Moon Mood – Stargazing

November 15, 2015 in Singles

Moon Mood Stargazing Nang RecordsAfter last night’s ‘nothing but house’ selection, a more eclectic reviews line-up for you tonight, starting in the nu-disco arena with this latest offering from the mighty Nang and Russian producer Alexey Vorobyov, AKA Moon Mood.

In its Original form, Stargazing is fairly archetypal Nang material, all shimmering synths and lazily strollin’ beats. It’s accompanied by two remixes: the Pharoah Black Magic Breathless Remix takes us into slightly housier, more floor-oriented territory, while Irregular Disco Workers supply a stripped back n’ dubby take with a strong cosmic/Italo influence. That’s my personal fave rub of the title cut, but even better is bonus cut The Cove, which looks to early 80s boogie for inspiration with its syndrums and squelchy analogue synth-bass. Hypernova, another ‘typically Nang’ affair but pacier than Stargazing, completes a strong package.

Out: This week

About: Find Nang Records herehere and here.

Andy Compton – Bristol Boogie

November 1, 2015 in Albums

Andy Compton Bristol Boogie Peng RecordsIn which Andy Compton of Rurals/Peng fame takes time out from the Afro-house and straight-up soul he’s been pursuing of late, and delivers a full-length tribute to 80s boogie.

And it works… and it doesn’t. Musically Andy’s nailed the sound, all right: squelchy analogue synths and syndrums abound! And there are tracks that bring those early 80s memories flooding back – the Katie Leone-vocalled Soldier, for instance. Shut your eyes and it’s only too easy to imagine her singing this on a 1982 TOTP, dressed no doubt in a pink nylon twinset and matching feather fascinator! The electro tinges to I Wanna Be Free, similarly, will bring a smile to the faces of those in whose misspent youths Kangol hats and Adidas tracksuits featured heavily.

Elsewhere, though, old habits die hard, and we’re more in that territory where neo-soul and soulful house collide – you could have told me the Ladybird-vocalled Give A Little, for instance, was a mid-00s Om release and I’d have believed you. And Brokeback Soul, while undoubtedly one of the album’s highlights, is surely better classified as jazz-funk/fusion than boogie, albeit if Andy wants to hit me around the head shouting “you hair-splitting, nit-picking git!” for saying that next time I see him, he’ll be quite within his rights.

If it’s out-and-out retro boogie thrills AND NOTHING ELSE you’re after, then, you may not find this quite as satisfying as you hoped. But if you’re happy just with an hour of quality soul-infused non-house bizniss, step right this way.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Andy’s own Peng Records, who you can find here, here and here.

Alek Soltirov – I’m Thinking Of You EP

June 27, 2015 in Singles

Alek Soltirov I'm Thinking Of You EP Different AttitudesMacedonian producer Alek Soltirov makes his Different Attitudes debut with a two-track EP here.

On the A, I’m Thinking Of You is a midtempo groover that’s heavily influenced by the sounds of 80s boogie and jazz-funk, and that sports a sweet female vocal sampled from Veronica’s 1998 R&B hit Someone To Hold. Flip it and you’ll find Step To Me, a lazy, laidback deep houser with chopped-up fem vox and some nice squelcy synth sounds.

Step To Me is cool but it’s I’m Thinking Of You that stands out for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Flash Atkins – The Life & Times

May 27, 2015 in Albums

Flash Atkins The Life & Times Paper RecordingsAnother one that’s been hanging round a week or two, what we have here is the debut album from Paper boss Ben Davis under his ‘Flash Atkins’ superhero alias.

The Life & Times is that most dreaded of musical entities, a concept album – though with only a handful of tracks sporting vocals, you’d easily be forgiven for not noticing! But the album’s track titles are also the chapters in a forthcoming comic book that, I’m told, will reveal the full story of its becaped Mancunian protagonist. There’ll also be a smartphone app and limited edition ale to accompany the release, apparently.

But none of that matters too much right now. What matters is that if druggy, chuggy nu disco and house vibes are your bag you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. A New Kind Of Superhero (feat Aggie Frost on vocals) sounds not a little like Escort, Drug Empire is a slice of boompty sleaze par excellence, Danielle Moore makes an appearance on the suitably (or perhaps just resultingly?) Crazy P-esque Forbidden Flesh, Saved By The Fall and Badger From The North conjure the spirit of early 80s boogie and… well, you get the idea. Paper fans certainly won’t be disappointed, nuff said!

Out: Now

About: Find Paper Recordings here, here and here.

Weedyman – Kanaga’s Revenge

April 4, 2015 in Singles

Weedyman Kanaga's Revenge Paper Recordings“Warped-out sub-tropical house music” is how the hype sheet describes this latest from the legendary Paper Recordings.

Three tracks in a total of four mixes to choose from. BMBJ is up first, an almost slo-mo affair with a druggy, Afro-tinged feel that means it’d play nicely with Desos’s remix of Rosenhaft below, and a decidely old skool-sounding main synth riff. Onda Ondo Anda, up next, is an epic, Detroit-y affair that’d sound right at home in Garnier DJ set. But the standout for yours truly is Feel It, which rocks a very familiar vocal sample from back in the proverbial day, and which is presented in two mixes: the slow n’ sleazy Original which has a definite air of early Chi-town deepness about it, and an ever-so-slightly livelier, boogie-tinged Double Drop Remix from Leon Sweet.

Out: This week

About: Find Paper Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Detroit Swindle – The Punch Drunk EP

March 1, 2015 in Singles

Detroit Swindle Punch Drunk EP Heist RecordingsThe hotly tipped Dutch duo of Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets come with a fine three-tracker on their own Heist Recordings here.

All Right (We’ll Be) is up first, quite a pacey (by today’s standards) houser with strong disco/boogie leanings, coming complete with wukka-wukking geetar and a sweet female vocal straight outta the early 80s. Pursuit, which follows (ha ha), is a more lo-slung ‘n’ groovy affair with liquid-y bass and old skool piano flourishes, while bringing the EP to a close is Heads Down, an aptly named cut that nods both to vintage Chi-town and the more recent Sneak/Carter school of thought.

Three quality tracks that should appeal to the purists and more mainstream floors alike.

Out: This week

About: You can find Heist Recordings, who are based in Amsterdam, here, here and here.

Rishi K – Grey Area

September 7, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K Grey Area Savoir Faire MusiqueActually seems like a little while since TIWWD fave Rishi K made an appearance on this blog but here he is again with a typically high-calibre offering for the ever-excellent Savoir Faire Musique.

In its original form, Grey Area is quite a trad-style deep houser, with a chunky b-line, some great muted chords and a spoken female vocal wittering on about research chemicals. As you do. Remix-wise, Hall North takes us into dubbier, spacier pastures,while Manchester producer Loz Goddard drops the tempo somewhat and brings a little boogie/proto-garage flava to the party, as well as adding a bizarre sing-song male “you feel disgusted” vocal, and a seriously tripped-out extended breakdown in the middle.

The lingering chords and rolling beats of Loz’s mix grabbed me most at first but after a good few listens, this one’s just too close to call as regards a favourite – they’re all good.

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Boogie Vice – Bel Air

September 6, 2014 in Singles

Boogie Vice Bel Air EraseA fun, party-hearty affair to start with tonight…

In its original form, Bel Air fuses nu-boogie and 80s electro/hip-hop elements and tops the lot with the Will Smith rap from the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air theme tune. Flip it over and you’ll find a remix by The Beatangers which takes the track into strutty disco-house territory.

Yes, this record is as daft as they come, and it’d be foolish to pretend otherwise. You can’t help but smile when you hear it though…

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Wasabi’s Erase Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various/Situation – Beach Disco Sessions Vol 5

July 19, 2014 in Albums

Beach Disco Sessions Vol 5 Nang RecordsUK nu-disco outfit Situation step up to compile and mix this latest compilation set from the mighty Nang.

The great and the good of the nu-disco world are definitely conspicuous by their presence here, with Daniele Baldelli, Todd Terje, Prins Thomas, Greg Wilson, Escort, Max Essa, Proper Heat and of course Situation themselves all represented, either with original tracks or on remix duties. Stylistically, expect a heady mix of laidback beach/yacht party vibes and housier, more overtly floor-friendly bizniss – Marshall Jefferson Vs Noosa Heads’ classic Mushrooms even gets a run-out, in Justin Martin Remix form. A surprise inclusion but it kinda works.

For regular Nang buyers, Beach Disco Sessions Vol 5 is perhaps a little too ‘greatest hits’-y to be dubbed truly essential. But it makes for 95 minutes of very pleasant listening all the same, while for newcomers it represents a great snapshot of one of the UK nu-disco scene’s most stalwart labels.

Oh, and speaking of which, they’ve just turned five as well, so happy birthday Nang peeps!

Out: This week

About: Find Nang Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Pablo & Shoey – Puttin’ Some Stank On It

June 22, 2014 in Singles

Pablo & Shoey Puttin' Some Stank On It Paper DiscoWhile Patrick Daniels has been raiding the 90s cupboard for inspiration (see below),  Pablo & Shoey have clearly been looking a decade or so further back while preparing this three-tracker for Paper Disco.

Funk It is up first, an uplifting disco-house jam that blends early 90s Italo pianos with wukka-wukking geetars, handclaps and a decidedly Sylvester-esque vocal. Mr Negro would be proud. Down To The Bone is a slower affair that looks to early 80s electro and boogie for inspiration, complete with scratching and “this beat is so fresh” vox, while closer Big Bass operates in similar territory to Down To The Bone – check out those stabs, which could’ve been lifted right off a Lovebug Starski record.

Three boogie-down productions for sure.

Out: This week

About: Find Paper Disco on Soundcloud for now… their own website is apparently coming soon, in the meantime you can of course find parent label Paper Recordings on Facebook or at their own internet homepage as well.