Review: This 7" double-header delves into the vast vaults of Bobby Orlando, a prolific New York producer whose muscular mutations of electro, Italo-disco, freestyle and Hi-NRG were popular in gay clubs around the globe. He specialized in "concept groups" - made-up acts fronted by session singers who were hired in to front the tracks he produced. Two of these concept acts are showcased here. On the A-side you'll find "Yum Yum (Eat 'Em Up)" by The Beat Box Boys, a stripped-back and slightly silly - but undeniably fun - electro workout from 1985. On the B-side you'll find an edited version of the Latin Rascals dub of fine 1985 freestyle cut "Set Me Free", which was credited to Teen Rock and bears some similarities to Orlando's early productions for the Pet Shop Boys.
Review: With the praise for his fine "653 Miles" EP on Church still ringing in his ears, Fred Shepherd AKA No Moon returns to X-Kalay for the first time in three years. He hits the ground running with the squelchy, acid-fired electro bounce of "Programmed Reality", before heading towards deep space via the deliciously percussive, bass-heavy and alien-sounding thrills of the equally acid-laden "Aoe Rushin". Over on side B, Adam Pits re-imagines that track as a fierce slab of bassline-driven breakbeat sleaze (honestly, it's properly raw and wild), while "Set Phases To Stun" is a deliciously deep, sunrise-ready affair that explores similar sonic territory to blissful Orbital classic "Belfast".
Review: Shedbug's slow but steady rise continues via an EP that's as thrilling and action-packed as a narcotics-fuelled weekend with a platoon of free party lunatics. There's a distinctively psychedelic feel to the retro-futurist club cuts on show, with bombastic opener "Aciidmuzik" - all effervescent hardcore style breakeat, psy-trance acid lines and fizzing electronics - being quickly followed by the hallucinatory ambient techno shuffle of "One Day Later". His devotion to the more LSD-inspired aspects of early '90s electronic music continues on the flip, where the exotic vocal samples, trippy electronic motifs and glassy-eyed melodies of breakbeat shuffler "Rubber" come paired with the sunrise-friendly bliss of the EP's most loved-up track, "There's Hope For You Yet".