Review: Unbelievably, this much-sampled classic will be 20 years old next year. No doubt there'll be more new mixes on the way then, but in the meantime there's this very serviceable refix from deep house men-of-the-moment Saison. The London duo wisely leave those very familiar sweeping, string-like pads and Ms Clifford's spoken vocal to retain centre stage and concentrate their efforts on the bottom end, supplying a bassline and tough-but-muted drums to make the track more easily programmable for a new generation of DJs...some of whom won't even have been born when it was first released, but let's not dwell on that!
Review: Undoubtedly the strongest selling point of Z Records' second set of "Dubstrumentals" (largely instrumental remixes to you and me) is the sheer number of previously unreleased mixes on offer. Sure, the quality of the disco and house cuts on show is uniformly excellent but it's unusual to get so many previously unheard treats in one place. There are some genuine gems, too, including a sparkling Hot Toddy nu-disco instrumental mix of Joey Negro's "Stomp Your Feet", an inspired Saison instrumental of Akabu & Linda Clifford's "Ride The Storm" that features two exquisite extended breakdowns, a must-have "Disco Blend Instrumental" of Joey Negro and Horse Meat Disco's "Candidate For Love", and a stellar, proto-house style dub of The APX's "Sweet Surrender".
Review: Kicking around for ten-plus years in the inter-continental jazz scene is German ensemble The Bahama Soul Club who breathe new life into their project with a new album, Bohemia After Dawn! It presents the outfit's fifth studio LP which this time finds its spirit through the coastlines of Algarve where it was recorded. Drawing deep inspiration from the multicultural verve of young worldly folk drawn to the bohemian coasts of the most southwestern part of Europe - where hippiesque hedonism, infinite musical diversity, and offbeat enchanted lifestyles fuel the scene - downtempo percussion, subby beats and strong vocals ultimately meet in tracks like "Castelejo (Hommage E Vitor Hugo)". Highly relaxed, uber-cool and with a surprisingly fresh and sweet summer sound, Bohemia After Dawn delivers a unique blend of soul, jazz, funk, blues, bossa nova and multicultural sounds.
Review: Recently, Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee has successfully mined a rich seam of boogie and New York synth disco in his house productions. This collaboration with vocalist Joel Edwards continues that trend, fusing sparkling electrofunk synths and a deliriously positive vocal from Edwards with chunky house bottom end. The results are faithfully solid, offering a sharp and synth-heavy take on Lee's traditional disco-house sound. On the remix front, the usually synth-boogie heavy Spirit Catcher flip the script, this time turning in two versions dripping in cute disco touches and colossal old skool garage organs. As remixes go, they're pretty special.
Review: New Yorker Jesse Calosso has made a name for himself with releases on Tuskegee, Whippin, Hot Creations and is no stranger to Cuttin' Headz. Likewise, Londoner Bas Ibellini is a big name in tech house and runs his own Peculiar party in the capital. They team up with lyricist Sheff here, described as a modern day 'Egyptian lover meets P-Diddy' with a Greek feta twist who puts the 'P' in Positive.' "Ride The Rhythm" is a deeply meditative and tribal experience made for a raindance, while the ever reliable Brit-German Ben Rau (Inkal) remixes it into a funky and tough rolling jam that's sure to rock the party, peppered with moments of acid, classic house pianos and latin polyrhythms. Second offering "Make You" is a sleazy and bass-driven minimal house groove that's perfect for the afterparties.
Review: Z Records clearly don't do things by halves. Eschewing the usual format for remix albums - a CD's worth of reworks - Joey Negro's imprint is offering up a whopping 26 different versions of tracks from his debut Akabu full-length, The Phuture. So, where to start? Jimpster's touchy-feely deep house take on "Searchin" is as good as place as any (handily, it's the opening track). Elsewhere, look out for a splendid, soundscape mix of "Phuture Bound" by Ame, a tight and percussive builder from MCDE, a delightful Detroit techno-meets-electrofunk rework from Octave One, a skippy, old-skool garage excursion from Lovebirds (surprisingly) and solid contributions from Spirit Catcher, Shur-I-Khan and Andre Lodemann.
Review: Remarkably, three decades have now passed since Dave Lee AKA Joey Nergo inaugurated his label, Z Records. To mark the occasion, Lee has compiled this suitably epic, 44-track retrospective. There are plenty of big tunes and underground anthems present- see Jakatta's "American Dream", Raven Maize's "The Real Life", The Sunburst Band's "Everyday" and Doug Willis's "Spread Love" - as well as some of the veteran DJ/producer's favourite catalogue cuts and some slept-on gems. Throw in a string of memorable remixes - think Ame's remix of Akabu's "Phuture Bound", Grant Nelson's vintage rub of Z Factor's "Gotta Keep Pushin" and Joey Negro's revision of Patrice Rushen disco classic "Haven't You Heard" - and you've got a brilliant retrospective of one of house and disco's most consistent labels. Don't sleep!
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".
Ride The Storm (Charles VBV & Dalite short radio edit) - (2:48) 128 BPM
Ride The Storm (Charles VBV & Dalite club mix re-edit) - (6:49) 128 BPM
Ride The Storm (Charles VBV & Dalite club mix) - (6:49) 128 BPM
Ride The Storm (Steven Lee "TalkBack" remix) - (7:22)
Ride The Storm (daZZla 2012 remix) - (6:20)
Review: Summer is all about anthems, and you can never have too many refreshed weapons. With that in mind it's great to see New York based Carl Kennedy revisiting the 2008 smash 'Ride The Storm'. The Pete Tong tipped producer drops this at the perfect time with summer in full swing and one of the busiest. The incessantly catchy 'Ride The Storm vocals from Roachford wont leave your head for days, and Carl's rerub alongside MYNC does all the right things to bring it bang up to date. Feel good house which was made for the sunshine. Let's go party!!