Review: Since launching five years ago, Tirk offshoot Nang has been so successful that it now rather overshadows it's parent label. Their recipe for success has been pleasingly simple: delivering hazy, multicoloured nu-disco shot through with the sun-kissed charm of nu-Balearica. This fifth anniversary set gathers together some of the label's standout highlights to date, from the blissful shuffle and acid-flecked swing of Lasertom's "Call" and Pyschemagik's anthem-like remix of Situation's "Barcelona", to the nu-disco does-bleep flex of Si Begg's superb rework of Hiem and Phil Oakey's "2AM". Best of all, though, is Loudery, Derek Forbes and Mick MacNeill's delightfully Balearic cover of Electronic's Hacienda classic "Getting Away With It".
Pass Me By (Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca vocal remix) (6:00)
Pass Me By (6:04)
Pass Me By (Dr Packer remix) (6:30)
Pass Me By (Pete Herbert remix) (5:28)
Review: This is big: a collaboration between Balearic nu-disco heavyweight Pete Herbert and "the voice of house" himself, Robert Owens. In its original form, "Pass Me By" is bubbly and attractive, with Owens' adding deep, soulful and emotion-rich vocals to a sparkling, synth-heavy backing track that effortlessly joins the dots between freestyle, proto-house and Italo-disco. The equally impressive remix package is headed up by a fine rework from Daniele Baldelli and DJ Rocca: a chugging, undulating cosmic disco revision that's surprisingly more organic in feel. Elsewhere, Aussie adventurer Dr Packer gives it an electrofunk flavoured house makeover and Pete Herbert turns in a fluid, Balearic-inspired rework full of heady synth lines and tumbling pianos.
Review: Along with Sheffield combo Hiem, Rayko is fast becoming Nang Records' most reliable artist. It would be fair to say that his latest album, No Stopping - his fourth in total and first since 2014 - is undoubtedly his strongest yet. Blessed with some fine guest vocals from Tania Haroshka and, perhaps more impressively, Crazy P's Danielle Moore, the set features much more "live instrumentation" - most notably bass and electric guitars - than the Spaniard's previous full-lengths. This adds an extra level of musical richness to the Madrid man's synthesizer-heavy tracks, which once again flit between hard-edged nu-disco, sun-kissed Balearica, revivalist electrofunk sweetness and the kind of cosmic disco that we would once have expected to hear from Daniele Baldelli and Marco Dionigi.