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Disco - Single Reviews - 536

Singles - Disco - Issue 536




This latest on Matias Aguayo’s Comeme imprint sees label regulars, and some newcomers, sweat it out over an excellent, extended EP release. A potent mix of zesty new wave, proto-house and rebel disco is delivered from the likes of South American producers, DJs Pareja, Ana Helder and Alejandro Paz, whilst accompanied with some new material from Mexico’s Zombies In Miami and Auntie Flo’s Brian De Souza from Glasgow. Another faultlessly curated moment in this label’s catalogue.


'Bring Your Love feat Luke Jenner'


The Frenchman has always surprised with an ever-changing style — from house, to disco to new wave and curious pop — and this new single release continues Joakim’s vital and brilliantly original style. ‘Bring Your Love’ is a collaboration with The Rapture's Luke Jenner, realising new experiments with late '80s-style pop music. If this wasn’t enough, then there are some excellent remixes from the likes of Young Marco, Sam Tiba and Cut Hands’ William Bennett, with a superb Liquid Liquid pastiche.

Tramhed feat Wrenne

'Circles In My Mind'

Z Records

Joey Negro opens the doors of his Z Records label to Tramhed, following ‘Save Me’ on Tronicsole — eking out last year on a rather anonymous-looking, hand-stamped 7”. This time, the Brighton-based producer makes more of a statement with this dreamy nu-disco number, ‘Circles In My Mind’. In its original version, Wrenne’s vocal accompanies a live, Faze Action-style rhythm section, but it’s Joey Negro’s ‘Club’ version that provides a little Def Mix-inspired magic.

Holly Johnson

'Follow Your Heart (Frankie Knuckles Remix)'


Believed to be one of the last productions from the Godfather of House before his passing is this wonderful remix for UK pop stalwart, Holly Johnson. Knuckles’ ‘Director’s Cut’ project was in collaboration with renowned US house producer Eric Kupper, who works his trademark piano/keys arrangement into this house/disco anthem, brimming with positivity from the Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman. Features both vocal and instrumental versions.

Band of Skulls

'Hoochie Koochie (Lindstrøm Remixes)'


Scandinavian disco nobility, Lindstrøm, returns to the console after an almost two-year studio hiatus. Albeit not original material, these buoyant remixes of bluesy rock troupe, Band of Skulls, function quite charmingly. If Russell Marsden’s vocals don’t appeal, then there’s a useful instrumental remix for you which is assisted by a dub-disco mix from Blue Lotus and an alternative from The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Midnight Magic

'Midnight Creepers (Remixes) '

Permanent Vacation

The Brooklyn-based disco/electro crew are back with new remix versions of key tracks from their ‘Midnight Creepers’ album of last year. Session Victim emerge with a skewed version of ‘Same Way I Feel’, twisting in a curious mix of new wave, house and broken beats, whilst Hugh Mane nods back to Marshall Jefferson with a proto-house mix. The highlights are remixes from Blasé and Bell Towers, with an inspired Italo-style disco fix.


'The Rule to Survive - 31st Anniversary (Remixes)'

N.O.I.A. Records

Thirty-one years on and Italo-disco/minimal synth trio, N.O.I.A, reissue an early classic from '83, ‘The Rule to Survive’, equipped with new remixes from the likes of Daniele Baldelli, Kirk Degiorgio, Prins Thomas and The Orb. All the new mixes take the noirish character to new realms — Degiorgio shifting the arpeggios to a retro-futuristic homage to Detroit techno and Baldelli summoning the heady spirit of his Cosmic club — but the previously unreleased instrumental/dub versions are the ones to treasure.

40 Thieves

'The Sandpiper/The Sky Is Yours (Remixes)'


Following recent album material from San Franciscan duo, 40 Thieves, Leng drop a surprise remix single featuring productions from Psychemagik and Phil Mison under his Cantoma guise. One of the standout cuts from ‘The Sky Is Your Yours’ LP gets a whimsical, cosmic disco fix from the always excellent Psychemagik boys, keeping the tempo simmered to 110 BPM. Accompanying, a rare remix appearance from Cantoma renders the title tune into a sweeping, deep house/Balearic vista.