Review: We can think of few DJs more suited to compile a retrospective of killer 1990s house and garage than Z Records boss Joey Negro and Fanatix member Neil Pierce. It's perhaps unsurprising then that this follow-up to Negro's admired 2015 compilation is packed to the rafters with must-have treats. There are naturally some suitably big cuts present - see Kerri Chandler's fine mix of N-Joi's "Anthem" and Todd Terry's rub of Martha Walsh's "Runaround" - but for the most part the selections will be new to all but a small collection of veteran US garage enthusiasts. Our highlights include the riff-powered goodness of Slam Mode's "100% Power", Marshall Jefferson's deep dub of Screamin' Rachael's "Rock Me" and the soulful rush of Donald O's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright".
What Love's Gonna Do (DJ Spen/Gary Hudgins remix) - (8:52) 123 BPM
What Love's Gonna Do (Modaji Heavenly Deep mix) - (5:03) 127 BPM
What Love's Gonna Do (DJ Spen/Thommy Sublevels remix) - (6:49) 123 BPM
What Love's Gonna Do (Modaji Club mix) - (6:40) 127 BPM
What Loves Gonna Do (Modaji Rubber dub) - (6:57) 127 BPM
Review: Veteran American singer Joi Cardwell who had a string of 90s club hits now sees her tune "What Love's Gonna Do" reworked by some top remixers. There are five reworks beginning with DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins' back-to-98 soulful garage-lite mix before Spen combines talents with Thommy Sublevels for a less fussy low-slung 4/4 house cut. Elsewhere Modaji's Heavenly Deep Mix is exactly that - a beguiling, off kilter jam that's like floating on fluffy electronic clouds. He also provides a further two mixes - the shimmering funky house of his "Club mix" and a spectacularly hypnotic and stomping "Rubber dub".