Review: It wouldn't be summer without every house label under the sun releasing an Ibiza-themed compilation. To be fair to Dave Lee's long-running Z Records imprint, they've been delivering White Isle-themed collections every summer for many years. Given that their sound - a blend of funk-fuelled grooves, soulful house, tech-tinged anthems, disco re-edits, boogie revivalism and classic US garage influences - is well suited to sun-drenched alfresco parties, it's little surprise to find that Z Records Presents Ibiza 2015 is rather good. While much of the standout material comes from Lee himself under a variety of guises (check, in particular, the Doug Willis jam "Crystal Lover"), there are also top-notch cuts from Sean McCabe, Opolopo and Fibre Foundation, whose cover of disco/boogie classic "Weekend" is simply superb.
Review: Released on Joey Negro's Z Records, Rio spinner DJ Meme whips through thirty of the best from Z on this new mix - available either as individual unmixed tracks or as one continuous mix. Always a haven for the best soulful and funky house, Z Records highlights such as JN's mix of Doug Willis' "Power To The People", Sean McCabe's mix of JD73's "Think Twice" and Akabu's "The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be" make for an effortlessly bumping and uplifting voyage.
Review: With Christmas party season in full swing, Joey Negro has decided to reissue a couple of classic jams from his disco/boogie/jazz-funk revival project, The Sunburst Band. Both "Here Comes The Sunburst Band" and "U Make Me Hot" were featured on the expansive live outfit's 1998 debut album, and one of the contained remixes of the latter track - by long-serving smooth groover Yam Who - first saw the light of day on vinyl in 2004. The other remixes, though, are brand new. Fouk turns "Here Comes The Sunburst Band" into a spiraling, toughened-up disco-house smasher, before jazz-leaning producer Daniel Producer delivers vocal and instrumental versions of "U Make Me Hot" that sit somewhere between smooth hip-hop soul and vintage Herbie Hancock.
Review: Six years on from launching the It's A Summer Groove series, Joey Negro returns with a fifth selection of sunshine-friendly tracks from the Z Records vaults. While much of the label's output - soulful, accessible, funky and heavily influenced by disco, funk and boogie - could be described as "summery", there's something particularly bright and breezy about the 21 tracks gathered together here. Highlights are naturally plentiful, from the smooth disco-soul goodness of the Reflex's recent remix of the Sunburst Band's "The Secret Life of Us", and the terrace-friendly piano house of Shur-I-Kan's rework of Zo & Erro & Phonte, to the vibraphone-laden boogie-house goodness of Rainbow Connection and Taka Boom's "Surrender".
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: Over the years, Joey Negro has delivered compilations focusing on a wide range of styles and sub-genres, including soulful disco, Italo-house, early U.S disco-rap, and Washington D.C go-go. Now he's turned his attention to electro, the style that did more than any other to inspire Britain's first wave of DJs and dance music producers. This "personal collection" contains a mixture of stone-cold scene classics - Aleem's Leroy Burgess-fronted "Release Yourself", Hashim's scene anthem "Al Naayafiysh (The Soul)" and Dwayne Omar's P-funk influenced "This Party's Jam Packed" - alongside deeper selections such as Kosmic Light Force's brilliant - and hard to find - L.A electrofunk classic "Mysterious Waves", and The Russell Brothers thrillingly intergalactic "The Party Scene".
Review: Hit makers Rodgers and Edwards' mammothly influential Chic songs enjoy one of the finest curatorial salutes from UK disco's most discerning torch-bearer/creator Dave Lee. Digging deep into his vaults and unearthing some of the best homages, references and blatant covers, Negro join the dots and delivers some rarities you may have never heard before. Get lost in the music of She's shiny guitar strumming "Easy Money", freak out to Charanga 76's "Good Times" and get lucky with Van Jones's "Not About That"... Everyone knows about the hits and influence, most of us know how important a role Chic played in sample culture but Negro has gone the extra mile to celebrate some of the lesser known references Chic have had over the years. Freaking great.
Review: Joey and his Sunburst pals get the treatment from two well respected men in the form of Ross Couch and DJ Spinna. Spinna takes "Trust Me" back to the mid '80s with lavish analogue synths, 808s and an overall snake-like proto-house sound. Couch, meanwhile, takes "Only Time Will Tell" into a more upbeat pasture with Blaze style piano majesty. Making great use of the strings, both his original remix and equally thumping dub pump with a timeless house soul that could enliven the sleepiest crowd. Perfect.
Review: Dave Lee knows a thing or two about selecting remixers, and he seems to have got it right again here. It's soulful house veterans Mark Bamford and Richard Earnshaw who are the "chosen two" this time round, and they duly give Lee's Sunburst Band a thorough club makeover. Their version of "I'll Be There 4 U (Garden of Love)" does all the right things in all the right places, remaining true to the source material whilst adding a booming new bassline, UK garage style vocal cut-ups and Innervisions-ish rising and falling chords. Lee dons his Joey Negro guise to provide a solid Club Mix that sticks closer to the original's spiraling jazz-funk-meets-boogie vibe (check those synth solos).
Review: It's another tight looking instalment on Z Records for legend Joey Negro's Sunburst Band outing - proper music for the body and the soul! You get plenty of action and a load more props on here: "Only Time Will Tell" and "Face The Fire" are both retouched with the lovely Angela Johnson's vocals, whilst Marlow & Truby secure your floor needs with two clubbier remixes. Check Joey Negro's refix too, of course - the man can do no wrong.
Review: Here's a downloadable version of Z Records' limited edition Record Store Day vinyl remix package of four tracks by label boss Joey Negro and his Sunburst Band. Sizzling electro-funk lead track "Taste The Groove" is given a low-slung, chugging 'Walk The Night'-style disco makeover by Hot Toddy. "Why Wait For Tomorrow" is teased out into up to 11 minutes of vintage disco ecstasy (in over three different mixes!) by Al Kent. "Definition Of Luv" also gets some super camp New York housey lovin' from Sean McCabe.
Review: Joey hinted at the quality of this album three weeks ago with the joyous single "In The Thick Of It"; but we don't think anyone could've predicted just how good the rest of it would be. Brushing on a broader canvas than previous albums, the wide collection of sounds and grooves here are some The Sunnie's best to date. From massive boogie curveballs like the slap-bass, cosmic disco instrumental "Jazz The DMX" to the timeless shimmering funk "My Way" (featuring fellow legend Diane Charlemagne) via straight up string-soaked house "Why Wait For Tomorrow" and myriad instances of criminally sexy P-funk, this album won't be a secret for too long.
Review: Joey's live band get geared up for the summer with a brand new single. It's been a while since we heard any brand new material - almost four years in fact - but, as with pretty much all of Dave Lee's projects, it's been worth the wait. With soothing harmonies, infectious percussion, a gutsy bass groove and lavish strings, it's an instant heart warmer with instant appeal. For those looking for a more stripped back groove, head directly to the Latin Escapade dub where you'll hear that slick, strolling bass in all its live glory. There's also an instrumental, reprise AND accapella on offer, meaning no DJ need is left out. Truly sun-splashed, let's hope it encourages some better weather...
Review: Z Records presents a fine remix package of Joey Negro's and The Sunburst Band's hit-wonder "Definition Of Luv" featuring Diane Charlemagne. Sean McCabe is up first and he takes a proper garage path to the mix, adding in some beautifully rolling percussion work and moulding Charlemagne's vocals to the point of total joy, whilst Joey Negro extends his mix further by emphasising the power of those boogie bass-tones; there's even have a Sean McCabe dub to follow - a real exploration of the word 'groove'. Joey Negro then dubs it out himself by removing the bulk of the vocals and delivering sheer instrumental magic, while McCabe's instrumental and accepella are provided for all your mixing needs.
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: Throughout his long career, Swedish producer Andreas Saag has flitted between deep house and nu-jazz, crafting a melodic, musically rich and soul-flecked trademark sound. He's a good choice, then, to compile and mix a collection of Z Records' deeper moments. There's much to admire on this unmixed version (Saag's mix is included as a bonus cut), from the flowing keys and fluid grooves of the Swede's own remix of The Sunburst Band v Atjazz's "When The Lights Meet The Sky", to the string-laden beauty of Andre Lodeman's rework of Akabu's "Another World". Highlights come thick and fast, with further notable selections from JD73 (remixed brilliantly by Tornado Wallace), Jupiter Beyond, The Sunburst Band (reworked by Recloose) and, of course, Joey Negro.