Review: Glasgow's Shaka Loves You has rightly earned a reputation as disco-centric duo on the rise. Because of this, it's little surprise to see them at the controls on Bomb Strikes' first foray into the disco-focused compilation market. The Scottish pair have naturally pulled out all the stops for the occasion, selecting 20 hot-to-trot cuts that aptly blur the boundaries between disco, funk, nu-disco, electro and boogie. Highlights include, but are in no way limited to, the hazy, sun-kissed soul of Lack of Afro's "Back To The Day", the thickset P-funk revivalism of Kraak & Smaak's "Dynamite" and the rubbery disco-house-meets-UK soul flex of the Reflex's remix of Omar's "Vicky's Tune". Throw in a tasty selection of the pair's productions and you have a suitably strong collection.
Review: Under the Afterlife alias, Steve Miller (no, not that Steve Miller) has been making sun-kissed downtempo grooves and Balearic beats longer than many Juno Download customers have been alive. 2020 remarkably marks 25 years since his debut single hit stores, so Miller has decided to celebrate by offering up a new summer-themed EP. As you'd expect, there's much for weary minds and bodies to savour throughout, from the tactile, Italian dream house style soft-focus grooves and twinkling pianos of opener "Summer of Love", to the sax-laden ambient jazz bliss of "The Quiet" (featuring Tudor Moore), and the jaunty, kaleidoscopic dub-meets-electronica warmth of closing cut "Code Red".
Review: If we're counting correctly, this is the eighth album in the 'Too Slow To Disco' series overall, and the second 'Ladies Of...' volume, so you should have some idea what to expect by now! But for anyone who hasn't been introduced, slo-mo nuggets that are roughly contemporaneous with the disco era are the series' stock-in-trade, and they've unearthed some truly splendid nuggets here. See for instance 'Love The Way You Love Me', a surprisingly sensual groove from light entertainment stalwart Marti Caine that's absolutely dripping in funk - you'd swear that bassline was Imagination, for starters. There are one or two slightly over-schmaltzy moments but generally speaking these are late-night smoochers n' swayers of the highest order... soft focus, white wine and roses optional.