Review: In which no fewer than 24 rock and indie classics get reworked for the dancefloor. Admirably, the mysterious V avoids the temptation to simply whack a 4/4 kickdrum under everything - in fact, many of the cuts could better be described as remixes or reworkings rather than simple re-edits. Inevitably, some of the resulting concoctions work better than others - and which you think that applies to may depend on your views on the original source material - but if you're looking for a way to drag non-house/disco lovers onto the floor, this collection should serve you well.
Review: European nu-jazz band Club Des Belugas - with a storied history on Chinchin Records - take up residence on the somewhat mysterious Glamjazz label. Be they an orchestra, sextet, live band or in the studio, the multi-talented cast all meet on a sound somewhere between lounge, swing, Latin flair and American black soul of the fifties, sixties and seventies. This album in particular takes reference from that classic space pop sound of the '50s in "Set Fire To It All" - featuring that classic quote 'how to avoid difficult situations' - next to a cavalcade of big band horns in numbers like "Quitting The Bad Habits". With flurries of jazz-funk next to more mediterranean sessions in "Casually", find clubbier vibes in "Hazy (Club Des Belugas remix)" alongside full musical soundtracks in others like "Don't Stumble". An album that really touches on that cool Morcheeba sound that's in tune with a fanfare of global jazz.