Third release on the flourishing MIC label outta London sees material from Mos Def and Funkineven associate, Lord Tusk. Following up on essential releases for the likes of Apron, Soul Jazz and Levels, Lord Tusk exercises more '80s industrial and metal dance rhythms, channeling the spirits of Drexciya and Prince on these alluring, DIY style tracks. Check the immediate, magnetic pulse of ‘Champion Lovers’ next to the spectral, blacktechnosoul of ‘Shyne Eyed Gal’ as examples of something very exciting that’s happening in the current dance music underground. Essential release.
Turbotito feat. Baby Alpaca
A fascinating conceptual pop tune by Serbian producer, Turbotito. His experimental ‘DIAMONDLOVE No.1’ sounds like Der Zyklus-meets-David Sylvian, and is taken from a rather unusual sounding score for ‘puppet’ theatre. Sebastien Chenut of Scratch Massive remixes, taking a trip beyond the cosmic disco.
'Far Away Place (Remixes)'
Xinobi’s gazing pop disco number gets the Hi-NRG treatment from the man like Tensnake, switching the dreamy pulse of the original into something far more direct. In accompaniment, Way Out West’s Jody Wisternoff goes all Border Community style with a disco trance version, and Pete Herbert takes a trip to the tropics with a nu-disco mix, replete with snaking funk guitar licks and South Sea Island percussion in both his vocal and dub mixes.
Lifted from the ‘We Are Opilec…! Vol. III’ compilation of 2016, I-Robots’ percussive, Jingo-style disco tune gets pulled up to date with the help of these brand new remixes. First up, following a retrospective of works on Music From Memory earlier this year, is Kuniyuki Takahashi, who brings a dreamy, Balearic version. No stranger to marrying the sounds of disco, techno and the exotic, is the next remixer choice: Gary Martin. As Gigi Galaxy and Teknotika, the Detroit producer scored club smashes throughout the '90s/'00s with a unique discotechno formula, and his remix proves to be one of the highs on this release. A strong EP, with '80s minimal synth/kosmiche heroes Schaltkreis Wassermann also making an appearance.
Charles Schillings & Ashley Slater
'Love Sex And Music (Remixes)'
A mainstay of the Gallic disco and house scene, Charles Schillings lays out new remixes of the flamboyant ‘Love Sex And Music’. Schillings’ contemporary The Supermen Lovers is an obvious choice to take on the task, and his mix distills the original groove into a heartbreaking mid-tempo version. High octane takes from Maximillion and Binary Function hold on to the drama, while a quasi Italo remix from CatCat, and a cute disco-not-disco mix from Sean Ovenden make for fun additions.
Pin Up Club
Pin Up Club's death disco has already attracted the attention of tastemakers such as Nein, Bordello a Parigi and Relish. On the duo’s latest release, expect some growling, post-punk basslines under neatly sequenced old Roland drum machines and haunting leads, sounding like they’ve been lifted from a John Carpenter movie. DFA’s latest signing, Perel, brings a rousing Hi-NRG instrumental remix of the title track, giving a fresh dynamic and an extra surge of energy to the release.
Matias Aguayo’s wonderfully diverse Cómeme label brings another EP of surprises from regulars and new signings. Aguayo himself makes an appearance with a stuttering, robotic champeta, next to a wavey techno track from new signing, Katerina. Mexico’s Daniel Maloso is in cahoots with the Red Axes boys with the heated, mutant disco dub of ‘En La Oscuridad’ and Gladkazuka’s exquisite, snaking EBM cut ‘Futuro Caos’ is the standout moment. Classy.
Night Noise Music
After sharing releases with Alexander Robotnik, this Italian disco producer brings his quirky production style to Night Noise Music, mixing up vintage electro, new beat and art school funk. Freudenthal and Younger Than Me both remix the highlight, ‘You Are Bad Luck’.
'The Rahaan LDF Remixes'
Liverpool Disco Festival (LDF) commissions new remixes of classic NYC disco and boogie tunes from the West End Records catalogue. Remixing these four 'cornerstones' of club music is no easy task, but Chicago’s Rahaan is an obvious choice for the job, playing it safe and respectfully adding new production to the music of Brenda Taylor, Mahogany, Billy Nichols and the Chuck Davis Orchestra. It's a pretty straightforward approach that’ll keep the purists happy, working new disco-funk rhythms over familiar acapellas, with the ace here being the rework of the peerless Martinelli/Todd production ‘You Can't Have Your Cake & Eat It Too’ by Brenda Taylor.
Sonns & Tavish
From the LA underground, Kompakt Records’ Sonns and neighbour, Tavish explore the darker corners of death disco and new wave on this two-tracker for ESP. The lead title track thumps at mid tempo with tumbling, tribal toms and an array of vintage sounds that you might have heard on some classic new beat tunes. However, my bet’s on the flipside, ‘Roguish Days’ where modular noodling mixes with acid and motorik rhythms. Fans of Red Axes, Cowboy Rhythmbox and Moscoman should be all over this.