Review: Few producers know their way around a modern disco instrumental like Rudman. On-point for well over a decade and still true to the original soul and machine warmth, the "Pagoda" EP reminds us of his skills: Put the needle down and prepare to glide from the stylish, stripped back synth-boogie of "Front Era" face-first into the deeper, bass-led mid-tempo house hypnosis of "Outburn Memories" before floating away into the ether with the dubby, key stroking session "Protocol Machinery" where the walking bassline does all the talking.
Review: Those who keep a keen eye on the revivalist electrofunk scene should be well aware of Brian Ellis. The synthesizer-obsessed multi-instrumentalist has been responsible for a string of killer singles in recent years, including a brilliant, all-synthesizer cover of Steely Dan's "Peg". Mirror Mirror is the prolific Californian's eight solo album and sees him fuse his usual analogue synth movements with the laidback grooves of 1970s West Coast rock. It's a hugely appealing combination, with standout tracks such as "High", the Steely Dan-with-synths bliss of "Love Burn Out" and instrumental yacht rock brilliance of "Keep it Passionate" evoking images of sun-kissed daytime drives up the Pacific highway.
Review: Spotted on his "Pagoda" 12", Zagreb nu disco OG refixes our focus and adds a new lease of life to its velvet keys, warm, measured funk aesthetic and occasional cowbell tickles. Each remix adds a new chapter; Pete Herbert brings a different twist and bigger sweeps to the synths, A Vision Of Panorama Balearic the Dickens out of things with loose legged gliding synths and slo-mo sunset finish while Greene Linez closes the show on a sweet and slinky two-step flex. Something for every occasion. Tip!