Given his history as a maker of lusciously melodic, soul-flecked electronic music, Martin 'Atjazz' Iveson is a smart choice to remix the latest chunk of boogie-soul from Dave Lee's Sunburst Band project. Iveson's vocal mix is something of a morning fresh blast-from-the-past - a shuffling, Osunlade-ish fusion of Darian's soulful vocals, twinkling pianos and jazzy house percussion. His Syncopated Dub is even better, all warm synths, Henrik Schwarz-ish builds, twinkling pianos and shuffling rhythms. For those looking for a quick percussive hit, Iveson has also provided an excellent Beat Skit. Not to be outdone, Dave Lee also provides a clutch of remixes. Of these, it's the sweet boogie-soul groovery of the Joey Negro Dub that most impresses.
UK disco and house ledge Joey Negro returns - again - this time presenting four reworks of insouciant house jam "Take It To the Top" on his own Z Records imprint. Mule and Freerange alumnus Andreas Saag turns in two revisions, a "dubstrumental" and a straight up remix, with the latter ripe for peak time play. There's also an extended mix from Negro himself which teases out the lush disco arrangement beautifully and an acappella for the more creative DJs out there.
For the past two decades, Frankie Knuckles has specialized in creating the sort of warm, touchy-feely soulful house remixes that recall a more innocent age. Here he's at it again (alongside pal Eric Kupper), re-shaping the Sunburst Band's reveivalist disco-boogie jam "The Secret Life of Us" as a grandiose, string-laden homage to early days of E-fuelled soulful house excess. The Signature Mix makes great use of Diane Charlemagne's excellent vocal, layering it over a classic Knuckles groove and all manner of pads, chords and melodic touches. The Signature Dub, complete with epic intro and singalong chorus repeats, is if anything even better. A pleasing blast from the past, all told.
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