Review: Although many are aware of fluoro-topped dance showman Green Velvet and his anthem 'La La Land', maybe not so many know of his long history releasing important second wave Chicago house records under the Cajmere moniker. Hopefully that's all about to change with this new 29-track retrospective. Beginning with his brain-melting debut, "Percolator", we also get treated to sleazy camp "Chit Chat", retro diva house (Deep Sensation - "Get Together"), beautiful ecstasy-house (Johnny Fiasco - "Taurus"), gospel-house ("Feelin' Kinda High"), deep 90s memories (GU - "The Wheel") and the Prince-does-electro-house of "Only 4 U". 20 years on and still sounding fresh!
Review: Emotional Rescue's love affair with Dancefloor Records continues apace as they turn their attention to the staggeringly futuristic freestyle of Shavonne. Like much dance music of the era, Shavonne was something of a shortlived talent, but the production on "So, Tell Me, Tell Me" is next level for the original release date of 1989. On the "Clubhouse Mix" there are all kinds of classic rave samples knocking about in the mix while the "Trance Mix" pares things down to a sensual core, but it's in fact the bombast of the original "Vocal Mix" that really catches the ear. With it's pitched up vocals and nimble 808 beat programming it could easily align with Rustie and the like.
Review: Mi-Ami band member Damon Palermo pops up on the excellent 100% Silk label with a surprisingly varied EP of retro-futurist dancefloor fodder. As "Clubhouse" shows, his default position is classic sounding, string-drenched house - like Inner City or early David Morales with a postmodern wink (like a groovier Lone, perhaps). There's a touch of this vibe about the early moments of "I Can Feel The Heat", too, before it morphs into a no-holds-barred Italo-meets-disco house assault. It boasts an hilarious cock rock guitar solo, too. "Trax Crusader", meanwhile, is a tribal drum track that sounds like it would have done heavy damage back in the days of Twilo. Recommended!