Salsoul Sounds Familiar
The NYC disco stalwart and dance music cornerstone releases an EP of revised, remixed and re-edited tunes from its hallowed catalogue. Some might wonder how on earth one could improve on such nuggets as Candido’s ‘Thousand Finger Man’ or Joe Bataan’s ‘Latin Lover’, but believe me, this project has been tackled with careful consideration and the results are very, very good. All involved — GE-OLOGY, DJ Spinna, Kai Alce, Mark Grusane, Specter and Volcov — offer respectful versions, either roughing up the originals with extra production details (check Kai Alce’s beatdown style edit of ‘Salsoul Rainbow' and DJ Spinna’s 2018 club style version of The Salsoul Orchestra’s ‘Chicago Bus Stop’) or loyal re-edits. Top marks, however, go to GE-OLOGY’s inventive take on the great ‘Thousand Finger Man’. Essential.
Passport To Paradise
Rotterdam-based DJ and known disco freak Loud E digs deeper into his coveted collection, selecting three Shazam-proof obscurities to cut, paste and add some extra production to. Three tracks span the Euro and Afro-cosmic disco sound, with bubbling synths that sound like Baldelli’s been let loose in the Radiophonic Workshop. A superb, eccentric release (not expecting anything less!) for the disco connoisseurs.
'Edge Of Darkness'
It’s taken a few years for the Broken Arrows duo to follow up on their excellent Giallo Disco debut ‘So Few Truths’ and, with close ties to Ali Renault’s unstoppable Vivod, the steely EBM vibe of ‘Edge Of Darkness’ is upon us. Less the playful, Hi-NRG and kosmiche-inspired melodies of their debut, ‘Edge Of Darkness’ creeps into shadowy areas, with propulsive sequences that nod toward harder, industrial and darkwave moods.
'Entkommen The Remixes Vol.1'
Night Noise Music
Having attracted attention from a series of releases on Berlin based Redlight Music, Yorkshire producer Yarni turns over some of the key moments from his ‘Entkommen’ long-player to some strong remixer choices. Label regular, AWITW works a melodic, dream house version of ‘Agitator’, while Yarni teams up with IPG for a Hi-NRG fix of his own ‘Granny’s Garden’. ATDHE, Harmonious and Tales Of Voodoo make admirable appearances, but Tuff City Kid, Lauer steals the show with his emotive electronic disco version of ‘28 Years Of It’.
A curious mix of dream pop, cosmic and dub from Partyfine head, Yuksek, debuting a new and more experimental side as Destino. Glazed with a touch of new wave and Balearic, the crawling, mid-tempo ‘Louis’ (and the excellent instrumental accompaniment, ‘Isla Grande’) make for a refreshing opposite to the producer’s usual, boisterous disco tunes. Alek Lee (who landed two immaculate tracks for the excellent Antinote label) remixes and steadies up the tempo with his tribal / new wave version.
Idjut Boys & Laj
UK dub house survivors and all round affable chaps Idjut Boys return to a production that saw the light of day over a decade ago, and appeared as part of a CD-only mix. Now, expanded and reissued over the much loved 12” format, this gorgeous cosmic / dub disco tune is Dan and Conny at their best, featuring an appearance from Laj (aka the great Ray Mang) and Pete Z on the keys. Expect reverb and delay in abundance.
'The Inner Out EP (with Matias Aguayo Remix)'
Her Majesty’s Ship
La Mverte’s minimal synth tracks from his album debut late last year are in the spotlight again with new remixes of the highlights. Not one to let the side down, Matias Aguayo adds a heated new wave version, replete with sprung drum machine sequences, of ‘Past The Circles’, and his effort is not too dissimilar to his earlier material as Broke on Kompakt. Aeternam Vale drops a cold, electro version, as La Mverte takes a cue from Dopplereffekt on the version of ‘No Gazing’.
'The Sound Of Austin Ato'
Me Me Me
Moving on from his Drums Of Death project, Colin Bailey’s Austin Ato has scored for Phonica’s White Label series and Futureboogie. This time, the producer brings his style of disco-fied house (or vice-versa) to Man Power’s Me Me Me imprint. Four tracks vary between retro style, Euro house (check the opener ‘He Can Ride’, which sounds like Jamie Principle doing LUPO’s ‘Hell Or Heaven’), filtered disco and the appropriately titled, rugged proto-techno jam ‘Maelstrom’.