They say that if you remember either summer of love (the '60s or '80s ones) then you weren't there. This can't be completely true because Tony Johns remembers what was played during the latter one and he's retweaked them for our listening pleasure. It's a great package featuring five late '80s anthems, best listened whilst wearing Levi 501's, Doc Martin shoes, Smiley t-shirts and paisley bandanas for full effect. Highlights include the arpeggiated Afro-disco of "Yeke Yeke", the early EBM classic "Los Ninos Del Parque" and the punishing thump of Baby Ford's techno rave banger "Oochy Koochy".
Mr Johns is a re-edit machine, with an endless flow of retweaks of tracks from many different genres to his credit. Just recently he was reworking old acid house tunes, but now for this long player he's tackling vintage funk. There are nine jams to choose from here, kicking off as he means to go on with the celebratory "House Party", and along the way we get slinky Fender Rhodes heavy pop funk ("Prove My Love"), Average White Band's stone cold classic "Pick Up The Pieces" and the breezy smoothness of "Ease Your Mind".
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