Review: Four tracks of disco-house from the refreshingly non-cheesy side of the street here, courtesy of St Petersburg-based Zhenya Boychuk, AKA Boychi. Opener 'Summery' opens with a bassline that's vaguely reminscent of KoT's 'Finally', building via handclaps, rap vocal cut-ups and lounge-y horns into an understated groover that more than lives up to its title. 'Music Carries' is a similarly classy cut with some fine, vintage-sounding trumpet work, 'Rastantsovka' is a more driving affair centred around a hands-in-the-air piano line while finally 'Dances' plays us out with steel drums, chorus'd fem vox and mucho use of the filters.
Review: If the purpose of a label's debut release is to set its stall out, then Soviett has done a terrific job with this first multi-artist EP. It boasts a quartet of nu-disco cuts from (mostly) Russian artists. Ivan Starvez's "Love Goes On" sets the tone, wrapping wonderfully cheery synthesizer melodies and electronic marimba sounds around a dreamy, Italo-influenced nu-disco groove. Ksky goes a little darker and misty-eyed on the spine-tingling throb of "The Wave", while Cream Soda's spiraling "Kto Y" underpins samples from a sparkling Eastern European disco classic with heavy new house beats. Finally, Babak channels the spirit of Midnight Magic's modern NYC disco classic "Beam Me Up" on the low-slung and intoxicating "Never Get Back".