Review: It's been two years since the first installment of Hudd Traxx's Out Of Order series, which contained some fine material from previously unheard talents. This follow-up tweaks the formula slightly but retains the same high quality threshold. Experienced producer Julian Sanza predictably hits the spot with "Pata Negra", where Steve Hillage style guitars and ghostly chords ride a smooth-but-bumping deep house groove. The Joyfull Family [sic] raise the tempo significantly on the stripped-back but bombastic jam "I Gonna Love This", while Manooz wraps himself up a big duvet on the deep and soulful "Love The Underground". As if that wasn't enough, there's a bonus chunk of trippy deep house in the shape of Little Fritter's "Different Day".
Divinity - "Glad I Met Jesus" (original mix) - (4:30) 83 BPM
Divinity - "Come To Me" (original mix) - (3:54) 83 BPM
Review: Massive in Memphis but criminally under-known elsewhere, Lee Moore's work behind the scenes with a cornucopia of Stax talents lasted over a decade and saw him develop a variety of alter-egos and side projects on Score and LM Records. Here Past Due bring together his finest and most rare, all re-imagined and remastered across five stacked 12"s. From the Chic-level disco momentum of his First Family affairs, the synthetic experimental sounds of Alien to the sprightly p-funk odysseys under his own name and the 80s electro boogie of Le Gamby, Moore's party portfolio is about to be celebrated and respected in the way it always should have been. Trust us, this is the heaviest gram you'll ever buy.
Review: Second time around for Hans-Peter Lindstrom's decidedly Balearic, prog rock-tinged Late Night Tales selection, which first saw the light of day back in 2007. This time round, it's been given a gloss of new paint in the form of a sparkling digital remaster. While this is all well and good, the selling point remains the Norwegian producer's excellent, left-of-centre selections. There's another chance to check his own cover of Vangelis' "Let It Happen", classic Balearica from Fearn Kinney and Carly Simon, acapella action from Todd Lundgren, freestyle ambient jazz-funk from George Duke, a slew of forgotten prog rock faves and a brilliant dub track from Oslo mates Prins Thomas and Todd Terje ("Reinbagan").
Review: Given the infamous depth of Nick The Record's vinyl collection, you'd expect this contribution to Z Records' excellent Under The Influence series to be packed to the rafters with unheralded gems. Predictably, it is, delivering 22 cuts that should be thrillingly new to all but the most dusty-fingered collectors. Picking out highlights from such an excellent and in-depth collection is tough, but try the steel drums-laden celebration of Boogsie's "Can't You See Me", the synth-laden jazz-funk badness of "Keep Your Shoes" by MC and His Great Googa-Moogas, and the fizzing, melody-rich 808 electro of Ronnie Jones "Video Games". If that's not enough there's also a swathe of DJ-friendly re-edits from Nick himself.