Review: Deliciously care-free, sunny-sided and mildly cosmic: Brooklyn's Aimes delivers yet another pert pop package. "Pleasure Cruise" is a hooky, synth pop jam that will have you singing along before the end of the first play. Imagine Hot Chip on the fluffiest of jags or Sebastien Tellier on the poppiest of flexes and you're kinda close. The vocoder-heavy lolloper "Acid Dreaming", meanwhile, sits somewhere between Air and Jim Noir with its unabashed retro-future charm. The pleasure is ours.
Review: Brian Ellis and Tim Tucker's Birdbone project breathes its first ever breaths with two almighty wallops of synth-slapping boogie funk. "Heart Attack" tickles hard with pre-game mischief and some of the finest keytar solo wriggles you'll hear outside of Chromeo's studio. "Don't Stop" takes us just a touch closer to disco with Prelude-style refrains and a drop so dreamy you'll may need to pack a fresh pair of long-johns. Let's hope Birdbone is a permanent fixture in both artist's lives.
Review: The latest dinked 7" single on Tim Zawada and Ben Van Dyke's essential Star Creature label comes from Diamond Oritz, AKA boogie and '80s soul revivalist Jeremy Diamond-Oritz. While there are many overlooked gems in the producer's back catalogue, there's little as rush inducing as "Make Me Wanna". A slick, soulful song with authentically rubbery and kaleidoscopic '80s soul/boogie production, it sounds like a long lost classic. The breezy, slap bass-wielding instrumental B-side, "Wait Up", is arguably even better. Like the A-side, it boasts some serious good synth action and a groove that you just have to dance to.
Let's Not Start A Fight (Let's Get Down Tonight) (4:40)
Do Me Like That (4:37)
Review: Star Creature continues to thrill and inspire with each successive seven-inch single. The label's latest comes from debutants Family of Geniuses, a seven-piece boogie band from Chicago who back heritage influences with brilliant new songs. You'll find a perfect example on the A-side, where "Let's Not Start a Fight" - a sweet, perfectly-pitched boogie club cut that sounds to us like Escort making original electrofunk - sparkles from start to finish. Over on the flipside they doff a cap to the label's roots, offering up a brilliant cover of E Live's "Do Me Like That", the 2015 bomb that helped put Star Creature on the map.
Review: German combo First Touch can rightfully be considered amongst the top tier of 21st century boogie and electrofunk revivalists. Having previously shined on Omega Supreme, Born to Shine and Neon Finger, the Mannheim crew has now transferred to the brilliant Star Creature imprint. A-side "Toe Jammin" is particularly fresh, featuring as it does a killer combination of thickset synth bass, bustling drum machine rhythms, glassy-eyed '80s soul chords, rising horns and one hell of an extended piano solo. Thrown in all manner of synth doodles and you have an effortlessly brilliant cut. They try their hand at more traditional electrofunk fare on the flip, layering soulful vocal samples and fizzing synth solos over a classic P-funk groove. These won't hang around for long, so buy now to guarantee a copy.
Review: Straight up disco soul from Minneapolis troupe Freakway who - according to legend - are based deep in Tokyo underground disco scene. "Hot Touch" comprises tight musicianship (especially between the bass and drums) with great precision vocals that really shine with articulation and wry humour in a way that's not dissimilar to Cameo. "Ain't Gonna Last" slows the vibe right down with a more soulful boogie touch where full emphasis should be paid to the bass that's fluid and funky enough to make Larry Graham blush. Tight.
Review: Our butts haven't stopped shaking since "Hotmood Volume 4" earlier this year and already the respected Mexican vibe maestro/edit king/groove sculptor Hotmood is teasing us with another sweet disco dispatch. As yet untitled, each of the four cuts sparkle and shimmy with his signature warm flare. From the belting vocal harmonies on "Track 1" to the loose-limbed percussive and wonked-out bassline of "Track 4", Hotmood has cooked up another superlative vibration fest. Start counting down the days...
Review: When it comes to new boogie and synth-soul with an authentic flavour, you can't beat Chicagoan institution Star Creature. Predictably, their latest 7" should be another essential purchase for synthesizer lovers everywhere. It comes from Love's High, a collaborative project helmed by storied Israeli beat-maker Soul Supreme and vocalist Marlon Penn. "Love Generation" is a jaunty and colourful affair, with Penn's sumptuous vocal and hooky trombone motifs rising above waves of synth-bass and glistening electronic melodies. Turn to the flipside and you'll find intergalactic instrumental "Moon Bounce", which fittingly reminded us of Moon B and Dam Funk.