Review: Robin Lee takes a break from his day job as Faze Action to slip into the occasional Rudy's Midnight Machine alias for this outing on his own label. It's a mellow, atmospheric ride into pastures you wouldn't normally associate with Faze Action, although "Midnight Safari" is smooth and luxurious enough to feel right in any context. "In The Air" has a mysterious air to it, helped in no small part by the evocative Eastern lilt of the strings running through the centre of the track. There's a sassy boogie step powering "Reach Backless," while "Windchimes" flips the script with a semi-ambient live bass reverie. It's back to the party one last time with "Solar Plex" though - this record is about synthy funk first and foremost.
Review: More from Rudy's Midnight Machine, the Faze Action alter ego that often embraces sounds and styles not associated with the Lee brothers' most famous project. This time round, the five tracks on show are smooth, warm and synth-heavy, variously doffing a cap to turn-of-the-80s Brazilian jazz-funk, humid Mediterranean sounds of the sort showcased on obscure crate-digging compilations and the kind of loved-up, Flamenco guitar-laden soundscapes that Jose Padilla has made a career out of playing. Highlights include the shimmering, sun-kissed mid-tempo shuffle of "La Cadenza", the Azymuth-goes-boogie flex of "Une Vie Elegante" and the saucer-eyed, synth-sporting bliss of opener "Camera Dans Le Nuit".
Review: Since 2006 Faze Action's eponymous label has been cranking out their own productions, releasing such dance floor killers as "Hypnotic", "I Wanna Dancer" and those remixes of the track that started it all - "Original Disco Motion". Here comes the new slab, this time around it's Robin manning the faders and knobs as Rudy's Midnight Machine. "Open To Your Love" opens with a steady bouncing groove punctuated by crisp 808 snares and stabby chords. It's definitely going straight for the retro house jugular but still has enough oomph about it to appeal to young waifs as well as misty eyed rave granddads. "Dib Dab" slips back a few more years for its electro dance feel, coming on like a long lost tougher dub of Shannons' "Let the Music Play". It's a tune that wears its heart on its sleeve with orchestra stabs, proto garage baseline and sampled vocal chops, pretty much guaranteed to get any party moving with a cheeky smile on its face. "Street Museum" is the most recognizably Faze-esque track, with New Order-ish synth melody lines, a nagging rhythm guitar and a whole heap of delay on the drums. In other words, a sure fire disco winner.
Review: A side project of Faze Action's Robin Lee, it's been a while since we heard any new material from Rudy's Midnight Machine. Well it seems the machine is now well oiled and ready to go again, with four new tracks lined up. As expected, deep disco is the order of the day with highlights including the bleeped out Rocker's Revenge-esque jam "Resolve Revolver", the minimal electro-house bouncer "Bikini Ammunition" and the trippy, percussive loops and general weirdness of "High Powered (Original Disco Mix)".