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Singles - Disco - Issue 576

Stephen Thrower

Trouser Bar (Original Soundtrack)

Abstract Raven

10
EP/mini-LP issue of the score to cult gay porn film ‘Trouser Bar’ composed by Coil-affiliate Stephen Thrower, who is also one half of experimental duo, Cyclobe. Furthermore, Steve's the go-to on the subject of cult and exploitation cinema (the films of Jess Franco being his specialist subject). For this piece, Thrower scores a pulsating and hypnotic disco suite, comprised of shifting moods that span an epic 20 minutes — imagine the more inspired moments in the music of Bobby O, Cerrone or Patrick Cowley. To accompany, Thrower has programmed new commissions for two silent films of the '70s by the "grandfather of gay porn", Peter de Rome. These tracks, in contrast to the A-side, share the same, haunting and experimental tropes as his work in Cyclobe and Coil. Essential release.

Fouk

'Butterfunk EP'

Outplay

7.5
Rubbery, disco-fied house and boogie from Dutch production unit, Fouk. For a few years now, Fouk have been running their Outplay imprint and, up until now, not released on the label, having only previously been occupied with singles for the like of Kolour Ltd and Razor-N-Tape. Opening with the bump ‘n' hustle of ‘Organ Freeman’ into the filtered disco bounce of ‘Butterfunk’ — there’s plenty to get stuck into already — with the bonus of the tracky, acid groove and ‘Wrongway’ and the slowjammin’ coda of ‘Winter’.

Mark Barrott

'Cascades (François K Remix)'

International Feel

10
The dazzling kosmische of last year’s ‘Cascades’ gets a rather unexpected and utterly enchanting overhaul from dance music legend, François K. Beginning with an offer to remix it “in surround for his 2016 show at the Ministry of Sound”, this version has evolved into a lush, breezy Balearic daydream with emphasis on Kervorkian’s signature tribal drums and key changes to die for. A stunning version that will no doubt be noted as one of the highlights in the more adventurous discos of 2017. Another essential.

Various Artists

'Disco Jams EP2'

Gomma

9.0
Gomma let loose some disco-not-disco magic with these four tracks from regulars Munk, LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Wang with Etienne De Crecy, Pete Herbert and one from The GBs. The varied styles do manage to make up one cohesive release, with each track hitting the spot, but the standouts are the rapidfire Hi-NRG of Munk’s ‘Down In LA’ (that comes off a little like Shalamar’s ‘Right In The Socket) and the ‘Go Bang’-sampling rabble-rouser ‘Lucky In Vichy’ by that little known crew, The GBs.

Private Agenda

'Dusk & Dawn'

Nunorthern Soul

8.0
The duo’s latest cosmic fantasy is projected via a label that insists it’s “not a soul music label, but a label for music with soul”. Private Agenda’s hypnagogic instrumentals have previously blessed the likes of Balearic authority International Feel, and this release finds them in their most dream-pop state. Remixes from Ron Basejam and Ian Blevins add remix weight to keep feet on the floor, but veterans Faze Action steal the show with their essential, tropical disco dub.

Sare Havlicek

'Everybody Freak Out'

Nang Records

8.5
Key to the Slovenian scene, Sare Havlicek, is back on Nang with more extended disco joy and a host of remixers included. Ahead of his forthcoming fourth album, ‘Softmachine’, this EP offers an insight into what to expect and the direction of where this producer is headed. The production is tight, the mix is well executed, hooks are littered throughout and ideas, in general, are in abundance. Supporting remixes come from the likes of Kim & Buran and The Korvids, taking the tune to tech-ier climes, but the slick original is the standout, by far.

IPG v Hot Toddy

'Slow Motion Cowboy'

Night Noise Music

8.0
Last year’s well received ‘Amuse Bouche’ compilation featured a host of talent from the nu-disco sphere including the highlight ‘Slow Motion Cowboy’ — now getting a stand alone issue with the bonus of two extra remixes. The choppy, Chic-style riffs get made over by Hifi Sean (who’s currently enjoying success with ‘Testify’, his collaboration with the one and only Crystal Waters) and Pete Herbert, who dusts off the tune with a dash of electronic disco magic.

Polar Sun

'Sounds of the Heart'

Electronic Rumours

8.5
Now in their fifth year, Bristol-based Electronic Rumours have had a go at the revival music format; tackling Italo-style disco, new wave, EBM and synth-pop with aplomb. Polar Sun’s release balances bold, Italo/proto-house vibes with forward-thinking production touches that seem to be more and more the requirements of today’s clubs and systems. An electrofunk fix from Dutch nu-disco star, Aux Tha Masterfader, adds a nice twist to the release, but jocks will find themselves sticking to the lead track with its direct floor-filling formula.