Review: Closed Paradise has already amassed a quietly impressive discography, notching up releases on labels including Fina, Better Listen, Kolour LTD and Whiskey Disco. With the Something Else EP, the French producer pops up on Sleazy Mcqueen's Lovedancing label for the very first time. Turn your attention to the hazy-but-sparkling, filter-sporting deep house/disco-house fusion of harp-strumming opener "What Else", before bathing in the lusciously warm and languid deep house waters of "Cindy Goes To The Party" (whose spoken word samples are alternately creepy and inspired). We also recommend the Silver Rider swirling, bass-heavy tweak of "Set It Out" - its a heady late night delight - and have plenty of time for the acid-flecked deep house stomp of Ponchartrain's "Trance" remix of "Dizzy Spell".
Angayusa (Sleazy McQueen & Brian San Diego remix) (5:53)
Review: Last year Vagabundo Club Social pitched up on Lovedancing with an EP of humid and colourful club tracks that tended towards the tropical. Here, arguably the EP's strongest tracks are given the remix treatment. Label boss Sleazy McQueen features prominently. First he offers up a rolling, acid-fired take on "Pambele" full of squelchy bass, organ stabs and bustling beats, before joining forces with Brian San Diego to re-cast "Angayusa" as a trumpet-sporting slab of loopy deep house dopeness. Arguably even better though is Escort man JKriv's hybrid analogue house/cumbia revision of the same track, which bristles with weighty bass, tropical motifs and sweat-soaked Colombian drums.
Will Buck & Prtmnto - "Do It To Me" (Parallax remix) (7:31)
Review: Ever since Will Buckley and PRTMNTO debuted on last year's Lovetrax EP on Whiskey Disco Small Batch, we've been eagerly anticipating the duo's first collaborative EP. Title track "Soul Sides" - one of three cuts mixed by label boss Pontchartrain - is a breezy and positive affair, with sultry disco strings and attractive, delay-laden riffs slowly rising above a loopy, deep disco-house groove. "Liif 1982" is a more obviously energetic affair blessed with rubbery slap bass and some seriously seductive synthesizers, while "Do It To Me" is a jazzier and jaunty affair that subtly doffs a cap to both sleazy disco and jazz-funk. Parallax brilliantly strips back the latter track, adding sweet jazz guitars on a superbly summery and laidback interpretation.
Vagabundo Club Social & Sleazy McQueen - "Chips Y Salsoul" (Jacques Renault remix) (7:42)
Vagabundo Club Social - "Pambele" (Jacques Renault remix) (6:39)
Pontchartrain - "1515 Broadway Revisited" (feat Larry Love - Jacques Renault BK club remix) (6:42)
Pontchartrain - "1515 Broadway Revisited" (feat Larry Love - Jacques Renault Brooklyn BK live remix) (6:40)
Review: As the title makes clear, this tasty 12" from Lovedancing sees Brooklyn producer Jacques Renault deliver fresh interpretations of killer cuts from the label's vaults. Renault first offers up a deliciously sweaty, loose-limbed take on Vagabundo Club Social and Sleazy McQueen's "Chips Y Salsoul", placing the original's familiar electric piano motif and muted trumpet samples atop a densely layered Latin house groove, before joining the dots between dub disco and proto house on a rework of Vagabundo Club Social's "Pambele". Over on side B he delivers two takes on Pontchartrain's "1515 Broadway Revisited": a lolloping disco-house "BK Club Remix" and a "BK Live Remix" that sounds like it was done in one take, dub style, in the same manner as proto-house legend Paul Simpson's influential 1980s mixes.