Review: Here, original 1970s jazz-funk/disco-soul combo Odyssey have been tempted out of retirement to re-record some of their best-known hits and fan favourites in the company of London producer Yam Who. They're lucky in some regards that they're in the company of a talented and sympathetic producer, because in the wrong hands "Legacy" could have been a dog's dinner. As it is, it works brilliantly, with now familiar favourites like "Use It Up & Wear It Out" and "Inside Out" given tasteful but distinctly different updates that should appeal to die-hard fans and newcomers alike.
Review: For disco heads, this Odyssey remix set should be an exciting prospect. Admittedly, the tracks being remixed are their 2011 re-recordings (originally seen on last summer's Legacy album) rather than the 70s and 80s originals, but don't let that put you off - especially as some of the reworks are superb. There's plenty of delightfully floor-friendly fodder on show, from Ray Mang's guitar-flecked re-invention of "Use It Up & Wear It Out" and Flash Atkins' Shaft-goes-dub-disco take on "Don't Tell Me Tell Her" to the everything-but-the-kitchen sink antics of Faze Action and DJD. While not every mix hits the spot, there's more than enough to warrant further investigation.
Review: Freekwency pop on ace label Voyeurhythm with a three-tracker that offers a distinctly contemporary take on the dubbed-out synth disco sound of early 1980s New York and labels like Prelude, Vanguard and later Salsoul. Don't Tell Me" available in vocal and stripped back dub form is authentic in its construction, mixing dubbed-out electronic drums and thick synth bass with the sort of chords, riffs and melodies often found on both deep house and contemporary nu-disco cuts. Short-and-sweet bonus track "Double Take" sticks to the same principles, offering a more straight-up nu-disco vibe for DJs who prefer modern thrills.