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Purple Disco Machine: Soulmatic (Sweat It Out)

Purple Disco Machine: Soulmatic (Sweat It Out)

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UK release date 03.11.2017

On Soulmatic, Dresden DJ-producer Tino Piontek straddles vintage disco and modern dance with deep authenticity and pop panache in equal, stirring measure. But then he’s been successfully blurring boundaries for many years now, whether it’s his own singles for Defected and OFF or major remixes for Jamiroquai, Gorillaz and New Order.

Funkiness and production standards are of a high calibre throughout this debut album. Opening song Music In You, featuring vocals from Lorenz Rhode, is a sassy brew of vocoders, synth solos and chunky bass. "Pray For Me", fronted by CeeLo Green, is an even deeper soul-house slink.

Elsewhere, Piontek demonstrates rawer, guitar-licked spice for "Devil In Me" (featuring Duane Harden and Joe Killington) and sweet hip-house flow on the Kool Keith-helmed Memphis Jam.

When tempos increase, the results are similarly infectious – a collaboration with Boris ‘Sing It Back’ Dlugosch and singer Karen Harding, "Love For Days", is filtered-disco heaven and a bona-fide album standout. "Play" tows a similarly funky, upbeat line.

Piontek should be happy with his work here. From first glitterball twirl to last, Soulmatic is confident and colourful, yet warmly intelligently-produced – a perfect union of old, new, deep and drive. Love this.
Words BEN LOVETT

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