Review: Stockholm twosome Dagfest have already notched up digital releases on ISM Records, Editorial and Bearded Man, though this outing on Lovedancing marks their first appearance on wax. It's a double header of sorts, with a different original track and remix on each side. "Falling In Love" sits on side A, with the original's breezy boogie/reggae/soul fusion flex being given a harder boogie/proto-house makeover by the reliable Tom Noble. Over on the flip, "Prism" is a deliciously positive chunk of boogie/nu-disco fusion blessed with near Balearic synth solos and some wonderful jazz-funk flourishes. Sleazy McQueen takes a different approach on his remix, turning the track into a peak-time friendly disco-house bumper.
Body Language Pro (Sleazy McQueen & Cole Medina remix) (6:37)
Let Me Come Into Your Life (6:49)
The Lone Dancer (6:45)
Review: You could be forgiven for expecting this EP on excellent upfront house imprint Lovedancing to be more of a curveball. After all, The Juan MacLean isn't known for mainstream posturing. It certainly comes with stacks of character and a clear intention to be heard. Bold, commanding and aimed squarely at feet, if mind-meltingly looped pumpers are your thing consider this an early Christmas. All four tracks are built from repetitive hooks, the most inescapable- 'Let Me Come Into Your Life'- will satisfy fans of Mr G's softer side, while 'The Lone Dancer' is destined for sun-drenched terrace bar systems. 'Body Language Pro', meanwhile, has more than a few nods to the French house heydays, with Sleazy McQueen and Cole Medina developing those elements into a beast that's slower to build in but guaranteed to work up a sweat.
Review: For the latest hot-to-trot missive on his fast-rising Lovedancing imprint, main man Sleazy McQueen has turned to native New Yorker Silver Rider, a producer who has been a part of the nu-disco scene for longer than any of us can remember. He begins with the rolling disco-house sweetness of "All I Do", where glassy-eyed female vocals and twinkling melody lines rise above a bustling beat. "Mystic Notions" sees him successfully smother a broken house beat in tasty electric piano solos and swirling chords, while "Dengue Baby" is a tidy, slightly beefed-up revision of a flute-sporting Afro-funk gem. Finally, "Love Will Guide Our Hearts" provides a suitably shuffling and glassy-eyed end to a fine set of floor-friendly reworks.
Review: Whiskey Disco sublabel Lovedancing now presents Amigos Vagabundo Club Social, who have truly found their voice with this terrific EP. Comprised of Jaime Tuiran and Juan Pablo Pinedo, they combine the best electronic grooves and Carribean flavour on the Pambele EP - three tracks that commemorate their musical heritage and upbringing in Barranquilla, on the north coast of Colombia. The groovy and sun kissed title track with its creamy Rhodes notes is a perfect homage to a certain Colombian boxing legend, while the lo-slung and funky swagger of "Esclavo 29" is a go-to track to work the dancefloor on a long, hot summer night. Finally on the flip is a sultry deep house groove in the form of "Angayusa" with some super sexy sax action.