Who Me? (Remixes)
MIC / DFA
NYC’s DFA and London-based MIC Records co-release the title track from LAPS' superb EP release of last year. Having already caused a tremor on Rihanna's runway, LAPS’ post-punk/dancehall hybrid gets a shot of new energy from LA Vampire Dappy Gun, whose tropical stepper will cause some heat on the dancefloor throughout the coming winter months. A dub house version comes via 1080p’s D Tiffany and Melbourne new kid, Roza Terenzi, plus there's one from Golden Teacher/General Ludd affliate Tom Marshallsay, who exercises his new ANY WAYS guise with an industrial rub down.
'Alpha Bravo EP'
House Of Disco
Polished disco production from Cody Currie, whose previous EPs for Razor N Tape and Classic have earned attention from some of the key players. In fact, the quality of Currie’s music would suggest that the producer is on somewhat of a run at the moment. There’s an obvious comparison to Todd Terje here — ‘Alpha Bravo’ has that big, clean sound, with plenty of bubbling hooks and melody, and enough drive to cross over into the big house clubs.
Another essential reissue from the Columbia vaults. Eccentric fusion from the great jazz keyboard player, as sampled by everyone from Dilla to Digable Planets, Madonna to Massive Attack. It's now available to cause some havoc in the clubs with, via this necessary 12” issue.
Franco & Bruno
'Grazie e Arrivederci EP'
Yuksek’s Partyfine label releases this EP of slow, grinding, new wave/proto house inspired tracks from Franco & Bruno. The sparse intro track ‘Arrivederci’ nods to the stripped, minimal production of Jesse Saunders, and comes with a gleaming, tropical/Euro-style mix from Frank Agario. The energy levels rise with the up-to-date nu disco dynamism of ‘Grazie’, with big, obvious stabs and a lurking acid bass. Also features a techy remix from one half of the duo, Bruno Belissimo.
'Love Said (Let's Go) (Ashley Beedle Remixes)'
Aaron Fletcher and Tim Parkin from the Isle Of Wight’s finest indie rock troupe, The Bees, have spawned the spinoff 77:78. From their long-player of the summer, ‘Jellies’, the duo lift the standout cut ‘Love Said (Let's Go)’ to get the remix treatment from Heavy Disco head Ashley Beedle. Keeping the mood of the original intact, there’s a nod to the psychedelic, with a riff from The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ looping throughout. Top class.
'Ombra INTL 008'
The Berlin-based Ombra International calls upon a pool of talent for the next step in its ‘Ombra INTL’ series. Icy cool death disco from Tel Aviv artist Niv Ast is next to some deadpan noir wave from French duo Mijo & Justine. Argentinian producer Skelesys jams the box for his haunting acid track, replete with touches of Eastern melody, while another French duo, Forty Fings Dynamo, slow Hi-NRG rhythms into a cold EBM grind.
'Risin’ To The Top'
This timely revisit to Burke’s signature tune is just as likely to be popular with a new generation, as it was with the snappily-dressed soul crowd back in the '80s. With a break that you could listen to looped up for days (as sampled by Doug E Fresh and Slum Village, LL Cool J and Mary J Blige), there’ll be misty eyes on the floor as Keni’s vocal eases in. Backed with the propulsive boogie favourite ‘You’re The Best’, this is more than welcome reissue material.
'Signs Of A Dying Love (Special Disco Versions)'
Cordial goes deep and reissues this cult modern soul rarity by Mark IV. This once impossibly rare 12” version sees the light once again alongside a bunch of strong new remixes. First up, Ourra pulls ‘Signs Of A Dying Love’ into an '80s fantasy, with a slick, air-brushed electro boogie mix. It switches the mood somewhat, but the overall vibe still holds. DJ Spinna executes a functional disco version, keeping the kick steady and reducing the arrangement. Finally, Sean P gives a masterclass in the ‘disco mix’, extending key parts of the arrangement in an authentic old school way. Superb.
'The Night Was A Liar (Remixes)'
Fantome de Nuit
Lebanese electro export Lumi released the ‘The Night Was A Liar’ long-player last year, and now selected tracks get the exclusive remix treatment via Fantome de Nuit. Here, those motorik rhythms get squared up into neat four-four sequences via primitive techno and EBM versions from BPitch Control’s Skinnerbox, Rolbac, Canadian act HEAR and Al Rajul Al Hadidi. The standout tune is the latter’s dreamy kosmiche trip, that sounds like a homage to the great Klaus Schulze.