Various – Nang The Array Vol 6

April 20, 2015 in Singles

The Array Vol 6 NangYes, it’s time for another The Array compilation from Nang Records…

Given that this is Volume 6, and given Nang is definitely a label that’s got quite a defined sound, most of you should have a pretty good idea what to expect by now. But for anyone that’s just wandered in, spangly nu-disco that borrows heavily from early 80s synth-pop is the over-riding musical theme here. As with previous volumes, there’s a mixture of familiar names (Proper Heat, Venice Beach, Egotrya, Ichisan & Nakova) and newcomers, and even if the constant shimmering Italo synths do get a little wearing when consumed whole, there’s plenty here to keep nu-disco jocks in dancefloor ammunition for the next little while…

Out: Now

About: Find Nang Records here, here and here.

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.

Proper Heat – Just A Little Bit

January 21, 2012 in Singles

Nang are describing this one as ‘disco house’, but you could just as readily file it under ‘nu-disco’ and I don’t think too many people would argue with you.

Well, the Original Mix you could anyway. The Club Mix is a little more overtly house-ified, with a distinct nod to 80s groove/boogie in some of the sounds used as well. The Joe Morris Remix then takes us on a slightly more laidback, headnoddin’ kinda ride, while the Polar Rundfunk Remix is a slightly deeper take sitting on the deep house/nu-disco borders.
Nang seldom disappoint on the disco tip; this is no exception. I do wish they’d include the sleeve art in their promo downloads though, it’d make us poor bloggers’ lives that much easier…
Out: This week
About: You surely where to find Nang Records online by now, so having given you the link just in case I’ll move on to telling you that Proper Heat are the Lithuanian threesome of Martin Virgin, Saxtone and Karolis Ramoska. We’re told to expect an album sometime this year and on this evidence, it’ll be one to look out for.

Proper Heat – We Are Ready EP

December 19, 2010 in Singles

Okay, I’m giving up all hope of any sort of genre-based consistency here, as we take a leap from the loopy techno of Lutzenkirchen (below) straight into the nu-disco vibes of Proper Heat, an outfit from Lithuania headed by Martin Virgin. Good job he’s from Lithuania, really. A name like that would have been a serious liability at any English school.

But seriously, folks… this is a pretty cool EP, especially if you like your nu disco from that floaty, proggy and somewhat epic end of the spectrum where you suspect it secretly wants to be the middle bit from The Man With The Red Face. The rather ’80s-sounding vocal isn’t really my cup of tea but lots of you don’t seem to mind that sort of thing, and it’s easy to imagine this going down well with fans of Trentemøller, Lindstromm and other Scandolearic faves.

In total there are four mixes of We Are Ready itself – of which I personally would plump for the Max Essa Disco Dub – plus bonus cut Dance Above, which is a bit less floaty, a bit more funky, and all the better for it.

Out: This week

About: This is on Nang Records, who of course have had TONS of love on this blog so here’s their website and let’s move on…