Various – We Are Five

December 19, 2014 in Albums

We Are 5 Nang RecordsCongratulations to nu-disco dons Nang Records on reaching their 5th birthday! To celebrate, they’ve released this 13-track compilation featuring some old faves, and some lesser known gems, from their back catalogue.

Now, what with Nang being five, and what with all of these tracks being out before, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect here… spangly disco vibes drawing heavily on early 80s Italo for inspiration are the order of the day pretty much all round, brought to by label faves like Situation, Sare Havlicek and Sportloto. Hiem & Roots Manuva’s DJ Culture is one gem you might have forgotten about, Lindstrøm makes an appearance with the excellent Paaskelyd, as remixed by fellow scene legend Bottin, while Sare’s White Russian remains a personal fave with this reviewer. But the standout for yours truly here is actually Tinpong’s New Religion, a track I reviewed four years ago but had completely forgotten about. It’s a killer… so very glad they chose to include that, and not Magic Fly for the 113th time!

Anyway, happy birthday Nang peeps… here’s to five more years. Damn it, have six.

Out: This week

About: You can 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.

Situation – Visions

November 17, 2013 in Singles

Situation Visions No Static RecordingsiOne for the nu/cosmic disco fans here…

Five mixes to choose from. The Original a Balearic-ish affair, with Italo synths, a sweet and quite poppy female vocal and just the tiniest hint of acid. Vampire Disco’s brace of remixes bring the vocal further to the fore, while nu-disco fave Ilya Santana goes for a more laidback, druggy kinda feel. But it’s Bitter Suite’s dreamy lounge mix that’s doing it best for me, wherein Visions is transformed a proper blissed-out gem…

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by No Static Recordings, who you can find on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Situation – Midnight

November 24, 2012 in Singles

Situation Midnight United Recordings

Our fourth and final S is for… Situation, a Welsh collective who’ve previously appeared on Nang, among others.

There are four mixes of Midnight itself, plus bonus cut Feel Like A Queen. In its Original form, the title track is a sumptuous and garage-y deep house groover featuring a jazz-tinged vocal from one Lauren Rimmell, space-y synths/FX and some light flecks of Spanish guitar. Remix-wise there’s an accompanying instrumental, Griffin gives us a more tripped-out pass that flirts with broken beats, while Space Coast (them again! see below) deliver an outstanding Dub for those more jacking, afterhours moments.

Feel Like A Queen, meanwhile, is classic-style jazzy, soulful house that will delight fans of Fred Everything, Ralf Gum, Matty Heilbronn, King Street etc. Oh, and Ms Rimmer doesn’t half sound like Latrice Burnett on this one as well. So that’s me sold, then.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Dutch label United Recordings, who can also be found on Facebook.