French labels Word Up Records & Latebwa welcome regular artist The Supermen Lovers for a superb six track EP that starts their year in real style.
The Supermen Lovers is the moniker of disco don Guillaume Atlan who mixes up his formally trained musical skills with real club clout. He is an experienced artist with a weighty catalogue
of EPs and albums (the fourth is due this year), and over the last 15 years plus has topped charts with a wide range of hit singles. He always comes correct with a fresh mix of funk, disco, boogie and house that ranges from vocal and uplifting to more club focussed, and is a master of killer basslines. The last couple of years have seen Atlan’s productions take a new turn with tracks like ‘Walking on the Moon’ & ‘It’s OK’ gaining him a fresh fanbase amongst the new wave of disco devotees and this latest EP is certain to expand on this with its eclectic and exciting sound.
Written in his studio in Paris where analog and digital tools meet in perfect harmony, the EP is inspired by “wet electro funk” from the eighties. The titular track kicks it off with dazzling disco intensity. Pixelated synths ring out above fat bass riffs, and vocal cries and keys all add colour. The magical ‘Eyes on You’ is an uplifting tune with crystal clear diva vocals and more boogie synths and elastic basslines propping up the disco vibes. Moving on to the excellent ‘Vodka’, retro spoken word vocals bring a kitsch air to the trilling guitar riffs and the pumping drums get you on your toes. It’s a playful, purposeful track that oozes disco timelessness and ‘Belle Nuit’ keeps up the energy levels with wonky basslines and rattling percussion that is loose and infectious. The majestic ‘Longue Nuit’ then slows the tempo and places you in a slow and deep, libidinous groove that is lush and suggestive with its percolating drums and pitched down male vocal murmurs. The terrific trip is completed with ‘Neighbourhood’, a cosmic and dreamy track with twinkling keys extending out into the night sky and woody, organic hits driving along below.
This is expressive and emotive disco funk at its very best.