Review: Congratulations to the Katakana Edits crew, who have now reached a half-century of releases. Their 50th EP of sneaky reworks boasts contributions not from familiar label favourites, but a couple of hitherto unseen debutants. SOKA takes top marks for opener "Happiness (Dirty Dub Redaction)", a brilliant dub disco style revision of a cheery disco anthem full of echoing vocal snippets, loose-limbed drum fills and what sound like backwards guitar solos. Soka's second contribution, "Baretta", sees the producer move further towards jazzy, funk-fuelled deep house territory via all manner of woodwind and brass solos, while Goji Berry's "Lay Me" is a sensual and eccentric chunk of slow motion disco sleaze.
Review: This decidedly epic collection marks Katakana Edits's first foray into the compilation market and is designed as a "best-of" style outing. It boasts 30 reworks, mash-ups, remixes and re-edits gleamed from the prolific imprint's first 50 singles. Naturally, club-ready material comes thick and fast, with a multitude of genres - think swamp funk, disco, dub disco, electrofunk, Italo-disco, hip-hop, reggae and dancehall - and wide variety of tempos represented. Naturally, some of the reworks tend towards the well known, though there are also plenty of rubs of lesser-known gems for those who want to dig deeper than familiar peak-time anthems. Most importantly, the standard remains impressively high throughout.