Five years ago, Shur-I-Kan successfully reworked "Smile", a 2012 single from Dave Lee's lesser-known Mistura project. Such was the success of Tom Szirtes's re-rubs that Lee has asked the former Freerange man to provide rubs of the previously unheard Mistura cut "Love to the Limit". There's a wonderfully positive, retro-futurist feel to the veteran producer's Club Mix, which weaves Bridgett Grace's classic-sounding vocal in and out of a backing track laden with jaunty New Jersey organ stabs, sweeping chords and a tactile, early U.S garage groove. It comes accompanied by two late night dubs: the muscular, driving deepness of the Request Dub, where filtered piano riffs and delay-laden vocal snippets cluster around a thumping groove, and the Tony Humphries-meets-Frankie Knuckles flex of the wonderfully warm Zanzibar Dub.
Of Dave Lee's many pseudonyms, Mistura is arguably one of the most overlooked. Yet he's periodically used the pseudonym to release some superb material, from the live disco-meets-classic US garage flex of 1999's "Think Positive" and deeper "Tonight" (1998), to 2011's Sunburst Band-goes-house vibe of the hummable "Better Things To Come" (very Masters At Work, circa Our Time Is Coming). This first Mistura compilation brings together the singles to date, while also offering an impressive range of acapellas (including two different takes from boogie legend Taana Gardner on "Sweet Magic") and alternative mixes. Of these, it's Todd Edwards' vintage mix of "Tonight" that most impresses, though it's far breezier and less cut-up than his more familiar style.