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: To date, Andy Buchan has delivered material to many of the nu-disco scene's most popular labels, including Editorial, Audaz, Hot Digits and Thunder Jam. This time round he's hooked up with long-serving Spanish stable Rare Wiri. It's a strong collection of dancefloor workouts, moving from the throbbing, hard-wired Italo-disco jauntiness of piano-laden opener "I Like It", to the sun-kissed nu-disco-meets-deep house warmth of "Rocking Music", via the hip-hop sampling boogie-house goodness of "Lost And Found". With its delay-laden rap vocal samples, tumbling synth solos, fluttering chords and breezy grooves, the latter track is probably the EP's standout moment.
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: Rayko's Rare Wiri label bring us a five-track EP from Rich Hall and Megan Jones, better known as Cuz Electric, a nu-disco duo who've also appeared on Midnight Riot, Particle Zoo and more. Opener 'Blurred Vision' has something of a Crazy P-ish feel in its Original form. Ilya Santana sprinkles some 80s disco dust over his remix, while Rayko himself takes the track into more dreamy, downtempo pastures. 'Gurvitz Dreams' is a druggy, chuggy affair with a Moroder-ish throb, while 'Polly' completes the EP on a livelier note with house-y pianos and soaring strings a-gogo.
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: Mexican combo Dark Punk Hippies continue to slowly rise through the ranks. This tasty outing on Rare Wiri follows quietly impressive EPs for such labels as Spa In Disco, Thunder Jam and Golden Soul. In its original form, "Safari Zafado" is a curious but rather fine combination of mind-altering, Italo-disco style arpeggio lines, humid synthesizer motifs, reverb-laden vocal chants, warped analogue bass and loose limbed tribal percussion. Rayko reaches for the thickset boogie synth-bass on his wonderfully trippy revision, where echoing vocal chants and cascading electronic beeps help create a mesmerizing mood. To round things off, James Road re-imagines "Safari Zafado" is a warm and woozy chunk of sparkling nu-disco goodness.
Review: Dim Zach begun his career way back in 1990, spinning techno in his native Greece. He's also played live around the World with Liebe. These days, though, he's more focused on disco, and here delivers a fine EP of ear-pleasing re-edits for Spain's Rare Wiri. While the tempos of the five edits on Army of Lovers are undeniably on the pitched-down end of the spectrum, he manages to pack in plenty of energy to get dancefloors moving. Highlights include the sensual, sax-laden disco strut of opener "Give It You", the Middle Eastern intoxication of rearranged cosmic disco fave "Egri", the dilated pupils, hazy spoken word vocals and dreamy Balearic shuffle of "Army Of Lovers", and the hazy looseness of "Lullaby" (a tasty rework of the Cure cut of the same name).
Review: Veteran Greek 'Balearic vibes master' has been in the game for nearly 30 years and you can hear it in the quality of his productions. Here he delviers three new gems on the mighty Rare Wiri. "Wish You Are Not A Dream" kicks things off with a warm and textured electro-soul cover a seventies classic. From there we get a an old Hot Chocolate jam remade into 21st century soul-pop gold on "No Lie" and lastly "All The Ways To Love Your Woman" wraps things up with some dreamy, golden vintage boogie.
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: 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: 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: It's time to welcome back Spanish nu-disco veteran Ilya Santana, who has been missing in action, presumed DJing, for the best part of two years. As comebacks go, "Electric Mind" is pretty darn good. Underpinned by druggy, Italo-disco style arpeggio lines and squeezable synth-bass, the slo-mo shuffler's best asset is undoubtedly the wild variety of vintage synthesizer lines that Santana smartly layers on top. The remixes are rather tasty, too. There's a decidedly Baldelli-esque, guitar-laden "Cosmic Western" remix from Rare Wiri boss man Rayko, while label regular James Rod pushes up the tempo and emphasizes Santana's Italo-disco influences on his dancefloor-friendly revision.
Review: Spain's 'chunk house' hero Ilya Santana has joined forces with Midlands nu-disco guy Slync for this mutual musical love-in. First up is Santana with the dreamy six minute Italo-disco-meets-Balaeric of "Midway". Slync then takes the track on a much more laid-back trip with plenty of delayed guitars and loops. He then provides his own "Don't Cha", a fluffy handbag house confection, for Santana's remixing hands where it becomes an exhilarating hiNRG odyssey.
Review: All of a sudden, Rayko is getting a little nostalgic. Here, he goes Back To The Roots of his Rare Wiri imprint, offering up brand new remixes of the cuts that appeared on the label's first release way back in 2008. First up, Phunktastike and Julian Sanza remix Ilya Santana's "Instrumental Odyssey". Sanza steals the show with a sparkling Balearic disco re-rub built around his own rubbery electric bass, chugging beats and flowery synth solos. There's a similarly terrace-friendly feel about Sportito's breezy and atmospheric take on Rayko's "White Russian", while Lone Soldier turns the same track into a low-slung, Italo-influenced chugger.
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: 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: Like his friend and contemporary Rayko, James Rod is impressively prolific. Amazingly, Robot Freaks is his tenth release of 2016. Happily, though, it's also among his best. It's hard to find fault in the chugging, mind-altering electronics, throbbing bassline and dub style Break Machine samples that form the backbone of opener "Got To The Street Dance", while electrofunk-meets-nu-disco fusion "You Ready" contains some of the most rubbery electronics, sharpest funk guitars and shiniest synths you'll hear all year. The more vocal-heavy "Feel The Love", a rearrangement of a forgotten '80s soul cut with heavy new synth-work, completes a fine package.
Review: Madrid's Rayko and James Rod go way back, with a long hearty history of collaborations. One of their key projects is the Classics Of Arrikitaun series and now we have here a fourth instalment. James is up first this time, delivery two new tunes: the light and breezy boogie of "So Easy" and the moody electro arpeggios (and Italo disco melodies) of "Hit!". Rayko starts tough we a raw and chunky vintage funk banger called "What's Your Doin" before going all synthy on the smooth 80s RnB of "Get Your Loving".
Review: California's Jay Airiness has steadily risen through the ranks of the nu-disco scene, leapfrogging from one good label to another. The latest groovy lily pad he finds himself on is the mighty Rare Wiri one. There are three super tight and elastic jams barely contained here. Up first is "Funky Rendezvous", a slow and mechanical funk grind. Beyond that we get the fizzy euphoria of the Michael Zager-esque boogie banger "Get Down People" and the percussion driven cosmic funk freak-out "Just Dance". Special stuff.
Review: Pure suntan funk from the heart of Venice Beach; fly Frenchman Jay Airiness returns to Rare Wiri with three more heated jams. "Boogie City" chugs with such grace and measured majesty. A low-looking hip-slinker that you never want to end, it's a guaranteed floor-filler. "Give Your Love To Me" kicks with much more spright and boogie, reminiscent of a Rick James backbeat while "My Funky Tip" takes us to much steamy R&B pastures. Full spectrum.
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: 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: Hot on the heels of former Silver City man Julian Sanza's Can't Stop The Feeling EP comes this hot-to-trot remixed version. Belgian boogie revivalists Spirit Catcher steal the show with a wonderfully bouncy, positive and synthesizer-heavy reinterpretation of the title track, while Ilya Santana joins the dots between punk-funk, Balearica and Italo-disco on his stellar rework of "Cannot Dance". Elsewhere, Phunktastike press the big purple button marked "nu disco" and deliver a throbbing-but-wavy take on "Yayaya", before Yam Who turns the musicality up to maximum on his attractive remix of "Sunset". Happily, there's not a duffer in sight, but plenty of dancefloor-ready goodness.
Review: Some three years on from his last solo outing, former Silver City and 2020 Soundsystem man Julian Sanza pops up on Rare Wiri with more dub-wise, synth-heavy disco fare. Like former studio partner Fernando Pulichino, Sanza's productions make extensive use of rubbery electric bass, sparkling boogie synths, and heaps of tape delay. This formula still offers plenty of room for manoeuvre, though; contrast, for example, the dub disco-meets-proto house cheeriness of "Cannot Dance", and the more Balearic dreaminess of "Can't Stop The Feeling", which benefits greatly from eyes-closed electronics and sweet electric guitar touches. Arguably best of all, though, is the stripped-back, delay-laden Balearic disco dub of closer "Sunset".
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: Three tracks of squelchy, synthy nu-disco from the Ukrainian duo here. 'Heatwave Affair' does its thing atop an unusual soundbed of bubbling aquatic sounds (or possibly chirupping insects, it's hard to tell), while Spain's Jesu Aparicio, AKA Parissior, delivers a smoothed-out deep house rub that makes good use of some synth stabs beamed straight in from the 80s boogie era and even finds room for some harmonica action, all underpinned by a seriously phat, rump-shaking b-line. Arguably the standout, though, is the gloriously slo-mo synth-funk of the curiously titled 'Moving To 70Ass', which rocks a killer organ line.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: We live in chaotic times but mercifully this brand new Russian quartet are here to help us make sense of things. And they're doing it with a vibrant soulful house jam that wouldn't go amiss in the sets of everyone from Krivit to Kevorkian. Feel good, funking and full of summer vibes, it's heightened by a cosmic remix from James Rod and a heavily swung kick-loaded twist from fellow countryman and serial editor Valique. Time to "Smile".
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: Spanish producer Parissior flexes his disco muscles on a four-track EP for Rare Wiri that demonstrates his versatility nicely. Hypnotic opener 'Another Chance' loops up just a few lines of a tremulous female soul/R&B vocal over a dusty, lo-fi backing to great effect, while the hazy, druggy 'She Moves' is slower-moving but beefier and more stripped-back, and features one of the most sonically crowded breakdowns you'll hear all month. 'Manay Rah' then takes us into shiny, sparkly 80s Italo territory, before Parissior underlines the point with the upbeat and very aptly titled throbber 'I Like Cosmic, My Girl Don't'.
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: 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.
Review: One-man production whirlwind Rayko strikes again. Not content with re-editing every single 1980s electrofunk record (or so it seems), he's decided to head back to original production. It could be a wise move. Certainly, there's something rather special about the breezy Balearic house chug and twinkling pianos of "Altered States", the EP's standout moment. Elsewhere, Rayko sticks largely to a very European take on nu-disco, delivering sharp synth hooks, bubbling rhythms, electro-flecked grooves and bright melodies aplenty. There's a touch of low-slung disco guitar on the enveloping "Keep The Faith", and an Ilya Santana-ish headiness to the foreboding grooves and saucer-eyed melodies of "Space Surf".
Review: Mr prolific Rayko is back with yet more gems. If you thought that Chromeo were the only folk out there rockin' that whole mid-80s electro-boogie thing, you'd be wrong. This EP could be straight out of the US club charts, circa 1986. "You're The Best" might easily be Chaka Kahn jammin' in the Danceteria, "Bored" is Miami freestyle meets Jam & Lewis with lashings of harsh string stabs for '80s overload. Finally, "Win U Back" takes a pinch of Shalamar, sprinkles in some Pointer Sisters and mixes it up for a frothy Soul Weekender explosion.
Review: Every now and then Spanish disco maverick Rayko gets the time to release some of his in-demand edits on his own label, Rare Wiri Feelings. Maybe it was the Christmas lull, but he's found the time again, and here we have On The Beat. The title track cruelly, but beautifully, teases out B. B. & Q. Band's "On The Beat" to heavenly effect, "Satisfaction" is a moody glam stomp and "Sneak Preview" is slick soul pop, but it's the funk meets Italo-disco of the euphoric "Time Bandits" that's the standout here.
Review: There's life in them there '80s yet, at least according to Spanish producer Rayko who returns here with an EP of tunes that could come straight from an episode of Miami Vice circa 1985. Brooding digital synth washes rule the roost with "Peyote Warrior" being all angsty electro-disco basslines, tropical pads and guitar wails, "Lucky Strike" features live-sounding bass and drums with layers melancholic electronics on top, "Juno Lover" is the sound of a stakeout under palm trees at night and "Play" the urgent and percussive soundtrack to a fictional car chase. You can almost smell the sunblock!
Review: Madrid's disco don Rayko, is back on his own label for some pastel coloured edits on Rare Wiri Feelings Vol 1. Unbelievably he's tackled Frankie's '80s disco-sex-punk anthem "Relax" - possibly the most re-edited/bootleged '80s tune ever. However he turns it into a smoother electro-house workout, which largely works. "Dare" sees Linndrum fills compete with elastic slap bass resulting in a mid-80s Miami freestyle showdown and finally Hall & Oates' classic "Family Man" gets dubbed out in fine style.
Review: Two new fresh edits here from Spanish nu-disco hero Rayko. Although his debut album, Rebirth, came out recently, he's already left it behind in favour of new electro-boogie to plunder and rejig. "In Love" features the kind of laser-sharp basslines that could cut through a car, tight-as-a-gnat's-chuff guitar and seductive female sirens on vocals. However, it's the synth-drenched electronic rare groove of "Piano" that really nails it for us.