A new label venture from Hungarian duo Secret Factory, who present some new material from SouveQ (who was responsible for the giddy, disco-techno number ‘Lost In Paradise’ of 2017). Craig Bratley is in first with a signature ‘Lo-NRG’ mix, that sounds like Bobby O on quaaludes — pulsating sleaze that Bratley has become the master of through his own Magic Feet label and profile releases for Throne Of Blood and Futureboogie. Proudly accompanying is a doozy of a mix from Budapest's Occam (affiliated with BBE’s DJ Bootsie and a member of the band Zagar), who adds some tribal infused drama to his propulsive production, while Secret Factory themselves offer a techy mix that stays true to the original.
Not giving a great deal away, this “group of edit-savvy producers” hails from the creatively fertile lands of Scandinavia where, for a while now, we've known that some of the best in the nu-disco sphere dwell. A slick, four-track production that joins the dots between deep house and disco, ‘Firkanta’ uses some tried and tested formulas and fits them into a sound that we’ve heard before; that said, the production is strong, and the title track highlight ably sits next to the work of their contemporaries Todd Terje, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas.
'King Of Elephants In The Sequence'
DJ collective, event promoter and mix series platform Sinchi Music releases new material from upcoming Mexican producer Leonor, who has put out tracks on Nein Records, Toolroom and Tom Tom Disco. Features remixes from Curses and Sascha Funke on a more industrial tip. Join the chant.
JVXTA & Al Zanders
A to Z
Phonica and Wolf Music Records regular Al Zanders splits a release on his own A To Z label with newcomer JVXTA. This release reveals a mutual love of house music from Chicago, with a couple of tracks acknowledging the deep, jazzy sound of Cajual, Guidance and Terry Hunter’s Vibe Music. However, the highlights here are the two classy, filtered disco cuts, ‘The Strings’ and ‘Strings II’, that aren’t overly bombastic, but jack in all the right places.
Siren, Tomasz Guiddo & Lorenz Rhode
Compost Records turns 25 and, among the celebratory box-set releases and the likes, the label responds to DJs with this limited EP. Three label regulars hand over material to three appropriate remixer choices: Phil Mison, Gerd Janson and Ewan Pearson. Mison’s rework of Siren’s ‘A/Way’ is in an old school Italo-house style, nodding to Irma Records’ golden era, while Ewan Pearson provides two alternative Balearic versions of Tomasz Guiddo’s track, ‘Hide’. Gerd Janson, however, just steals the show, with a mid '80s style, instrumental dance mix of ‘Back’ by Lorenz Rhode.
Concret & Strapontin
My Favorite Robot
A bumper pack of remixes from Belgian producer Strapontin (Optimo, Nein and I’m A Cliche), alongside newcomer Concret. The duo’s original tracks ‘Abnegazione’ and the title tune both get the moody, disco-noir remix treatment from Zombies In Miami, Olsvanger, Mijo and Future Feelings. Tel Aviv’s Olsvanger works the skewed techno rhythm of ‘Resilienza’ into a low-slung no wave version that sounds like an instrumental Bush Tetras off-cut; similarly, Future Feelings’ remix has a more punk funk leaning. Close affiliates to Matias Aguayo’s Comeme label, Zombies In Miami work a tense disco production, as Mijo gets experimental with an off-kilter groove.
'The Death Of Hope EP'
Head of operations at Duro, Moises Ramirez, makes a label appearance under the guise of Moisees. Two original tracks and two remixes owe to the skewed and fun end of the current new wave, electro and oddball disco sound — for example, Comeme, Knekelhuis and Les Disques De La Mort. Check the accompanying remixes from Unterman Records label head Middle Sky Boom and Tusk Wax/Bordello A Parigi associate Younger Than Me.
Willie Graff & Darren Eboli
'The Tribeca Tapes (Part Two)'
Music For Dreams
Pacha resident Willie Graff is back with current studio partner Darren Eboli for their second ‘Tribeca Tapes’ outing, and more colourful club tracks for the Club Med. The three mid-tempo disco/Balearic tunes are fairly pedestrian (with obvious parallels to Daniel Wang’s Balihu and Morgan Geist’s Metro Area), though mercifully redeemed by the dreamy ‘Bellatrix’; a hazy, slow tropical number with lush orchestral themes and authentic Spanish guitar.
The Tromso Collective
Paper Recordings revives its relationship with the “Nordic cosmic” scene (starting with Those Norwegians’ ‘Kilpisjärvi EP’ back in 1997), and invites a new wave of Norwegian producers to the label. Between them, artists Runter and Third Attempt (from the northern town of Tromsø) have adeptly produced some out-there, cosmic, deep house and Balearic tracks which advance the local nu-disco sound that's become synonymous with the area.