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Crate-digging reissue specialists Africa Seven has decided to flip the script on this fantastic album, asking a range of contemporary producers to "re-imagine" a string of rare soul, funk, Afrobeat and disco jams. Thrillingly for those who remember the original West London broken beat scene, the comp contains some killer "bruk" revisions - not least Silkie's brilliantly fluid and groovy take on Ekambi Brillant's "Soul Castle" and EVM's rolling, Bugz in the Attic style revision of M'Bamina's "Mosi Zole". Elsewhere, Appleblim delivers a typically fuzzy and bass heavy rework of Sorry Bamba, Dj Food chops up Sookie's organ-laden funk slammer "Rhythm on Rhythm" an IDM heroes Plaid join the dots between vintage African jazz and woozy electronica. In a word: superb.
When it comes to cheery, sun-soaked South American disco and boogie edits, few can match the happy-go-lucky thrills served up by Brazilian DJ/producer Joutro Mundo. For proof, just check this latest expansive collection of Brazilian disco and boogie "reworks" on Midnight Riot. Sadly, there's not enough time or space to name-check every highlight, but we suggest that you make a beeline for Joe Black collaboration "De Pe No Chao", a brilliant tweak of an elastic, synth-heavy, Portuguese language disco-boogie cover of the Jacksons' "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground"). Also worth closer attention are the horn-heavy, mid-80s goodness of "Mariana", the delay-laden afternoon shuffle of "Olhos de Sa" and the low-slung, rock-tinged dub disco brilliance of "Os Passaros".