Rolling Thunder (Gouranga Clan remix) - (7:59) 117 BPM
New Frontier (K-Effect remix) - (8:56) 111 BPM
Rolling Thunder (Mufti remix) - (6:52) 120 BPM
Rolling Thunder (James Rod remix) - (8:00) 117 BPM
Review: The same Gouranga Music that brought us creamy nu disco cuts from the likes of Algy Strutt, Hardisco co-founder Kalson and Spa In Disco artist K-Effect now introduces Beyond The Struttosphere! A two-track single packed with four remixes, "New Frontier" throws down a searing synth line attached to an aggy bassline flecked by cosmic acid guitars, while "Rolling Thunder" turns in a rockin' disco tune through its delayed metal riffs, grungey spoken word samples and dubbed-out appeal. The Gouranga Clan remix clears away the spacey noise of the original to deliver a edgier, stripped back version of "Rolling Thunder", while K-Effect plays with melody and italo lazer synths in its remake of "New Frontier". Mufti keeps it electrified and muffled leaving James Rod to bring it home with some spiralling peaks and huge, slo-mo industrial drops. To the Struttosphere and beyond!
Review: Fresh from delivering a killer EP of hallucinatory nu-disco sounds on Golden Soul Records, sometime Nein artist From Beyond resurfaces on Paper Recordings with some suitably intergalactic grooves. He first fires up the starship engines and reaches for the sparkling, early-80s synths on acid-flecked space disco workout "Protostar", before blasting further into deep space on "Planetary Groove", where tropical guitar riffs and mind-mangling acid lines wrap around dusty beats and a throbbing, headline-grabbing bassline. From Beyond switches fous a little on "Time Hop", offering up something sparse, spacey and synthesizer-powered that reminded us of the classic noughties work of Stafford stars Chicken Lips.
Review: Following appearances on Paper Disco and Nein, From Beyond transfers to James Rod's Golden Soul imprint. The London-based artist offers up two original tracks, which come accompanied by a pair of remixes each. "Body Resonance" is an ear-pleasing slab of colourful, mid-tempo nu-disco laden with bold synthesizer melodies, sparkling electronics and undulating acid lines, while "Wave Sequence" sees From Beyond pepper a metronomic analogue bassline with razor sharp funk-rock guitar riffs, bubbly acid lines and waves of sleazy electronics. James Rod's reworks of that track are worth a listen, particularly the chugging, acid-heavy late-night flex of the "Darkness Dub". If that doesn't float your boat, Aleito's rising and falling revision of "Body Resonance" features some deliciously loved-up new melodies and a sparkling, synth-heavy vibe.