6/10 Ant Staff review, 12 August 2011
This is the work of Damon Palermo (Mi Ami/Jonas Reinhardt) and here he's in full on disco swing looping up a sax riff and a whole tonne of samples for an upbeat disco stomper that echoes the likes of folks that have done this before; Armando (tune I cant think of its name), Paul Johnson, Daft Punk, Anthony Shakir, etc. and a ton of Chicago (thee city that kept disco alive post the shocking closet racism of the 1979 anti-disco rally) house disco worshipers. Suddenly a massive guitar solo drops into the brew and I'm left a little unsure. Now call me a sonic racist but my personal tastes just prefer dance music and electronic music in general to leave the guitar in its recognizable form alone. Whether its Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze or more recently Mark Mcguire. I love all their music but the guitar makes me quiver. However I do love disco though - a LOT from Salsoul Orchestra through to Baby's Gang. Meanwhile though 'Clubhouse' is waaaay sweeter; rockin a classic Trax style acid house bassline and big string stabs, piano and then eventually a filtered breakbeat. A tidy homage to classic house complete with cool female vox. You can almost imagine Jon Dasilva dropping it at the Hacienda back in the glory days. The last tune is 'Trax Crusader' which is a Magic Touch edit and is a funky Latin percussion workout. These 12"s are proving a little hit and miss for me lately which is disappointing as I was really into the first batch. I guess I just like the original stuff they're recreating so much more.
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