Features cuts from Situation, Sare Havlicek, The Korvids, Pete Herbert and more
If you're even remotely interested in all things Balearic, nu-disco and cosmic, you won't need me to explain this one to you! But for the uninitiated, Nang Records (who specialise in such sounds) have released an annual label best-of every year since their inception, and this is the latest installment.
And if you ARE even remotely interested in all things Balearic, nu-disco and cosmic, it's an album you'll definitely want to check out, thanks not least to the wide range of styles on offer - from Domestic Technology's blissed-out, downtempo Interstellar to the pounding Hi-NRG of Hot Hot Hawk's Mystery Girl. If you're looking for highlights, then a few for this reviewer include Sergey Silverstone's Don't Let The Music Die, which sits on the Balearic/deep house cusp, DJ Rocca's cosmic gem My Cuff, the authentic-sounding retro boogie vibes of Sare Havlicek's Everybody Freak Out [Kim Buran 80s Slow Boogie Mix], and Ed Lee's Roister, which comes on like Zapp minus the voice box.
There are, admittedly, one or two cuts that are a little too 80s-sounding for me. But that of course is a purely subjective call, and with further contributions coming from the likes of Hiem, Pete Herbert (whose Robert Owens-vocalled Pass Me By closes out the album in fine style), Situation and Unclepasha, fans of the label are sure to be more than satisfied here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 1 June
Review Score: 8
Tags: Nang Records, cosmic, Balearic, nu-disco, boogie, 80s groove, Domestic Technology, Hot Hot Hawk, Sergey Silverstone, DJ Rocca, Sare Havlicek, Ed Lee, Robert Owens, Pete Herbert, Situation, The Korvids, Unclepasha, Hiem