The 20th anniversary of iconic New York house label Henry Street Music has previously been celebrated via a series of 2014 reissues of classic material from Clone. Now, BBE has taken the baton, putting together a superb retrospective that stretches across five CDs and, in this case, three heavyweight slabs of wax. Wisely, BBE has chosen to pack it with both must-have classics - Bucketheads' "The Bomb", Armand Van Helden presents Old Skool Junkies' "The Funk Phenomenon", and DJ Sneak/The Polyester's string-laden disco-house bomb "Show Me The Way" - and lesser-known gems. It's these that really set the pulse racing, with Timmy Regisford's hard-to-find - and utterly brilliant - remix of DJ Duke and Roland Clark's "D2-D2 (I Get Deep)" standing out.
An Argentinian born, London dwelling, veteran DJ with about three decades experience of rocking dancefloors, Fabiolous Barker is a seasoned pro. Here he delivers more of his hard-hitting disco house reworks for Midnight Riot. There's a maturity to these tunes - with highlights including the deep and synthy sauce-house grinder "The Paradise", the campy '70s disco-rocker "Tattoo" and the cool Miami freestyle electro restyling of Bryan Ferry's "Limbo". Sophisticated boogie!
Defected have ambitious plans for their upcoming Ibiza season. In fact they've so much hot new music that they need three mix CDs to feature them all. This year the club brand relocate to Amnesia's famous terrace and Simon Dunmore has been recruited to present us with its soundtrack. Expertly mixed, the mixes here are presented digitally and include all the individual tracks too. There's a whopping 42 slices of forward thinking future house here including highlights from Guti, Reboot, Session Victim, Chez Damier, Louie Vega and Damian Lazarus to name but a few. Roll on summer!
You know you've made it when the likes of Fatboy Slim appears from semi retirement just to cover your hit tune. Here we have Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' massive retro-electro-boogie hit, "Uptown Funk", tackled in fine, groovy party style by mister Norman Cook with the help of Jerome Robins, and there's even a rap from Idris Elba.
Originally a hugely popular cut from Spen's Transition LP, "Stranger" now returns for a victory lap of remixes. First up, Demarkus Lewis rips it up with some seriously sizzling US garage vibes whilst retaining Spen's raw Southern blues croon, Todd Terry and Thommy Gypsy team up with Spen himself for a stripped back linear house version, whilst Luyo's gospel house rework sees honky tonk piano, harmonica and Spen's naked vocals take centre stage. Ncurger's "Thump" remix ends thing on a unique chain-gang-stomp-goes-electro tip for possibly the best mix of set.
Sheffield duo Corbeau, aka Luciano Giaimo & Adam Smith, are building a steady names for themselves with their unique brand of smooth and melodic UK bass music. Here they've hooked up with London label Form & Function for possibly their biggest release yet. With just two tracks, it's a short and sweet hit, but who's complaining? The original version is all slinky rhythms, retro '90s organ riffs and seductive female vocals. "Need You" is over seven minutes of skippy funky house-pop.