Massimiliano Pagliara – Connection Lost Part 1 [UV034]

Synth wizard and disco don Massimiliano Pagliara is the latest addition to Uncanny Valley’s roster. From the first bass drum it is clear that “Connection Lost” pulls out all the stops. There is an urgency in its drumming and synth work that shouts “dance floor anthem” right from the get-go. “I Am Running All My Drum Machines At Once And Dancing” plays out like a percussive orgasm triggering pretty much all the drum sounds you could imagine. On the sleazy Disco affair that is “Don’t Give Up On Love” Massimiliano gets vocal support from Sigrid Elliott. This is a oh-so-sexy alliance that would have shined bright even in the heydays of Boogie. Finally, “I Enjoy Myself While I Am Here” shows off once again that when Massimiliano Pagliara is at the keys he creates glorious vibes like nobody else.

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Massimiliano Pagliara – Connection Lost Part 1 [UV034]

VA – RDY #25 (Ron Hardy Edits) [RDY025]

All three tracks here are on a stretched-out, dubbed-out electronic disco tip, beginning with what appears to be Hardy’s reel-to-reel extension of Disco Dream & The Androids’ quirky 1979, Moroder-ish arpeggio-jam “Dream Machine”. Flip for an all-instrumental dub take on Craig Peyton’s decidedly wonky, electro-disco cover of “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” and “116 BPM Trax”, an un-credited, boogie-era, proto-house jam full of bubbling electronics, cheeky synthesizer riffs and clanking drum machine hits.

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VA – RDY #25 (Ron Hardy Edits) [RDY025]

VA – Nemas Problemas Vol.1 [PTP002]

Nemas Problemas are a crate-digging crew linked to Malmo’s Wildlife Records. Here, they make their first appearance on Passport To Paradise, editing up a quartet of suitably obscure tracks found on various dusty-fingered record hunting trips. Rizzolo DJ kicks things off with “Ride To Paradise”, a suitably rolling, dancefloor-friendly version of a stoner rock/cosmic disco gem, before Kool DJ Dust raises the pressure further with the vocoder-laden electrofunk jam “A Brew With My Crew”. Flip for Rastanils lo-fi, synth-laden disco delight “Darling”, and arguably the highlight of the entire EP, The Keeper’s deliciously Balearic, melody-rich jazz-funk chugger “Quivering Crevice”.

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VA – Nemas Problemas Vol.1 [PTP002]

Megadon Betamax – He Can’t Love You [TBE702]

A tri-continental modern funk teamup with Tug Boatmen joining Megadon to rerub 2 of his deepest cuts. The A-side is a funky boogie classic with a Cylon-esque robotic vocal. B/w ”Don’t Ask” a floor filling modern disco knockout-one of TZ’s personal secret weapons.

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Megadon Betamax – He Can’t Love You [TBE702]