Review: Spanish producer James Rod has already scored some choice outings on Good Stuff, Disco Volante and Hit Digits over the past year, while Italian man Tulioxi has been found moonlighting on Quantistic Division, Hot Elephant and more in his own disco-fuelled operations. On this release for Cosmic Sumo, both producers have a chance to each serve up an original and remix each other, and the results are a consistent blend of warm synth basslines, crisp drum rhythms and heaps of sensuality that should easily rub their way into any discerning disco lovers set. If you like your disco robotic and romantic then look no further.
Review: Florence-based synth fetishist Mattia Tuliozi is an old hand at nu-Italo, having made his debut on Andrea Rucci's Cosmic Sumo label back in 2011. Here he delivers his second album for the imprint, effortlessly joining the dots between modular synthesizer disco, deep house, Italo and techno. For the most part, While The City Sleeps focuses on chugging grooves, bubbling electronics and spiralling melodies, with the Italian producer keeping both eyes focused on the dancefloor throughout. For all the retro-futurist fusion on show, some of the most enjoyable moments - in particular, the cheerful and intoxicating, acid-flecked "Where They Came From?" - are those where Tuliozi simply indulges his love of classic Italo-disco.
Review: Ah yes, a good hit of Tulioxi material never did anyone any harm, and certainly not our house/disco charts! The prolific producer returns to Cosmic Sumo Recordings with a deep, eerie house warmer in the form of "Etnixangi", boasting dry and intricate percussion loops over a retro-facing, soundtrack-leaning John Carpenter sort of synth vibe. "Mr Tarabond" is a similar affair, except the melodies have dug deeper now, they've entered a new dimension, and it's one we absolutely adore; these are shady disco-house bombs for lovers of the raw and the mystical.
Review: After nearly a decade in the game, Andrea Rucci's Cosmic Sumo release their first-ever 'best of' compilation. Unsurprisingly, cosmic and Italo-disco vibes predominate: you won't find many cowbells, handclaps or female multi-part vocal harmonies here (though there are some). But if it's Carpenter-esque synths, druggy Afro-inspired beats, bleepy electro flourishes and a distinct whiff of mid-80s Europe you're after then you're in the right place, because here all of the above are provided in spades by the big-hitting likes of James Rod, Tulioxi and, perhaps most signficantly, Italian founding father Alexander Robotnick himself.