For one pulse-racing moment, we initially thought that "Swing Mood" might be in some way related to "Swing The Mood", the dire, Glenn Miller-sampling Jive Bunny megamix single that shockingly topped the charts back in the late '80s. Thankfully, no cartoon rabbits are involved, and Glenn Miller isn't spinning in his grave. Instead, "Swing Mood" is a formidable, drum-heavy club cut that gleefully cuts up an old swingtime fave. Castaman's remastered Edit is the one for club plays, while the Disco Cool Remix cuts down the horns and concentrates on the almighty drums for those sweatier, more energetic moments.
Afla Sackey is a man with a vision, and that vision is to fuse African rhythms with big band horn action. Now together with his new orchestra (Afrik Bawanta) the Londoner is realising this vision. This single boasts four excursions into the genre he's dubbed Afro-funk: the almost acid-jazz of the title track, the laid back 70s funk of "Life On The Street", the urgent and upbeat "Old Lady" and the gorgeously lilting "My Lady".