A haunting new-wave/pop number, this Berlin-based duo is set to have a minor hit for Chloé’s Lumière Noire. Local Suicide’s wonderfully sparse, brittle contribution comes with a key remix selection: Ivan Smagghe and Rupert Cross (as Smagghe & Cross) keep the similar tempo, but curdle the groove with layers of detuned percussion and oddly timed delay feedback, while prolific production talent Lauer offers a straighter, slow electro-disco version, as Niv Ast works a cold, EBM inspired mix.
New York disco trio Escort set up their new label venture with 'City Life', a confident, sophisticated pop/disco jam featuring none other than disco royalty herself, Fonda Rae, on vocals. Her unmistakable tone dusts this opulent production, putting it in line to be one of the club highlights of the season. A big, bold release, backed with the tropical, brassy boogie vibe of ‘Fantasy’, which swings in all the right places.
'Dos Attack Presents: International Space Melodies Vol 1'
As the lengthy title may hint, there’s a lot going on in this new release via busy Madrid-based Riverette Records. Four exclusive tracks curated by label heads Dos Attacks cover disco, proto-house, Middle Eastern and tribal flavours from Tiger & Woods, Pletnev, Jacques Renault and Ketiov. Something for all, but standouts, without a doubt, are the old school house vibes of ‘Como Bailar’ from Tiger & Woods (featuring vocals from Cómeme’s Alejandro Paz) and the haunting, eastern disco mood of the aptly-titled ‘Golden Sand’ from Pletnev.
'Holiday In Panikstrasse Part 1'
Brilliant no wave tracks from Cosmo Vitelli, whose ‘Panikstrasse Part 1’ release delivers among some of his best work to date. A varied EP (of which the second part will accompany later in the year; thus completing the ‘Holiday in Panikstrasse’ LP), that dips in and out of frenzied, mutant disco (check the James White style jazz licks on ‘Die Alraune’) DIY style minimal wave (check the brilliant opener, ‘Brand New City’ featuring Julienne Dassagne of Fantastic Twins) and aggy punk funk.
'How Long Does It Take (Baldelli & Dionigi Remixes)'
After causing a bit of a stir with their ‘Phase’ album of last year, the psychedelic AOR/soft rock quartet from Melbourne, Mildlife, up their game by releasing this galloping, disco funk tune. Stripping back the details, pioneering Italian DJ Danielle Baldelli teams up with regular studio partner Marco Dionigi on two hypnotising remixes that have already caught the attention of Harvey, Andrew Weatherall and Gilles Peterson.
'Lazer Beam / Take Your Lady'
Second anticipated release from Paranoid London’s Mutado Pintado and Quinn Whalley operating as Sworn Virgins, guiding the way with another brace of eccentric and hi-camp club tracks. ‘Lazer Beam’ is the marriage of oddball electro / primitive techno with possessed, Alan Vega style vocals; pairing rather delightfully with the crude, hippy drum machine sleaze of ‘Take Your Lady’. Widespread plays and props from the likes of Disclosure, Joe Goddard, Ame, Mano Le Tough, Soul Clap, Leftfield and Bill Brewster.
Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raï
'People Pray Together'
Tom Tom Disco
Tom Tom Disco assembles a dense remix package from two original productions by Hard Fist label owners Cornelius Doctor and Tushen Raï. The duo’s icy, disco noir tune, ‘Nana’ opens this extensive EP, plus a version from I’m A Cliche’s talented signing Jonathan Kusuma, whose tense, death disco remix really sets the tone. Alongside the other original cut, the more animated, ‘Spell On You’, sits an electro version from Roe Deers and a rippling EBM version from Leonor.
'The Dark Slide'
Hungarian drummer Occam swaps up his sticks for 808 kicks on this pulsating electronic disco release. The drama is in abundance, with soaring leads and flickering basslines aimed at peak time play — all aided along by considered remixer choices. NYC producer Curses gives ‘The Dark Slide’ a very Euro style overhaul, as does the Secret Factory duo, who steer the tune into more pop territory. Last, but not least, Le Mano strips everything back into a useful club tool. Not a great deal of variation on offer here, but just enough diversity for those DJs who prefer their disco tracks with a little vigour.