Future Disco Records
TBR: 21st May
Future Disco return with their 14th various artists issue. This award-winning run of headline acts continues to distribute the cream of the crop to global music fans in consistent bouts. As always, the release is billed as a celebration of unity and togetherness through the medium of fun and exciting electronic dance. So many people have been forced away from their favourite late-night communities recently. With wide-spread closures meaning we have to stay at home, the dance club atmosphere has been sorely missed. That's why this latest number goes direct to the pain-point and relieves us with a full-length blend of talent.
It begins with a Yuksek remix of Can't Get Enough by Dimitri From Paris & Aeroplane featuring Leela. Cowbell like tones reverberate against a growing layer of toms and bongos. A funky guitar begins to strum in the offbeat as a fruity bass adds a kicking line to the flow. A foray of vocals and synths build through the driving beat as the layers merge and flow into one slick groove. A break in the mix gives rise to a sudden burst of energy as the kick-drum asserts a tension that slips like a tapestry thread through each part.
A high-pitch tingle resonates and opens the door for a sturdy funk-bass that slaps and twangs to a hand-clap beat. Kick-drum finds the tempo and the composition of the bass-line suddenly jumps to a lower key. Vocal samples repeat in catchy melodies that bounce from the consistent punchy rhythm. Piano chords are added, they sit with the bass to flow in a groovy sway that defines the entire production. Titeknots with On My Mind churns around and around with chewy and memorable rhythms.
Ron Basejam offers a smooth and uplifting remix of Feel for You by Black Hawks Of Panama featuring Bisi. Piano soars with waves of scale that ripple through pitches and distinctive choppy motifs. Drums then kick in, bass, snare, cymbal, and foot stamps all provide a huge river of rhythm that suddenly gushes across the music. Vocals from both male and female voice sample decorate the flow with emotive inflections of groove. Keyboards add backdrop like harmonies with exquisite synth tones that seem to compliment the feel of the music perfectly.
Muffled quick-step beats rumble into earshot. Funky synth licks revolve on a groovy sixpence and bring the drumming into full scan. The constant percussive pressure is elevated by soft trumpets and wavering synthesiser. Vocal opens out, a 1970s atmosphere is mentioned and everything makes sense. This is disco and we're wearing bell-bottom trousers. A definitive modern angle takes the euphalgia of memories we don't necessarily have and puts us in the picture. Theo Kottis' Future Disco edit of Seventies does exactly what it's supposed to.
Sleek silky tones revolve around a growing amplitude of bass and drum. Heaviness enters and a wholesome field of sonic delivery unfolds. Quick snare and bass led kick beats pierce a swaying atmosphere of repeating chord tones, played one by one in a short arpeggio. A vocal line layers like soft blankets and guitars give a new dimension with jiggling strums of funky inflections. The repetitive dancing pace is pushed through a changing landscape of uplifting and smooth melodicious sweeps. All I Wanna Do Is Love You by Chevals takes everything kinetic from the disco scene, condenses it, then makes a funky dance track.
A Vocal Edit of Glances by New World begins with chiming synthesiser that resembles droplets of water falling from hanging icicles. Chunky bass pumps a melody that's bumped up by vibrant keyboards that whizz and vibrate on the beat. Smooth female vocals chant a verse-line as heavy and evocative synthesiser flashes with runs of bell and stab. Fully driven by a consistent funk bass that grooves along a selection of distinctive composed lines, the repeating layers of synthesiser give us a dreamy and cinematic experience.
A smooth droning synth tone smothers the silence as a heady bass kick begins to slice through a cymbal run. Twinkling synthesiser scales a stairway into the cosmos as snare begins to punch extra holes in the formula. The bass twangs in groovy tonic bursts that rhythmically massage the tempo. A voice repeats and sits it in centre of the production, then piano chords start pushing forward a delicate yet techno style rhythm. COEO brings us I Can Never Be Yours, and it delivers a great drive with hedonistic flavours.
Next is ANTENNA! With L'atellier. It begins on a one-two drumbeat that sits comfortably in the room. A seriously chunky bass then pushes into the queue carrying overflowing buckets of gloopy rhythm. As the figure waddles to the flow, splashes of overflow dance in the vibrating air. A flux of layering revolves around catchy hooks and under-chords that elevate and compliment with supplementary harmony. Retro feels glisten on the choices of synthesiser that find neat an appropriate melody within the driving amalgam of pumping funk.
Funky synthesiser rolls out the red carpet as drums bash a steady walking pace beat. Vibe synths swell in harmonising swooshes of sound as bass and melody pounce on the atmosphere. Suddenly, a thunderous bass plunges in. This digs a trench in the sound as deep sonics give rise to a new layer of exploratory notes. The regular thump of digital depth continues as the background sound changes and shifts like stage curtains setting depicted scenes. A key-change takes us by surprise, a swift gust of air forms updraught that elevates the entire track's energy. Listen To The Band by Jex Opolis carries the retro funk feel through with a catchy and space-age orchestration.
Kahwe is next with All Day. Sunny tones bounce from a drilling bass that spirals down. A piercing tension rises from the continual pressure of high-tone that punches on the bar. This is matched by tonal scales that penetrate with a vocal coat. An intense number, the shrill addition stops and lets the bass begin to drive the vehicle. It's deep and quick, runs on funk scales are adjusted and repeated to bring out a dancing feel. The drums roll back in from a silent reprieve, snare and cymbal add function to the steady kick that has continually kept the track moving.
Tom-toms and snare work alongside a kick-drum and a chorus of choir-girls that offer rhythmic vocal lines. A bass begins to kick the mood and a laid-back yet confident swagger ensues. More womanly voice enjoys a liberal freedom with inflections and emotive sounds. Then, the RnB style verse adds a new direction. A chorus like a disco track pumps to the throbbing percussion that continually offers a danceable rhythm. Dr Packer's remix of Final by Hustler's Convention rides on the strong vocal line while funky beats splash and bounce in a river of backing.
A repeating spliced vocal line breaks open the next number. Never Saw Never from Gerd Janson & Jacques Renault begins to form a repeating verse line that brings out a tuneful drum. With a little dance, the bass, guitar, and synthesiser join in. Smooth and summery vibes float in and bounce on the vibrant energy of the tempo. Vocal harmonies work magic alongside funky and expressive licks simultaneously played out on guitar and keyboard. A spiral of voice and drum drifts in the flux of pushing synthesiser tones that offer a breezy warmth to the whole piece.
A swinging cow-bell rhythm plays out with lots of bass soon following. A choppy two-step bass-line brings out a dance feel immediately as the percussion rises with layers of break and extra instruments. A repeating groove pushes along the surface until it greets piano. The chords begin spanning the stereo in bursts of chorded rhythm as extra fills leap from the composition. The More Joy Edit of The Showfa's Joy takes all the major key mania and makes it even more impressive. It culminates on a splash of vocal that adds party themed elements to the slow burning yet motivational music.
A simple snappy snare rhythm begins Red Light Runner by Mix & Fairbanks. It draws on the image of a car going too fast to stop when the signal requests it. Maybe a late-night track to play when the lights are about to be switched on and the shutters on the bar have already been pulled half-way down. Whistling tones break free from the drums before a thick helping of shiny bass begins to throb in groovy digs of movement.
Janson's remix of Tommy Farrow's Let's Just begins on a thumping kick led beat. Twangy bass synthesiser then flies across with groovy phonics that speak to the soul. Another layer of dancing tones finds a middle ground. They flutter like paper and plastic on windy corridor currents. Cymbal strikes keep an interesting high end with variations on their inflective insertions. As chords and bass find their footholds, vocals add yet more glisten to the upbeat and enchanting flow of music.
Wooden bass and snare meets whispered voice as a woody subtle bass adds extra pumps. This elevates in amplitude and pushes to the front as the vocal and drum continue with a sable rendition of pulse. New synth is given space, it breathes in an accordion like quick-step that never gives enough to truly sound yet subtly snores with sneaky harmonies. Vocal then washes over the top, chunky bass continues to drive the form through gusts of air and energetic layers of synthesiser. Catz n Dogz & Gerd Janson give us Modern Romance.
Catchy snare and synth beats open the penultimate track. A barrage of bass and synth then takes over, powering the track with extra energy. The new layers overpower the initial melody which is amplified and synchronised on new instruments. Extra frills of composition scatter the bars as repeating and dreamy motifs revolve on adjusting effects. L.E.V.E.L. By Emil Rottmayer is simple with a uniform melody driving the piece, yet with continual shifts on various dials, the delivery is never quite the same.
It ends on Wendy's Yard by Ekkah remixed by Gilligan Moss. RnB female led vocals begin the number, they assert a particular energy and vibe that the rest of the track fills in to compliment. Funky vocals with short sentences share memorable lines like hooks one after the other. Delicate yet affirmative synthesiser adapts to match the drumming in a simple translation of note to beat. More longer lasting harmonies gather and assemble across bars in major key composition. Fun and smooth, laid-back and dream-inspiring, this is a perfect number to invite us to press play again.
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