Review: In the 30-odd years he's spent producing heavy, TB-303-laden house music, DJ Pierre has never released an album under his most familiar alias. Wild Pitch: The Story sets out to put the record straight. It contains a mixture of previously unheard cuts and remixed classics in his distinctive Wild Pitch style (think dark, restless, mind-altering and funk-fuelled early morning workouts), with a few surprises thrown in. Highlights include a thumping re-make of 1993 slammer "Fall" - all jammed-out warehouse riffs, delay-laden vocal samples and thickset acid bass - the acid/deep house/gospel fusion of the Dr Martin Luther-King sampling "Meet Hate With Love" and a particularly wonky, acid-laden cover version of Donna Summer classic "I Feel Love". In the words of Roach Motel: "Wild Pitch, I love you".
Review: Following a host of releases with his Sunburst Band, Z Records boss Joey Negro is back to perhaps what's he's best known for: spinning light and soulful disco house. This second in the series kicks off with the handbaggy "Smile" by Mistura and take in thumping diva business "Every Day Of The Week", sublime techy house "Life Is So Strange", unsullied authentic disco "Power To The People", acid-jazz on "Better Things To Come" and the phaser-heavy, electro-boogie of "Begun To Love".