Review: Following a 2012 outing on No More Hits and further deep disco/house fusions for Glenview Records, Italian duo The Peanuts has decided to strike out on their own. Slave To The Rhythm marks the first release on their Nuts Recordings imprint, and sees the duo deliver a smokey, locked-in, slo-mo chugger that makes great use of both disco and deep house elements. It also builds rather brilliantly, with additional percussion hits and wonky acid lines increasing the pressure in the track's latter stages. The deep house feel is accentuated on The Night Butcher Mix, which sounds like something Andres would produce, while the Getting That Dilla Swing Tribute Mix is a cosmic head-nodder from the Detroit school of MPC beat-making.
Slave To The Rhythm - number one on Nuts Recordings.
Review: Ten years ago, Eskimo Recordings emerged from Ghent, as an outlet for mix albums from hometown heroes the Glimmers. Since then, the label has gone on to be a leading light on the nu-disco and nu Balearic scenes. Fittingly, this expansive tenth anniversary set was put together by the Glimmers, and features two solo DJ mixes featuring label highlights aplenty. For DJs, the real bonus is the huge selection of unmixed tracks on display, which adeptly showcases the depth and variety of the label's output. Highlights are plentiful, from the woozy Scandolearic vibes of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and brilliance of early Aeroplane, to the sun-bright dream pop of Hiem, and the bouncing dancefloor groovery of LHAS Inc.
Review: Given the infamous depth of Nick The Record's vinyl collection, you'd expect this contribution to Z Records' excellent Under The Influence series to be packed to the rafters with unheralded gems. Predictably, it is, delivering 22 cuts that should be thrillingly new to all but the most dusty-fingered collectors. Picking out highlights from such an excellent and in-depth collection is tough, but try the steel drums-laden celebration of Boogsie's "Can't You See Me", the synth-laden jazz-funk badness of "Keep Your Shoes" by MC and His Great Googa-Moogas, and the fizzing, melody-rich 808 electro of Ronnie Jones "Video Games". If that's not enough there's also a swathe of DJ-friendly re-edits from Nick himself.