2018 Dec 20     
2 Bit Thugs

Hard Ton's latest will delight lovers of Italo, electro and hi-NRG

The duo of larger-than-life Italian DJ Wawashi and metal vocalist Maxime Duvall, better known as Hard Ton, return to serve up some discofied retro grooves for Nang.

In its Original form, Hot Line is quite a simple proposition. Take one Moroder-esque throbbing bass, underpin with 80s-sounding hi-NRG drum beats, add some Love Sensation-ish keyboard vamps and top with a falsetto vocal from Duvall, then stir until the resulting concoction tastes like it's just beamed straight in from Heaven (the London gay club, not the place in the sky where good little boys and girls go) circa 1984.

But the Original isn't the whole story, because Hot Line comes accompanied by four big-name remixes. Cosmic disco originator Daniele Baldelli teams up with DJ Rocca to supply a slower, chuggier Remix that's perhaps better suited to today's disco floors, and that comes complete with a matching Dubstramental, while another veteran disco don, Man Parrish, provides a rub that sits somewhere between the two: it's pacier than the Baldelli mixes but less in-your-face than the Original. Finally there's the Leo Mas & Fabrice Remix, which is the most likely to cross over onto house floors.

Shimmering, sleazy and as camp as, well, Christmas, this one's sure to go down a storm at the likes of Horse Meat Disco this party season.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: Out now



Review Score: 7




Tags: Hard Ton, DJ Wawashi, Maxime Duvall, Nang Records, disco, Italo, electro, hi-NRG