v/a: House, Disco, Boogie, And Other Oddities tape (Easy Bay, 2016)March 4, 2017 at 11:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
This came out a while ago and has already sold out two pressings, so I’m assuming people know about it already, but my copy’s been sitting on my desk for a while so I might as well get around to posting about it. It’s the first release on the Easy Bay label, and as the title indicates, it’s heavily inspired by ’80s funk, R&B, and dance music. Yes, there’s some 100% Silk-style deep house (but not lo-fi or outsider house), and some of it does get pretty out-there, such as the woozy, fuzzy synths on “Walk” by Ajukaja (a regular collaborator of Maria Minerva). Then there’s a borderline electo-swing track by Boogie Butter, and then on the second side it really starts to sound more like ’80s boogie instrumentals. There’s also an incredible Italo-influenced track by Cherushii (R.I.P.) which lives up to its title “Sunburst in My Sequencer”. Actually, listening again, it’s more house-y overall than I remember when I listened before. Anyway, you can still download it for free on Bandcamp.