Review: It has been quite the musical transformation of Australian west coast legend Greg Packer. A veteran of Perth's electronic music scene, who long time championed the sounds of drum & bass/jungle for a couple of decades, he created the the Dr. Packer alias as an outlet for his new found love of disco and has since enjoyed some of the biggest success in his career thus far. Ahead of a full-length album coming on Glitterbox Recordings, the reigning king of disco re-edits presents four of his versions of soulful dancefloor favourites old and new, giving a flavour of what's to come from the LP. From the uplifting soul power of LaTrece's "I Want To Thank You" (Dr Packer Re Edit), a downright electrifying slo-mo take on a funky house classic to "Bad Habit" by ATFC featuring Lisa Millett, and Soul Rebels powerful 'I'll Be Good" featuring Lisa Miller.
Review: Unbelievably, this much-sampled classic will be 20 years old next year. No doubt there'll be more new mixes on the way then, but in the meantime there's this very serviceable refix from deep house men-of-the-moment Saison. The London duo wisely leave those very familiar sweeping, string-like pads and Ms Clifford's spoken vocal to retain centre stage and concentrate their efforts on the bottom end, supplying a bassline and tough-but-muted drums to make the track more easily programmable for a new generation of DJs...some of whom won't even have been born when it was first released, but let's not dwell on that!
You Are You Are (Redux Inc & Digital Visions remix) - (7:06) 122 BPM
Review: Redux Inc launched earlier this year with a vinyl-only EP that boasted tasty revisions of the Jacksons' "Shake Your Body Down (To The Ground)". They've now turned their attention to the digital realm via this rework of Linda Clifford classic "You Are, You Are", which comes from the shadowy label owners (thought to be Aussie scalpel fiend Robbie Blanco) and production outfit Digital Visions. Clifford's classic, Broadway-influenced vocal and soaring orchestral backing track is given a not so subtle kick up the proverbial backside, as the assembled Redux Inc remixers underpin it with a rolling and chunky house groove. They've handled the original with care, of course, just made it a little more suitable for contemporary DJs.
Review: Originally released in 2007, Chicago heavyweight Ralphi Rosario released this pumping big room disco house tool which is reissued on digital in its three dubbed out versions. Another Windy City legend in the form of Lego: responsible for that anthem "El Ritmo De Verdad" back in the day appears, with his fierce and dusty rendition. The equally revered industry veteran from down under: Mr Greg Packer, dons his nu-disco alias again on a sparking dub remix of the previously mentioned version by Lego. Finally, it's back over to the locals in the form of 'Chicago's own' Jamie 3:26 with the "Disco Party Version" which does exactly what is says on the tin: we particularly enjoyed this one.
Review: Half the fun of each new Ibiza season is the accompanying DJ mix albums that ensue. Here it's the turn of Z Records' legend, Joey Negro, who compiles and selects Z Records Presents Ibiza 2017. With Joey Negro you know you will always get an expert blend of house and disco, new and old. Here we see exclusives rub shoulders with first time digital virgins. Highlights include Dr Packer's thumping edit of "Change Position (88)" by Brooklyn Express, the hazy bass twangs of "Phantom" by A Band Called Flash and the warm electro of "It's More Fun To Compute" by Negro himself.