The latest compilation on Stevie Kotey's emphasizes rock, Balearic and dub.
Stevie Kotey's Bear Funk label will release a compilation in January called The World of Progressive Disco.
Bear Funk are known for devising contemporary new styles of disco, as exemplified by artists like Max Essa, Todd Terje and The Diaphanoids. That said, they've never liked the term nu-disco. "What is Nu disco?" they ask. "It may be 'Nu' by name but in reality it is just an imitation of what has gone before." By comparison, Bear Funk aim to "re-imagine (not re-edit) the disco beat" to come up with something more progressive, hence the title of the new compilation.
The World of Progressive Disco features almost entirely new additions to the Bear Funk stable, including several who make their recording debut on this compilation. Styles range from cosmic disco to Balearic dub to '70s-style rock (The Tobor Experience Disco Experiment contribute a cover of David Bowie's "Station to Station"). Most tunes cruise along at well below 110 beats per minute.
01. Hemingway & Junction Sound - O
02. The Feathered Edge - I'm Only Slightly Drunk
03. Salon De L'Herbe feat. Kazu - Learning To Dance
04. Factor 8 - Riviera Syndrome
05. Walken, Hayes & Calista - Taxi Taxi
06. Loggaphon – Tropical Research Station
07. Android Romance - Metallic Kiss
08. The Tobor Experience Disco Experiment - Station to Station
09. Jan Ken Po - Colour Wheel
10. Animal Magic - We're Walking
11. Kenny Keni Band - Portuguese Dusk
12. Salon De L'Herbe Feat Kazu - Learning To Dub
Bear Funk will release The World of Progressive Disco on January 17th, 2011.