Purple Disco Machine Soulmatic Sweat It Out Dresden-born Tino Piontek has been producing since 2009, releasing predominantly (surprise!) disco-inspired house productions on labels such as Defected and OFF Recordings, and, more recently, stepping up to remix the likes of Jamiroquai and Gorillaz. The exposure and acclaim that has followed those big-name remixes has, in part at least, allowed the German to enlist a formidable guest roster on his debut album. Soulmatic is a group effort captained by the talented Piontek, who builds his shiny, synth-layered productions around samples and vocal performances from both highprofile and up-and-coming guests. The result is a diverse foray into funk, boogie and nu-disco, abounding throughout with soul and house beats. The emotive keys of opener Music in You progress to Lorenz Rhode’s vocoder vocals, in what is a slightly cheesy start to proceedings, albeit one bound by a funk-fuelled bassline. Massive first single Body Funk, in contrast, holds the cheese while upping the energy. A driving bassline combines with filtered synths and a looped vocal sample from Hot Streak’s 1983 single Body Work — “One two, one two, one two, three four!” — to form a killer Italo-disco inspired cut. The moody Pray for Me features the soulful pipes of Gnarls Barkley’s CeeLo Green, and further benefits from co-production by Australia’s own Bag Raiders. Falling Down, meanwhile, is epic, emotive fare anchored by Ella’s soaring vocal. Second single Devil in Me charted strongly earlier this year for a reason. Co-written by Duane Harden and assembled around a sample from William Bell and Judy Clay’s 1968 single Private Number, Piontek’s sparing production leaves ample space for Joe Killington’s vocal hook to shine. The album’s title track is a standout — glorious, driving key-led house music at its finest, ending in a frenzy of live percussion. Towards the end, Faithless link with Piontek for the pounding club tune Let the Music Play, while New York rapper Kool Keith appears amid the jangling percussion, strings and chilled out keys of Memphis Jam. Soulmatic isn’t the most cohesive album, probably as a result of there being so many guest writers, producers and vocalists contributing, but it’s nonetheless a solid collection of upbeat grooves by a producer really hitting his straps on the global scene.