Featuring cuts from James Rod, Julian Sanza, Visage and A Flock Of Seagulls…
It's been a while since we heard from Nang's New Masters series – the last installment was Sare Havlicek's, back in 2011 – but now the series returns with Vol 5, which finds us in the capable hands of Gloucestershire-based nu-disco collective Situation.
The New Masters albums showcase the various remixes a given producer/outfit has turned in for Nang over the years, so it's unsurprising that the 'source' artists featured here span a pretty wide spectrum: from 80s funk-pop outfit Love & Money to nu-disco fave James Rod, via Afrobeat veteran Pasteur Lappe, Silver City man Julian Sanza and new romantic/synth-pop icons Visage and A Flock Of Seagulls. Stylistically the album's pretty varied, too, ranging from the Lappe's exuberant Afro-funker Na Real Sokele Fo Ya, to the laidback soul of Sugar Daddy's Love On Attack, to the smooth jazz vibes of Rubberlips' To Hold On and the squelchy nu-disco of Rod's Disco Rocket.
One track, though, keeps drawing this reviewer back time and time again, and that's the reworking of A Flock Of Seagulls' I Ran. In Situation's hands, the iconic 80s pop tune becomes a superb midtempo dubwise throbber that, frankly, is worth the price of admission on its own.
An excellent collection that's a must for fans of the label and/or band – and highly recommended for lovers of leftfield dancefloor grooves generally.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 1 November
Review Score: 8