It's that time of year again - we're approaching the end of winter and the beginning of spring and as a soundtrack we have the latest offering in Needwant's Future Disco series.
First things first: the disco is back. Where Vol. 5 became lost in the corridors of house music Night Moves is a little more focused again. Miguel Campbell's Not That Kind Of Girl, a mid-tempo house track, opens but Mario Basanov's mix of Playground by MotorCitySoul is filtered but boasting a funky b-line and some lush guitar picking. From here Bonar Bradberry drops the lights on Loose Grip, a deep, locked groove with a celebratory hands-in-the-air break.
The album keeps things deep through to an exclusive edit of A/Just/Ted's futuristic sounding A Brighter Light, a track that layers minimal synths over a soulful vocal, culminating in a juxtaposed nod to early nineties house. Groove Armada's Always Take Me Higher is a continuation of their recent experiments with rave and whilst it marks the point the album strays furthest from disco it's difficult not to enjoy the rounded drum kicks and stretched bass sound. following that Maceo Plex's take on Laura Jones' Love In Me is pure futurism - Maceo's trademark elastic bass applied to Jones' iconic track to create a tent pole moment.
Needwant's own release Return It by Kim Ann Foxman offers a more melodic, disco sound - a warm, acid vocal track that perfectly blends to past and the future. Crosstown Rebels' Francesca Lombardo, whom I've praised before, gets a worthy appearance in the form of progressive Sofiel, mixing in to Crazy P's fantastic disco-ballad Heartbreaker.
The album draws to a close with Satin Jackets' Balearic Make Me Feel Good, featuring sunny guitar licks and hot looping vocals, and Marius Varied's Vallefaret. It's a well pitch end, with the piano keys and gently looping drums creating a soft-filtered tribute to dancing outside in the hot evening air before the delicate female vocal of final track Clair de Lune by Flight Facilities finally drop in. For the record I'd kill to hear someone drop a sax solo on Vallefaret. Golden.
Overall Future Disco Vol. 6 is another quality release in the series, and it benefits from a slightly tighter focus than the last entry. There are still probably as many tracks here you'll know as ones you don't, but it's a nice way to consume some of the past year's best disco influenced electronic music.