Various Artists – DOBRO 007
St Petersberg’s Dobro label is noted not just for the quality and playability of its funky house and disco re-edits, but also for its value for money. This, their seventh release, is another great example, with no less than six floorfillers included on one 12″, each bringing their own individual mood to the table. ‘Flowers Festival’ from Sun Rhythms has throbbing organs and fruity keys, topped off by a gorgeous Russian vocal. DJ Merci’s ‘Timetable’ goes for chunky rave pianos and Fairlight stabs, lending it an 80s Italo-disco feel, before Ground Plane Aerial’s ‘Transition SP’ closes the side with slap bass and stripped down house vibe that echoes some of Roule Records’ more accessible moments. Side two VIGI’s ‘I Am You’, is the most memorable of the whole package, with its idiosyncratic female vocal weaving a magical spell around the listener, before we finish off with a double whammy of Monny Me’s swirling stringfest ‘The Name Of The Game’ and the parping horns and strutting groove of Ugly Frankie’s ‘Free Alcohol Shit’, the latter including a bewitching and unexpected piano solo. Great work all round.