Review: Berlin's excellent Black Pearl Records returns with its unsurprisingly charismatic vintage flavours, this time thanks to an original from Enzo Elia and a rework of 1970's stoners Apotheke. Elia's "Alles Paletti!" is the perfect, swinging disco bomb that is pretty much composed of one single loop; the trick here is that our man has found the code to the secret 4 bar formula...and what an addictive groove it is! Elia reworks Apotheke's "War" on the B-side, and the result is an even more dance-friendly version of the original cut from the 70's - what an absolute stunner. A highly recommended EP.
Review: GDR jazz pioneer Luten, aka Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, leads this fantastic ensemble on a wonderful document of German jazz put together by the peerless Black Pearl label. Packing four pieces onto a 7" is no mean feat, but these tracks hit hard and cover a lot of ground in a relatively short run time. "Luten" is a restless, relentlessly moving firecracker of a tune that leans heavy on the brass, while "Lehadima" revels in wild peaks and troughs. "Silberner Lowe" is a smoother affair in comparison, and "Gun-jah" plays with light and shade in adventurous, exotic ways. Lunter's playing is the star of the show, but really this is a widescreen take on jazz with a heavy-hitting, big band flavour.
Review: In 1988, German siblings Ernst and Hans-Peter Stroer joined forces with Howard Fine and Nadeen Holloway to produce Kunstdisco Seoul, an EP of synth-pop/neo-classical/Euro-house fusion. "Night Falls", a cheery tribute to mid-to-late '80s Prince, was arguably the EP's strongest moment. Here, it gets the reissue treatment, with the tasty original version being joined by a trio of fresh remixes. Mudegg serves up two interpretations: the jaunty electrofunk-goes-synth-pop flex of the "Machine Mix" and the Balearic nu-disco inspired "Alpha Wave Mix". While these are both fine, the version that really stands out comes from German boogie revivalists First Touch. Their take - an authentic tribute to glistening NYC synth-boogie complete with vintage synthesizers and clattering drum machines - is almost worth the entrance money on its own.