Tino Piontek aka Purple Disco Machine is of course no stranger to the worldwide House community, as his previous releases on labels like Glitterbox, OFF, Defected and many other prime imprints around the globe have raised him to the crème de la crème of Funky House producers out there. Now the man from Dresden/Germany isn’t only supporting Jamiroquai on their recent tour as a tour DJ (of course on the back of his sublime remix of ‘Cloud 9’), he also is ready to bring us his first ever long player, a gem that should be checked out! The album’s impressive opener ‘Music In You (Ft. Lorenz Rhode)’ takes the listener on a mesmerising funk-fuelled journey of vocoded vocals, funky beats and an outstanding lead synth solo. The LP continues with an abundance of electronic masterpieces including; the album’s chart-topping Sylvester and Hot Streak sampling warm-up single ‘Body Funk’, the uplifting House gem ‘Love For Days (Feat. Karen Harding)’ with Boris D’lugosch and the album’s infectious official first single ‘Devil In Me’ which incorporates a catchy vocal over PDM’s club classic ‘My House’, co-written by Duane Harden (from Armand Van Helden’s 1999 club classic, ‘You Don’t Know Me’) and sung by the UK-based Joe Killington.
Other highlights include; the Daft Punk inspired ‘Pray For Me’ which has been co-produced with Australia’s Bag Raiders and features the distinctive vocals of the world-renowned American soul singer CeeLo Green, the upbeat funky disco workout worthy of the hallowed dancefloor of the Paradise Garage ‘Play’, the lush sounding 80s-esque ‘Take It Easy (Ft. Crush Club)’, the album’s instrumental title track ‘Soulmatic’ and the ‘Mistress (Ft. Hannah Williams)’, the euphoric epic classic house tour de force.
The album concludes with three enthralling cuts such as; ‘Let The Music Play’ which was co-produced and co-written by the pioneering UK-based dance group Faithless, the Hip-House nugget ‘Memphis Jam’ which features the legendary US rapper Kool Keith and the super smooth Tuxedo esque closing number ‘Encore (Ft. Baxter)’.
All in all this is a very diverse album, an item you can listen to everywhere and which includes some serious bombs that should be heard on any dancefloor near you soon.
4.5 out of 5
Reviewed by MANNIX