Review: Influential and prolific, Dave Lee has been one of house music's major proponents of soulful, disco-tinged, vocal tracks. Without question, he was instrumental in its development. Produced With Love is only the second ever Joey Negro album to be released and the first for more than 20 years. It proves that dance music with character still exists and rather than rely on sampling older records, the overwhelming majority of music is newly recorded. Rest assured that there's quite the supporting cast here, on the vocal front: the late great Diane Charlemagne on "Overnight Sensation", Canadian songstress and frequent Nick Holder collaborator Sacha Williamson on "I Recognize" and the legendary Linda Clifford on "Won't Let Go". Fellow London disco dons Horsemeat Disco collaborate on "Dancing Into The Stars" too. The second half of the collection focuses on Lee's impeccable remixes and yes: there is a version of "Must Be The Music" and a track by the inimitable Peven Everett entitled "Love Is Thicker Than Water" alongside several other gems.
Isley Brothers - "Ballad For The Fallen" - (3:09) 82 BPM
Glen Frey - "You Belong To The City" - (2:39) 109 BPM
Jones Girls - "You Gonna Make Me" - (8:05) 107 BPM
Bohannon - "Save Their Souls" - (2:55) 85 BPM
Kraftwerk - "Hall Of Mirrors" - (3:01) 95 BPM
Ohio Players - "Pride & Vanity" - (2:55) 86 BPM
Wet Willie - "Beggar Song" - (3:17) 89 BPM
Lionel Bart - "Anything" - (1:25) 109 BPM
Review: Last Christmas Strictly Breaks treated us to the killer first instalment of this compilation series, and this year, it seems, Christmas has come early. There are many things you can say about Jay Z, none is truer than the fact that when it comes to samples, the man has serious taste. These albums simply add up to great genre-spanning history lessons, and here we get essential electro gems by Zapp and Kraftwerk, vintage Egyptian crooning (Abdel Halim Hafez), sultry funk (Commodores) and even the British musicals of Lionel Bart!
Review: Given his credentials and track record, it's unsurprising that original disco and boogie artists are willing to let Joey Negro play around with their biggest hits. His first stab at this kind of multi-track remix, 2014's Remixed With Love, was such a success that he's decided to unleash another swathe of revisions over two vinyl double-packs. This edition features some killer reworks, including a sublime, on-point rearrangement of Gwen McRae's "Keep The Fire Burning" and a rolling, dubbed-out version of Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper" that rivals Larry Levan's classic remix. The veteran producer also successfully turns Pockets' "Come Go With Me" into a classic soulful house rub, and pushes Thelma Houston's "I'm Here Again" further towards disco anthem territory.