Review: Joey Negro focuses entirely on the Brit Funk movement of the 1970s and 80s on his latest mix compilation. The twenty-three tracks provide an extensive history on the genre and contain a number of extremely rare and very sought after crate digging collectables. Avoiding the huge hits of the scene which appear on retrospectives the world over, Negro unleashes a host of the genre's underground club hits that remained only on the local scene, many of which were re-edited by Negro exclusively for this compilation. Do not miss this.
Review: Following the critical and commercial success of Strut's first trawl through the Factory Records archives, it's no surprise to see a second selection hitting the shelves. This time round, former Factory Benelux man James Nice takes over from Bill Brewster as curator. It's an inspired choice. While Brewster's selection touched on both well-known classics and little-known gems, Nice has largely steered clear of the obvious. As a result, FAC Dance 02 is a mine of little-known gems, from the bizarre Arabic disco of Fadela and post-punk voodoo of Biting Tongues, to the smoky dancefloor dub of Sir Horatio and vintage synth weirdness of Ad Infinitum.
Review: Factory Records has always been a source of fascination for music historians and reissue merchants, though their focus has usually been on the label's indie credentials. Here crate-digging experts Strut take a different approach, shining a light on the label's contribution to dancefloor culture in the post-punk years. Largely steering clear of the biggest anthems, FAC Dance offers a good mix of familiar tunes ("Love Tempo", "Confusion", "Cold As Ice" etc), long-forgotten gems (see the alt electro-funk of A Certain Ratio and Marcel King's E'd-up Hacienda anthem "Reach For Love") and genuine curiosities (check The Duratti Column's dubbed-out proto Balearica, the piano-laden Latino vibes of Quando Quango's "Genius" and Biting Tongues oddball post-punk Afro-fusion). A fitting tribute to a truly visionary label.