Review: Has anyone ever made a comment about College giving us a 'schooling' in electro? If not, why not? In fact this is such grade-A melodious material that technically he's giving us a 'university-ing in electro' but that doesn't really flow quite as well. Anyhow, if you know College's material you'll already be on top of this. And if you don't then we suggest you sample the shivering, atmospheric delights of "Frontiere" or the Vangelis-like drama of "Piege" and you'll understand why College needs your attention. While most electro bandits are still pressing the bass buttons, this French artist is reminding us of the more subtle, delicate heritage of the genre. Back to class!
Review: While all of these mysterious cover versions of b-boy funk classics might be ascribed to a gaggle of unknown acts ("The Poly-Tones", "Leroy Palmer" or "The Jackson Dodds Trio"), they are in fact all the work of Bamboos producer Lance Ferguson and his team of session stars. The crew kick the righteous crap out of gold-plated funk favourites such as S.O.U.L's "Burning Spear", Johnny Pate's "Shaft In Africa", Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" (definitely one for ATCQ fans) and Bob James' "Nautilus". The latter is a great example of the wide-eyed imagination and skill at work here - transforming James' subdued fusion hit into a rip-roaring samba party. Hugely fascinating and hugely funky stuff.