The Emperor Machine
Adding to a fairly illustrious career in the dance music business (from the late '80s as cult UK dance act Bizarre Inc to punk-funk/nu-disco crew Chicken Lips and currently The Emperor Machine), Andy Meecham gets the gears of his Machine back in motion and drops an EP of expressive kosmiche and mesmerising synth disco music. 'Two Voice', in its extended and remixed versions, shows that this seasoned producer is as crucial a presence in today’s scene as he’s ever been. Essential.
Flight Mode & Joel Brittan
'Burn This EP'
Delusions Of Grandeur
Flight Mode’s second release for the label wields the deadly disco house title tune, that builds on a simple loop and well-placed brass stabs over a tense, epic 10 minutes, working the EQ hard like those mid-'90s releases on Filter Records from DJ Q (who remembers that classic Carl Craig remix of ‘We Are One’?). Fitting right in is a remix from Medlar, who offers a dreamier version with distinctly old school touches. Big, big release.
Jorkes & Hard Ton
'Cross The Line'
Flamboyant production duo Hard Ton collude with Munich/Vienna pair Jorkes on this fun, dreamy Balearic excursion. The accompanying remixes are from Live At Robert Johnson regular Massimiliano Pagliara and Philpot founder Soulphiction and Jackmate. Pagliara keeps the vibe consistent, but Soulphiction and Jackmate do disappoint a little by playing it safe and sticking with their familiar, minimal house format.
'Far From Home (Night Versions)'
Ladytron Music / !K7
Synthpop stars Ladytron release one of the standout tunes from their self-titled 2018 album. ‘Far From Home’, the band’s sexy, synthy club track, gets taken deeper into the club situation by Blakkat, Lucas Frota, Dave The Hustler, Wetworks and Hiroko Yamamura & Eric Elvambuena. Standout moments from the EP are Dave The Hustler’s authentic electro mix and Hiroko Yamamura & Eric Elvambuena’s bubbling nu-disco version.
Occupying a second review spot this month is another from the Secret Fusion crew, with shades of disco-noir from the excellent Secret Factory duo (who supplied the superb remix for Le Mano’s ‘Fumo’ tune). London’s Man2.0 and Berlin-based producer Terr (Phantasy Sound) step in with their respective remixes: one racing with a pulsating arpeggio, while the other puts on the brakes with a chugging, industrial mix.
See Thru Hands
'Hot City EP'
Hotly-tipped British hustlers See Thru Hands release their debut via Ruf Dug’s Ruf Kutz imprint. The lively sounding six-piece mix up the sassy funk of Prince alongside the punk-funk of A Certain Ratio and the disco-not-disco of Golden Teacher or Talking Heads. Ahead of an album promised later in the year, this EP boasts a Balearic mix from Ruf Dug himself and a thoroughly wonky, two-step vibe from one member of Manchester’s Levelz crew, Metrodome.
Franz Matthews & Local Suicide
'Meditation/Tutan Jamon (Remixes)'
Making their debut on Eskimo, Berlin-based artists Franz Matthews and Local Suicide ready the remixes of ‘Meditation’ and ‘Tutan Jamon’, two tracks that have been hammered in the recent sets of DJ T, Red Axes, Acid Washed and more. Expect mid-tempo industrial, EBM and grinding disco-not-disco versions from talents such as the unstoppable Lithuanian Manfredas, Tel Aviv’s Chaim, label regular NTEIBINT and Australian producer, The Oddness.
'We Are One'
Propulsive nu-disco tracks via the industrious Duro label out of Mexico, making it release number seven this year, with new material from countryman Rigopolar. These are trancey, hypnotic instrumentals that touch on EBM, minimal wave and Italo styles, produced in a manner not too dissimilar to that of Rebolledo/The Pachanga Boys (check the restless grooves of standout cuts 'Espiral' and 'Time'). Killer release.