Patrick Cowley / Half Hawaii
You Laugh At My Face (Tobias Freund Remix)/Watch The Flash
The UK-based label Foom has featured on this page in the past with some seriously impressive releases — a personal favourite being ‘Winter’ by cult art rock/no-wave trio of the Downtown Scene, Peter Gordon, David Van Tieghem and Kathy Acker. Here, the focus shifts from the east to west coast, with a new remix of an experimental, mid-'70s Patrick Cowley production (with musician Jorge Socarrás, that was originally issued on Stefan Goldmann’s Macro label in 2009) by Ostgut Ton affiliate, Tobias Freund. The beatless original is met with a simple, yet crushing, B-boy style break that sounds like an offcut of Schooly D’s classic ‘PSK’. This, plus the added bonus of a dreamy electronic production, ‘Watch The Flash’ by Half Hawaii (Bruno Pronsato and Sammy Dee), provides the appropriate counterpoint to a near-perfect release.
Prodigious talent Quantic turns his hand to the sound of disco — his new interest in the genre sparked by a desire to make a “bad disco tune”. If ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ is the product of trying to trivialise a genre, then I’d encourage a few more producers to follow suit. This tune is a big, opulent production designed for the most ardent of dancers, with soaring strings and cute disco FX. Recent R&S records signing The Maghreban remixes, and works in a primitive, vintage house rhythm, but the highlight is a shimmering cosmic dub version. Essential release.
Night Noise Music
A debut on Amsterdam's Night Noise imprint from Yorkshire’s Balearic contingent, Clandestino. The duo (who’ve scored just a few singles previously) settle into their stride with these sharp, brushed nu disco tracks, and there are two remixed versions from Geordies Forriner and Italian DJ and producer team Mushrooms Project. It’s all very inoffensive stuff, but the aforementioned Forriner production steals the show with its chugging death disco crawl.
Phenomenal Handclap Band
NYC’s indie disco troupe are back with the club/pop/crossover nugget, ‘Jail’, and continue their release schedule with the unstoppable Toy Tonics label (after their stunning label debut, ‘Judge Not’, which was overhauled by Ray Mang). These Paul McCartney favourites (yes, it’s apparently true) get remixed by Detroit talent Wajeed, whose version is a classic, Motor City style club anthem. Marcel Vogel is up next, bringing the loose disco funk to his production, as label head Kapote extends the original.
Dirt Crew Recordings
Max Fader is a name heard regularly on the scene and, under his S3A alias, the producer’s reputation is becoming synonymous with the French disco circuit. Knocking up strong releases for Local Talk, Quartet Series and on his own Sampling As An Art label, Fader’s roots in house, disco, soul and funk have served as inspiration for his new album ‘Pages’. To give us a taste, Dirt Crew tease a selection of tunes from the LP, including the disco funk bomb, ‘Clarence J Bodicker’, the dizzy fusion of ’Lockwood’ and hi-NRG cut ‘Leaving 19th’.
'Peep Of Dawn'
After that strong debut on R&S affiliate Meda Fury back in early 2017, the Lithuania-based producer has continued his run of winning releases through Bahnsteig 23, Fleeting Wax and others. His new one for the excellent Hard Fist label sees Pletnev firm his sound in the darker end of the nu disco spectrum. We’re not talking dreamy, Mediterranean club grooves here, but icy tracks with an industrial edge. Another bold move for this promising talent, that includes an excellent remix from the great Sascha Funke.
'Unpopular Music Sampler 3'
Her Majesty’s Ship
Ahead of the latest release in the label’s Unpopular Music series, Her Majesty’s Ship drops this primer, with featured tracks and exclusive versions or remixes. It's a colourful spread of electro, pop, cold and new wave from Justine, plus material from the duo LuLúxpo and label regulars La Mverte. A 100% French production, ‘Sampler 3’ showcases the real underground talent in the scene, with all contributions scoring high — especially the standout from Parisian La Mverte, whose cold wave/pop crossover ‘Le Soir, Encore’ oozes with the right measure of high camp and drama.
'What It Is Sampler'
Exciting news at Toy Tonics HQ, that chimes the arrival of an album debut for both the label and its label head. Kapote (now revealed as the nom de plume of none other than cult Gomma figure, Munk) picks a few key moments ahead of the release of his ‘What It Is’ long-player, that mixes classic cut-ups (check the George Benson sampling cut, ‘The Nose’) with Chic style disco funk on ‘Delirio Italiano’ and old school block party breaks on ‘Salva Tion’.