Indigo - (4:26) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Indigo (radio edit) - (3:42) 117 BPM
Review: Kiwi nu-disco crew Flamingo Pier come to Miles Cleret's UK label Soundway with a track that just might take you by surprise. Sporting a somewhat 80s-sounding male pop vocal and served simply in Original and Radio Edit forms, on first hearing 'Indigo' can come across as mere froth, but give it another listen or two, give the wukka-wukking funk guitar and squelchy analogue synth doodles a chance to really drill themselves into your head, and you'll realise it's actually a very fine slab of contemporary Euro-leaning disco, redolent of both vintage Brit-funk and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult circa 'Gay, Black And Married'.
SNDW12041 DAA
29 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tell Me How - (4:02) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hold It - (4:59) 116 BPM
   
Find Your Way - (4:26) 116 BPM
   
The Deepest - (4:16) 115 BPM
   
Find Your Way (Earthboogie remix) - (5:31) 116 BPM
Review: Before heading into the studio, Anglo-Kiwi crew Flamingo Pier built their reputation by throwing celebrated parties that effortlessly joined the dots between a myriad of colourful, tropical-fired dancefloor styles. That's what you get on this fine EP, too. Check, for example, the ragged acid bass, tropical drums and jazzy guitars of standout "Find Your Way", the kaleidoscopic Italo-disco/boogie fusion of "Hold It" and the Fat Freddy's Drop horns, layered percussion, P-funk synths and sing-along vocals of cheery lead cut "Tell Me How". Also worth a spin is the densely percussive and suitably celebratory remix of "Find Your Way" by Leng Records regulars Earthboogie.
SNDW 12032D
08 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Tripping Up - (4:47) 118 BPM
SNDW 12041DBTI01
10 Jan 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Batik - (4:51) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Black Sand - (5:19) 124 BPM
   
Equitoreal - (4:01) 124 BPM
   
Xango - (4:32) 126 BPM
   
Suite For Tambores - (2:02) 124 BPM
   
Africa Linda - (3:28) 123 BPM
   
Sokere - (3:50) 128 BPM
   
Goldfish - (3:46) 115 BPM
   
Come Back Home - (4:32) 81 BPM
   
Kumave - (4:16) 114 BPM
   
Lime Tree - (4:10) 120 BPM
   
Sunday Morning - (3:00) 156 BPM
Review: When it comes to offering up albums of carnival-ready Latin-soul, it could be argued that Gabriele Poso is in a league of his own. Certainly, his 2018 set for BBE, "Awakening" was superb, and this follow-up on Soundway is every bit as good. The South American influences - think samba, Azymuth sytle jazz-funk, Brazilian boogie, MPB etc - naturally catch the ear throughout, alongside his extensive use of warming synthesizers, sun-kissed electronics and his own voice, which seems to get richer and more seductive with each successive release. The quality threshold remains so high throughout that it's barely worth picking out highlights: it's literally 'all good', and you really should check out the album when you get a chance.
SNDWLP 134D
11 Oct 19
Funky/Club House
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Drinks By The Sea - (3:40) 95 BPM
   
Space Drum Machine - (4:15) 72 BPM
   
Same Heads - (3:33) 95 BPM
   
Dance Place Garage - (5:36) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alto In Vacanza - (4:18) 60 BPM
   
Late Night People - (4:07) 59 BPM
   
Percussione & Spazio Sounds - (2:31) 69 BPM
   
It's The Wrong Goodie - (5:42) 90 BPM
Review: With a trademark sound that gleefully joins the dots between fuzzy New York "no wave", heavy mutant disco, dubbed-out space disco, Afrobeat and percussion-rich South American styles of music, The Mauskovic Dance Band is a unique proposition. That much is clear from this eponymous mini-album on Soundway, which wraps weighty dub disco basslines, densely layered percussion, spaced-out vocals and meandering 1970s style Moog synthesizer lines around heavy rhythms that variously doff a cap to Afrobeat, Cumbia and other indigenous South American styles. The plentiful musical highlights include the stripped-back percussive intensity of "Percussione & Spazio Sounds", the intergalactic Afro-disco throb of "Space Disco Machine" and the chugging, hallucinatory heaviness of closing cut "It's The Wrong Goodie".
SNDWLP 130D
24 May 19
International
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Various
   
Juno D - "Hotter And Hotter" (dub edit) - (6:45) 111 BPM
   
Roger Bain - "Stand Up & Rock Your Body" (instrumental) - (5:29) 118 BPM
   
*D* Ivan - "Fire" (extended dub edit) - (5:37) 116 BPM
   
Bill Campbell - "Body Beat" - (4:23) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cito Jarvis - "Fighting Soldier" - (5:51) 126 BPM
   
Peter Britto - "I Want Your Love" - (5:03) 77 BPM
   
Mohjah - "Zion Gates" (dub) - (4:17) 136 BPM
   
Colin Jackman - "D'Jab Jab Dance" (Bad Lad mix) - (4:21) 141 BPM
   
Chocolate Affaire - "Jump To Calypso" - (4:05) 115 BPM
   
Andre Tanker - "Wild Indian Band" - (6:23) 113 BPM
   
Adonijah - "It's Alright" - (6:33) 125 BPM
   
Touch - "Touch Music" (edit) - (6:14) 126 BPM
   
Brother Resistance - "Move It" (version) - (5:52) 124 BPM
   
Levi John - "SOCA" - (7:33) 115 BPM
   
Spiking - "Liberation Train" - (7:51) 133 BPM
   
D' Rebel Band - "Solid" - (6:40) 118 BPM
   
The Millers - "Last Days" - (5:58) 109 BPM
Review: UK label Soundway specialise in unearthing undiscovered musical gems from around the world, and here they turn their attention to calypso and soca - respectively, the traditional music of Trinidad & Tobabgo and its electrified late 20th Century variant. The focus for this collection of 'obscure B-sides, versions, dubs and instrumentals', though, is on tracks that fuse soca/calypso with disco, boogie, house, soul and reggae. It has to said, the purported influences can at times be hard for the untrained ear to detect, but cuts like Adonijah's soul-infused 'It's Alright' or D'Rebel Band's reggaefied 'Solid' should work well on open-minded floors.
SNDWLP 132D
25 Oct 19
Funky/Club House
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