Review: A one-man powerhouse of studio funk, Adam Gibbons' Lack of Afro alias has amassed an enormous catalogue of remixes and rarities in a relatively short space of time. On this Freestyle compilation, some of his most dynamic funk, Latin and boogaloo-shaped makeovers are here to savour, such as his extension of the Hot 8 Brass Band's "It's Real" or the more disco-slanted rejig of Kraak & Smaak's "Squeeze Me".
Review: What a way to start a re-edit label: Dennis Parker (aka Wade Nichols)'s disco classic, "Like An Eagle"! Taking its time to revel in its own greatness, this hazy sunkissed classic now spans over ten minutes! Elsewhere Marathon's Ben Becker also tackles sizzling '70s funk (Tony Danza Experience), The O'Jays classic "I Love Music" and Quincy Jones' immortal "Ai No Corrida". An impressive label debut.
Review: Given his success with the similarly minded Buddha Bar compilations, it's little surprise that Music For Dreams has asked DJ Ravin to compile their third "best of" collection. The Mauritian selector predictably does a fine job, delivering two exotic, globally focused mixes of material from the downtempo and Balearic label's extensive archives. For DJs, it's the unmixed tracks that most excite, and the chance to own a fine range of cuts variously influenced by dub, slow house, tango, dub disco and, of course, sun-soaked Balearica. Ravin's selection also includes a few chunky floor-fillers, with the cheery dub of The Kenneth Bager Experience's "What's My Name" and Serge Devant's shuffling deep house rub of Hess Is More's "Yes Boss" standing out.
Review: Oh my, it's another African Roadtrip, and we all know that means nothing but good vibes for all men and women! They've put together another fine collection of super-duper edits for us, each one of them offering something different to dancers worldwide. First up, Rober Helms' magnetic funk bomb, "Sekele I like It", is chopped and and reqired by Raphael, who also throws in some fine boogie action on his rework of Bozambo's "Nanas-Disco". Albion's edit of "Disco Choc", from Experience 7, is a pure disco-ball classic, all strings and euphoric love in the air, while Kotey's 'tweak' of "Push Am Forward" from Afro National is a gloriously militaristic march through the African planes. What a gorgeous lil' tip!