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: It was all the way back in 2011 when New York disco outfit Odyssey were resurrected to re-record their infamous The Journey, a piece of music which has a lifeline longer than most of you readers, and one that will probably stretch out to infinity. As they do, the ISM imprint has now decided to revive the damn thing again with a pack of worthy remixes to celebrate its 40th anniversary! Jay Sutherland's revision of "Native New Yorker" takes all the original disco charm of the tune and represents it with a heftier groove for contemporary dance floor thrills, whereas legend Al Kent shapes "Inside Out" into a mighty fine, sexified disco-soul nugget that's bound to destroy any respectable club apart. There's the original mix, featuring Romina Johnson on the vocals, of course, and a tasty instrumental.