The New Sins
Aside from her exotic synth-pop project with Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel, and various glamorous DJ engagements, Lou Hayter (former keyboard player in Mercury-nominated New Young Pony Club) has been the toast of the discotheque with her solo efforts; last year’s ‘Cherry On Top’ was an instant, breezy electro-pop classic, which she’s outdone with this super catchy disco/house number. This floor-filling mix of pop vocals, with an old school Chicago house style bassline, works perfectly, and shows her appreciation of classic '80s production, from PWL through to Mr Fingers. Skint Records boss Damien Harris debuts his Generalisation project with the accompanying dub mix. Ace.
Tee Mango (inc. Amp Fiddler)
'50 Songs EP 1'
This teaser release to Tee Mango’s second artist album sees the Millionhands regular teaming up with Detroit funk/soul royalty, Amp Fiddler. Steering us into deep, jazz-funk territory, Tee Mango and Amp make for a convincing partnership, the latter's smoky vocal sitting perfectly among the balance of Rhodes keys and snaking, funk bass. The single includes a killer disco mix, heralding a new wave of "British Hustle", primed to ignite the floors over and over.
The Hacker’s Zone label makes a return, with material from French producer Yan Wagner under his The Populists guise. The three tracks are variations on the same theme of instrumental EBM and minimal synth music; little in contrast, but all are functional club tools in their own way. Recommended if you like the harder Drexciya and Dopplereffekt tracks, early Black Strobe, Ectomorph and the Interdimensional Transmissions releases.
'Don't You Want My Love (Joe Claussell & Cratebug Remixes)'
New edits and remixes of Debbie Jacobs’ propulsive, Hi-NRG disco jam from 1979 from spiritual NYC house DJ/producer, Joe Claussell, who keeps it real and extends the best bits. What more do you need? In tandem, Cratebug works some filtered disco magic, but it's not quite as good as that genius Robert Hood remix of Carl Taylor’s ‘Debbie’s Groove’. The original pumps as hard as it did 40 years ago (I’m sure), and that hook will keep hands in the air for the foreseeable future.
Bringing the '80s formula right up to date, the Canadian producer makes his mark on Dekmantel with three killer tracks of electro and Italo-style disco. The bubbling electro title track sounds like an amphetamine-laced homage to Alexander Robotnick’s proto techno classic, ‘Problèmes D'amour’, with familiar stabs and rasping bass. Heads down for a tracky, Italo disco fix on the flip-side, with the stunning ‘Desolation’ appearing in its vocal and dub mixes.
The Emperor Machine
Andy Meecham’s cult project The Emperor Machine brings some extended, electronic disco play as Skint Records’ latest profile signing. Doing exactly as described, ‘Function’ is the perfect club tool, with all the extra production trimmings that only Meecham can execute. Warm, vivid synth programming glittered with dazzling disco effects, delivered old school style with extra breakdown versions of drum tracks, dubs and extended versions. Unstoppable!
Prolific Mexican label Duro (already four releases this year, boasting singles from Local Suicide plus co-founders Bufi and Moisees) shows no signs of slowing, with new material from Tyu, who runs the Discos Sentimiento label. Expect proto house and new wave tracks that run in parallel with the music you might hear from Manfredas, Ivan Smagghe, Rodion and, in fact, most of the artists on Les Disques De La Mort. Includes strong remix versions from the awesome Bawrut and Niv Ast.
JKriv feat. Adeline
Razor N Tape’s head JKriv sidles up to Z Records with some classic disco pastiche, remixed by the man himself Joey Negro. Co-produced with Escort vocalist Adeline, ‘Vertigo’ provides the right level of camp, and keeps things on the proper side of disco cheese. Yuksek adds a bit of muscle to the groove with his remix, while Joey Negro stirs up a more house vibe. Strong release that’s unashamedly retro, but utterly good fun.