If you're looking for disco-house done properly then step right this way, says Danny Slade...
Dresden-born Tino Piontek, better known as Purple Disco Machine, has been wowing the dance music industry and fans alike since 2009. Since then he's gone on to achieve many great things, like ranking #18 in Beatport's all-time Top 100 artists chart , releasing on labels such as Defected, OFF Recordings and Spinnin Deep, and remixing the likes of Jamiroquai, Gorillaz, New Order and Faithless. This, his first full-length album, sees him working with the likes of Faithless, CeeLo Green and Boris D’lugosch.
The first track, Music In You featuring Lorenz Rhode, is a midtempo jam with the vocals sung through a vocoder, which is a nice touch and fits in perfectly with the authentic-sounding disco backbeat that features slap bass, a great keyboard solo and choppy guitars à la Chic. The second track, Body Funk, ups the tempo and plays homage to Lipps Inc’s Funky Town, and is swiftly followed by his collaboration with Boris D’lugosch, Love For Days which features the vocals of Karen Harding and is disco-house at its finest. Great attention to detail has gone into this album, and the quality of the production just shines through.
There are 13 tracks in total, and although there will no doubt be a number of singles released from it - like the already heavily Radio 1-supported Devil In Me - it's clear that this album was made to be listened to as a whole, and that a great deal of thought has gone into the choice of songs and collaborations. As the name of his alter ego suggests, Tino’s Purple Disco Machine is all about well-thought-out disco music - a genre that should be applauded and celebrated - and with this release his unashamed love for the authenticity is clear to be heard.
I have no real favourites as such, but feel a deep connection with tracks like Play, with its subtle Latin rhythms, and Soulmatic, with its piano lead line, Philly strings and complicated rhythmical passages. Then there's Faithless collab Let The Music Play, with its subtle preacher-style vocal and superb production values, and the hip-house track Memphis Jam, which features the vocals of US rapper Kool Keith.
This eagerly anticipated album does not disappoint, and I suspect will be on heavy rotation for a lot of people for a long time to come.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 20 October
Review Score: 9