In its sixth release, Future Disco’s Night Moves, stirs together a blend of sultry funk, Balearic beats, and deep house, harking back to those warm summer nights we can just now see on the horizon again. The compilation presents artists we know and love and some new players to the scene, guiding us on a rollercoaster of nostalgia and surprise. I’ll attempt to put that ride into perspective for you.
Miguel Campbell immediately pulls you in with Not That Kind of Girl. The welcoming sounds of the crowd set the stage. It’s classic nu-disco. That Daft Punk groove with the zest of the likes of Classixx. The vocals are a temptress, flirting, teasing you onto the dance floor.
Mario Basanov takes your hand deeper into the crowd. His vocal remake of Motor City Soul’s Playground speeds up the tempo. Synth, so much synth and you can’t complain. As the title suggests, it’s playful. It’s funk.
Then something changes. The room grows. The lights lower. You can see the shadows of everyone just moving in boogie rhythm. It’s a proper party atmosphere. Bonar Bradberry’s Loose Grip is nu-disco at its finest.
The energy takes a darker turn with new player Monte’s True. That carefree disco slowly descends into a seductive bass. It’s island flavour twisted with a heavy punch of a warehouse party.
Another newcomer, Lazaro Casanova’s Morning Confession spirals deeper. You know you’re really into it now. Those distorted vocals leave you feeling discombobulated, but it’s what you want. It reaches a zenith that makes you alright losing a little control.
We quickly jump into Greymatter’s Tisno, an orchestra of chords. It’s a happy innocence that keeps the pace and supplies a solid transition into Future Disco’s exclusive edit of a/jus/ted’s A Brighter Future. Its whole style just drips of summer sweat. The vocals bring back happy-go-lucky memories of 90s brilliance.
It builds and builds and suddenly drops back down. Groove Armada’s Always Take Me Higher shifts the crowd into a darker sway. There are definitely elements evocative of Egyptian Hip-Hop’s last set in the Boiler Room. The song’s so on it, you begin to dread the thought that this could be the climax, but we all know that just can’t be true.
Maceo Plex absolutely delivers the next sequence with his remix of Laura Jones’s Love In Me. It is, in my most honest opinion, the king of this compilation. You don’t have to know any thing about this genre of music and still, deep down, you know it’s there for the taking. The beat pulses right through your core. There’s a teasing break in the middle, leaving you begging for it to return. It obliges and wham, back on top of the world!
Next in line, Populette’s remix of Kat Ann Foxman’s Return It shifts the atmosphere to a more indie decimal. It’s a bit camp, but still no reason to complain. This optimistic disposition pours into Francesca Lomardo’s next track, Sofiel. Dropping a little funky in the beginning, the song stands out from the rest. Its a welcome change of scenery from the fast paced demand of songs passed.
Little do you know this brief calm is all in preparation for what Future Disco is most proud to flaunt. The perfect archetype of disco, Crazy P’s Heartbreaker keeps the rhythm in check. Can’t tell you enough how class those soulful vocals are in unison with that New Order-esque guitar. Are those maracas in the background? Whatever they are, that train track beat provides a phenomenal segue into Cosmic Kids’s Freight to My Soul, which, believe it or not, also has the right properties to make anyone feel like a conductor. The train’s title speak for itself, the steady rhythm of locomotive, just chugging along through a wonderland of soul.
Satin Jackets follows up with bubbly one. Make Me Feel Good’s harmonised Michael Jackson-like ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ let on that the fun might be coming to an end, providing the opportunity to get sentimental, to reminisce. Certainly a track to make one feel loved. Marius Varied brings up the rear with the stable and chilled Vallefaret. There’s a nice blend into the last track, Flight Facilities’s delicate Clair De Lune, but, all the same, it brings the pace down to an awkward close and kills the buzz.
All in all, the compilation as a whole is a work of art itself. The album takes you on a journey through the night, slowly climbing, dropping, slowing, twisting and turning. The perfect precursor to a night out. Keep your ears to the ground for Lazaro Casanov and Monte. I’ll wrap it up with a special shout-out to Groove Armada and Maceo Plex for two absolute belters!