Review: The legendary American DJ and producer Arthur Baker helps Crosstown Rebels celebrate 15 years and an impressive 200 releases. Here, Baker - who is known for his work with hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, New Order and Pet Shop Boys reunites with Rockers Revenge for the first time in 30 years. You're in good hands with these veterans, as they deliver a euphoric and life affirming dancefloor bomb which reaches near spiritual moments - with its evocative qualities. Tough polyrhythms, soulful vocals and many a classic synth sound that Baker and Co. programmed over many seminal productions over the years. Remixes come courtesy of Francois K delivering s funky tribal rain dance rendition, while Kompakt main man Michael Mayer delivers reliable dancefloor drama - as he always does so well.
Review: London-based BBC radio DJ and selector in the clubs, Ronnie Herel, presents Neo Soul Sessions Vol 1, his debut compilation for BBE Music. A long-time ambassador of black music in the UK, clubs and radio, his brings his knowledge exclusively to BBE by presenting 13 hip hop and soul inspired tracks from UK artists like Omar, Etta Bond, Children of Zeus and Terri Walker to some transatlantic talent in Foreign Exchange, Phonte, Erro and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff! "There's a whole world of smokin' grooves out there," Herel says, "that most of the time gets overlooked...." But now with the Mi Soul Radio's head of music in charge, we're hand delivered some of the worlds best cuts that might otherwise go undiscovered. God Bless you Ronnie. Enjoy.