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09 Jun 09
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18 Nov 09
Free pack of accapellas from legendary vocalists such as Diane Charlemagne, Taka Boom, Pete Simpson, Fonda Rae, Karla Brown, Katherine Ellis, Dave Clarke, Gerideau & more
Joey Negro's Z Records and Juno Download are giving away an album full of classic Z Accapellas so you can lock yourself away and produce your own remixes and DJ mixes. The album contains accapella's from legendary vocalists such as Diane Charlemagne, Taka Boom, Pete Simpson, Fonda Rae, Karla Brown, Katherine Ellis, Dave Clarke, Gerideau and more... Oh and please note peeps - the accapellas are free to download and for you to use in your productions and mixes but if you want to use them commercially please contact Z Records to gain prior approval!
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music)
21 Nov 11
Review: A solo release from his own Z Records label sees Joey Negro's "Feel It" get a commanding rework from Italian producer and DJ Alex Kenji. Wrapped around a rock solid groove made up of kicks, a chanking guitar part and a subtle acid bassline, this tight rhythm is layered with huge pads and brought up and down through some enormous filter builds and stacking drops. Funky house at its most thrilling, Kenji absolutely nails it.
20 Oct 08
02 Mar 07
28 Jan 09
19 Dec 11
Review: Z Records presents an essential remix of label boss Joey Negro's classic anthem "Must Be The Music", with Crazibiza bringing the track right up to date with a big room club version. Filled with rough, intensifying bass, the original's disco loops are filtered through a fuzz of bombastic electro house, driven along by a firm 4/4 stomp. Also includes a dub version for those with less vocal tendencies.
13 Jun 09
Played by: Kosmas Epsilon
11 Jul 11
13 Dec 10
20 Jul 09
Played by: Rasmus Faber
10 Dec 12
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Rudy's Midnight Machine, Ralf Gum, Juno Recommends Disco, Donka
Review: Given his history as a maker of lusciously melodic, soul-flecked electronic music, Martin 'Atjazz' Iveson is a smart choice to remix the latest chunk of boogie-soul from Dave Lee's Sunburst Band project. Iveson's vocal mix is something of a morning fresh blast-from-the-past - a shuffling, Osunlade-ish fusion of Darian's soulful vocals, twinkling pianos and jazzy house percussion. His Syncopated Dub is even better, all warm synths, Henrik Schwarz-ish builds, twinkling pianos and shuffling rhythms. For those looking for a quick percussive hit, Iveson has also provided an excellent Beat Skit. Not to be outdone, Dave Lee also provides a clutch of remixes. Of these, it's the sweet boogie-soul groovery of the Joey Negro Dub that most impresses.
03 Sep 12
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Jask, Reed And Radley, Bruce Rodgers (Union Effect Music), Brisa, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Vermelho, Andreas Saag
Review: UK disco and house ledge Joey Negro returns - again - this time presenting four reworks of insouciant house jam "Take It To the Top" on his own Z Records imprint. Mule and Freerange alumnus Andreas Saag turns in two revisions, a "dubstrumental" and a straight up remix, with the latter ripe for peak time play. There's also an extended mix from Negro himself which teases out the lush disco arrangement beautifully and an acappella for the more creative DJs out there.
04 Feb 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Juno Recommends Funky House, Nicolas Bassi, Frankie Knuckles, Frankie Knuckles
Review: For the past two decades, Frankie Knuckles has specialized in creating the sort of warm, touchy-feely soulful house remixes that recall a more innocent age. Here he's at it again (alongside pal Eric Kupper), re-shaping the Sunburst Band's reveivalist disco-boogie jam "The Secret Life of Us" as a grandiose, string-laden homage to early days of E-fuelled soulful house excess. The Signature Mix makes great use of Diane Charlemagne's excellent vocal, layering it over a classic Knuckles groove and all manner of pads, chords and melodic touches. The Signature Dub, complete with epic intro and singalong chorus repeats, is if anything even better. A pleasing blast from the past, all told.
22 Sep 03
13 Jun 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Juno Recommends Disco, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Sleazy Beats Recordings, Trujillo, DJ Assassin (Recode Recordings)
Review: Notorious sample magpie and veteran housemaster Joey Negro returns with another instalment of the old skool flavoured Surround Sounds project. The EP opens with a suitably slinky deep house rub from the always reliable Session Victim, before heading towards freestyle/synth disco/early NY house pastures with a remix from Kola Kube themselves. While a touch cheesy round the edges (anything that apes freestyle usually is - roll with it), the NY House Mix boasts a suitably solid bottom-end and some nice dubbed-out touches. That just leaves two versions of the Special Dubb (vocal and instrumental), which hover between sun-soaked beach house, sparkling freestyle and retro synth disco.
19 Sep 11
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Lewis Ferrier, Juno Recommends Funky House, Husky (Random Soul), Johnny "d" - Henry Street
Review: Always effortlessly soulful, Joey Negro spotlights his Mistura project nicely on this EP via some excellent mixes of the sun-kissed "Better Things To Come". With nods to Paradise Garage-era disco and classic funky house, JN's club mix is 7-plus minutes of pure joy, while those who prefer a languid extension will go ape for his "Sunburst Dub". As well as a very valuable acapella of Kadija Kamara's outstanding vocal take, there's also an airing of the gospel-influenced house bomb, "Sweet Magic".
07 Feb 05
16 Sep 10
Played by: Will Sumsuch, Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Ben Watt, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Gavin Boyce (Nordic Trax), Giom, Olivier Desmet, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dirt Crew, Andre Lodemann, Juno Recommends Funky House, Struboskop, Pezzner, John Dalagelis, J&m Brothers, Vicmoren, Barrio Jazz Gang
26 Mar 07
22 Dec 09
23 Nov 10
12 Oct 10
16 Apr 12
Review: Z Records clearly don't do things by halves. Eschewing the usual format for remix albums - a CD's worth of reworks - Joey Negro's imprint is offering up a whopping 26 different versions of tracks from his debut Akabu full-length, The Phuture. So, where to start? Jimpster's touchy-feely deep house take on "Searchin" is as good as place as any (handily, it's the opening track). Elsewhere, look out for a splendid, soundscape mix of "Phuture Bound" by Ame, a tight and percussive builder from MCDE, a delightful Detroit techno-meets-electrofunk rework from Octave One, a skippy, old-skool garage excursion from Lovebirds (surprisingly) and solid contributions from Spirit Catcher, Shur-I-Khan and Andre Lodemann.
09 Apr 12
26 Aug 10
02 Apr 12
Played by: Osheen
10 Oct 11
Played by: Visti, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Mathew Bandy (Souldier), Juno Recommends Funky House, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Rony Breaker, Mighty Mouse, Cosmonauts, Questionmarq, Ellen Allien, Leg Jazz, Stephane Deschezeaux, Yass, Spirit Catcher
Review: Recently, Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee has successfully mined a rich seam of boogie and New York synth disco in his house productions. This collaboration with vocalist Joel Edwards continues that trend, fusing sparkling electrofunk synths and a deliriously positive vocal from Edwards with chunky house bottom end. The results are faithfully solid, offering a sharp and synth-heavy take on Lee's traditional disco-house sound. On the remix front, the usually synth-boogie heavy Spirit Catcher flip the script, this time turning in two versions dripping in cute disco touches and colossal old skool garage organs. As remixes go, they're pretty special.
26 May 11
25 Feb 13
Review: Mr Negro adds yet another party personality to add to the ever-growing list, and he's presenting it with the help of Freerange-faves Kyodai. Pumped with glittering pianos, strings and tight looping of the vocal, it's a surefire house hit that sounds just as timeless as it does forward thinking. For less vocal outlandishness head directly to the dub. And for more vocal outlandishness head directly to the acapella tool - hours of fun!
25 Jul 11
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Rotciv, Faze Action, Mathew Bandy (Souldier), Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Random Soul, Nine Lives
Review: Going back to his soulful, disco roots Joey Negro dives into his Doug Willis alias for these beauties, out on Z Records. "Music Speaks Louder Than Words" is a Philly/Salsoul bomb, complete with a huge chorus that could charm even the most gloomy and dour music fan. "Doug Be Good To Me" is another gem, this time channelling boogie basslines of D-Train or The Gap Band, while the new "Dougyoulator" mix of "Activated" fuses Italo sounds with a deepish, dubby vibe for yet another curveball from the multi-monikered master, and that's even before he channels the Bee Gee's and Yellow Magic Orchestra in one blinding stroke! With some producer friendly acapellas also included on the release, this is pure must-have stuff.
20 May 13
Review: Marking 20 years since its first release, Joey's beautiful One Way-sampling disco house joint gets another new lease of life thanks to Alex Kenji and Mr Willis himself. The former adds an alluring bump-bass jack (think Daft Punk's "Burnin'") while the latter just beefs the original up to contemporary production standards and ensures that crisp acid line is an equally strong feature as the lead sample. Also included is "Doug Biscuit", a more cosmic, dreamy house version of "Spread Love". Three first class takes on one of Joey's earliest releases. Spread the love today...
18 Jun 12
Don't Want You Back (J Paul Getto's Doesn't Want Anything To Do With You Anymore mix) - (6:14) 126 BPM
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), DJ Luis Machuca, Juno Recommends Funky House, Random Soul, Da Movelt Nasty Show
Review: Rocking a title that recalls Cat Stevens' seminal pre-electro oddity "Was Dog A Doughnut?", there's funky house in abundance on this return to man of many guises Joey Nego's Doug Willis alias - from the excellent glitterball swirl of "Universe of Sound" to J Paul Getto's powered mix of "Don't Want You Back". Also the dub cover of the Bee Gees "You Should Be Dubbing" is a gem that should be snapped up immediately by house and disco crate-diggers.
27 Feb 12
Review: David Lee dusts off some late 90s magic with this reissue of "Does It Feel Good 2 U?" (first released in 1998), which arrives replete with two new remixes from J Paul Ghetto. The original is pretty hard to beat, and it arrives here in extended form, all loopy disco elements and peak time vocals. There are also handy bonus beats and acapella version for the more adventurous DJs, but for our money the real gem here is the J Paul Ghetto dub - all simmering late night chords which create a slinky late night deep house vibe.
29 Oct 12
Played by: Ogris Debris
Review: A veritable Dave Lee classic from 2005, this sports one of the finest African chants ever to grace a house cut. Deep, driven but delightfully soulful and spirited, its timeless flavour has been reinvisioned Austrian duo Ogris Debris with a more left-centric message. With spiralling psychedelic meanders on the melody and an altogether trippier vibe, it complements the original without trying to outshine. For good measure Mr Negro himself has provided an edit of his original "Medusa" remix. And an acceplla. Hours of fun.
16 Jul 12
25 Oct 10
Played by: Ross Couch, Rocky (X-Press 2), Visti, Kraak & Smaak, Q-Burns Abstract Message, Straightoffthefloors.com, The Revenge, Gazeebo, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Slow It Down, Da Sunlounge, Neighbour, Combo (Bangana/Sumo), Los Charly's Orchestra, Hot Toddy, Mathew Bandy (Souldier), Juno Recommends Disco, Husky (Random Soul), Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Fredeverything, Distant People, Space Ranger, Mop Mop, Antek, Mustang, Leg Jazz
17 Sep 12