Ending the season on a breezy note, our new VA ‘Boogie Angst, Edition Three’ delivers the ideal wares for a buoyant last stretch to an otherwise trying year. Spanning a brightly hued kaleidoscope of pop-infused house and mellifluous boogie, Edition Three pushes forth a selection of our choicest grooves from the past year as well as a batch of unheard and exclusive gems to keep you in the warmest, most positive mindset for the winter to come. Through fifteen cuts covering a wide but cohesive spectrum of balmy sonics, the compilation once again offers a much spitting image of what the label’s been up to in recent times.
HIGH HØØPS playful revamp of Secret Rendezvous’ fresher-than-fresh RnB joint ‘Back In The Day’ sets the tone right away, followed closely by Moods & Two Another’s lush coastal disco number ‘Control’ and Snacks & Eric Biddines neo-big band style house treat ‘All Night’ – a singular chunk of ballroom bop tinged with soulful blues tropes and Caribbean melodic accents, sure to have the dancers jiving without further ado.
Here comes Inkswel’s synth-splattered mix of 8-bit pixelation and Run DMC-esque hip-hop ‘Too Late’ (ft. Stan Smith) and Saux’s dream folk excursion ‘You’re Not Wrong’. A highlight of the package and mesmerizing piece of wistful, kosmische-laced disco, Kraak & Smaak ‘Centro De Placer’ ushers us in a realm of velveteen ingenuousness and sun-streaked utopianism, steering us away from the tar-scented gloom of soulless metropolises into an all engulfing prism of hope, love and grace.
Utrecht-based vibist Feiertag punches the clock with ‘Encino Boogie’ – a four minute-odd slab of buoyant funk sprinkled with laid-back house tropes and brass-heavy, loungey dub tonalities, perfect for drawing out the pleasure of dreamlike summer boogie sessions. Clear your mind and shuffle your feet to that solar-powered mix of fevered drums, slap bass and sensually aqueous groove.
Next, Kraak & Smaak’s add their easily identifiable, almost Beck-ian spin to Jean Tonique’s lysergic pop hit-en-puissance ‘Too Bad’ whilst Bondax lo-slung remix of Moods’ sense-awakening soul tune ‘Slow Down’ (ft. Damon Trueitt) eases you into a place of inviting suavity.
Inkswel’s funky robot chugger ‘The People’ (ft. Dave Aju) picks up the torch next, followed by Flevans, your go-to man for proper electroid floor traction. The UK-based producer has you covered with ‘Everything I See’ – a surefire, bass-driven roller inbound for severe club impact with its infectious mix of fiery riffs, mangled female vox slivers and racing groove. Next, Secret Rendezvous’ sun-beamy ballad ‘Your Love’ takes us on a gently bouncy, romantic ride.
Last but not least, Vhyce’s smooth hybrid of synth-strewn RnB and lo-velocity funk ‘Lose Our Minds’ (ft. Yves Paquet), David Harks’ metronomic disco-pop anthem ‘Twice’ and Saux’s sleek-textured synthpop exponent ‘Night Is All There Is’ round off the package on a typically smooth and vibrant sentimental touch.
For the wax heads out there, a limited 9-track vinyl sampler will be issued alongside the digital compilation, featuring some of the tracks on the album + a few alternative versions, and furthermore a vinyl exclusive of Kraak & Smaak’s remix of Izo FitzRoy’s ‘When The Wires are Down’, initially released only digitally via Jalapeño Records.