Stop (Dino Soccio 'Pleasure Of Love' New mix) (8:14)
Stop (Special Electronic version) (6:27)
Stop (vocal Soul version) (4:34)
Review: Valery Allington's 1982 debut single, "Stop", has long been considered an Italo-disco classic. Here it gets the reissue and remix treatment, with LA resident Dino Soccio's 2018 revision - first heard on a hush-hush edits EP - taking pride of place on side A. His version is pleasingly muscular and driving, underpinning the original's throbbing arpeggio style bass, sprightly electrofunk riffs and headline-grabbing vocals with heavy new drums. Also great is the vintage "Vocal Electronic Version" - a sleazier, bongo and kick-drum-driven affair rich in alien synth lines, two basslines (one squelchy, the other hypnotic and driving) and swirling chords. Also impressive is the sparser and slower "Soul Version", which includes a sneaky musical cap-doff to another Italo-disco classic.
Review: When it comes to delivering fresh interpretations of classic disco hits in the traditional Tom Moulton style (I.E use the original multi-track parts and only add limited new elements), there are few producers quite as adept as Dave Lee AKA Joey Negro. Further proof arrives here in the shape of two fresh revisions of vintage Ashford and Simpson gems. On side A Lee tackles "Found a Cure", delivering a driving vocal dub that wisely emphasizes the duo's sublime vocals and the track's inherent soaring disco instrumentation. He changes tack slightly on side B, offering a hands-in-the-air disco-house rub of "Love Don't Make It Right" that's more feelgood than a sloppy hug from your partner and twice as exciting.
Los Conquistadores Chocolates (Moplen Dizco Delight - part 1) (8:46)
Los Conquistadores Chocolates (Moplen Dizco Delight - part 2) (8:02)
Review: Johnny Hammond's "Los Conquistadores Chocolates" is a seminal slice of long form jazz funk from 1975, which has long been coveted by collectors and DJs and flexed over by dancers for decades. Now expert disco archaeologist and multi-track remixer par excellence Moplen has taken this holy grail to task with a respectfully epic two part opus that takes up both sides of this 12" on High Fashion. This is editing as carried out with utmost reverence for the source material and the hands-on ways in which the pioneers first carried out this ritual of extending the groove. If you need a lesson on how an edit should be done, look no further.
You're Gonna Want Me Back (Moplen Disco mix) (8:19)
You're Gonna Want Me Back (Moplen reprise) (5:23)
Review: "You're Gonna Want Me Back" was a hit in 1981 for Delia Renee, and with good reason. It's a fierce burner loaded with Philly strings, an early 80s stomp and Renee's formidable midrange performance - a defiant protest track to make anyone feel untouchable. Now that highly skilled disco edit wizard Moplen has got his mitts on the parts and teased out the track with two deadly versions for High Fashion. There's a straight-up "Disco Mix" on the A side which treats the original with care, and the "Moplen Reprise" on the flip which gets more adventurous with the ingredients, still keeping one foot firmly in the heart and soul of the track. Powerful stuff to set any dancefloor ablaze.
Can't Touch Me Anymore (Marcel Vogel remix) (5:24)
Can't Touch Me Anymore (Reconstructed remix) (6:38)
Can't Touch Me Anymore (Dino Soccio remix) (6:31)
Can't Touch Me Anymore (5:11)
Review: Strike One was a British Funk act who was behind one of the fastest selling British 12 inch singles of their mid-eighties ear. That single is "Cant Touch Me Any More" and is presented here by High Fashion alongside some expert new remixes. The original is a real gem with playful bass and well-swung claps all topped off by the expressive vocals of Sabiha Kara and Tobi Bakker with Dick Maun on saxophone. The Marcel Vogel remix is a sympathetic one that adds bass weight and some contemporary touches, while Dino Soccio goes for a more cosmic touch.
Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen extended remix) (9:28)
Do What You Wanna Do (Moplen Rollercoaster dub) (8:39)
Review: Alongside the likes of Joey Negro and the Reflex, Luca Locatelli AKA Moplen has proved to be a masterful multi-track editor, crafting killer versions of tracks by Candi Staton, Chaka Khan, Skyy, Diana Ross and Talking Heads using the original master tapes. This tasty 12" offers further proof of his skills via two new takes on T Connection disco-funk classic "Do What You Wanna Do". The side A remix is a great example of his craft, with Locatelli teasing out key instrumental elements - spacey synthesizer solos and intergalactic chords, for starters - before unleashing the Miami band's original groove and vocals. If anything, the flipside, delay-laden Dub is arguably even better, with Locatelli choosing to showcase the band's heavy, Latin style percussion breaks, spacey synths and heavy bassline. Bravo!