also the chosen pseudonym of Russian deep house upstarts Lenya Goosey and Sergey Silvertone. Here, they pop up on Pole Position with six tracks of super-smooth deep house. Their style is fluid and melodic, seemingly taking influence from Russian nu-Balearic disco and classic US deep house. The electrofunk-influenced shuffler "Come To Me" is our pick, though the dreamier "For The Sake Of Love" (available in two sparkling versions) and similarly disco-influenced beach house groover "Dreams Come True" run it close.
Review: There's something touchy-feely - not to mention decidedly fluid - about this four-track collection of synth-laden goodness from Pole Position Recordings. Rippling with positive melodies, bespoke nu-disco jams and warm, kaleidoscopic deep house, Prelude is packed with notable cuts. Chief among these is Moustache Machine's "Brooklyn Days", a luxurious tribute to midtempo '80s soul and post-boogie goodness that hits all the right notes. There's more to savour, though, including the cascading melodies and huggable grooves of Elektromekanik's "Don't Stop" and the woozy synth arpeggios and undulating grooves of Olej's "Be My Lover". All in all, there's more than enough goodness to warrant investment.