Review: We can think of few DJs more suited to compile a retrospective of killer 1990s house and garage than Z Records boss Joey Negro and Fanatix member Neil Pierce. It's perhaps unsurprising then that this follow-up to Negro's admired 2015 compilation is packed to the rafters with must-have treats. There are naturally some suitably big cuts present - see Kerri Chandler's fine mix of N-Joi's "Anthem" and Todd Terry's rub of Martha Walsh's "Runaround" - but for the most part the selections will be new to all but a small collection of veteran US garage enthusiasts. Our highlights include the riff-powered goodness of Slam Mode's "100% Power", Marshall Jefferson's deep dub of Screamin' Rachael's "Rock Me" and the soulful rush of Donald O's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright".
Review: If you're after some unabashedly retro disco and disco-house thrills, this latest comp from French label Springbok will serve you nicely. With 15 tracks there's no room to detail them all, but to pick some highlights, Tommy Glasses' 'Your Love' channels 80s garage, label boss Stephane Deschezeaux's 'Jump!' harks back to French touch of the late 90s and samples a famous Stacy Lattislaw vocal while it's at it, Saskin S makes similarly free with Randy Crawford on 'Streets', Alan Junior ploughs a deeper furrough on the jazz-funk inspired 'Groove Me', and JB Boogie's 'Woodoo Lady' is a proper brass-parpin' funk fest that sounds 40 years out of date, but in the best way possible.