Review: So far we've yet to hear a duff track or release from Flamingo Pier, a hybrid Anglo-Kiwi crew whose vibrant and colourful music combines a plethora of musical influences in pursuit of disco-fired dancefloor gold. There's tons of goodness to be found throughout their latest collection of cuts, from the drowsy, Holy Ghost style deep disco warmth of opener "Tripping Up", to the sprightly '80s electrofunk brilliance of "Boogie Meltdown". Sandwiched in between you'll find two more heaters: the kaleidoscopic, synth-heavy nu-disco cheeriness of "Indigo" and "Jungle Groove", a tight and throbbing proto-house number that sounds like the missing link between Paul Simpson and Escort.
Review: Expert reissue label Soundway look to 1980s Trinidad & Tobago for their latest rare gem. Two cuts of "Parang" - a sort of South American folk music originated from Venezuelan and Colombian immigrants and later infused with Caribbean rhythms, disco and soca vibes. As such both tunes are impossibly sunny, uplifting and loose groovers that will work dance floors into a spin at any time of year. Colleen Grant's take on the style is driven by a neat funk baseline coupled with her glorious vocals, while Sandra Hamilton's is more down and dirty with rump wiggling drums.
Review: Soundway's latest cross-cultural missive is the result of a one-off 2018 studio session in Marrakech involving Belgrade-based Tapan - an act known for pushing a particularly dystopian take on techno and industrial music - and "electrified desert blues" group Generation Taragalte. It would be fair to say that the resultant music is thrillingly unique. Opener "Jbit Aala Khiam" is particularly impressive, with Generation Taragalte's psychedelic guitars, vocals and percussion rising above Tapan's pulsing, droning electronics over 11 mesmerising minutes. The squally saxophones, up-tempo rhythms, moody aural textures and chanted vocals of "Aha Yazine Kaymaltou" also make a big impression, as does the spaced-out Saharan psychedelia of "Hyatti". If it's fiendish fuzziness you're after, the EP's closing cut has that covered, too.
Roger Bain - "Stand Up & Rock Your Body" (instrumental)
D Ivan - "Fire" (extended dub edit)
Bill Campbell - "Body Beat"
Brother Resistance - "Move It" (version)
Adonijah - "It's Alright"
Peter Britto - "I Want Your Love"
Juno D - "Hotter & Hotter" (dub edit)
Colin Jackman - "D'Jab Jab Dance" (Bad Lad mix)
Levi John - "SOCA"
Spiking - "Liberation Train"
Mohjah - "Zion Gates" (dub)
Andre Tanker - "Wild Indian Band"
Touch - "Touch Music" (edit)
D' Rebel Band - "Solid"
The Millers - "Last Days"
Chocolate Affaire - "Jump To Calypso"
Review: The mighty Soundway Records label head Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey turn their expert digging and curatorial skills to the Soca Dub & Electronic Calypso sounds of 1979 to 1998 on this bumper new triple pack. The 17 tracks touch on obscurities, instrumentals and dubs, vocal edits and all manner of roots, boogie, reggae, house, soul and disco gems. It makes for a never less than heart swelling collection that bring immediate sunshine to even the most rainy, cold days in the north of England. Highlights are plentiful, but our picks of the bunch are Bill Campbell's "Body Beat" which does exactly what it says on the tin, Adonijah's disco stomper ("It's Alright") and Levi John's "Soca", a lo-fi oddity with brilliantly loose drum work.