Review: Lux Experience has followed the well-trodden path towards rework superstardom, releasing material on Giant Cuts, Masterworks Music and Kolour Recordings before pitching up on Midnight Riot. Happily, the nostalgic Norwegian is once again in fine form, serving up a tasty, club-friendly cut-up of a lesser-known P-funk treat complete with boom-bap hip-hop vocal samples ("On Tha 1") before breathing new life into a boogie-era '80s soul gem in a Mullet Records style ("The Night"). Arguably best of all, though, is EP closer "City Vibes", which underpins clipped guitars, P-funk synth-bass and smooth vocal snippets with a rolling house beat.
Review: Midnight Riot's first celebration of gospel-fired disco and boogie, "Take It To Church", was rather special, so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Happily, we can confirm that Yam Who and company have once again nailed the brief. As with its predecessor, the 23-track set offers up a scintillating, soulful mixture of bumpin' gospel house (see Redsoul's superb "Born Again" and DJ Spen's bass-heavy tweak of Boorman's "God's Got It"), righteous disco-house (the Showfa, Alan Dixon, the piano-heavy stomp of Yam Who's "Tomorrow"), synth-laden gospel boogie (Dr Packer, Yam Who's tidy revision of Andre Esput's "Call Me"), breezy sing-alongs (Lux Experience) and plenty of dusty disco, electrofunk soul rearrangements (Divine Situation, Sweet Jubilees, Phil Jaimes). In other words, it's another essential collection.