Review: London based disco duo, the C90s release their debut single on highly impressive Swiss imprint Relish. ?10:01? is taken on by Villa who splices up the original with some super disco accents on the new vocal version. A compelling vocal performances takes the disco production to the next level, turning this into an instant classic.
Review: Following a promising debut on Norway's brilliantly bonkers Luna Flicks label, Norse producer Even Brenden ups sticks and moves to Headman's Relish imprint. The Updated & Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition sees him in fine form, dropping a relentlessly chirpy-but-menacing synth onslaught that sounds like Lindstrom or Diskjokke after two days without sleep. Relish have pushed the boat out for the remixes, offering Brassica a chance to lay down some glacial synthwave, and Renaissance Man to come on like Four Tet on speed. There's also a breezy but heavy bonus cut, "Kanke Faux Alt Du Peker Paa" (like Amiga game music with additional sub bass), which gets a grandiose Scandolearic rework from Telephones.
Review: For over 15 years, Headman's Relish imprint has been one of the most vital electronic disco imprints. As this compilation EP demonstrates, it's still ahead of pretty much everyone else. Label owner Robi Insinna, the brains behind the Headman project, delivers a drum-heavy, murky take on The Mansisters' "Tex Control", while on "A Bit Of Sickness" Teniente Castillo & Mufti provide a near-definitive Relish track. Powerful, rumbling bass provides a back drop for eerie effects, dubbed out drums and some outer space electronic yelps. Fabrizio Mammarella, known for his work on Bear Funk and Dissident, also impresses with the chugging drums, low slung groove and out there effects of "Magnesium."
Review: Headman's Relish reissue an album that was first out in 2006, but that could easily have been released 20 years earlier. Italo, electro and new beat/EBM would be the key points of reference overall, and words like 'spiky' and 'angular' spring most readily to mind when attempting to describe most of the tracks. But there are also moments - see 'Tightropes' or 'Regrets And Tears', for instance - that opt for a smoother feel and end up sounding closer to 80s synth-pop doyens like New Order, Black or The The, while cuts such as 'Maximum Joy' and '444 Days' have a slightly heavier, more industrial feel.
Review: Although busy releasing albums and singles, Relish boss Robi Insinna still could not stop himself putting out another label compilation, such was the quality of the stuff he had on his hands. Relish EP Six sees contributions from five different artists whose sound all manages to comply with the Relish vision. Highlights include the doomy new romantic electro-disco of Heretic's "Insurrection", the warped body music of Club Bizarre's "East Side Story" and the jack hammer nastiness of The Mansisters's "SSWS".
Review: What really impresses about this new Headman single is the bulging remix package. While the original version of "Turning" is quality - think eyeliner clad no-wave goes down the disco -the remixes take it to thrilling new places. Take your pick from The Emperor Machine's epic analogue dub-disco, Scott Fraser's Brown Album-era Orbital tribute (the "Basement Riposte" mix), Murphy Jax's delightfully E'd-up retro-futurist house take (thrillingly analogue and breezily upbeat) and a typically sludgy reinterpretation from Richard Fearless and Death In Vegas that's the stuff of blood-stained nightmares. It's the latter - as formidable and spooky as ever - that really stands out.
Review: A warm welcome back to Robi "Headman" Insinna, who returns to Relish for his first solo single for two years. Typically, "Dechainee" is a woozy and stylish affair, featuring a breathy French vocal from Justine Is Collete, cascading synthesizer lines, dub-flecked drums, and clear influences from minimal wave and post-punk synth pop. Borusiade provides a deliciously atmospheric, dancefloor-friendly interpretation built around hypnotic drum rhythms, throbbing sub-bass and druggy, pitched-down vocal samples, while Optimo Music man Mr TC successfully layers up unsettling electronics, jaunty analogue bass and fizzing drum machine hits on a sweaty, mid-tempo interpretation. Insinna's own vocal-less Dub completes a fine package.
Review: Swiss eccentric Robi Insinna seems to be having something of an identity crisis. This sixth solo full length is credited to both Headman - his now familiar alias for coursing, punk-funk influenced dancefloor attacks - and his given name. As if that wasn't enough to baffle the easily confused, 6 also includes contributions from an impressive array of guest bands, producers and vocalists, including Hiem's Bozzwell, Red Axes, Brassica and The Emperor Machine. Musically, it's business as usual, with the ten murky but stylish tracks variously fusing coldwave synths, punk-funk basslines, dub disco grooves, spiralling electronics and a smidgeon of acid house into wonky and entertaining new shapes.
Review: Heretic is a side project of Timothy Clerkin, better known as one half of the Eskimo Twins. The latest home for Heretic is Robi Headman's Relish label and for whom he has produced these three new sizzlers. The whole EP is a riot of electro-house that touches on trance in "44 Squadron", acidic and warped no wave ("Flesh") and poppers-fuelled hi-NRG ("Soviet"). Monoblok and PSLTKR also remix the title track, almost turning it into Yazoo in the process.
Review: For many the early Noughties was a golden age that saw dance music abandon the faceless and formulaic, returning instead to the values of the 1980s underground. Headman (aka Robbi Insinna) released countless electro-disco sizzlers back then, including his own Manhead album in 2005. Now reissued, we get the chance to enjoy it one more time, and unlike '90s 'landfill house' it still sounds great a decade later. Highlights include the slow building boogie of "Sister", the deep and druggy punk-funk of "Special" and the organic hiNRG of "Dancer".
Review: Maya Danon has been a familiar face on Tel Aviv's alternative electronic scene for the last decade. Even so, this EP for Robbie Headman's Relish label is still her first. There's much to admire throughout, starting with the restless analogue synths, thudding drums and alien electronics of title track "Mad Hatter". Similarly impressive is the fuzzy "Nina", where fizzing electronic stabs and woozy melody lines ride a killer bassline, while the sparser "Waiting For Simon" is undoubtedly the EP's most out-there and experimental moment. Autarkic and Marc Pional remix "Mad Hatter", with the latter's skewed, spaced-out analogue deep house interpretation particularly impressing.
Review: This latest release from Relish Recordings continues their policy of promoting in-your-face contemporary electro-disco with balls. Lead cut "Farfalle" sets the tone, rushing off on a happy-go-lucky sprint around the dancefloor to the accompaniment of bright and breezy synth riffs, squelchy noises and an oversized breakdown. It's a bit like Lindstrom's "Baby Don't Stop" after a skipload of Prozac, which is no bad thing. "Prelude", meanwhile, sounds like Daft Punk making disco - all fuzzy guitars, thumping grooves and cheeky Fairlight stabs. "Magnitude" completes the set with more big nu-disco synth riffage, Pet Shop Boys chords and a neck-snapping sequenced bassline. Delightfully over the top.
Review: This is Mondowski's second appearance on Robi Insinna's Relish label, and it appears that he is fitting in well with the in-house sound. The title track is percolating disco juggernaut, shimmering with percolating electronics and arpeggiations. It is remixed by Joe Spurgeon and turned into a pared back widescreen epic. "Black Age' is even cooler though - all gothy EBM grooves and loops that are given a stark dressing down courtesy of the legendary techno hero The Hacker. Moody beats are here!