Volume 8 features tracks from Situation, Sare Havlicek, Rayko and more
Signs that spring is in the air: 1. Daffodils! 2. An inbox full of Miami samplers and 3. Nang releasing the latest installment in their The Array compilation series, which is now up to - as the more eagle-eyed among you will already have spotted - its eighth edition.
As ever, it's a mix of previously released and upcoming tracks. One of the former, Situation's 2015 single Get To Know Me, kicks proceedings off. Hot Toddy's remix gives the track a light house sheen while keeping the soulful vocal intact, and sets the mood for the rest of the album nicely. Because as an annual series, The Array handily doubles as a barometer for changing microtrends in the world of nu-disco, and on the evidence here it's slightly housier sounds that would seem to be in vogue right now, as opposed to the synth-y, 80s-tastic side of the genre that predominated earlier in the decade. So Sare Havlicek underpins EFO, from this forthcoming fourth album, with crisp 4/4s and a thumping funk b-line, while Italo Brutalo's Spy In The Sky has surely wandered in from a late 80s Ibiza podium and Kontinents' Be With You wouldn't have sounded out of place on Naked or Om in their mid-00s heyday.
But that's not to say there's not room here, too, for slightly more esoteric vibes. Cardmoth's Six Months veers towards downtempo/chill-out territory and indeed even sounds a little folk-y in places, Aimes' View From Istanbul blends cosmic/Italo and acid influences, while 5 Reasons' Just For The Night could have come off one of those 80s boogie/electrofunk albums you bought in Oxfam on the strength of the band's hi-top haircuts and bejewelled shoulderpads. In a good way, I mean.
All told, those who regard the mirrorball and cowbell as sacred religious artefacts will find plenty to enjoy here - and if that pulsing synth riff on Spy In The Sky doesn't get your floor throwing shapes, then you probably just pack up your headphones and leave…
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 17 March
Review Score: 8