Since its inception at the start of 2010, the London-based Night Slugs label has become something of a quality standard mark when it comes to modern club music. With a Transatlantic roster including artists like Girl Unit, Kingdom, Jam City and Egyptrixx, co-founders James Connolly (AKA L-Vis 1990) and Alex Sushon (Bok Bok) are clearly gifted talent-spotters, but they are also both artists in their own right, and it is Connolly who looks set to make the biggest splash so far when his debut album Neon Dreams is released in October on the Island-affiliated PMR Records label. Moving away somewhat from the typically bass-led Night Slugs sound, Connolly has created an impressively consistent long-player, as poppy as it is propulsive, that pays tribute to the forefathers of electronic dance music – Carl Craig, Frankie Knuckles, Kevin Saunderson et al – as well as successors like Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx and the Chemical Brothers. Subscribing, like those artists, to the notion that an album should work not just as a collection of singles but as a cohesive whole, L-Vis – with a little production help from Para One and Nick Hook and vocal contributions from Julio Bashmore, Bristol-based Javeon McCarthy and Teki Latex of French hip-hop crew TTC – has crafted a genre-straddling journey back to a past vision of an imagined future, with vintage Roland synths rubbing up against machine-tooled rhythms, spray-painting a big, bright “2011” across the classic Chicago house and Detroit techno blueprints.
Listen/watch: “Lost In Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQLZS6Iw8Gc
Neon Dreams is released October 3 on PMR Records