If, as has been declared on a number of occasions in the past two years, dance music really is dead, somebody forgot to tell Mo Becha and David Fouquaert, aka The Glimmers. The era of Superstar DJs might be over – thank God – but one listen to Mo and Benoelie’s (David’s meaningless nickname since school) dizzying blend of postdiscopunkelectrohousetech, as nobody calls it, and you’ll come away befuddled by the pronouncements of dance music’s passing. In their skilled and dextrous hands, disco no longer sucks and acid house’s unparalled energy has been revitalised. Those with the inside skinny have long known this: for the last five years The Glimmers have been dance music’s best kept secret, and, as such, its saviours in waiting.
Disco is the main axis upon which these 18 tracks swing, but this is a disco utterly unrecognisable from the diluted abomination of Saturday Night Fever lore. In Hamilton Bohannon’s 1979 classic, ‘The Groove Machine’/’The Boogie Train’ (exclusively re-edited by the Idjut Boys for this album), it’s a disco wholly suited to New York’s famed Paradise Garage. On Rub ‘N Tug’s magical (again exclusive) re-edit of Chicago’s ‘I’m A Man’, its blues-y rock re-born as hypnotic disco. Conversely, the first three tracks – Bis’s take on that post-punk staple made famous by A Certain Ratio, ‘Shack Up’, Peaches’ filthy rumpshaker ‘Lovertits’, and Big Two Hundred’s lo-slung ‘Approach And Pass With Contact’ – are examples of the nefarious new wave disco which is all the rage in London and Berlin.
So do yourselves a favour, sack the DJ from your next house party and press play on this little beauty instead.