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Singles - Disco - Issue 555

Photonz

'Lotus Wheel On My Horizon'

Vivod

10
Portuguese production unit, Photonz, has a knack of creating these magical, unmatched club tracks (check the spine-tingling house and disco cuts for Unknown To The Unknown, ‘1551’ and ‘Osiris Resurrected’) by working his primitive machines into something far more interesting than run-of-the-mill, proto-house homage. Don’t be fooled by its title, ‘Lotus Wheel On My Horizon’ is far from being some new-age relaxation method; these club-ready tunes blend the futurism of early Metroplex with the studio magic of, say, Trevor Horn, fashioning something unique and utterly thrilling for the dancefloor. Essential.

Jori Hulkkonen

'Black Books'

My Favorite Robot Records

8.0
Settling into My Favorite Robot’s roster with a new single from his ‘Oh But I Am’ album is Scandinavian house legend, Jori Hulkkonen, here with five new remixes of his chilling, Balearic anthem, ‘Black Books’. Release highlights are from former Art Department member, Kenny Glasgow, who adds a haunting, new-wave touch; as does a version from Sex Tags Mania’s Doc L Juniors with added dub fx. Includes an ambient/breakbeat mix from Butr & Nitin and an amped up dub version from Hulkkonen himself.

Crash Course In Science

'Jump Over Barrels'

Dark Entries

9.0
The pioneering post-punk group had their moment in 1981 with this stunning entry. Employing all manner of bizarre studio techniques to hone their individual sound (toy instruments and even kitchen appliances were apparently used to add effects on the guitars, synths and drum machines). Dark Entries' 2016 reissue includes a rare demo/rehearsal versions and a ripping new remix by Tadd Mullinix under his unstoppable EBM guise, Charles Manier.

Len Leise

'Lingua Franca (Remixes)'

International Feel

7.5
Len Leise’s well received ‘Lingua Franca’ album launched the label’s LP series towards the end of 2015 and now Mark Barrot’s International Feel picks a key track with new remix commissions. Quite conventional, but nonetheless charming, ‘Lingua Franca’ is straight-up, Balearic fare with trancey keys, dub bass and sparkling effects (here in its original album version and new, improved dub mix). Highlight, however, is a surprise, otherworldly house version from Versatile records boss, Gilb’r.

Oliver Ho & Danny Passarella

'Multi'

Passarella

9.5
Prolific London-based producer, Oliver Ho (known for industrial strength techno releases on labels such as Blueprint and his own Meta imprint) teams up with Passarella Death Squad’s Danny on this EP that experiments within the fringes of minimal-wave, noise and concepts of “gender and growth”. Immersive, cold machine music that falls somewhere between the detached, synthesis of Ike Yard and the electronic studies of vintage Cabaret Voltaire.

Ponzu Island

'Ponzu Beach (inc. Andras Fox remix)'

Apersonal Music

8.0
This dreamy disco export has drifted over from Ponzu Island, based in the creatively fertile, subtropical plains of Australia. Not much to go on, but this mystery troupe create playful, fun disco that borrows from the exotic midi-scales of YMO and employs a similar synthetic charm to that of Metro Area. Includes extended mix from local talent Andras Fox and a tougher version from Trujillo.

My System Echo

'So Near To My Revival EP'

Classic

7.5
Sam and Tracy from art rock foursome, Gramme, weigh in a heavy-disco treat for Classic. ‘So Near’, the deeper, opening cut is thick with creamy Rhodes piano, misting a stirring vocal delivery from Tracy. On the flipside, ‘My Revival’ ramps up the mood, exercising filtered loops for peak-time use. Crazy P’s Ron Basejam remixes both and adds just a little extra production flare.

Rekid

'Tuesday Bluesday'

Pyramids Of Mars

9.5
Matt ‘Radio Slave’ Edwards revives his more experimental recording persona, Rekid, for a new outing on his Pyramids Of Mars label. The too few Rekid releases that have seen the light of day have experimented with disco, house, electro, dub and techno; reaching a high with the stunning ‘Made In Menorca’ album for Soul Jazz. ‘Tuesday Bluesday’ finds Edwards back in a more habitual, production mood, employing classic disco hooks amongst mid-tempo rhythm sections (check the killer Donna McGhee sampling title track) and primitive drum machine loops (noted on the oddball rhumba of ‘Mars’). Tail this off with a skipping, bit-crushed homage to old school DJ Sneak (‘Wave’) and Edwards adds a tidy addition to his unique, if sporadic, canon of work. Class.