Review: Given his credentials and track record, it's unsurprising that original disco and boogie artists are willing to let Joey Negro play around with their biggest hits. His first stab at this kind of multi-track remix, 2014's Remixed With Love, was such a success that he's decided to unleash another swathe of revisions over two vinyl double-packs. This "Part B" edition features some killer reworks, including a sublime, on-point rearrangement of Gwen McRae's "Keep The Fire Burning" and a rolling, dubbed-out version of Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper" that rivals Larry Levan's classic remix. The veteran producer also successfully turns Pockets' "Come Go With Me" into a classic soulful house rub, and pushes Thelma Houston's "I'm Here Again" further towards disco anthem territory.
Patti LaBelle - "Music Is My Way Of Life" (Joey Negro Funk In The Music mix) (7:51)
The O'Jays - "I Love Music" (Joey Negro Sweet Music mix) (8:10)
Loose Change - "Straight From The Heart" (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove mix) (6:46)
Kleeer - "Open Your Mind" (Joey Negro Seeekret mix) (8:59)
Christopher Cross - "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro extended disco mix) (8:38)
Willie Hutch - "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" (Joey Negro Return Of The Mac mix) (6:38)
Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day" (Joey Negro Tell The World mix) (8:51)
Norman Connors - "Stella" (Joey Negro Jazz Ride) (6:21)
Review: Two years have passed since his inaugural Remixed With Love collection but Joey finally delivers another immaculate collection of official edits and reversions. A quick squizz at the artists he's refixed will confirm (if any confirmation is necessary) Joey's weight and authority: Cheryl Lynn, Willie Hutch, The O'Jays, Patti LaBelle, Kleeer and many more go under Joey's crafty knife. Extensions are made, beats and fine-tuned, percussive breakdowns are polished and subtle dubby elements are brought to the fore. Even the most ardent of Dave Lee collectors may have a few holes to fill right here.
Take Me To The Top (Michael Gray Sultra remix) (7:18)
Take Me To The Top (Michael Gray dub mix) (5:33)
Review: As many of you may know, Advance's "Take Me To The Top" is something of a boogie classic; an Italian record from 1982 rich in soulful vocals and squidgy synths that sounds like it was recorded in New York rather than Napoli or Rome. Here, long-serving house producer Michael Gray (he of Full Intention fame) gets his hands on the original and delivers a couple of contemporary updates that are pleasingly reverential to the source material. The A side "Sultra Remix" has a few tasty contemporary touches - looped sections, chunky beats, special effects - but is otherwise fairly faithful to the sun-kissed, synth-laden original mix. While rather good, it's the flipside Dub that really set our pulses racing, not least because it emphasizes the elastic bassline, loved-up chord sequence and colourful electrofunk electronics.
Review: We can think of a fair few disco diggers who will be more than a little annoyed by this re-issue. Originally released on the obscure La Shawn label back in 1980, "Take Me I'm Yours" is widely considered to be one of Patrick Adams' best productions. It's certainly something of a dusty gem, with Mary Clark's soulful, country-tinged vocals simply soaring over a reggae-tinged, string-drenched disco groove. It would have been nice to have seen original flipside "You Got Your Hold On Me" included, but it's not a major issue; given the in-demand (and hard-to-find) nature of the A-side, we should be pleased it's come back round again.
Review: Limited edition re-mastered reissue of the massive italian soul disco cut from 1983 produced by Maurizio Sangineto (Sangy Productions), including the extended instrumental dub version instead of the short radio edits.
Review: Another classic remastered Italo Disco / Cosmic Classic from Best Record Italy, originally released on Musix Records in 1982, produced by legendary Italian producer Maurizio 'Sangy' Sangineto. (Change, Armed Gang, Firefly). This one includes all the original full extended versions Including the special electronic cosmic version on the side A plus the original and instrumental version on the flip.
Review: In the early 1970s, a new musical art form emerged on the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago from the social unrest of the time. A group of young guys started to combine poetry with drumming and created the musical art form that is known today as Rapso. Lutalo 'Brother Resistance' Masimba was one of the pioneers of this movement and his 1987 anthem "Tonight Is de Night" receives a much-needed reissue here on Cree. There's much to enjoy on this 12" - we're particularly loving the groovy "Rapso Space Dub" and funky steel drum riddims of "Crucial Decision ('92 Version)". This is total spiritual life music.
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Best Italy turn their impeccable reissue powers towards a surefire burner from 1984 given the stamp of approval by the likes of David Mancuso, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy back in the day. "Come Back Lover" was actually mixed down by another legendary DJ - Tony Humphries - and it shows. Even the original mix plays out with an extended, floor-focused flow that captures the creative energy at work at this epochal time for DJ culture. As ever with Best reissues, there's a plethora of alternative and dub mixes to suit any spinner's specific requirements, with the groove front and centre every time.
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Best may be best known for jazz and disco reissues, but they're also dab hands at unearthing forgotten gems from the annals of Italian deep house too. The Countach were last seen in active service back in 1990, dropping just two singles but making sure they were bona fide classics. "Aqua Marina" has plenty of lashings of jazz funk rubbed into its loins, not least on the "Sweet Dream Version". The "Paradise Version" nudges the key of the club mixes and ramps up the reverb, and then the "Original Studio Version" switches up the mood with an organic, live band groove on this crucial 12".