Review: The trouble with Tonbe is you've no sooner finished reviewing one long-player than the next one arrives! With such a prolific output, it's all the more wonder that the Serbian nu-disco stalwart manages to maintain the quality standard - but make no mistake, quality is what you get here. One or two tracks (eg opener 'Live My Life') veer a little too far down the pop route, but just check out the strutty 'This Is Party', euphoric Hammond workout 'Change The Mood' or the jazz-tastic closing triptych that begins with 'Keep On Moving, Keep On Grooving' and you'll surely agree that Tonbe is a rare talent indeed.
Review: For the latest volume in Quantize Recordings' Quintessential Sessions mix series, DJ Spen has handed over the reins to London scene stalwart Booker T. His mix is naturally hugely entertaining and expertly crafted, but the real boon is the wealth of unmixed tracks. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the sprightly piano house soulfulness of Booker T's own rework of 'L.O.V.E' by Beloved and Sheree Hicks, the vibraphone-laden warmth of Sean McCabe's revision of Spencer Morales' M.F.S.B-sampling 'Without Your Love' and the organ-sporting bounce of Manoo's take on Dave Anthony's luscious 'She Don't Know', to the booming big room muscularity of KlavaKeys' 'Power Drive', and the bumpin' late night fizz of Spen & Thommy's re-edit of 'Let It All Go' by Pat Bedeau.