Balearic Social – Mushrooms Project [BSR007]

Balearic Social really have built up a reputation with consistently excellent releases that run like water. It was only a matter of time before downtempo psych masters Mushrooms Project made it onto the imprint, and it’s as lucidly head-spinning as you’d expect.

Emerge, sun-dazed, from the baking humidity of Motolani into the Chillin’Dretti night, where vagabonds wander the steppes in search of little circle-shaped relief. Truly as balearic as you could want.

BSR007 will be out in late 2017. It might be tricky to find online- ask your record dealer. You can keep up to date with Balearic Social on Facebook

Common Edits 012 [CE-012]

Common Edits are a label from Canada entirely dedicated to the art of the edit. As the name suggests, they only release edits, and every time they do, they throw a massive party.

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If you find yourself in Edmonton, Canada this October, there’s a definite party going down.

As A1, ‘How About’, shows, Common edits goes beyond the standard chop and smash usually needed to constitute an edit these days. It’s an electro-boogie beast that flits around the room in an orange burning light, but never veers off track.

Eddie C, known for his Latin-themed work on labels like Barefoot Beats, stays true to his style and delivers an airy,  downtempo rework of some tasteful Brazilian jazz ballad.

‘Space Up Your Life’ is swirling New York disco-funk with all the slap bass and filter fun you could want on one quarter of a 12” plastic disc.

One can only imagine where ‘Sunny Days in The Chocolate Factory’ came from- it reminds me of Disco Halal’s Brazilian outings, dark, pulsating undercurrents somehow meshing with breezy, tripped out guitars. At some points you could even be on Kraftwerk’s Autobahn- like being thrown out into the atmosphere, disengaged completely yet fixated on a single star while the slow mass of existence moves around it. The 45turns tip.

These Common edits tend not to be so common, so get it from your local vinyl dealer, record shop or online outlet ASAP. 

Nu Guinea – Amore (Ng Records)

Nu Guinea’s Tony Allen remix album from last year has just left the turntable, so it’s lucky that they’re putting out a jazzy little 7” this week on their new record label.

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‘Amore’ is the one song on this single-sided disc. Apparently, the only copy before now was a privately pressed wedding present. It would have been a real shame to keep it that way (but still a great present).

‘Amore’ is a tribute to love that winks cheekily through the trees on a tropical beach, puts you on your tiptoes and leaves you hanging there feeling light, lazy and free. A woozy disco/jazz/funk killer, ready to be deployed with equal traction by the pool or on the discerning dancefloor.

Amore is available now, limited to 350 copies. You might find it at Phonica


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Jaz – Geisha (Passport To Paradise)

Our good friends at Passport to Paradise continue their winning streak with an exclusive release from man of the cloth, digger extraordinaire, John Zahl / Jaz. If you’ve seen his video for Thump, you’ll know that Jaz and his works are weird, wrong and wonderful: in a word, the ethos of PTP is alive and kicking in this release.

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First up, Geisha chugs along in the cosmic dust of 80s synth assortments and flourishes of koto. Scatter-brained brilliance from the deepest of Osaka basements. A2, Move to the Beach, heralds a sleeker, sleazier side to Jaz’s episcopal offering. It builds itself out from a latent groove that ushers in the end of the night, carrying you to the empty seafront just before dawn, where a breeze ruffles the palm trees as you dig your eyes into the moon.

Turning the page, we have a rework from the same post-Kraftwerk heritage, but this one is more potent synthpop roller, a straight-up, no frills edit for the toughest of dance floors. The final track, Twin Theory, is a lofty affair from the outset, its arpeggiated bass holding the track to ransom: it is playful yet very serious, sublime and sarcastic. This is what PTP are bringing to your homes and dancefloors.

Check out Geisha over at Juno, where you’ll find the rest of PTP’s excellent releases.

Lost Propert Edits Volume 4

The mysterious Lost Property imprint returns for another round of enigmatic disco edits.

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‘Ganu Ganu’ is a sweeping, swirling belter of a track that chugs along with dizzying industrial intensity. Perfect for midnight temperature rising . A2, ‘Financial Times Dub’, pulls back a little for a smooth, sunny disco-funk escapade.

‘Don’t Come Runnin’, on the flip, has that rising bassline stomp characteristic of the Lost Property edits. It’s flecked with jazz sensibilities and a female soul vocal track. The last track, ‘Princess of Persia’, is a straight-up headmash conga brass party with a Middle Eastern vibe – the 45turns tip.

Overall, a serious set of edits from a consistently solid imprint, which may or may not be PBR Streetgang in disguise.

They don’t have a website, but you can order Lost Property Volume 4 at Juno.

Les Yeux Orange – Togosava (Good Plus)

The two releases so far on Les Yeux Orange’s Good Plus imprint have proved as evasive as they are killer. This month, Good Plus have resurfaced for the second time this year with ‘Togosava’, three characteristically killer afrodisco edits.

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‘Avidio’, spanning the entire A-side, is an atmospheric mid-tempo disco chugger with a swinging groove. It’s really nice, but the flip side is where the action is.

‘Yanga Mbiwaa’ is a lurching afrodisco monster that rises up with West African chants and juicy bass before throwing you off the trail with dissonant guitar, double-stops and key changes, making it all the sweeter when it does lock in to the groove.

‘Autoradio’, spins you around the eternal ephemeral, a hurricane of formalities, where bright alto sax ponders the point of going, moving, introducing and asking..It’s dark, decadent and bouncy, and the 45turns favourite. Listen to it below.

You might be able to buy Togosava on Les Yeux Orange’s Bandcamp page, if you keep your eyes peeled.

DISCO EDITS: SHMLL – OYE Edits 05 (OYE Records)

Berlin-based duo SHMLL serve up four sweet space-tastic disco cuts for the fifth editon of OYE Edits.

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Having previously put out left-of-centre releases from the likes of Jonny Rock and DJ Uffe, the fifth 12″ in the edition stays true to the OYE formula – or lack of it. A whacked out synth-guitar mutant screams to the heavens above a juicy locked groove on ‘Andong’, and ‘Arnis’ brings the dark Middle Eastern vibes to the fore in a semitonic work-out that wouldn’t be amiss on Disco Halal.

 

The flip side is full of spacey percussive headmashery for restless feet and half-open eyes, a tribal call and response to mirror your inner circuit trip into discoid overload.

Disclaimer: nobody knows where this source material came from. It may not exist in any knowable form.

Get OYE Edits 06 now at OYE Records or any decent purveyor of vinyl. 


For more international feel disco edits, check out the Korean cuts on Jongno Edits Vol. 5.