Review: Hallelujah it's DJ Spen with a new testament of vocal heavy, diva-praising gospel house. Justify yourself with tracks by The BlackKnight and soulful piano numbers by Assurance. With the compilation pumping in around the 130bpm mark there's "Heaven" to be found in the sweet high notes of a Stacy Kidd, Tasha LaRae & DJ Spen' collaboration, and according to Byron Stingily "It's all Jesus". In remix form Spen's best work here is best found in DJ Booman's "God's Got It" and a whole host of others For those introduced to gospel house by Robert Hood's Floorplan project, this is your next stop to righteousness.
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".
Review: Exploited's semi-regular "mini compilation" series continues, with Shir Khan collecting together a quintet of new cuts from the label's extended roster. Michelle Owen kicks things off with the Inner City-ish hustle of "What Say You", before Ray & Kjevic drop a wonky chunk of retro-futurist soulfulness in the shape of "No Choice". Elsewhere, Urulu's "It's Over" delivers deepness and bass-propelled bump in equal measure, while Sishi Rosch's "Movedatass" channels the spirit of Miami bass into a rave era chugger. Pavel Petrov's "Violet View", meanwhile, delivers a luscious fusion of intricate pianos, deep house atmospherics and nu-disco synths.
Review: The series is the result of house legend Joey Negro's admiration for all the semi anonymous vinyl junkies that he has encountered on his own vinyl quests. Following the success of the Red Greg-compiled first instalment, we now have veteran radio broadcaster and soul aficionado Paul Phillips delivering his selection of long-lost classics. It's a veritable feast of rare disco releases (25 in all!), highlights of which include the glossy Philly sounds of State Department's "Slow Love", the Chic-isms of Pike's "Good Feelings", the digital electro-funk of Midnight Energy's "Saving Of My Love" and the sublime synth-soul of Ron Richardson's "Ooh Wee Babe".