Review: As Dance Mania continues to bring the goods back to wax and digital, so Paul Johnson's classic entry in the development of ghetto house gets a look in 20 years after its original release. From the cheeky fun and games of "Feel My MF Bass" to "Booty Call" (for all the lovers of "Percolator" out there) you're never going to have a dull time with one of these jams playing out. It's a demonstration of when dance music truly knew how to be rough and ready, with little more than a beat and a couple of catchy samples.
Review: Chicagoan veteran Paul Johnson has always been something of a chameleon. While he made his name with pumping jack tracks and Chi-town acid, he's also released boompty, ghetto tracks and straight-up funky fodder. "Let Me See You Butterfly" is a full-on ghetto-funk affair, like an updated version of his occasional mid '90s outings on Dance Mania (think looped vocals, footwork-influenced rhythms and plenty of cheeky hustle). The pumping (and rather fine) original comes backed with no less than eight remixes. There's not room to wax lyrical about all of them, but we suggest checking the Cosmic Kids' brilliant disco version (a groover of gargantuan proportions), Romain BNO's techno-funk makeover, and DJ Deeon's trio of deep jack-meets-Dance Mania mixes.
Review: It's been two decades since the release of Paul Johnson's The Other Side Of Me, his first full-length outing for Relief Records, and third in total. To celebrate the occasion, Chiwax has put together this re-mastered 20th anniversary edition, updating the iconic artwork to reflect Johnson's advancing years. Happily, the album still sounds undeniably fresh all these years on, with highlights coming thick and fast. Check, for example, the proto-boompty bump of "No Big Thing", the Larry Heard on steroids deepness of "Love Is Free", the Dance Mania style ghetto thump of "Mothafucka", and the bombastic techno stomp of "Tone Generator".