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Disco - Single Reviews - 572

Singles - Disco - Issue 572

Greenspan and Taraval

Greenspan and Taraval


Compelling new electronic music project between Jessy Lanza and Junior Boys producer, Jeremy Greenspan and Text records casual, Taraval aka Ryan Smith. Composing together in their native Canada, the duo scored this sequence of lo-fi, ritual trance music. A synthesis of no-wave, primitive techno forms and krautrock’s propulsive motorik; plus elements of Suicide’s ancestral drones and John Carpenter’s rapidly dilating melodies. But, seriously, above all this, it’s a damn good record. Bang your body to the box.

Mark IV

'Hang Ups'

Cordial Recordings

London-based vinyl emporium, Love Vinyl establishes affiliate label, Cordial Recordings, who open with the first ever issue of two modern soul/disco jams from cult '70s troupe and Mercury records’ regulars, Mark IV. The title track is a breezy, early disco cut, loaded with energy and a healthy side of rousing vocal harmony from the group. Backed with the shuffling demo version, ‘Give Me Just A Little’, this 7” release makes for an essential debut.


'Headwork EP'

House Of Love Vinyl

Summertime sees a busy release schedule from East London’s Love Vinyl store with another release; this time from broken-beat pioneer, Modaji. From the late '90s up until the mid-'00s, Dominic Jacobson was kept busy with releases for the great Laws Of Motion and now, following a several year hiatus (and the deep techno of last year’s ‘Belle Epoque’ single), his ‘Headwork EP’ is here with Metro Area-style electronic disco pulses and old school, dream-house touches. Class.

Nancy Noise

'Kaia/Azizi’s Dance (Feat. Andrew Weatherall remixes)'

Beyond Paradise

Original Shoom DJ and adept of the Ibiza scene, Nancy Noise gets things underway at Beyond Paradise recordings with new remixes of her ‘Kaia’ and ‘Azizi’s Dance’ tunes. Appropriately, Andrew Weatherall offers a couple of mixes that shun the mutant dance beat in favour of two slow-burning dubs, evoking the mood of the White Isle circa ‘89. Label heads, Project Paradise work a fine downtempo version with Leo Mas & Fabrice also tempering the mood.

Joey Negro

'Space Time EP'

Z Records

A selection of tracks that didn’t make the vinyl version of his recent ‘Produced With Love’ compilation are now realised on a DJ-friendly 12” format. It features his excellent Atmosfear/jazz-funk-style tribute ‘Distorting Space Time’ (featuring keyboard wizardry from Kaidi Tatham); stunning disco euphoria that sounds like a Cerrone tune, ‘Dancing Into The Stars’ with help from the Horse Meat Disco boys and a Black Loops remix of ‘Won’t Let Go’ with a vocal from original diva, Linda Clifford.

Moderna Y Theus Mago

'Tecno Misogino (inc Sebastian Voigt and Bufi remixes)'

La Dame Noir

French label, La Dame Noir is back after a brief pause with material from Moderna Y Theus Mago (last heard on their release for Chloé’s Lumiere Noire series). The duo, made up of Duro records co-founder, Mateo González aka Theus Mago and US based performer, Moderna are making their mark in EBM, minimal synth and new wave circles, with ‘Tecno Misogino’ affirming so. Icy cool, these noir club tracks are complete with remixes from Berlin producer, Sebastian Voigt and González under his Bufi guise.

Leonidas & Hobbes

'The Rags Of Time EP'

Hobbes Music

The eighth release on the label sees the duo return once again; a homage to the White Isle and heady, post-club culture with an EP of mid-tempo, electronic dubs and exotic, spaced-out disco. Getting huge support from the regulars (The Revenge, Bill Brewster, Tim Sweeney, Phil Mison et al), ‘The Rags Of Time’ is an ably produced release that shines with moments of brilliance (check the rousing strings of ‘Web Of Intrigue’) and fluff-free dancefloor functionality.