Review: With the 2016 Ibiza summer season in full swing, Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee has gathered together a bumper collection of label tracks that are currently doing the business on the White Isle. There are few surprises amongst the 28 selections - think swinging piano-house, soulful grooves, sun-kissed broken beat, contemporary disco reworks and synth-heavy boogie-house - but the quality threshold remains remarkably high throughout. Highlights include Lee's glistening 2016 re-rub of his vintage Doug Willis anthem "Spread Love", a deliciously loose and synth-laden Fouk rework of The Sunburst Band, the bad-ass boogie business of Spirit Catcher's "Rendez-Vous", and a killer 1995 rework of Fonda Rae's "Over Like A Fat Rat" from U.S house legend Victor Simonelli.
Review: Belgian duo Spirit Catcher seem to have been forgotten a bit in the last few years, despite releasing music that's far superior to most nu-disco and boogie-flavoured deep house. In case you'd forgotten, their bright, warm, synth-heavy style - electrofunk goes deep house, if you will - pre-dates the nu-disco explosion. Here they pop up on Dave Lee's Z Records imprint with a trio of cuts that utilize grooves from underground synth-funk classics. The resultant tracks are every bit as fun and well-produced as you'd expect, with the breezy "Rendez Vous" and '80s soul-goes-Tiger & Woods flex of "Absolute Drop" just edging out the BB&Q-sampling "Street Skills".
Review: Belgian duo Spirit Catcher have been producing uber-slick, disco-tinged electro-house/proto nu-disco for almost ten years. However, their sound can maybe veer towards being a bit too tasteful, a bit dry, so teaming up with pastel clad 80s enthusiasts Mullet has awoken a playful sense of fun in their style. "Final Call" is an electro-boogie anthem featuring the cheeky vocals of Mr Renard and "Never Give Up" sees the pair embark on a delicious analogue synth-funk mission. Label boss Casio Social Club remixes the lead track in a Mylo stylee but it's Tad Wily's deep n spacey odyssey that's really floating our yacht.
Review: It's kinda impossible to mention Mullet Records without mentioning the 1980s, simply because, well, they are obsessed with them! It was a great time for electronic production, so who can blame them? Here label boss Casio Social Club compiles another installment of his remix work and lots of great stuff on offer. Highlights include his icy mix of Nine Lives feat (the) Jaki Graham, his scratchy breakdance mix of Sare Havlicek and the melancholic excursion of his Phonetica/Soulemotion rework.