Everyday Of Your Life (inc. Marco Passarani Remix)
French producer Endrik Schroeder has stuck to a rather scant release schedule over the past decades; in fact, only two since the late '90s via Grenoble’s cult Interface label (which also gave us early releases from The Hacker). Distancing himself from the tougher electro of those formative releases, Schroeder delivers this lush, instrumental, electronic disco release that blends the sheen of Italo with the cosmic mood of Tangerine Dream. Euro techno legend and one half of Tiger & Woods, Marco Passarani, turns up with an even tastier remix that makes more of a feature of the melody, and adds some subtle rhythm improvements. Exhilarating, electronic fantasy music.
Days of Being Wild
''Shamanic Body Music''
Days of Being Wild
"Chanty vocals on a mid-paced electro jam — I got really excited when Sam passed me this one. Perfect for stepping up a gear in a DJ set."
'Altered States Vol. 2'
Not for profit label Sinchi Music bring another fusion of disco and electro, exposing a wealth of talent via their well-received ‘Altered States’ EP series. Opening with the impossibly slow chugger ‘Discus Throw’ from Disco Halal’s Kincaid, the release ups the pace, slightly, with the hypnotic tango of ‘Glassware’ by German producer Tassilo Vanhöfen. Elsewhere, Berliner and Nein Records regular Carolain Luf brings the primitive acid vibe, and Toronto’s Safety Last (look out for his upcoming releases on Hard Fist and Ombra) features with the deadpan coldwave/death-disco cut, ‘6 Strings’.
'Dance Of The Sea'
Disco instrumentals from Italian-born, London-based DJ and producer Dario Dea; a strong entry into the new decade from Tronik Youth’s excellent Nein label. With the right measure of camp, drama and emotion, ‘Dance Of The Sea’ nods to the Italo disco legend, but keeps things right up to date: it bangs in all the right places, and modern production touches keep it from being just a trip down memory lane. The excellent Theus Mago skews up ‘Ready Player One’ with a rather inventive remix, as Steady State sticks to the straight and narrow with a fairly conventional, yet functional, version. Strong release.
'Glitterbox Jams Volume 2'
Glitterbox offers a killer selection of disco (in its current revived and vital form), starting with another issue of Mike Dunn’s essential ‘Natural High’ cut from last year — classy golden era, US-style disco from the Chicago house legend. There's more NYC style disco gold from Body Music & Amy Douglas (with an extended mix of their soaring ‘Love Games') ahead of one from the great Seamus Haji, who dips into a bit of Hi-NRG with the Sylvester-esque ‘Boogie 2nite’. The standout moment, however, is Yuksek’s stirring remix of Risk Assessment’s anthem, ‘Remember Me’. Big release.
'Hooked On U'
The Hacker, Juan Maclean and Andrew Weatherall favourite Man2.0 nudges over from Nein Records to Hungarian party collective/label Secret Fusion with his ‘Hooked On U’ EP. Two original tracks, ‘Hooked On U’ and ‘The Night We Went To The Sea’ bridge new wave and electro with kosmiche and disco-trance. On remix duties, label heads Secret Factory offer a hypnotic, proto techno version, as German artist Re.You works in some tribal touches. Her Majesty’s Ship ally, Mufti, appears and experiments with a vocoder on his cool, nu disco/Hi-NRG version of the title track. Ace.
'Muy Duro Volume 2'
The prolific Mexican label enters its fourth year with an EP release that has plenty of material for adventurous DJs to get stuck into — setting off with Fausto’s chugging, rock-disco odyssey into a tough EBM groove from Spanish producer Darlyn Vlys. Two scorching proto house/acid cuts are delivered by Jape and Moredisco, and finally, Carisma — the duo closely affiliated with Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label — call time on this release with their brilliant, robust EBM bruiser, ‘Otro Planeta’.
New jazz-funk/disco material from label regular Andre Solomko — his first single outing since the dazzling brilliance of ‘Le Premier Disco Sans Toi’. ‘Recalling You’ doesn’t quite reach the heights of the previous release, but carries a similar charm: Solomko’s unmistakable falsetto is present alongside his signature saxophone performance. In accompaniment, label boss Pascal Rioux produces a club-friendly dub version under his Charles Maurice guise.
Rubin et le Paradoxe
'X Raisons (Remixes)'
Her Majesty's Ship
The prolific Her Majesty's Ship steers into the 20s with this impressive remix package from their principle electro chanteur, Rubin Et Le Paradoxe. First up, EBM pin-up Curses delivers an icy cold remix and dub version that sits tight alongside a New Beat style remix from Plaisir De France. Expect a more acid production from CVNT Records boss Marianne Delorme aka Calling Marian, plus a nu disco heater from fellow French producers Theodora & Lockhart to close.