Review: German combo First Touch can rightfully be considered amongst the top tier of 21st century boogie and electrofunk revivalists. Having previously shined on Omega Supreme, Born to Shine and Neon Finger, the Mannheim crew has now transferred to the brilliant Star Creature imprint. "Toe Jammin" is particularly fresh, featuring as it does a killer combination of thickset synth bass, bustling drum machine rhythms, glassy-eyed '80s soul chords, rising horns and one hell of an extended piano solo. Thrown in all manner of synth doodles and you have an effortlessly brilliant cut. They try their hand at more traditional electrofunk fare with "Pleasure For Your Treasure", layering soulful vocal samples and fizzing synth solos over a classic P-funk groove.
Review: Given the impressive track records of both Giovanni Damico - a hard-working producer with a swathe of superb singles to his name - and boogie revivalists Star Creature, you'd expect this two-tracker to be rather tidy. It is, of course, with virtual A-side "Another DJ" delivering a near perfect skip through mid-80s boogie pastures full to bursting with heavily accented vocals, fluid bass guitar, clipped guitars and kaleidoscopic synthesizer sounds. The smoother, warmer and sunnier "Last Chance" is if anything even better, with Damico doffing a cap towards Maze and Loose Ends in spectacular fashion. Delicious!
Review: Our butts haven't stopped shaking since "Hotmood Volume 4" earlier this year and already the respected Mexican vibe maestro/edit king/groove sculptor Hotmood is teasing us with another sweet disco dispatch. As yet untitled, each of the four cuts sparkle and shimmy with his signature warm flare. From the belting vocal harmonies on "Track 1" to the loose-limbed percussive and wonked-out bassline of "Track 4", Hotmood has cooked up another superlative vibration fest. Start counting down the days...
Review: Star Creature Universal Vibrations out of Chicago, Illinois: Beaming modern funk and disco from Chicago to the stars. South Korean funkmeister Mogwaa appears next with a debut six tracker. This is the epitome of the instrumental modern funk sound. Heavy analog synths and drum machines for days, composed and played by a classically trained musician. It's a well-rounded instrumental EP across the loner funk/outsider boogie spectrum, picking off where Liquid Pegasus, Sky Tony and Venus Express II left off.