Review: Having previously impressed on No Matter What with some suitably comfy deepness, Alex Agore pops up on MLR with an altogether more upbeat production. With its sturdy beats, classic pads, nagging bassline and old skool vocal, "Free Yourself" is a delicious throwback to the world of 1990s US house. Throw in some MK-ish organ stabs and you've got a New York style bumper that should get 'em going out on the dancefloor. Jon Brooks and Cecil handle the (virtual) flip, dropping something no less old skool but a whole lot deeper. Called "Vintage Crackle", it quietly bumps along on a wave of Rhodes keys and smoky atmospherics.
Review: London label i&i Musik surfaces with their debut transmission which spreads a powerful yet roots-laden message from the combined talents of Jamaica's highly acclaimed reggae veteran Mike Brooks, Archiver, Adalphus, and Matteo Boyero. Up top, the original version of "Pusherman" sees the vocals of Brooks sit perfectly over an Archiver production, followed by a classic dub take. Here Archiver strips back the track allowing all the intricate layers to breathe with the guitars (courtesy of Matteo Boyero), flutes & driving bass and drums taking centre stage. Down below Archiver and Boyero team up with Wallace Adalphus whose vocals bring an infectious and positive charm to "Good Morning".
Review: With the 2016 Ibiza summer season in full swing, Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee has gathered together a bumper collection of label tracks that are currently doing the business on the White Isle. There are few surprises amongst the 28 selections - think swinging piano-house, soulful grooves, sun-kissed broken beat, contemporary disco reworks and synth-heavy boogie-house - but the quality threshold remains remarkably high throughout. Highlights include Lee's glistening 2016 re-rub of his vintage Doug Willis anthem "Spread Love", a deliciously loose and synth-laden Fouk rework of The Sunburst Band, the bad-ass boogie business of Spirit Catcher's "Rendez-Vous", and a killer 1995 rework of Fonda Rae's "Over Like A Fat Rat" from U.S house legend Victor Simonelli.
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.