Review: More from Brooklyn-based, Alabama-born AIMES, a producer who has spent the last few years carving out a niche as a purveyor of "spacey nu-disco with synth-pop sensibilities". This outing on Roam boasts two original AIMES productions: the mind-altering acid bass, psychedelic electronics, sci-fi synth chords and rolling drums of the decidedly sleazy "Machination" and the breezier - if similarly acid-fired - bustle of twisted peak-time throb-job "Devious Maneuvers". You'll also find remixes of both tracks, with Lauer's hypnotic revision of "Machination" - all intense acid lines and glassy-eyed chords - being just a little more potent than Steve Crook's heavy and hypnotic take on "Devious Maneuvers".
Review: Following up some great releases recently by Nozz aka Damon Jee and Pin Up Club, the latest release on Roam Recordings comes from French producer Amevicious, which follows up excellent dark disco releases on labels such as La Dame Noir and Nein Records. His 'Infamous Road' EP was a natural fit for Roam and features two fine originals plus remixes from Jamie Paton and Pino. "Infamous Road' is gloomy, pop-inflected indie-house jam that is thrust further into eerie and dark territory with an excellent remix by London based artist Jamie Paton. "The Other Side" is a fierce nu-Italo stomper full of grinding analogue arpeggios and rusty drumcomputer rhythms. Pino's remix up next takes it into groovier, blissed out lo slung territory. All four tracks combine to form a really well balanced EP with something to offer for different times and moods of the night.
Review: For about a decade now, Cabaret Nocturne (aka Raphael de Sauvage) has been leading an Electroclash revival with a string of moody electro-house releases and a well-regarded radio show. The New Beat/EBM influence is unsurprising here when you learn that Monsieur Sauvage hails from Belgium. There are two original tracks featured: the slow, raunchy throbbing dark room soundtrack of "Western Ghost" and the melancholy new wave instrumental "Lost Town". The former is remixed into a tragic New Romantic epic by Kieran Holden and the latter into a punchy electro rocker by Damon Jee. Get your black leather on!
Review: Roam Recordings out of San Francisco have been at it since the early noughties releasing great stuff by the likes of local heroes Justin Martin and Demarkus Lewis through to Rhythm Plate and even Tone Of Arc or Heretic in recent times. Next up is Luca Roccatagliati a legendary Italian DJ, musician and producer who had collborated with Daniele Baldelli and Dimitri From Paris over the years. On this nice EP he serves up "Maccheroni" a deep and semi-balaric acid house groove, but it's all about Eric "Dr. Dunks' Duncan's tough rework which really works that 303 acid into something that bit more hearty. "Aura" is yet more of the same but the remix by Black Spuma (comprised of Gerd Janson and Fabrizio Mammarella) is the real winner here on this sleek, neon-lit house anthem for retroverts.
Review: Earlier in the year, Javier Busto returned to action via a fine EP of dusty and dark nu-disco chuggers on the Logical label he set up at the turn of the decade. Unsurprisingly, this outing on Roam Recordings is similarly muscular and throbbing in outlook. The Madrid man's original version of "Inside" is something of a stylish, Mascara-clad mid-tempo treat, with psychedelic electronics, foreboding chord progressions and sci-fi effects crowding around a thrusting, arpeggio style bassline. The Montessori Remix is a little looser and groovier, with audible new wave and post-punk influences amongst the shuffling beats and rubbery electric bass, while the impressive Azaria Remix is an all-out, Italo-disco inspired assault on the senses.
Ghost In The Maschine (original mix) - (5:13) 112 BPM
Ghost In The Maschine (Otheo remix) - (7:00) 112 BPM
Review: We are always excited when San Francisco's Roam Recordings return with more dark disco deviance. This time it's over to John Parsley, a Swiss producer who has been doing great work of late with releases on Logical and Sulk Magic. On the title track, hear the sound of nu-disco taken down a left hand path - just the way we like it! Full of bubbling arpeggios, rusty rhythms and other eerie elements. The Nein Records boss Tronik Youth steps up to the challenge and creates an even more brooding rendition, with heavier percussive elements. Second original offering "Ghost In The Maschine" is a woozy and esoteric number on the lo-slung tip, subtly incorporating electro and EBM elements. Mexican producer Otheo provides a darkwave electro remix of the track next.
Review: From the sounds of his latest EP on longtime home Roam Recordings, it looks like JP Soul has been listening to the minimal wave and experimental synth-pop reissues of fellow San Francisco residents Dark Entries. "Bachannal" is stylish, bustling and quietly psychedelic, with clear nods towards skewed '80s synth-pop amongst the Nein-ish nu-disco beats. The minimal wave and dark electro influence is even greater on the arguably superior "Might as Well", with fuzzy, foreboding guitars and synths riding a sparse, triple-time groove. The stellar remix package includes a brilliantly darm and moody version of "Bachannal" by the Hardway Brothers, a blissful Balearic nu-disco revision of the same track by In Flagranti, and Thomass Jackson's low-slung, post-punk style interpretation of "Might as Well".
Review: It is now over to hot Berlin DJ/blogger duo Local Suicide on San Francisco's Roam Recordings, following up some great releases by electro punks Aimes, John Parsley and Zombies In Miami. Teaming up with Mexico City's Alex Sander aka Mijo on the boompty late night sleaze of "Edo Kai Tora" which gets a majorly brooding remix up next by Berlin veteran Sascha Funke. Next up "Ganz Falsch" is a properly neon-lit nu-disco jam, that's bound to get you boogying right into the stratosphere. It too receives a rework: it's over to Moscow's Simple Symmetry of Multi Culti and Correspondant fame, who gets into some rowdy punk-funk antics in the vein of Red Axes or Autarkic.
Review: Nein regular Man 2.0 makes his bow on Roam Recordings with some musical musings on "The Absolute Pain of Not Being In Your Arms". Contrary to the poignant title, the title track is something of an angular, mind-altering throb-job, with waves of trippy, modular-sounding electronics rising above a sweaty, all-action machine rhythm. Jason Peters' remix is a little less frenzied, with the producer re-casting the track as a pulsating, post-Italo chugger. Man 2.0's Italo-disco influence comes to the fore (alongside the ubiquitous Loon bird sample so beloved of late '80s dream house producers) on the hypnotic and suitably cosmic "Saline", which sounds like early Lindstrom after a trip to Rimini. That comes accompanied by an arguably even better interpretation from FLXXX that's altogether bouncier and sleazier.