Review: Few British DJs have such an instinctive grasp of '90s house and garage as Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee - he was a major player on the scene during the period, of course - so it's little surprise that the Essex producer's recent tribute comp was rather special. This sampler contains five killer tracks from the compilation, including some genuinely hard-to-find gems. Kerri Chandler's frisky, sweaty, and oh-so percussive "Ladbroke Grove" is arguably one of the great man's lesser-known classics, while the FK Groove rework of Mood II Swing and Fonda Rae's "Living In Ecstasy" is a classic chunk of soulful US house that's well worth revisiting. USG's "Ncameau", meanwhile, still goes for silly money on vinyl, and sees Ron Trent effortlessly fuse deep and soulful house with the assistance of Peven Everett (on trumpet, bizarrely) and Anthony Nicholson. All killer, no filler.
Review: Here Z Records boss Joey Negro presents his own take on the everlasting 90s revival. Just like on all his other projects he's dug deeper to present gems the label say may have until now slipped under the garage doors (i.e. haven't yet been granted digital immortality). Highlights of these 26 rarities include Robert Owens' smooth n' sultry synth jam "Gotta Work", the bitchy disco of "Unique" by Danube Dance & Kim Cooper and the raw attitude of Mike Delgado's "The Murder Track". With this fine release, who needs a time machine?