Mr TC & Lo Kindre
Being compared to “Adrian Sherwood meets Dopplereffekt” is some bold statement, but upon listening, it’s not too far from the truth. Released via a joint label venture between the two artists, Optimo regular Mr TC and ByrdOut’s Lo Kindre were last heard together on the excellent ‘The Storm’ release of last year, and this new one is just as potent, if not better. A noxious blend of cold, industrial dub, wigged-out, no-wave rhythms and tribal elements, Düsseldorf style, it's hard to pick a favourite out of the four tracks on offer, but the weighty, sparse dub of ‘The Sink’ ticks all the boxes. Perfect machine music.
'Azali (inc Aroop Roy Edit)'
Vive La Musique
Following on from last year’s reissue of the zouk anthem, ‘Tabala Mouv’, Aroop Roy’s Vive La Musique turns its attention to a late disco entry by Congolese musician, Sammy Massamba. An album cut released in France in 1990, propelled by driving rhythms and simple basslines, it's among some of the best examples of pop/dance music from the African diaspora. Label head Aroop Roy provides the edit, and subtly brings the track right up to date, with drum tweaks and appropriate synth touches. Brilliant release.
Qwestlife feat. Sugarhill Gang
'Fever (inc KON remix)'
The third Glitterbeat release for Qwestlife has the producer linking up with some high profile figures in dance music history. The Sugarhill Gang, Siedah Garrett and Grandmaster Melle Mel all feature on this authentic, old school style disco rap track. In addition, master of the edit and the modern disco remix, KON, adds a dusting of disco sophistication; refining the rawness of the original into a blissfully deep anthem. For the more creative DJs, there’s a KON reprise to work the floor with.
'Good Lovin’/We Still Could Be Together'
Al & The Kidd Records Inc.
First official single reissue of this sought-after modern soul prize, that was recorded at Philadelphia’s legendary Sigma Sound Studios in 1980. Impossibly rare on the original promo 12”, Al Mason’s rush-to-the-floor moment, ‘Good Lovin’’, is a rousing combination of brass and string sections, with his raspy, Womack-style vocal delivery. This is accompanied by a slow, bittersweet, deep soul stepper, ‘We Still Could Be Together’ on the flipside. Essential.
'I Want To Thank You (KON's Shine Your Light Remix)'
The gospel/rare groove classic from 1981 gets a respectful, legitimate makeover from the Boston producer. After getting his hands on the master tapes, KON has been able to really go to town on this, making a feature of that nagging piano and stretching out the hooks wherever necessary. Includes a dub version that keeps the foundation of the tune and smudges the vocal into something even more heavenly.
'Pool Party EP'
Wax Digits Music
Wax Digits collects four talented producers together for a cosmic, Euro, NYC and Chic-style disco trip. Prolific Mexican producer Hotmood sets the vibe with some spicy disco funk: on ‘Fake DJs’, a Herbie Mann-style flute leads. This pairs well with the mid-tempo grind of Dave Gerrard’s edit of Lyn Collins’ ‘Turn It Loose’. In addition, Andy Buchan compresses the samples into a Daft Punk style jam with ‘Dope D’Man’, next to Slync & Fingerman’s Chic tribute, ‘Saft Junk’.
'Tel Aviv Flavors'
Not to be confused with the Italian house/Don Carlos releasing label of the early '90s, the slightly less prolific imprint of the same name has led a slow, but consistent stream of releases focusing on the nu disco scene in Latin America. The first release of the year, however, finds Calypso engaging with the creatively rich Tel Aviv scene, with music from the likes of Niv Ast, Rina, Naduve and Middle Sky Boom. Expect to discover a wealth of mid-tempo EBM; hypnotic, industrial dub; ancestral trance and proto techno music. Ace.
Ess O Ess & Saul Richards
Dark, proggy nu disco from affiliates to London’s Bad Passion parties, Ess O Ess, who release their debut on Kinfolk and call upon the vocal talent of Khruangbin’s Laura Lee. A venomous cocktail of electro rock and swampy, chugging disco rhythms, ‘Totem’ comes with a pearler of a remix from Sean Johnston and crew as Hardway Brothers, plus a strong version from Otologic, who weird out the ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim on their cosmic dub.