Review: Last year Michele Manzo released the stunning "Lonely Horizon" LP on Inner Ocean, presenting a widescreen vision of his take on contemporary boogie, funk and disco. On this new 12" for Angis Music he's got the club squarely in his sights, not least on lead track "Burning Chrome". From the driving pulse of the rhythm section to the effervescent melodic content on top, it's a beautifully executed exercise in soul-stirring deep house with a disco tint. "Chiba City Park" has a more stripped back, jazz-licked vibe shot through with techno soul synth play, and "Nebula's Grace" takes things slow and low for a sumptuous chill out room trip.
Review: Demuja's bright and breezy house confections have been doing the business for a long time now, keeping hearts warm and bodies bouncing on labels like Freerange, Madhouse, Skylax and his own MUJA. Following last year's "Hidden Paradise" LP, he's on his home turf once again with this fulsome six tracker which seems primed to embrace the coming of sunnier days. From the hand-waving joy of "Space Seduction" to the cosmic acid robo-disco of "Celestial Strings" and beyond, there's enough happiness packed into these six tracks to melt even the moodiest of club kids' nonchalant frowns.
Review: When it comes to exotic, off-kilter edits, you'll struggle to find a stronger series than Jonny Rock's Disco Hamam. This fifth volume is every bit as essential as its predecessors. Beards In Dust claims the A-side with "At The Dawn", a tidy revision of a druggy and "chuggy" version of a blue-eyed psychedelic funk-rock roller that comes complete with some serious sing-along sections. The heady world of Turkish music - a constant source of inspiration at the Disco Hamam HQ - comes to the fore on the B-side. Tales Of Voodoo's "Sharky" is a deliciously percussive, dancefloor-friendly fusion of Middle Eastern exoticism, funk-rock guitars and heavy disco percussion, while Esen Gunduz's "Deve Gucu" is an even sweatier, Italo Disco-era stomper that sounds like something you'd have heard in Istanbul clubs circa 1985.