ComboStar’s ‘Free’


It looks like Parisian Disco duo ComboStar are back for good. After breaking back on the scene earlier this year with the hit and miss ‘Combostella’ EP, ComboStar finally re-find their groove with their new single, again on La Valigetta, ‘Free’.

Featuring Mani Hoffman (the voice if The Supermen Lovers’ classic ‘Starlight’) on vocals ‘Free’ is a big DiscoPop anthem that finds it’s core in squelchy synth Funk bass, a piano hook and a big, full vocal. Poppier than anything on the previous EP, this track has got breakthrough potential, and if that’s not enough the reMix package is pretty stellar. The ‘Club Edit’ of the original works in a little more dancefloor power, make the track even more epic while the singles lad reMix comes from Louis La Roché, who delivers a nice twisted Disco mix. Funk style synths join forces with some soaring lead lines for a heavy slice of Disco with a breezy sheen. Second Date take the track down a deep House route with a real warehouse vibe. It even makes the vocals sound a bit more Chicago. Timo Juuti & Hector 87 fill the huge French Disco quote on the single with an impressive five minutes of boogie which might be the records standout mix. It keeps the song itself intact, but incorporates it into a danceflor destroying slab of cut-up Disco. ComboStar may be about to put out the record to re-insert them into the minds of dance music lovers worldwide.

♫ ComboStar (Feat. Mani Hoffman) – Free (Club Edit)

♫ ComboStar (Feat. Mani Hoffman) – Free (Louis La Roché reMix)

♫ ComboStar (Feat. Mani Hoffman) – Free (Second Date reMix)

♫ ComboStar (Feat. Mani Hoffman) – Free (Timo Juuti & Hector 87 reMix)

‘Free’ is released 26th June on Beatport, 10th July elsewhere.

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ComboStar’s new EP


Nine years ago Parisian outfit ComboStar released ‘In My Soul’ a big, filtered French House track that made some waves. Now in 2012 they are back with a new EP on La Valigetta.

The ‘Combostella’ EP is a bit hit an miss, a couple of the tracks on there are a bit Nu-Disco by numbers, a bit uninspired. But these two tracks ‘Straight In The Eye’ and, especially, ‘Discoball Room’ make the EP worth it. ‘Straight In The Eye’ makes great use of some pretty original samples to create a peak time Disco tune that is novelty enough to chart. ‘Discoball Room’, though, is the track that makes the EP. Layers of synthesizer Funk and squelchy little melodies play all over a Disco-House beat. A whole EP of this kind of stuff would have been killer, rather than the commercial, compilation focused Disco, maybe next time.

♫ ComboStar – Discoball Room

♫ ComboStar – Straight In The Eye

ComboStar’s ‘Combostella’ EP is out 6th February.

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