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Disco - Single Reviews - 603

Singles - Disco - Issue 603

Andrew Weatherall

Pamela #1

Pamela Records

Diesel and Dave Jarvis’ unstoppable Moton Records, of over 20 years' standing (and home to a number of essential re-edits from the likes of DJ Harvey, Red Greg, Ashley Beedle, Greg Belson and more) forms its sister label Pamela Records, with an initial release from death disco ambassador, Andrew Weatherall. With studio partner, producer and 'Sabrette' Nina Walsh, ‘Pamela #1’ keeps the tempo at a mood-setting crawl throughout, dipping into acid, new wave and some brilliant, oddball, synth-pop instrumentals.

Love Will Say No

'Adults Keep Silence'

Last Days Of Disco

Solo material from Fare Soldi’s​ Luca Carnifull, channelling a raw underground disco sound via his new Love Will Say No guise. Brash, fun and brilliantly produced, ‘Love Will Say No’ delivers the goods with the big room, filtered-disco juggernaut ‘You Still Owe Me A Kiss’ and the trippy disco-trance stepper ‘And That’s Why We Forget’. Separated by some slightly incongruous ambient pieces, this release carries a lot of weight with the brilliant, party-starting, dancefloor cuts alone. Ace.

Various Artists

'Diamonds In The Night'

Bordello A Parigi

Outrageously good Italo disco tribute via one of those buy-on-sight labels, Bordello A Parigi. Four tunes, starting with a contribution from The Hacker, who roughs up the Italo blueprint with woozy synths, but keeps the heartbreaking mood intact. Discobeton offers up a mid-period (‘85) style homage with bouncy keys, keeping a standard of authenticity with accurate old school drum sounds; as does a particularly traditional-sounding contribution from Parisian, Voiron. The highlight, however, is Armonics’ soaring cut ‘Universal Oneness’, with some brilliantly detailed, classic era Italo disco appreciation.

Captain Mustache

'Mentally Naked EP'

My Favorite Robot Records

Following on from working with the likes of The Advent and Adamski, French producer Captain Mustache gets busy with his ‘Mentally Naked EP’. Continuing the collaborative theme, the title track sees a partnership with electro-clash stars Chicks On Speed: a cool new wave/proto house number with a deadpan vocal delivery. International Deejay Gigolo’s Romina Cohn makes an appearance on the spacey techno of 'Besame Esta Noche', as house original Mateo Murphy strips ‘Mentally Naked’ to a simple EBM throb on both his remix and dub versions.

Italo Brutalo

'Paradiso Analogico'

Bungalo Disco

For Italo Brutalo’s new label venture, the producer calls upon some of the key figures in the contemporary disco scene to remix his latest ‘Paradiso Analogico’ single. Nu disco hero Ilya Santana turns up with the mid-tempo, cosmic vibe, along with some '80s dance vibes from Slow Motion Records head, Franz Scala. Next to the propulsive original version, Heartbreak’s keyboard man Ali Renault boots up his tough, Den Haag style remix.

Kit Sebastian


Mr Bongo

The duo brought their funky, psyche-rock/pop revival via Mr Bongo last year to rapturous praise; their album ‘Mantra Moderne’ is a dreamy brew of Brazilian Tropicalia and Anatolian folk/rock. From the LP, this new single brings in remixes from the likes of Baris K, Natureboy Flako, and a collaborative version from Halal Cool J. Turkish disco producer Baris K (who was responsible for a set of essential edits on the first Disco Hamam release) leads with his leftfield club mix, next to Halal Cool J’s breakbeat production and a wild, disco funk version from Five Easy Pieces’ Natureboy Flako.


'You Got Something Special (inc. Dr Packer & KON Remixes)'


Boogie gem from 1982, produced by the prolific NYC legend Carl Sturken and given a characteristic vocal delivery from the great Cindy Mazelle (who currently is part of the driving force behind Louie Vega’s Elements Of Life project). Unmistakably the sound of early '80s New York, this Glitterbox reissue packs a pair of new remixes/edits from current leaders of the contemporary disco mix, Dr Packer and KON. Undertaking this kind of task is no mean feat, but the pair make their splices and adjustments in all the right places.


'Y’Miss Me Baby?'


Detroit Swindle’s Heist label releases a strong EP from Nebraska, who juggles Moodymann and Zapp on these smudged disco funk tracks. Big crossover potential with the house jocks, particularly on the erratic, filtered disco bruiser ‘Dip And Flip’ and the looping ‘Xiao Long Bao’, but the rubbery bump of the title track, with its Troutman-esque vocoder, stands out, with a giddy, dubbier remix courtesy of Italian DJ and producer Giovanni Damico. More bounce to the ounce!