Review: A rare outing for Ajello on Glasgow's Solardisco label, teaming up with Heels Of Love and Rampi under the Jadoo pseudonym. While all three tracks feature Ajello's usual rock solid synth basslines, there's a newfound subtlety to the production that really raises the EP beyond the realms of nu-disco mediocrity. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead cut "Kings & Queens", which comes on like a modern take on classic Metro Area. There's also many a deft touch on "Mellow Mellow" and "She Can't Hate You", two sweet synth-funk groovers that give the oft-used Prelude/NY dub disco template a fresh new look.
Review: New York based producer Beat Pharmacy aka Brendan Moeller has been putting out downtempo and house tackle since the mid nineties with Third Ear Records, Echocord, Mule Musiq and Eskimo Recordings amongst the labels that built a solid reputation for the South African. "Original Sin" sees Moeller step out from beneath the colossal shadow of Francois K for a bit of burning house music on Glaswegian imprint Solardisco. Dutch singer/producer Zoe Xenia is central to the song, with Beat Pharmacy moulding an abrasive groove upon which her distinctive holler plays off nicely against the burning synth stabs. Label boss Maelstrom retains the swirling backdrop flourishes of the original but adds some depth to the bass over a shuffling disco groove. As Xenia's vocals make this release an acapella is on hand for the more creative types to indulge in.
Review: Glaswegian cosmic discoteria imprint Solardisco reach out to Boston on this Creatures of Habit release which sees Brenden Wesley and co channel the spirit of Bauhaus' post-punk side project to great effect. "How We Lustre" pays homage to the Tones On Tail track "Now We Lustre" where a low slung bassline propels the groove which is peppered with sampled vocals from the TOT track and over dubbed by some studio wizardry. From the bight disco lights of Boston we are transported to the five boroughs of New York as ace producers Runaway and Nick Chacona give the release some added oomph. Jacques Renault and Marcus Cabral add some vintage Rhodes melodies on a late night deep house burner whilst Chacona drops a truly sublime cosmic remake introducing swirling synths over a hand clap percussive groove and some sleazy bass stabs.
Review: After securing some horizontal heat from Redux boss Fernando, Solardisco turn to his Silver City and 2020 Soundsystem cohort Julian Sanza for their latest release. A consummate producer in his own right with drops for Lost My Dog, Rebirth and 2020 Vision, Sanza adopts a more languid approach for his Solardisco debut, with "Fired Up" best described as a dizzying, dosed up disco track that builds effortlessly over the course of seven minutes. Solardisco keep things on a South American tip for the remix, enlisting Sanza's young compatriot Toomy Disco to turn the track into a straighter, more dubby version that skips along merrily, the groove driven by a reverberant arpeggiated shimmer.