Review: First up on Discs Of Fun & Love - a fresh reissue label launched by London diggers Miche and Frederika - is a fresh 7" pressing of Rochelle Rabouin's sole single: a 1977 45 that has long been a sought-after "side" amongst crossover soul collectors. A-side "This Is My Year" is the one for dancefloor plays, offering as it does a celebratory vocal over what would then have been called a "modern soul" backing track (disco, basically, though the term was used in Northern Soul circles as a catch-all for anything that wasn't old and stomping). Side B's "Keep This In Mind" is a superb slow number smothered in strings and glassy-eyed orchestration that's probably always on rotation at the mythical "Heartbreak Hotel".
So Long For A Small Storm (Rudolf Klorzeiger remodel) (4:25)
Review: Spacer lady Dollska (nee Dollskabeat) gets busy on her on own Kissa imprint with two beautifully spacious journeys into modern cosmic. "So Long For A Small Storm" rolls unhurriedly with a Morgan Geist feel to the beats and groove while "Opus Dreams" takes us deeper into the stars again as stretched out synths charm and alarm in equal measure as we find ourselves floating freefall with no apparent start, middle, or end. For added floor-fire head straight for Rudolf Klorzeiger's devilishly Detroitian remix where the beats are sharpened by classic 80s electro drama.
Lettbeint Liten Sak (Bjorn Torske's Nyredisco Miks)
Review: After a year bewildered in the woods Kango takes a step forward with a new 12"! He's taking the bpm down a notch for a midtempo 80s influenced electro disco teaser called 'Lettbeint Liten Sak'. The arrangement is as always in the leftfield area of disco. Twisting and knobbing the hook in a way you might call insane. But we don't. Getting used to not being able to describe his music we just lean on his album title & simply call it Fjordfunk. To enhance the experience we managed to get the legendary dubmeister Bjørn Torske to work his magic. As always he delivers the goods with one arm behind his back. Actually he also wore blindfolds during the remix. Maybe you might hear it. We're not sure. The second on the A-side is a track called 'Bak Mål' and is that strange little track that no one would believe would ever be released.....Simply because of the EFX at the end of the track. How big balls and ego does this man have inside???
Review: Dance music veteran Richard Sen has a 30 year history of DJing and production. The respected global DJ has produced and remixed many well-known artists including Bryan Ferry, John Grant and LCD Soundsystem. From the late 90s to the early 2010s Sen was one half of the dance music duos, Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs. This is the first release on his own label which aims to explore the beauty of the night - dark and light, combining influences from black American dance music and European electronic music.
Review: Los Angeles disco producer LUXXURY's Be Good 2 Me 12" kicks off with the title track, a muscular, bass guitar-powered song (as heard in Forza Horizon 4 for XBOX). Evoking that 1979 moment where rock bands like Kiss and The Rolling Stones made their token 'disco song,' the tune was inspired by the melodic punk basslines of The Clash's 'The Magnificent Seven' and Hot Chocolate's 'Every 1's A Winner. "I Need You" (8.5, DJ Magazine) is an honest-to-god love song featuring funked-up bass from Fitz' and the Tantrums' Joe Karnes, while "Feel the Night" (as featured on Hedkandi Beach House, Toolroom's Poolside Ibiza and more) is a rubbery dancefloor destroyer just begging for falsetto sing-along. 'I wanna be EVERYTHING' is an unabashed love letter to 70s dancefloor culture audaciously recalling the sexual hysteria of peak time Studio 54: Loleatta Holloway, Chaka Khan and all four Gibb brothers rolled into one.
Review: In the mist of the night, a driver locks his rimmed glasses to his face, fasten his seatbelt and stomps his foot on the gas. An array of beams and city lights flow in a continuous spectrum that dissolves into lines as the car speeds up. It's only a matter of time before his journey turns into a tunnel of light.?Off he goes into the distance to test the space time continuum limits of speed and sound with aboard of his car only courage and humility. For his first EP, Romain FX digs deep in his emotions to pull out four Italo & House infused tracks full of musical surprises.