A whole album’s worth of space disco for you from Rayko.
Rayko is from Spain but based in the UK. His album is coming out in May but you can listen to it below. The album is his take on space disco, filtered through a Balearic sensibility. Take opener Balearic Intro. This has a laid back sense of beats, trumpet and guitar but with its mind as much on the beach as the cosmos. Synths abound and there’s a retro sense but not so much that the album feels weighed down by the past, even if some of the guitar work gets perilously close to the Knopfleresque.
The Cave sees the album leave earthly concerns behind and head out into the galaxy. Synths ripple and 80s drums rolls echo but there’s also some acid house feeling inside. Time & Space (Cosmic Club Version) returns to the dance floor with a squelchy bass and a chiming synth hook before it whooshes off again. You can get a free download of Time & Space (Cosmic Club Version) from XLR8R. Nightology could be YMO with its Far Eastern tinged sounds until an unfortunate vocal arrives.
Ruso’s Theme lets the more ambient sounds have a rest and goes for prime synth disco action, complete with 70s vocal and jazz funk bass. Rebirth retreats into the womb with warm ambient sounds and deep calming bass. He Came From Space and Dreamer return refreshed and confident to the vastness of space and a positive attitude. The album closes, appropriately enough, with Goodbye Baby. This finally gives free rein to the fret work and marries it to a great set of galactic beats.
Blurb: UK-based Nang presents Disco legend Rayko latest album, due on vinyl and digitally. Nang has been releasing quality Disco since its inception. This spring they are delivering Disco visionary Rayko’s latest album Rebirth which follows Rayko’s latest single, Rusos Theme on the Uk-based imprint.
The LP comprises 10 forward thinking disco tracks and it opens with Balearic Intro, which is a slow tempo moody disco tune, guided by an almost talking guitar solo. The second track The Cave is clearly influenced by 80s synth rock while Time And Space is more a deep club focused tune. The fourth cut Nightlogy is a perfect example of how Rayko can revitalise dated sounds and give them new shine, adding on top of the tune a soulful vocal. This last cut is on par with Rusos Theme, a more pop oriented track driven by the hypnotic male voice that repeats “I’m gonna make you love me.”, quite a clear mission statement!
The LPs title track merges acid synth lines with a relentless groove and its a strong dancefloor focused track. He Came From The Space is an uplifting funky tune, while Dreamer is a more groovy synth driven tune with a cheeky vibe to it. The last 2 tracks are the perfect ending for the album: Warhammer is a slow moody cut while the closing tune Goodbye Baby is a proper club track, in which a funky slapped bass line is combined with guitar riffs and a long ethereal pad, it rounds off the release perfectly and feels like the end of the show.
Spain’s Rayko latest LP Rebirth is due for release on the 12th of May: keep your eyes out all Disco heads.