Review: An 18-track compilation here from Yam Who?'s uber-hip Midnight Riot label, featuring tracks from as many different artists. There aren't many A-list names on offer but the respected likes of Ivan Pica, Ken@Work, Sean Scanlan and Frank Virgilio are all represented, and given the sheer number of tracks it's going to be a very fussy disco/boogie/disco-house lover indeed who doesn't find SOMETHING to enjoy! Standouts for this writer include Pica's struttin', funk-fuelled 'I Don't Care' and Pierre-M & Ant Klent's equally funky 'Smiley Face'; also worthy of note are covers of The Clash and Terence Trent D'Arby, courtesy of Ken@Work and Lee Wilson respectively.
Review: After several close A/B listening sessions we're about 98% sure that this is a very, very faithful cover of The Clash's original rather than a simple bootleg, but the dancefloor's unlikely to notice! So file Ken's original mix under "plenty playable but perhaps not entirely necessary" and head straight for the brace of remixes (vocal and instrumental) from Yam Who?, who beefs up the bottom end and adds cascading disco strings and some killer jazzy piano licks before bringing in a saxman to well and truly wig-out over the closing section. Now THAT'S how you reinvent a classic!
Review: Two years have passed since the last Masterworks Music label compilation, so this fourth volume is long overdue. It's another expansive affair, with boss man Danny "80s Child" Worrall offering up no less than 20 exclusives from a mixture of label regulars and new recruits. As you'd expect, there's much to enjoy, with highlights including the rubbery and celebratory disco goodness of Surgery Edits' 'Get Up and Boogie', the hazy house pleasure of Dirtytwo's 'Desire', the string-laden peak-time rush of Chris Grubinza's 'Feel The Rush', the revivalist 80s boogie brilliance of Slync and Evie Adams' 'Fantasy', and the wonderfully loved-up 80s soul-meets-nu-disco warmth of Paper Street Soul's 'Fwok!'.