Review: If you hadn't already guessed, Lakeshore Commission is another alias of Dave Lee AKA Joey Negro, a producer who has had more pseudonyms over the years than we've had hot dinners. "Together (Right Now)" is a tribute to legendary disco-era bassist, producer and arranger Randy Muller, a man best known for heading up Brass Construction, Skyy and Funk Deluxe. As you'd expect, Lee is on the money, utilizing vocals, synths, bass, electric piano chords and crunchy drums that recall the multi-talented artist's late 1970s heyday. Lee also offers three alternative versions: a tidy Instrumental, a handy Acapella and the "JN Raw Uncut Mix", which layers up additional percussion whilst allowing the original instrumentation room to breathe.
Review: This excellent collection from Z Records draws together some of boss man Joey Negro's favourite label cuts of 2019, many of which he of course had a hand in either producing or remixing. There are naturally tons of superb multi-track remixes of disco gems old and new (see the versions of the O'Jays, Delia Renee, Tamiko Jones and Double Exposure), as well as fresh revisions of vintage Joey Negro house productions under other aliases (Doug Willis, Z Factor, Foreal People) and a swathe of killer cuts that join the dots between disco and house (Sunkids and Chance, Four80 East and CeCe Peniston, Bobby D'Ambrosia and Michelle Weeks). Throw in tracks and remixes from the likes of Fouk, Crackazat and Lay-Far and you have a superb collection of peak-time-ready workouts.
Review: The Z Records crew is off to the White Isle of Ibiza and they want us to dance along at home - hence this fittingly summery selection of celebratory disco and house gems. There are naturally plenty of recent label highlights (see the cuts from Crackazat and JKriv & Adeline) and a swathe of fine tracks and revisions from boss man Joey Negro. Amongst the many highlights you'll find the celebratory disco brilliance of Bob Sinclar, Dimitri From Paris and Byron Stingily's "Love Is The Answer", the boogie/house/soul fusion of Opolopo's colourful revision of "Searching" by Roberto De Carlo and Dyanna Fearon, the soulful house sweetness of Cookie's "Best Part of Me (Unreleased Original Mix)", and Faze Action's epic, solo-laden, jazz-funk style re-make of Raven Maize classic "Forever Together".