Another LA based man, Italian producer Birdee – aka Marcello De Angelis – has put together an exciting disco stomper of a debut album, comprised of new tracks, mixes and previously released bangers – that captures a fitting sense of joy and occasion for ISM Record’s milestone 100th release.
Vocalist Chloe Amber guest stars on the infectious groove-laden opener and new production ‘Give Into Love’. A sumptuous, sun-kissed fusion of 70s funk guitar riffs, dreamy deep house bass lines and hazy disco warmth, it’s the kind of track that will be setting dancefloors alight come summer.
With its jammed-out analogue synth riffs, fizzing electronics and elastic bass guitar parts, ‘Tonite’ is an essential instrumental workout, while Birdee’s third new offering ‘Dinamo’ alternates between sumptuous melodiousness and stripped-back, bass-driven disco-funk heaviness.
There’s also an appearance from label boss Yam Who? (when does he sleep?) along with Alan Dixon aka Hypnotic Lovers who collab on Chemistry with Chloe Amber again providing stunning vocals plus tracks taken from Birdee’s recently released Love EP, including the dynamic Anywhere (which has previously been mixed by Pete Herbert) and the anthemic, pulsating, Balearic-inspired Love, which appears here as the album closer. Then Came The Sun is the ultimate package, a snapshot both of Birdee’s sharply honed production talents and of ISM’s inspiring catalogue – past, present and future. This is the most essential Disco album of the year so far, get your hands on it!
4.5 out of 5
Reviewed by MANNIX