Review: Skylax offshoot Cosmic Club disregard any superstitious notions on this 13th release, welcoming rising Italian producer and DJ Joe Drive into the fold with the supreme four track Cosmogony EP. Drive has made an impression at Juno HQ with previous transmissions on Lux Rec, Hot Mix and Mathematics Drive, most notably for his approach to crafting house that's grounded in distinct atmospheric hues, and that much is very evident on the opening track "1997" and flipside accompaniment "Nut". Alongside this, "Black Shades" is a wondrous pitched down techno number whose melodic finesse will surely sound best on a big booming rig, while "Maat" goes deep on the cosmic Rhodes vibe and wouldn't sound out of place on Mahogani.
Electra - "Are You Automatic" (Cosmic Club Mastercuts)
Sphinx - "Collision" (1982 remix)
Automat - "The Rise, The Advance, The Genius" (original 1978)
Review: Cosmic Club is focused on releasing original obscure dance classics. For this 4th release, there are 3 rare tracks again.
First, Electra's 'Are You Automatic' is a pure cosmic Italo-disco gem, very rare to find and sought after, with the cosmic
club mastercuts treatment on top of it, easy to drop & play in any DJ set. 2nd, there's Sphinx's 'Collision' (remixed) an atomic
dance Italo-disco electro track from 1982 which has been compiled in the last 'Panama Racing DJ Mix'. This remixed version
is also from 1982 by the way. The third track is by Automat, called 'The Rise, The Advance, The Genius' from 1978. Tip.
Review: Given his impressive track record - a plethora of must-have 12" singles on Mathematics, Bunker and Abstract Acid, and last year's brilliant Black Purkee LP on Solar One Music - you'd expect this latest expansive 12" from German analogue explorer Andreas Gehm to be pretty darn irresistible. Predictably, it is. Voodoo Wolf features a sextet of stripped-back machine jams, which range from the spooky acid house of "Warming To The Galaxy" and ragging, Steve Poindexter-meets-Phuture wildness of "If I Was", to the riotous, Dancemania-ish ghetto-house revelry of "Clap Your Hands" and the Larry Heard-ish melancholia of "77-88".
Review: Skylax Records impresario Hardrock Striker unveils the tenth release on his Cosmic Club offshoot with perhaps the most impressive contributions to date, presenting a neat slant on styles that fully represents the sonic ethos of the affiliated club night in Paris overseen by Monsieur Striker. It's always a pleasure to see a new original production from Walter Jones, and his contribution here proves to be the New Orleans based producer at his best. Staying true to its title, "Seven Minutes Of Disco" is a glorious excursion through the finer points of contemporary disco production, all glistening synth lines, heavy usage of cowbell, a thick groove of expertly layered drums and low bass all topped off with infectious organ noodlings. The latest offering from Italian duo The Love Supreme which follows proves to be just as impressive, though inherently much more unhinged rhythmically. "Barbatrick" is characterised by shuffling live drums and a disjointed groove concocted of ascendant synth nudges, delightfully dirty smudged bass and typically schizophrenic arpeggiated stabs. On the flip, "Lost In Space" sees veteran Danish producer Peter Visti deliver a slice of shuffling modern uptempo Balearica that bristles with undercurrents of outer galactic sonics worthy of its title. It is however somewhat overshadowed by the final track here from the Ukraine's biggest Legowelt fan, Renkas. "Where Is The Ocean" is a hauntingly oddball melding of the vintage Dutch electro pioneered by the likes of the aforementioned Danny Wolfers, and the rough synth dramatics of mainland European Cold Wave.
Review: Thankfully the only questionable aspect of the 11th release from Skylax's Cosmic Club series is the name Rimshooters. See past that and this EP contains some supreme body music fit for full flex in the discotheque, which is what you'd expect when the ever excellent Massimiliano Pagliara is involved. Fresh from an excellent album for Live At Bob Johnson's, the Berlin residing Italian teams up with Brazilian neighbour Rotciv, and the duo set their stall out with the brash "All I Need". Containing all the elements required for a modern day jacker - big drums, gloopy bass hits, squiggling acid lines, yelping diva vocal hooks and emotive flourishes, the track glides across the A Side with aplomb. Flip over and "Night Vision" is the duo on rowdier form, building the tension with a taut warehouse groove before dropping in some sampled vibes and energising rhythms, whilst "I Beg You" focuses on the acid drum machine drama.