Storm Queen – It Goes On (Enivron, 2011)

Morgan Geist needs no introduction. The man has been making dance music to the highest standard for longer than i’ve been able to tie laces and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Whether working as half of Metro Area or under his various solo aliases he always brings deep and organic sounding music, retro influenced but forward facing, touching on the 80s sounds of boogie, italo, early house and techno, but always sounding fresh, original and unmistakably his own. In December last year he snuck out a very late contender that wiped the floor with the track of the year competition under the alias of Storm Queen. That track, ‘Look Right Through’ has barely been out of the box over the last 12 months and is due a rerelease on D******D (I won’t say that word) with remixes from Aeroplane, Dimitri from Paris, Art Department and Jamie Jones. So if you’re new to the track, get there quickly, it’s about to jump the shark. Thankfully, as a saviour of the underground, Morgan has seen fit to release another powerhouse in time for this year’s party season.

‘It Goes On’ repeats the trick so wonderfully pulled off in ‘Look Right Through’. He has taken what is in essence a melancholy ballad and styled it as a house track with the late 80s/early 90s aesthetic. Inside the ecstatic body moving rhythm of these tracks, hidden within the exceptional synths and flawless production lie real songs, about heartbreak, longing and resilience. This time round things are less straight forward, the track is less immediate, the progressions less classic which usually means its power will be more lasting. Things begin with a handclap, always a good start, and the key melody of a descending bassline. Things are very minor key, Damon C. Scott (returning on vocal duties) starts to tell us a tale of loss as Morgan’s synths weave their magic, and finally we’re paid off with an uplifting chorus and the hands are in the air. The highlight of the track is the detuned warped synths that follow the first chorus. Inventive, interesting and forward moving electronic music that will pack every floor it’s unleashed on.

You can find both Storm Queen records on vinyl at the Environ Shop and listen to the vocal mix of this gem below.

MAY68 – White Lies (Tape Warm Remix) (2011)

Life is something special, here we have an exclusive to get you moving for the week . Manchester’s finest electro-disco-post-punk-pop party starters MAY68 have enlisted the talents of Discofutura favourites Tape Warm to add some of their magic to their latest single ‘White Lies’. The Brazilian duo have muted the pop elements of the original and replaced them with deep bass, warm pads and shuffling percussion, taking the track from peak time banger at an indie disco to late night groover in the car on the way home. This is music to cruise to, the kind of thing Ryan Gosling would listen to on his car stereo before carrying out an act of extreme violence. Exactly the thing for dark winter evenings.

MAY68 have kindly given us exclusivity of this post disco gem and a limited free download in full hi fi glory as well, boom boom. The original track and its house influenced b side ‘Static’ are due for release on the 17th October on Black Duck Records. Get all over it.

MAY68 – White Lies (Tape Warm Remix)

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bicep – mystery meat e.p. 4 (mystery meat 2011)

Eagle eyed followers may have noticed that this label is a pet favourite of mine. There have only been 3 releases so far, but each is of the highest quality, and the uninitiated should head here for a profile of the label. The existing records are to be joined soon by a new 4 track of reworks by Bicep (of Feel My Bicep fame). I owe props to a being called phantom for bringing this great news to my attention in the comments section of our blog.

As for the music, Bicep takes things down a sleazy disco funk back alley. It’s the sound of hot summer nights and neon lights in the mid 80s. As you would imagine the heritage of the tracks is fully befitting of the intrepid crate digging that’s been on display at Feel my Bicep over the past few years.

First up is a fully loaded version of Margie Joseph’s 1982 post disco number ‘Knockout’. Judging from the short soundcloud sample, the percussion has been given a little extra oomph ad the verses have been dubbed out to allow the wicked groove extra room for manoeuvre. Add to all that some tasty drops and you’ve got a sure fire hit. Be sure to check the original out, it’s a classic. Next for the chopping block is the tasty boogie number ‘Sweet Somebody’ by Shannon. Sped up to a more playable tempo and with some 808 additions bringing the jack to go with the acidic bassline, this is an electrified mid tempo number built for dancefloors. Howard Johnson’s smooth electro funk groover ‘Say You Wanna’ makes up track 3, with things sticking fairly close to the original up until a huge echo/delay/filter mind altering breakdown. For fans of electro from 5 years ago, SebastiAn used this track for Arabest, which is a definite highpoint on his later than never debut album Total. Closing things up is a boogie number going under the title ‘Hit and Run’, which I’m sad to admit my ignorance over it’s original, I’m only human. Great synths and bassline, brilliant vocals and some nicely worked filtering make this a strong number to finish the set.

All in all, the brilliance of this E.P. will lie in the excellent selections of tracks to refine. Each is a great slice of dimly remembered 80’s funk, bridging the gap between disco and house whilst packing that glorious bass sound at home in every great boogie track. The edits are done in a respectful way, with each alteration serving to bring things up to date a little and to extract the best grooves out of the originals. Bicep’s addition to the Mystery Meat buffet is both welcome and top notch. Keep your eyes peeled for this release.

anoraak – crazy eyes (tape warm remix) (2011)

When Anoraak were prepping the release of the ‘Crazy Eyes’ single they threw the stems open to the internet for a remix competition and Discofutura favourites Tape Warm snapped them right on up. They then took the cosy DFAlite original and turned it into a boogie styled groovathon with all of the Tape Warm production mainstays; it’s all about that bass sound. The grapevine has passed on a wicked remix by the Sao Paulo duo of Mancunian dancefloor arsonists MAY68’s latest single ‘White Lies’, expect to hear more on that soon.

 

tape warm – silver copy (beatzforfreakz recordings, 2011)

A couple of days ago we got an unsolicited email from a Sao Paulo based disco duo, telling us about their new release. For people out there who don’t receive these kinds of emails, there might be one track in a hundred worth listening to. Thankfully for me it was a lucky day. Tape Warm comprises of Boris Kauffmann and Felipe Diniz, two fellas in love with the analogue warmth of 70s disco, the drift of Moroder’s timeless production and the clarity and precision of sound achieved by Metro Area. ‘Silver Copy’ takes all these influences and throws them together with verve and panache making a track that references early house, boogie, disco and the analogue sound of modern groups like Metro Area or Chicken Lips. This is the kind of track that Holy Ghost! could have made if they didn’t want to be popstars. It comes with a tidy little home video of a vinyl being made, and a remix by beatzforfreakz boss DJ Zeyhan. I can see this getting some heavy plays from me in the weeks to come.