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Disco - Single Reviews - 529

Singles - Disco - Issue 529

Whadda You Want

'Candi Staton'

React

7.5
Candi Staton's end-of-millenium soul/gospel anthem gets a revamped and reinvigorated re- release, backed with a host of new remixes. Appearing originally on her 'Outside In' album of '99, this K-Klass-produced highlight now gets the Balearic touch from the likes of Max Essa, James Bright and original producers, K-Klass. All mixes stay comfortably risk- free, but soaring piano hooks beneath her wonderful vocal make for a spirited release.

Ruckus Roboticus feat Lady Tigra

'Come Alive'

Mr Kim's Records

8.0
Disco-rap/electro-funk with an old school touch gets a remix job from Chicago house legend K-Alexi and a piano-house overhaul from Adapt Or Die.

The Whole Truth

'Gimme Your Love'

The Whole Truth

9.0
New project from The Whole Truth who slip this unassumingly-titled nugget into the stores; then just sit back and watch a buzz grow around them. It's a brilliantly produced homage to slick '80s boogie with thick, viscous bass, zapping D-Train-style synth touches and a real soul vocal delivery from Errol Bellot. Andif you want even more than this, there's a killer, weighty dub version waiting for you on the B-side.

Brassica

'Hayat Zor'

Civil Music

10
Brassica lands a sucker punch of a release for Civil Music that lands right between the eyes. One of the most underrated producers out there, this EP, following 'Temple Fortune', sets him up for a very anticipated album release that I can't wait to hear. With a near-perfect command of melody and arrangement, the music on 'Hayat Zor' moves between disco shades ('Least I Know Why' and 'Smoulders') toBrassica lands a sucker punch of a release for Civil Music that lands right betweenthe eyes. One of the most underrated producers out there, this EP, following 'Temple Fortune', sets him up for a very anticipated album release that I can't wait to hear. With a near-perfect command of melody and arrangement, the music on 'Hayat Zor' moves between disco shades ('Least I Know Why' and 'Smoulders') toan oddball metal/electro crossover on the superb Maiden-referencing 'Ancient Mariner'. And if this is not enough, two remixes from Gavin Russom and Petrels round things off nicely. Go get. an oddball metal/electro crossover on the superb Maiden-referencing 'Ancient Mariner'. And if this is not enough, two remixes from Gavin Russom and Petrels round things off nicely. Go get.

RAC feat Kele & MNDR

'Let Go (Holy Ghost! Remix)'

Virgin EMI

8.5
We previously heard Krystal Klear tackle RAC's sharp disco-pop, now it's time for DFA's Holy Ghost! who land one of their biggest-sounding productions to date.

David Bowie

'Love Is Lost (James Murphy Remix)'

Columbia

9.5
James Murphy, of the lamented LCD Soundsystem, has been busy darker regions of the cosmic disco oeuvre — gets a refreshing overhaul from Scandisco hero, Prins Thomas. A tougher electronic boogie thickens up the original bassline and harder drums, and a tempo that's notched up makes for a sure-fire, heady dancefloor experience.

Richard Sen/Scott Fraser

'Night Navigator/Ask Your Control'

[Emotional] Especial

10
A perfectly curated single project that sees two producers of similar musical heritage get to work on each other's tunes; Scott Fraser tackling 'Night Navigation' and Richard Sen on 'Ask Your Control'. Both yield the results that you might expect; opting for a slow, opiated tempo that's become quite signature in their recent productions. Fraser buffs up a murky, acid dub, with a Don Carlos-style piano hook and early '90s prog-house touches, while Sen drops a double-jointed, minimal-wave fix. Stellar.

Villa

'Partyfine EP6'

Partyfine

7.5
Another solid pop/ disco hybrid from Villa equipped with a set of remixes from the likes of Mighty Mouse, Borussia and Ostend.

Skream

'Rollercoaster (Dimitri From Paris Remix)'

Rinse/Tempa

8.5
Dimitri takes us back to the polished floors of a late '70s discotheque with this killer remix. Loaded with Levan-style production touches and choppy, Chic-inspired licks.

Röyksopp

'Running To The Sea (Remixes)'

Wall Of Sound

7.5
The Norwegian duo return with their first new single since 2011 featuring siren Susanne Sundfør. This gleaming pop number is prepped for the clubs via remixes from Villa, Pachanga Boys and Late Night Tough Guy. First up, hippie-dancers Rebolledo and Superpitcher as Pachanga Boys switch the track up with their signature disco-trance sound into an epic 13-minute version; whereas Late Night Tough Guy offers a tougher acid fix, and Villa focus on a much dreamier mix.

Komon & Appleblim

'Silencio (Prins Thomas Remiks)'

Pipped

8.5
Mainstay in the bass/techno scene, Appleblim, steers a new direction with this debut release on his Pipped label. Released earlier in the year, 'Silencio' — the duo's slo-mo trip into the darker regions of the cosmic disco oeuvre — gets a refreshing overhaul from Scandisco hero, Prins Thomas. A tougher electronic boogie thickens up the original bassline and harder drums, and a tempo that's notched up makes for a sure-fire, heady dancefloor experience.

David Shaw And The Beat

'So It Goes (the Dance Versions)'

Her Majesty's Ship

8.5
A label now established in the genres of new wave and disco- not-disco, Her Majesty's Ship continues to till her interest with five new remixes of 'So It Goes' by David Shaw. Batting first, Correspondent label boss Jennifer Cardini remixes 'Sentiment Acide' into a heady, minimal synth version, whilst Dombrance flexes production muscle with a hypnotic take on 'No More White Horses'. Elsewhere, The Access offers a skewed proto-techno mix and Demian Rouge includes a raw, punk-funk version.