Italian/German label Slow Motion Records are celebrating being in existence for five strong years with the release of their first ever compilation. Titled Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno), the record will lay out a selection of label boss Franz Underwear’s secret crate weapons from the likes of Clap Rules, Riders Of The Lost Arp and this stormer from Italian analog Disco/ElectroPop maestro Bottin. Check it out.
Even before pressing play, Acid Disco (No Fear) had out interest piqued. We’ve made no secret in the past of our love for slick Disco mixed with Acid burbling, we feel it’s a sorely underexplored musical avenue, so a title like Acid Disco made us sit up and take notice. Bottin really delivers with this one. It’s a strong retro Disco tune, loaded with vintage synths. An infectious bassline and stabbing keys ride a beat that veers between Disco and House. Running alongside this is a deft 303 hook, slickly filtering in and out of the track, giving it that extra kick. RoboDisco with a twist. Awesome stuff!””
♫ Bottin – Acid Disco (No Fear)
Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno) is released 27th January.
It’s been a while we’ve been waiting for the next track from the coalition of Matts Du Tonc. International jet-setters MiGHty mOUse and Matt Van Schie have chosen to kick off this year with a track that they’ve been kicking around for a while, honing it to perfection. Every Song is the first track from the Indie-Disco duo to be picked up by Eskimo Recordings; we can see that partnership between the acclaimed label and these guys being a long and fruitful one.
Breezy Island vibes kick off Every Song; which is possibly the most 80s track from Du Tonc to date. A Disco New Wave oddessy with a swirling mixture of rolling bass and gently stabbing synths liberally peppered with Island guitar that gives off a Tropical early-80s Blondie vibe. This all makes of a blissful soundtrack for Matt (the Van She one) to deliver a summery croon that exudes an effortless cool. January feels like July with Every Song dripping out of the speakers.
So, we weren’t particularly enamoured with Italo Disco legend Giorgio Moroder’s ‘comeback’ single, 74 Is The New 24, it seemed to us to be a bit pedestrian. Modern dance music made by someone who had just discovered it, all over compressed kicks and stuff. That said, we were still eager to hear his new album, hoping some of it channels the shiny analog Disco we love Moroder for, and particularly the collaborations with Charli XCX and Kylie Minogue. Well look what happened over the weekend, the Kylie track leaked, and it’s amazing.
Right Here, Right Now is shimmering synthetic DiscoPop created by the original innovator. It seems some of Moroder’s time with Daft Punk rubbed off on him as the track occasionally shows hints of Random Access Memories, but with more of an electronic Pop sheen. This is big vintage Disco with contemporary Pop production, utterly infectious. Kylie sounds as sweet as ever as the track strikes exactly the balance of new and old we were anticipating from the album. Right Here, Right Now makes up for Moroder’s last couple of single attempts a hundred times and with a video rumoured to have been shot it looks likely this will be a single.
♫ Giorgio Moroder (Feat. Kylie Minogue) – Right Here, Right Now
Giorgio Moroder’s 74 Is The New 24 album is out soon.
The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts January 2014 = The Parisian twosome continue to deliver a monthly serving of the best ElectroPop, Nu-Disco and House sounds around with their January charts. There’s some awesome stuff up in here!
The tracklist: 01. Final DJs – Rough Boy 02. MisterWives – Reflections (Gryffin reMix) 03. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment (Andrew Weatherall reMix) 04. Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby (Yuksek reMix) 05. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows (Radio Edit) 06. Danglo – Swept Away 07. Acrobat – Invicible (Marcus Harris reMix) 08. Just Kiddin’ – Thinkin’ About It (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber reMix) 09. Moonbootica – Superdrive (Less Hate reMix) 10. Drop Out Orchestra & Barnaby Bruce – Gecko (Achilles & One reMix) 11. Röyksopp - Sordid Affair (Watermat reMix) 12. Roisto – I’m Who You Need (TJH87 reMix) 13. Oh Land – Head Up High (Penguin Prison reMix) 14. YesYou (Feat. Noah Slee & Castle Rays) – Waste Away 15. Years & Years – Take Shelter (STAL reMix)
Here we go with the latest release from the non-stop juggernaut that is Brixton’s Nude Disco label. This one comes from Italian House producer Mister Salo who was snapped up by the London crew just two days after sending them his demo. Hailing from Torino, Mister Salo A.K.A. Salonia Gianluca has had a sting of low-key releases over the past couple of years; maybe this new one, Disco Mamba, will be his breakthrough.
Disco Mamba is an extremely fun concoction; a melting pot of Latin flavours and vintage Disco stylings and a classic early 90s House groove. Add in some Italo keys and you’ve got yourself a no-nonsense crowd pleaser. OK, so it’s not going to be winning any awards for intelligence or innovation anytime soon, but it’s guaranteed to keep the floor moving.
The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2014 = Our favourite French Londoners have picked their top tunes of the past month once again, and what a month it was. Check out their choice cuts on their latest mixtape.
The tracklist: 00 Intro. 01. Belle And Sebastian – The Party Line 02. Erconomics – Islands 03. Joywave – Tongues (Giorgio Moroder reMix) 04. Back Back Forward Punch – Big Time 05. Gold Is For The Golden Team – I’m A Revolution (That’s Nice reMix) 06. Royksopp & Robin – Monument Dance (Marcus Mar Dub) 07. AIMES (Feat. Javi) – Burnin’ 08. Human Life & Anabel Englund – El Diablo (Adana Twins reMix) 09. Jody Wisternoff – Paranamour X Beth Ditto x The Shoes – Cerrone’s Supernature (PNLP Edit) 10. Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Todd Edwards reMix) 11. Head Of Television – Shining 12. PowerDress – Torture (Pirate Jams Instrumental) x (Pirate Jams reMix) 13. Chromatics – I Can’t Keep Running 14. Shura – Indecision
We’re being treated to so much new Ronika these days. Here most recent shimmering offering Marathon is out this week, backed with a reMix from The Penelopes and B-sided with World Is Turning. Which is all amazing. But wait; there’s more! Here’s one of Ronika’s inspired DIY videos.
Directed by Al Mackay, the clip is almost note perfect for indecipherable late 70s/early 80s European TV as Ron guests on a Mediterranean chatshow. Not sure they get it.
Speaking of The Penelope’s reMix. Wrap your lug-holes around this one. The London based Frenchmen lay down the Synth Disco thick with pounding beats and heavy Electro bass amidst Ronika’s cheeky Boogie.
♫ Ronika – Marathon (The Penelopes reMix)
Ronika’s Marathon is released 1st December via Record Shop.
Here’s something to treat your ear to this weekend. Say hello to Hippo Disco. This trio are the newest additions to the electronic rumors family and we realised, shamefully, that we hadn’t properly introduced you. Roodmin, Oochi & Vinski are three Scots living in Tokyo (and Bali) who have slowly but surely been making a name for themselves; most recently having delivered a storming official reMix of Etienne De Cercy’s We, Computers. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news of their début EP, and in the meantime check out two choice cuts.
Falling is pure Disco bliss. Effortlessly combining wicked Disco licks with dreamy Balearic keys, Falling has got both the groove and a euphoric sweep. There’s just no way you can resist being drawn into it;s six minute dancefloor dream. Hippo Disco have a knack of making ecclectic and left-field Disco that takes influences from anywhere and doesn’t play by the rules. If Answering Machine doesn’t prove that to you nothing will. Plus music nerd points, but minus cool points, if you know where the bassline comes from. Abrasive and funky as hell all at the same time. Hold tight for the EP!
Well, we’ve been waiting for this for what feels like an eternity. The mighty MiGHty mOUse and the also mighty Ronika. A match made in mirrorball heaven. Even before we we’re told that this was happening we pretty much just assumed it would sooner or later, and now it has in the form of See Through You, the new MiGHty mOUse single set to drop at the beginning of next month. Strap in, this is gonna’ get wild.
MiGHty mOUse brings his Balearic, Cosmic, infectious Disco A-game here with a killer bassline and a funkin;’ beat. What’s really interesting about See Through You, is that alongside the shimmering Disco groove, there a bit of a Post-Punk vibe going on, in a similar way to the whole post-DFA New York scene but with a distinctly British twist. That bassline warps around synth horns, electronic stabs and huge rushes of vintage dancefloor strings while Ronika shimmies over the track with an effortless cool. A glorious homebrew take on shiny Disco-Punk, See Through You is set to be the sound of the holidays, around here at least.
♫ MiGHty mOUse (Feat. Ronika) – See Through You (Original Mix)
MiGHty mOUse’s See Through You is released 1st December.
Dapper Disco dons Ride The Universe take us back to the heady golden days of the mid-2000s Disco resurgence with the gloriously retro slice of French Touch. It’s also a cover of a dance track, which is an odd proposition, and a brave one too as covering a track produced entirely with samples and synths could all –to-easily fall into the trap of just being a recreation rather than your own take on a song. The song in question is Ian Pooley’s 2000 Funky House floorfiller 900 Degrees; how do Ride The Universe do?
Not bad at all as it turns out. It’s a pretty faithful representation of the original, albeit with a beefier sound and more of a driving Disco groove, befitting todays dancefloors. We still not sure what constitutes a cover in this instance, more than a reproduction or even a reMix, but it you stop worrying and sink into the tune you’ll find something to drag you to the dancefloor. The end result, as we mentioned, turns out to be classic sounding French Touch. We would have liked to hear a bit more Ride The Universe’s personality in the track; but then again we just want to hear more from Ride The Universe full stop.