Review: Hit makers Rodgers and Edwards' mammothly influential Chic songs enjoy one of the finest curatorial salutes from UK disco's most discerning torch-bearer/creator Dave Lee. Digging deep into his vaults and unearthing some of the best homages, references and blatant covers, Negro join the dots and delivers some rarities you may have never heard before. Get lost in the music of She's shiny guitar strumming "Easy Money", freak out to Charanga 76's "Good Times" and get lucky with Van Jones's "Not About That"... Everyone knows about the hits and influence, most of us know how important a role Chic played in sample culture but Negro has gone the extra mile to celebrate some of the lesser known references Chic have had over the years. Freaking great.
Review: Known for their releases on Yam Who's Midnight Riot, the appropriately-named Shit Hot Soundsystem call shotgun on this latest digital drop from Bordeaux-based Discoalition label. "Flashback" is a wonderfully vibrant slice of retro modern disco, taking all that is classic about the genre but executing it with a contemporary sheen. It sets the tone for this EP as a whole to be honest; witness the delightful disco chug of MB Unlimited's "Float On" or the filter heavy funk stomp of JB Dizzy's "Love Slip". Discoalition founders SEEN ON TV round out matters with the brass heavy delights of "Reach For The Stars."
Review: Sadly, we couldn't find much concrete information about this quirky compilation from perennial weird rock crate-digger Johnny Kitchen. It's basically a collection of odd, left-of-centre American garage rock, pre-progressive curiosities, funk-fried West Coast pop and acid-inspired jazz-rock strangeness, all of which could be described as "obscure" or "little known". It offers a glimpse into the strange musical fusions found at the fringes of American rock music in the mid to late 1960s - a period when the consumption of strange new drugs was opening the "doors of perception" (as William Burroughs put it). As such, it's an excellent collection, whether or not you're a garage rock aficionado.