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Singles - Disco - Issue 573

Smagghe & Cross feat. Matthew Herbert

In The Morning

Huntleys & Palmers

9.5
Big release from established party/label family, Huntleys & Palmers who’ve snatched up this ace from Ivan Smagghe and Rupert Cross (check previous releases on Vladimir Ivkovic’s idiosyncratic Offen Music) with a vocal from cult experimentalist, Matthew Herbert! A culmination of three diverse, musical minds results in this fun, strange and catchy tune — this and remixes from the likes of Pilooksi, Samo DJ & Pedrodollar and Honey Soundsystem lands H&P a surefire winner. Perfect ‘wrong’ pop music!

Rodion & Local Suicide

'Abu Dhabi/True Love Floats'

My Favorite Robot Records

8.0
Man-of-the-moment Moscoman gets busy on this nervous acid track, ‘True Love Floats’ from Rodion who’s found himself working in conjunction with electro-disco duo, Local Suicide. The Disco Halal head measures the pace to an icy cool mid-tempo, stretching noir FX over a haunting minimal wave rhythm, whilst Mexico City-based producers, Los Mekanikos whip up a minimal techno trip in the style of Terrence Dixon or Robert Hood.

Pedrodollar

'Born Free 27'

Born Free

9.0
Latest eccentric production type from the fertile Swedish scene (aka Petter of the early Border Community family) adds a second release to Born Free’s spotless catalogue. Mixing elements of dub, funk, mutant disco and house with contemporary production details, ‘27’ aligns itself with the oddball productions of DJ Sotofett and TAPES, whilst borrowing from the likes of Dennis Bovell and Adrian Sherwood and never taking itself too seriously.

I-Robots

'Brother Man (Remixes)'

Opilec Music

8.0
Kaito and Red Axes comb through I-Robots’ 2008 release ‘Law of Robotics’ and both remix the dreamy standout, ‘Brother Man’. Kaito’s mix turns a deep, euphoric mood, working the floating techno style of his Transmat releases and ambient tracks for Kompakt; but it’s Red Axes that steal the show with their woozy, compressed disco-not-disco/no wave version.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS

'Love Is Always On Your Mind/Bourgie Bourgie'

Buddah

10
Yep, the wait is finally over for those who’ve overturned over umpteen thrift stores, or left dealer’s tables, disheartened by prices — arguably the greatest disco tune finally gets an official 12” reissue. Cheap as chips on the LP, but tough on a clean promo 12”; the heartbreaking, 10-minute disco anthem of 1977, ‘Love Is Always On Your Mind’, is here for all; plus it’s backed this time with the evergreen standard of ‘Bourgie Bourgie’. Pow.

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS

'Love Is Always On Your Mind/Bourgie Bourgie'

Buddah

10
Yep, the wait is finally over for those who’ve overturned over umpteen thrift stores, or left dealer’s tables, disheartened by prices — arguably the greatest disco tune finally gets an official 12” reissue. Cheap as chips on the LP, but tough on a clean promo 12”; the heartbreaking, 10-minute disco anthem of 1977 ‘Love Is Always On Your Mind’ is here for all; plus it’s backed this time with the evergreen standard of ‘Bourgie Bourgie’. Pow.

Kiwi

'Rabbit Hole'

Moda Black

Kiwi works the box again with with more circuit-bent Hi-NRG for Moda Music offshoot, Moda Black. The incessant electronic disco pulse (accompanied by a man-machine vocal from indie-pop newcomers, Cactus Sauna) nods to early techno, new beat and other primitive body musics and comes with additional remixes from Lord Of The Isles (who drops the BPM to a crawling mid-tempo) plus a brace of hypnotic proto-techno fixes from the ever-excellent Willie Burns.

James Welsh

'Thread/North'

Phantasy Sound

Following on from glowing releases for the likes of Hypercolour offshoot, Losing Suki; mid-tempo house jams for Wolf Recordings and now his second release for Phantasy, James Welsh eases into a tracky, EBM/new wave pace for the lead tune, ‘Thread’. A tense, biting arpeggio races through the smoke and strobe, dropping at all the right places. A brilliantly functional club tool backed with its breathy, electronic counterpoint for the after-club experience, ‘North’.