Review: Veteran soul man Victor Haynes has enjoyed a long relationship Expansions, having first released on the long-serving UK label way back in 1993. "Take It To The Top" is his fourth album in total and first for five years. It contains 13 new songs penned by Haynes and produced by the artist in collaboration with Pete May. It's a typically smooth affair, with Haynes delivering effortlessly soulful vocals atop tracks that variously touch on classic soulful house ("Take It To The Top", "Strong Love"), jazz-funk ("Do I Qualify"), boogie ("Round & Round"), revivalist '60s soul ("My Sweetest Temptation"), seductive slow jams ("Giving My All To You") and acid jazz (the Incognito-ish Latin shuffle of "Help Me feel The Sun").
Review: It's been nigh on 30 years since Jon Marsh and co released their second album 'Happiness', which spawned the massive singles 'Hello' and 'The Sun Rising'. A collection of remixes called 'Blissed Out' followed eight months later, but that set has never had a digital release... until now, that is! As it probably inevitable with a collection of mixes that were tailored to the club tastes of 1990, one or two of the cuts haven't aged that well but there's still plenty to enjoy here, including two less-overplayed takes on 'Hello', the ragga-vocalled Muffin Mix of 'Time After Time' and the Ratpack-biting Special K Dub of 'Pablo'.