Review: Seven years have passed since Burial first stopped us dead in our tracks with this universally acclaimed second album.. Sounding so different, so removed and far away from anything else, it changed the game entirely - and created a whole school of imitators in its wake. Now repressed by Hyperdub, this is a rare opportunity to grab it on fresh wax. Even if you have this on other formats in your collection, the dusty weight and chasmic crackles sound so much better on vinyl.
Fonda Rae - "Living In Ectasy" (Mood II Swing Groove mix edit) (9:16)
A Bitch Named Johanna - "Freak It" (instrumental) (5:26)
Voices - "Voices In My Mind" (CJ Mackintosh remix) (7:35)
Kerri Chandler - "Ladbroke Grove" (7:10)
Ralphi Rosario - "An Instrumental Need (Club Need)" (6:37)
Gisele Jackson - "Love Commandents" (original vocal edit) (7:52)
Mateo & Matos - "New York Style" (8:07)
Thelma Huston - "All Of That" (Joey Negro club mix) (6:51)
Review: Joey Negro unleashes more funky and soulful house classics as seen on the first volume of this compilation series and there's more where that came from. The legendary Ron Trent remixes his own USG project on "Mcameu" and once you hear that Rhodes piano melody of Bougie Soliterre's "Got That Bug" you'll realise its of those classics you always knew of, just didn't know the name! You can see how sounds on "The Murder Track" by Mike Delgado influenced producers like The Mountain People and still to this day no one makes house music as sexy as Robert Owens, as heard on the classic "Gotta Work"
Review: There's a bountiful amount of chunkiness to be savoured on this prime reissue of classic Kerri Chandler, reaching back to '98 and the bastion of soul-enriched house music, Nervous Records, to deliver the kind of heat that has made Chandler one of the undisputed greats of the scene. "Just Livin'" positively oozes class with its wigged out synth lines, dense and clattering drums and unmistakable bump, while "Dream Scape" takes things in a softer direction buffeted along by a pumping beat while the melodies stay smooth and sweet on top. "Union City Nights" injects a little Latin passion into proceedings, and "Rain" is of course one of Chandler's most iconic moments, all shuffling hats, delicate chimes and soulful vox. A highly worthy reissue.
Spanky Wilson - "Sunshine Of Your Love" (1968 original)
Peggy Lee - "Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay" (re-edit)
Peggy Lee - "Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay" (1970 original)
Review: Warehouse Find! Released in 68, resurfaced in 05 and back with a very polite, well-polished edit, Spanky Wilson's cover of "Sunshine Of Your Love" is one of the best funk cover versions ever pressed to wax. It is quite criminal it never enjoyed the exposure it deserved back in the day. As for Peggy Lee covering Otis Reading; do we need to spell out how good it is? The drums on the edit are especially well executed. Vinyl was invented for releases like this!
Can You Feel It (original instrumental mix) (5:46)
Can You Feel It (Robert Owens mix) (5:57)
Can You Feel It (Martin Luther King mix) (5:54)
Can You Feel It (Chuck D mix) (5:32)
Review: 25 years deep and still sounding as timeless and genre-defining as ever, Trax revisit their 2002 package with this highly limited reissue. Complete with the essential emotive Martin Luther King-adorned sermon, Chuck D's house-proud Jack narrative and Robert Owens deep yearning croons, this is the ultimate collection of versions that rise above the millions of copies and bootlegs and blatant rip-offs this track has endured over the years. An essential addition to all collections.