Review: Rayko returns to his own Rare Wiri imprint with a four-track EP that finds him spreading his musical wings a little wider than usual. The title track here is a dark n' moody electronic chugger that marries space disco stabs to ominous guitar chords, and that'd work well for warm-up or very late play. The EP's other three cuts look to the 80s for inspiration, with echoes of Germanic coldwave and EBM ('Electro Impact'), US no-wave/disco-not-disco ('Beach Culture') and out-and-out Italo-disco ('Needing Love'). Roll up the sleeves of your linen sport coat, dab some wet-look gel on your feathercut mullet and dive on in...
Review: Perhaps best known for his contributions to the long-running 'Katakana Edits' series, DJ Laurel comes to Spain's Rare Wiri with three very classy disco/boogie re-edits here. First to get the treatment is 'Am I Gonna Be The One', a 1983 cut by Colors, the original of which was a Shep Pettibone production. That's followed by another 1983 gem, 'Sweepin' Off' by High Resolution, AKA Italian producer Stefano Gelante. The source material for closer 'Weak For You' remains unidentified, but you get the general idea! If you like your dancefloor grooves on the smooth 'n' sultry side, you'll dig this EP for sure.
Review: Four synth-y nu-disco jams make up Helsinki-based Roberto Rodriguez AKA Manolo's new EP for Rare Wiri. 'Amalfi Drive' sets the tone, a druggy, chuggy affair that blends Balearic and Italo influences with a hint of jazz-funk, then tops the lot with a soulful male vocal loop. 'Phobos' and 'Paseo Maritimo' are both in a similar vein but a little more obviously floor-friendly, and would have sounded right at home in Rimini or Ibiza Town circa 1989-90, before closer 'Away (For Too Long)' drops the tempo to a crawl - definitely one for those post-club chillin' sessions.
Review: A stylistically varied disco four-tracker here from Spanish scene stalwart Rayko, coming once again on his own Rare Wiri label. The title track is the standout, capturing that early 80s Paradise Garage vibe perfectly - think Glenn Guthrie's 'Padlock' or Whitney's 'Love Will Save The Day' - and is served up in sultry, soulful Cosmic Love Boat Re-Edit and more dubbed-out Magic Boogie Warrior Edit forms. Elsewhere, 'In Love With Love' is a more Euro-sounding affair with an Italo-ish bassline, almost folky fem vox and ear-piercing synths, while 'Need Luv' channels mid-80s boogie, but 'Your Door' is the one.
Review: Disco's always been a broad church, but in the modern era it's getting even broader. Here, Eddie Bunker - a Mexican producer who's based in the UK - helps push the envelope even further, teaming up with the brilliantly named Muddycotton Escobedo on an EP that's one-part chugging cosmic disco to one-part psychedelia/space rock. For straight-up disco fans, 'Red Light District (Part 1)' is the place to head: 'Guitar Trip', 'Trippin Two' and 'Red Light District (Part 2)' are as much about plangent, wailing six-strings as 4/4 kicks and cowbells. The end results of this unlikely fusion, though, are really quite spectacular.
Review: With releases on Paper, Midnight Riot and Disco Fruit under his belt, Pretoria, South Africa-based Brian Snr comes to Rayko's Rare Wiri with two funk-fuelled nu-disco workouts. 'Ocean Drive' itself rides chugging 4/4s and a simple two-note bass throb with parping, echoed sax and jaunty disco six-string chops, and should go down well wherever nu-disco is played, but 'Flashback 2' is equally strong with its two competing vocals, opening with a "check it out now" loop that then recedes into the background as a second, sleazy, Euro-style vocal takes the lead while assorted synth squiggles maintain the musical interest.
Review: Mushrooms Project has a long track record of delivering heady, gently psychedelic fare, with a trademark sound that hazily blurs the boundaries between slo-mo house, Balearic disco chuggers and bespoke dub disco that comes smothered in mind-altering guitar textures. 'Old Skool Dreamer', their first outing for Rare Wiri, is another slow-motion affair, with haunting flutes, evocative field recordings, sustained chords, bubby synth bass, exotic vocal snippets and subtle acid lines wrapping around a chugging groove. Paper Street Soul re-imagine it as a breezy, sunset-ready shuffler that's as positive as it is loved-up, while the 'Bonus Beat' version a spacey, stripped-back dub that wisely emphasizes the original version's bubbly acid motifs. Bonus cut 'A Wicked Draw', meanwhile, is another drowsy and percussion-laden downtempo house number.
Review: NuMood are a collective of Italian DJs, producers and musicians, and here they come to fellow countryman Rayko's Rare Wiri label with a track that's served up in Original and Manuel Costela mixes. In its Original form, 'A Blessed Day' sits somewhere between soulful house, nu-disco and the kind of chilled, street soul-inspired vibes you'd hear at a million early 90s post-club sessions (think Jhelisa Anderson, Des'ree and acid jazz), but for dancefloor purposes it's over to Senor Costela, who beefs up the bottom end while bringing the mournful sax line to the fore. If only Club Dog was still going...
Review: Make no mistake, the Italo/cosmic Force is strong in this one! In its Original form, 'Amalfi Drive' is a fairly straightforward nu-disco cut, albeit with the aforesaid 80s influences clearly in evidence. But it's when it's handed over to cosmic pioneer Daniele Baldelli and partner-in-crime DJ Rocca for remixing that the magic happens: hardcore Italo/cosmic lovers will fiend for their Iosso Remix, but it's their Arda Remix, which has hints of both progressive/melodic house and (if you listen closely) Ozric Tentacles-ish rock guitar wails, that's probably got the broadest dancefloor appeal.
Review: There's no shortage of Italo- and cosmic-inspired disco around at the mo' and, with 'Italians Do It Better' opening this EP, it's fair to say you know what you're getting here! 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' is probably the pick for the hardcore Italo-philes with its Carpenter-esque synths, 'Blue Monday'-nodding b-line and sci-fi sonic stylings, while the smoother-flowing 'Italians...' probably has slightly broader dancefloor appeal. Competing the package is 'End Titles', a midpaced affair that's essentially a homage to the synth-pop and coldwave of early/mid-80s Europe - one for those whose DJ sets include obscure Falco album cuts n' such.
Review: What is there left to say about Rayko and his well-known ability to blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original productions? The Rare Wiri founder is at it again here, delivering a retro-futurist three-tracker featuring some sizzling, mid 1980s style workouts. He begins in mind-bending drug-chug mode via 'Towers', where cosmic synth sounds, sprightly electronic melodies and glassy-eyed female vocals ride a seriously filthy bassline and delay-laden machine drums. 'Foto' is a slightly more up-tempo workout rich in tactile chords and undulating, arpeggiated bass that sounds like a cooler, club-ready instrumental riff on the Pet Shop Boys circa 1986's Please album, while 'Only Music Survives' is a sneaky re-edit of a Bobby Orlando style number smothered in rushing piano solos and cheery synthesizer lead lines.
Review: Three cuts here from Boise, Idaho native Bodie Lee whose precise genesis is a little mysterious. With its disco/boogie-style vocal and naggingly familiar-sounding bassline, 'Jiggl'o' is almost certainly a cover or re-edit of some kind - we're just not entirely sure what of, though Roy Ayers' 'Running Away' may or may not have made a contribution! Elsewhere, A Taste Of Honey's classic 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' bassline underpins the pleasingly understated 'Music Feeling Good', while Kool & The Gang's white-socked 1982 boogie jam 'Hi Di Hi, Hi De Ho' gets reworked as 'This Is The Way The Song Goes'.
Review: Ever-prolific Spanish nu-disco fave Rayko recruits vocalist Elena Hikari, who also featured on last year's Tito collab 'You Are Not Alone', for a four-track EP on his own Rare Wiri imprint. 'Suddenly' itself comes in two fairly similar-sounding mixes - Cosmic Diamond's Guitar Mix is a little hazier and druggier, while Sauco's is a bit more straight-ahead. Elsewhere, 'Flying Where You Are' is all squelch, throb and Hikari's plainitive tonsils, while the midtempo 'Death From Above' is a hypnotic, pulsating groove that leans towards the Balearic, with Hikari's vox applied here in chopped 'n' looped form.
Review: Russian producer Ootkeen first appeared on Rayko's Rare Wiri label in August 2020, impressing our reviewer with a quietly impressive and subtly varied three-tracker of instrumental nu-disco treats. There's much to enjoy on this welcome follow-up, starting with the dreamy electronic melodies, warming bass guitar and shuffling beats of immersive and cheerful opener 'Comete Dance'. He successfully dips the tempo on the similarly atmospheric 'Sputnik', a calming, Balearic nu-disco treat, before breaking up the beats, reaching for the jazz-funk bass and opting for spacey synth sounds on EP highlight 'Visible Aurora'. If you're hunting for a selection of tracks to improve your mood, look no further.
Review: After 12 years in the game, Spanish nu-disco stable have reached the 100-release milestone, and they're celebrating with an imaginatively titled compilation packing eight brand new tracks that have been handpicked by label boss Rayko. Obviously, with eight tracks from as many artists there's a fair degree of stylistic variety on offer, but the emphasis generally is on heavily electronic grooves - sometimes veering into Balearic/coffee table pastures, sometimes served with a darker, more leftfield twist. It's really more of a home listening album than a collection of club cuts, but for dancefloor purposes start with the contributions from Ilya Santana and Sauco...
Review: Rare Wiri founder Rayko serves up what is, if we're counting correctly, his fourth studio album. As such, you should have a pretty good idea what to expect by now; if not, perhaps the fact that two of those previous albums came out on Nang might give you a clue! Glossy, shimmering, synth-led nu-disco with a distinctly 80s feel is the order of the day, generally, with 'Fais Pas Amour' bringing the soulful vibes and 'Telegraph' having perhaps the most instant pop appeal, while closer 'Nightloving' stands out from the pack thanks to its slightly more down n' dirty funk edge.
Review: Bristol-based Italian Kiu D comes to Rayko's Rare Wiri with a four-track EP that blends a wide range of influences. 'Lovers Job' itself kicks things off, building on a simple sparse percussion riff with squelchy bass, analogue-sounding synths and a female disco vocal chant. Elsewhere on the EP, nu-disco, 'funky house' and a hint of reggae collide on 'Guns & Beans', 'I Don't Know' is a more sumptuous affair that'd play well on soulful house as well as disco/nu-disco floors, while finally things take a turn for the darker on the Italo-inspired '4AM' which has echoes, too, of early progressive house (of the '92-'94 variety)
Review: Italy's Iva Vagli, better known as Ivo del Prado, comes to Spain's Rare Wiri label with four tracks that sit right on the cusp of contemporary disco and deep/melodic house. 'Fat Track' is a laidback little groove, 'The Blues Grows On' is a hypnotic chugger topped with the vocal from Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's 'Bicentennial Blues', 'Summer Piano' sounds a little like Underworld trying their hand at piano house and 'Pm 04/04' finds us back in deeper house/disco pastures and sports some killer M1 action towards the end; all four come topped with big trance-y, euphoric synth leads that should help ensure maximum peaktime impact.
Review: Ever-prolific Spanish nu-disco don Rayko serves up a five-tracker on his own Rare Wiri imprint which looks largely to the early 80s for inspiration. There are echoes of New York punk-funk on 'Need A Freak', for instance, while elsewhere 'Lifetime Groove' has a boogie-ish feel, 'For Your Love' has hints of both Talking Heads and Roxy Music, and the clue as to what 'Electro Material' sounds like is in the title! Perhaps the EP's most interesting cut, though, is 'Legs' - an altogether moodier, more angular affair, it could prove a surprise crossover hit on industrial/goth/EBM floors.
Review: Two very serviceable disco cuts make up this latest EP from Mexican producer Disco Feelings, AKA Franco Alvarez, which comes on Rayko's Rare Wiri imprint. Whether these are original productions or re-edits isn't entirely clear - Alvarez has been known to do both - but 'Dance With Me' places a sultry, spoken female "I can't escape you... this is fire" vocal atop a chugging disco backdrop with a late 70s/early 80s feel, while the sunny, rolling near-instrumental groove that is 'Good As Gold' has a more mid-70s vibe. Both will keep disco floors moving without a doubt, with the fromage factor thankfully kept to a minimum.
Review: Such is the boundary-blurring nature of many of Rayko's releases, it can sometimes be trickt to ascertain whether what you're listening to is a re-edit, remix or original production. We're pretty sure that the four tracks on Super Natural are all re-edits, though they sound like Rayko's added a few new musical ingredients and reworked the drums. He begins via the early Heaven 17-with-added-electrofunk-flavour flex of 'Dinner' (very 'This Ain't No Fascist Groove Thang'), before strutting his way through a blue-eyed soul take on the early '80s Prince sound on 'Freaks Bearing Gifts'. 'Automan' adds sprightly, spacey synths sound to a formidably heavy acid bassline and relaxed electro drums, while 'Waste Your Time' is a gently tooled up take on a glassy-eyed electrofunk/80s soul workout.
Review: Rayko's ever-dependable Rare Wiri imprint bring us a solid nu-disco V/A three-tracker. Musa Nova is up first with 'Flying With You', a summery, R&B-leaning disco/pop affair that's probably best appreciated in the sunshine. Then it's over to Jerome La Souris, who brings us an impressively subtle, boogie-style reworking of the Masters At Work ft India classic 'To Be In Love', before Antonio Iadeva, Lucia Marenna and Manlio Moscarino join forces on EP standout 'Don't Say Goodbye', a more dreamy, contemplative female-vocalled cut that recalls early 90s Italian ambient house/dream house. Yes, it's been done before, but check out those chords...
Review: Rare Wiri's latest collection of club-focused cut-jobs comes courtesy of Uptown Funk, a recently formed, Huddersfield-based DJ/producer collective focused on disco, funk, soul and house music. It's a quietly impressive debut from the Yorkshire-based crew, offering a quartet of filter-sporting, gently tooled-up re-edits. They begin with the bouncy and spacey disco-funk grooves of 'Hit', before opting for a more percussive vibe on housed-up disco workout 'Goes On'. Heavyweight disco-funk vibes are supplied via sax-sporting number 'Believe It', while closing cut 'Extra Sensory Perception' does a good job in turning disco classic 'My Baby's Got ESP' into a swirling peak-time stomper.
Review: First released back in November, Rayko's 'Rush' now returns with new mixes from Manchester's Ruff Diamond and fellow Spanish producer Parissior. Ruff Diamond's rub retains the early 80s feel of the original but smooths things out somewhat, toning down the Italo vibes and bringing the disco guitar riff further to the fore, while Parissior's take is dubbed-out and more dramatic. With the spiky, European-sounding female vocal applied more sparingly, the latter's probably the pick for less specialist floors, while Ruff Diamond's mix is the one to go for if you really wanna party like it's 1983.
Review: Ootkeen, a native of Ekaterinburg in Russia, comes to Spain's Rare Wiri imprint with three instrumental nu-disco cuts that are well in keeping with current 'melodic' trends in the wider world of electronic music. 'Supernova' is a laidback affair that'd be perfect on those lazy Balearic afternoons, 'Moonlight' ploughs a similar furrow but has a slightly more house-y feel (despite actually having a lower BPM count), while finally 'Cosmic Rays' leans even more heavily to the prog/melodic side of things and wouldn't sound out of place early-doors in a Cattaneo or Digweed set.
Review: Known mostly for releases on Spa In Disco, here Spanish producer Alex Arcocha comes to Rayko's Rare Wiri imprint with a track that you can file under 'nu-disco' or 'disco-house' as you see fit. In its Original form, 'Higher' has something of the surging, pulsing feel of Balearic prog, a throbbing Italo-esque bassline underpinning euphoric synths as the uncredited female vocalist informs us that "your love keeps lifting me higher". The remix from Croatia's Ilya Santana doesn't flip the script too much, but has a druggier, more spangly feel that puts this rub more firmly in the nu-disco camp
Review: Jet Boot Jack is probably best known for the excellent disco, funk and boogie re-edits that he regularly posts on Soundcloud, but as this two-tracker for Spain's Rare Wiri shows, he's just as adept when it comes to original productions. 'Don't Take It Away' is a piano-led disco-houser topped with a female (or possibly near-falsetto male?) vocal, while the aptly-titled 'Get On Down' is chunkier, funkier and altogether more down n' dirty, until bursting out into an anthemic, euphoric chorus - a track that could have been made specifically to be played by Norman Jay on a hot summer's day.
Review: All aboard! Rayko takes us to the end of the line with Last Train To 80's, a three-track package destined for rainbow road. With Rayko's exotic French touch applied to "Affair" we see a slo-mo disco vibe regimented by a snapping snare drum reach the astral plane through some Van Halen-styled guitars in "Space Funk". Going deeper still is "Above", a sweet and dubby number skittled by some classic drum machine percussion, Italo disco grooves and a slight post punk, Uk synth pop edge. Tip!
Review: Following fine outings on Atop, Spa In Disco, Midnight Riot and Editorial, long-serving producer and re-editor Massimo Vanoni makes his bow on Rayko's "Rare Wiri". He begins with fine title track "The Beat", a chunky and warming slab of gently Balearic nu-disco rich in bubbly bass guitar, snaking saxophone motifs, dreamy synthesizer chords and short hip-hop vocal samples. He then delivers more afternoon sunshine via the janling piano riffs, soulful vocal snippets, hearty organ notes and unfussy beats of "Free", before dipping the tempo and doffting a cap to the greats of swamp funk on "Positive Soul". This loopy, chugging affair sees Vanoni make excellent use of looped blues vocal snippets, eyes-closed snatches of jazzy guitar and a suitably chugging, arpeggio style bassline.
Review: Introducing Uabos & Hard Ton! A new continental Italo duo conceived deep within the stables of Bordello A Parigi, the pair's music has naturally found its way out through Rayko's Rare Wiri! Delivering an electro, industrial pop and synth wave number that references all matter of '80s movie soundtracks, "Ghost" comes fixed with an authentic rerub by New Yorkian legend Man Parrish! Furthermore there's Aman 'Aimes" Ellis' dubbed-out acid makeover and adding a Euro-dance vibe to the collection is Australian producer Hysteric with his ghoulish night driving version.
Review: Taking a brief break from promoting the work of like-minded Spanish disco freaks. Rare Wiri boss Rayko has decided to offer up a thrill-a-minute EP from London-based pals Takao and Theon Bower. They open with the filter-smothered heaviness that is "Thunderbird", a riotous romp in which slamming new house drums, layered percussion and mazy new synthesizer solos mingle with righteous, horn-fired sections of a vintage disco-funk heater. They change tack slightly on "Acenda O Farol", a similarly filter-heavy, disco-house style bounce-along that makes extensive use of elements from what sounds like a deliciously camp and over the top South American disco record.
Review: Flight Status - AKA Esteban Ochoa, a native of Guadalajara in Mexico - has been recording as Flight Status since 2016, and here he serves up a three-tracker for Spain's Rare Wiri label. 'Dice' is an electronic disco-not-disco chugger that borrows heavily from Kim Carnes' early 80s gem 'Bette Davis Eyes', while '1987' finds us in full-on Italo/cosmic territory (think Moroder, Baldelli, Robotnick). Closer 'Marvin's Gum' then takes its name from a 1983 TV interview with Marvin Gaye that he chewed gum throughout, large chunks of which provide the spoken vocal, accompanied by snatches of that distinctive near-falsetto.
Review: They're not yet confirmed stars of the global re-edit and rework scene, but NFC & Key Sokur are clearly producers on the rise. Here the duo makes their debut for Rare Wiri following rock-solid appearances on About Disco, Editorial, Onrika and Moiss Music Black. They begin a varied selection of subtly beefed-up, floor-friendly edits with "Japanese Funk", a bustling, bass-heavy take on a Hammond-sporting heavy funk number that will get even the most reticent of punters up and dancing. "Meu Tio" is a wonderfully summery, sun-kissed shuffle that adds new jazz-house style dancefloor chops to a Flameno-style Mediterranean number, while "The Bossa Nova Rain" is a lilting and lazy shuffle through samba-house pastures featuring new vocals from pal Azul Fourcade.
Review: Irish DJ/producer Stephen Richards, who hosts OpenTempo FM's DiscoDaze radio show, serves up two nu-disco/disco-house originals here. 'Jiggery Pokery' feels like a simple chugging, looping groove on first hearing, but listen more closely and you'll realise there are all manner of musical elements - wordless vocal snips, a sunny sax line, string stabs and more - drifting in and out, helping to maintain dancefloor interest for the full seven-and-three-quarter minutes. 'Bright Nightlight' has a more straight-up 80s Euro feel, while finally Ziggy Phunk's remix takes the title track into similar territory - shut your eyes and you're in a nightclub scene from 'Miami Vice'!
Review: On his latest re-edit missive, Rayko invites us to hop aboard the "Last Train To 80's", an express service calling at three memorable stops on route. The first of those is the title track, a synth-heavy slab of wide-eyed '80s soul/synth-pop fusion rich in squelchy bass, delay-laden machine drums, clipped guitar riffs and the dreamiest of chords and melodies. The express hits top speed before the second scheduled stop, which is marked by the surging Bobby Orlando-meets-colourful-Italo-disco strut of "Machinery". A memorable journey draws to a close via "Change Your Mind", a tidy, dub mix style re-edit of an especially percussive '80s synth-pop jam that looks set to cause serious damages to dancefloors when clubs finally re-open.
Review: Madrid man Manuela Costela has previously been praised for the variety and quality of his house and disco related productions, something that helps explain the inclusion of his tracks on an impressively wide variety of compilations. There's plenty of variety to be found within the three tracks on his latest EP for Rare Wiri too, with a pleasing reliance on weighty, low-slung bass guitar the only unifying feature. He sets the tone on opener "Mustang Lady", a hot-to-trot nu-disco number laden with spacey synth sounds, layered vocal snippets and insanely funky dub disco bass. Synths come to the fore further on the slap-bass propelled, acid-flecked nu-disco number "Circles", while closing cut "Mama Funk" is a jaunty, loop-heavy disco house affair whose most ear-catching feature is the extensive use of spring-fresh flute samples.
Review: Spain's Rare Wiri serve up four disco/nu-disco cuts that aren't actually as Latin-leaning as the title may lead you to believe. Label boss Rayko and Fran Deeper join forces on a cover of The Steve Miller Band's classic 'Abracadabra' that has a few flamenco guitar flourishes at the start, sure, and the panpipes that grace Hotmood's 'Rapture' (NB: not the Blondie track) hint at South/Central American influences, but elsewhere Cuz Electric's 'Got The Feeling' is a sleazy electric disco-funker with an early 80s feel while Monsieur Von Pratt's 'Tonight' is sheer late 70s NYC exuberance. So check for this whether you're a Latin lover or not!
Review: Since debuting on Electric Friends Music in the autumn of 2018, JMMSTR (not to be confused with Freerange boss Jimpster) has notched up EPs on Slightly Transformed and Spa In Disco. Here he adds another label to his discography via an ear-catching collection of weighty, tooled-up re-edits on Rare Wiri. Our pick of the bunch is stomping disco-house workout "Shine", where funky guitar riffs, sparkling piano motifs, glassy-eyed '80s soul vocal samples and a killer slap bass line wrap their way around boisterous beats. That said, there's much to enjoy elsewhere on the EP too: "Main Street" sounds like a beefed-up, dubbed-out version of a mid-80s Jam & Lewis production, while "Red Alert" sees the producer make merry with a Prince style chunk of mid-80s purple funk.
Review: Fresh from the recent release of his cheery, percussion-rich disco-house workout "Latin Jack" on Disco Down, J.B Boogie pops up on Rare Wiri with a similarly celebratory and cheery three-tracker on Rare Wiri. He sets the tone with jaunty opener "Dance With You", a lolloping dance that successfully tools up a horn-heavy late '70s disco number via the edition of flowing new peak-time beats. He has his wicked way with a synth-laden electrofunk cut on the colourful, steel drum-sporting "Feels Like You", before rounding off a rock solid EP via the spacey, mid-tempo disco-boogie chug of "One Hot Night".
Review: St Petersburg-based producer Diskette - or Nikita Kropachev, as he's known in real life - is best known to date for releases on local label SOVIETT Russia. Here, though, he comes to Rayko's Rare Wiri imprint with a nu-disco jam that, in Original form, is two-parts languid Balearic warmth to one-part Carpenter-esque synth workout, all topped with 80s-sounding wordless male vocal snips. Limpodisco's more funk-fuelled remix tones down the synths a little and ups the squelch factor at the bottom end, while the label boss heads in the opposite direction with a synth-tastic rework reminiscent of European pop circa 1983.
Review: We like to imagine Rayko rocking down the street in his sun-drenched Spanish town, blasting out tactile '80s boogie, soul and disco from an over-sized ghetto blaster slung over his shoulder. If this scene were real, then he may well be playing "Disco Thunder", the tidy re-edit that opens his latest three-track salvo. It's a fine slice of 80s disco-boogie goodness rich unclipped guitars, P-funk bass, sparkling synths, electro beats and bold female vocal snippets. If he were feeling particularly bold, he may also press play on "Touch Down", a driving disco-funk revision full of weighty punk-funk bass, crunchy Clavinet lines, spacey synths and dewy-eyed vocal snippets. Should be want to stop and do a bit of break-dancing, dreamy and delay-laden closing cut "Hypnotic" would do the trick.
Review: Spain's Rare Wiri label serve up three fine contemporary disco cuts from Athens native Christos Antoniou, better known C Da Afro. The EP opens with 'From Da 80s', a rolling, sunny groover with fluttering guitars, period synth stabs and a vocal sampled from the movie '54'. The instrumental 'Endless Groove' itself has a very similar MO in terms of style and instrumentation, but with a hazier, druggier feel, while completing the EP is 'The Funk Master', which is altogether chunkier and, well, funkier, nodding to the likes of Cameo and Zapp and sporting a boogie-style "I love music, music is the rhythm of the soul" vocal.
Review: Known first and foremost as a deep house producer, the UK's Pete Le Freq takes a tour of more disco-oriented pastures on this three-tracker for Rayko's Rare Wiri label. The tracks are essentially re-edits, but there's no five-minute 'loop it up and chuck a 4/4 kick under it' shoddiness here, and you could equally see them as being fresh tracks that are merely 'inspired by' vintage cuts. 'Believe In You' is based on Patti Jo's 'Make Me Believe In You' from 1973, N-Joi's 1991 rave classic 'Anthem' (1991) gets disco'd up on 'Anthemic' and 'Love Is Sweet' sees Anita Baker's 1986 soul gem 'Sweet Love' given a nu-disco makeover.
Review: Over the last couple of years Sauco has prioritized collaborative work with fellow Spaniard Manuel Costela, so it's good to see him returning to solo action via a first EP on Rare Wiri. There's much to enjoy on "The Wiri Tapes", from the hybrid boogie/nu-disco bounce of "Catch My Eye" - all D-Train style synth-bass, chiming mid-80s melodies, fizzing synth solos and clipped guitar riffs - to the dreamy mid-tempo warmth of closing cut "Get Off", another tactile number whose sustained chords, bubbly electronics and morning-fresh sounds are as sun-kissed as they come. Sandwiched in between you'll find the appropriately named "Cosmic Coin", a slow motion throb-job built around Italo-disco style arpeggio lines, swirling chords and drifting vocal samples.
Review: Not so long ago, 80s boogie/electrofunk was the genre that time forgot, seen as a kind of weird phase in-between disco and house. The last 10 years or so, though, have seen the sound re-evaluated and re-appreciated, a phenomenon of which this three-tracker from the amusingly named Monsieur Van Pratt is but the latest example. So don your shiny Mr Byrite suit and white socks, and lose yourself in the sultry, soulful charms of 'Good Luv', the synthy electrofunk of 'Call Of The Heart' and the summery, Latin-inflected 'Natureza' - shoulder pads and hi-top fade optional, but highly recommended.
Review: Spain's Raico Pe?a drops his fourth long-player, but only the second on his own Rare Wiri imprint (albums two and three having come out on Nang Records). Opening with a near-instrumental re-edit of The Passions' classic 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star' sets the tone nicely for a long-player that wears its 80s influences proudly on its sleeve, with Syndrum beats and analogue synths much in evidence throughout. And just to drive the point home, there's an 'Axel F' reversion called 'Super Suelto En Hollywood' thrown in for good measure! If you dig that spangly, 80s-influenced nu-disco sound, you'll dig this set for sure.
Review: This is a strong start to 2020 from Rayko, a Spanish producer who can usually be relied upon to deliver the goods regardless of whether he's in re-edit or original production mode. Here he's exploring the latter element of his work with two sparkling slabs of fresh nu-disco made in cahoots with vocalist Tania Haroshka. Title track "Rush" is particularly potent, with Rayko wrapping Haroshka's vocal around delay-laden, proto-house style drums, liquid synths and alien melodies. Virtual B-side "Undermotion" is almost as impressive, with Rayko expertly indulging his love of skewed, disco-fied 1980s cosmic rock/synth-pop fusion.
Review: Legendary disco diamond Rayko and his Rare Wiri label confirm some new wares from Daniel Klien, aka Sirs, an artist with old school connections to labels like Flamingo Discos and Peppermint Jam. As Sirs he surfaces with a quality EP of four sides and the record goes deep into cosmic space and classy vocoder territory with the inter-dimensional "Pookish", while New York mafiosos are referenced in the post-punk, drum rolls and heavy Italo sound of "Nosa Costra". Strands of rock and minimalism combine between the socialistic and angsty gestures of "Ja Gakaki" with the voice of a most alluring German devil hidden deep within "Der Trip".
Review: It's been a while since we heard the once much-sampled vocal from Raze's 'Bass Power', but here it comes again courtesy of Wolverhampton lad Lee Perry, AKA Peza, who marries it to glacial, bleepy Italo synths and hard-hitting 80s electronic drums to create the title track 'Bass Doctor'. Elsewhere on the EP, squelchy electro-disco workout 'Aeiou' borrows from Freeez classic 'IOU', albeit not as heavily as you might expect, while 'Planet Cars' is a heavyweight electro jam that, as the title suggests, lifts from both Gary Numan's 'Cars' and Afrika Bambaataa's 'Planet Rock'. Three solid cuts whose familiar samples should ensure maximum floor appeal.