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: For their latest trip into celebratory disco territory, Glitterbox Recordings has asked Aussie rework fiend Dr Packer to get busy with a quartet of dancefloor classics. He begins by putting his stamp of LaTrece's Mark Kinchen-produced 1993 cover of Alicia Myers' "I Want To Thank You", giving it a breezier and more boogie-influenced feel, before moving further towards hybrid disco/soulful house territory on a fine rub of Shuya Okino's 2011 jam "Still in Love". Flip to the virtual flipside for a pitched down, electrofunk-fired rework of ATFC's "Bad Habit" that's more in keeping with the 1985 Jenny Burton cut on which it was based, and a gently beefed-up take on Soul Rebels' tasty cover of Rene and Angela boogie classic "I'll Be Good".
Review: No one does contemporary disco like Dimitri From Paris. And no one has the compilation licensing clout like Defected. Naturally this is a match made in glitterball heaven as DFP spans 40 years of grooves with a spotless collection of his own edits and upfront jams. Ranging from his own twists on standard disco gems such as "Le Freak" and "Lost In Music" to the likes of Disclosure's "F For You" and Todd Terje's "Delorean Dynamite" this is, without question, one of Defected's most extensive, expansive and exciting collections to date - which really is saying something. A natural fit for all house, disco and funk fans young and old.