As part of Sonar Kollektiv's 15th anniversary celebrations, Jazzanova has remixed one of their favourite tracks, Joe Bataan's 1967 smooth Latin soul shuffler "Ordinary Guy". The original was remade by Bataan many times in various styles (boogaloo and disco included), but none were as effortlessly sunny, loose and organic as Jazzanova's re-recording. Bataan's original vocals are laced over a sun-bright lazy soul groove. With loose drums, gorgeous guitars and the lopsided swing of a live performance, Jazzanova's vocal and instrumental takes are both wonderfully authentic and naggingly addictive. There's also a great drum break in the middle, tailor-made for mixing.
DJ Vas, a former member of 1990s French house outfit Kojak, returns to action with a slinky selection of floor-friendly re-edits. First up, early Cameo jam "C To The Funk" gets a rolling, undulating rework - all looped grooves, parping horns, urgent vocals and '70s funk attitude. Vas then adds a little house swing to Joe Bataan's clav-heavy "Call My Name", stripping out most of the vocals to emphasize the original's killer groove. The un-credited "One Love" is a wide-eyed chunk of sensual sweetness, while Kleeer's "Winners" gets turned into an inspired slab of soaring jazz-funk goodness. Impressive stuff.