Welt Discos 01:
‘Coco Bongo Club EP’ by And.rea
Welt Discos is a new label run by Joe Delon in partnership with leading Lisbon record shop and distributor Carpet & Snares. Home to its own imprints as well as affiliated Portuguese labels such as Dream Ticket and Light Channel Records, Carpet & Snares has become a hub for house and techno on vinyl in Lisbon. What began as a friendship between Joe, owner Jorge Caiado and Dream Ticket boss Rui Ferreira aka Roy, has now become a professional relationship in the shape of Welt Discos, a new sub-label run by Joe and distributed by Carpet.
Welt’s first release comes courtesy of Varese-based producer And.rea, well-known from releases on Melliflow, LMML and Yay. The ‘Coco Bongo Club EP’ (named after the venue in the film ‘The Mask’) arrives approximately a year after the idea was first discussed when Joe booked Andrea to play at 5A Club in Lisbon. 5A is that rare thing in the Portuguese capital: a small capacity club with a superlative sound system and warm atmosphere, just right for Andrea’s playful-but-thoughtful selection and style.
That same combination of seriousness and humour is present on the three tracks of this record – be it the beefy walking bassline of ‘The World Is Alive’, the light-touch chords that temper the forward march of ‘Tribal Militia’, or the jazzy cadences and beat structure of ‘Luzes Do Rio’. Andrea and Joe went through an enjoyable process of back-and-forth to arrive at these three tracks, which complement each other harmonically while traversing genres and moods. There are echoes of vintage Random Factor and Herbert, while still sounding distinctly Andrea’s own.
Another vital part of the project is the design by Costa Brava, a friend of Joe’s responsible for the label’s visual identity and individual release artworks. The design for WLTD001 is a riot of graffiti that riffs joyfully off the label’s explicitly pop aesthetic.
The track ‘Luzes Do Rio’ appears in Gwenan‘s Tribute to Alex T mix from earlier this year:
‘Coco Bongo Club’ can be pre-ordered now on Bandcamp, and will be shipping out in November: https://weltdiscos.bandcamp.com/releases