Review: There's no doubt that Sophie Lloyd and Dames Brown's "Calling Out" - a gospel-disco stomper built around bold piano riffs, killer grooves and a strong, sing-along chorus - is fast becoming one of the anthems of 2018. This package doesn't boast the spine-tingling original, but rather some alternate takes from Floorplan (AKA Detroit techno legend Rob Hood and daughter Lyric Hood) and scalpel maestro Danny Krivit. The two Floorplan revisions naturally drag the track further towards storming gospel-house territory, with the fantastic Revival Mix - all crunchy Chi-Town drums, wild organs, jaunty pianos and relentless chorus - hitting home especially hard. Krivit, meanwhile, does a terrific job of teasing out the track before brilliantly alternating between Brown's jangling pianos solos and the killer chorus. Basically, Krivit's ten-minute take is arguably the definitive version.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: The latest Glitterbox compilation is something of an epic, featuring two all action DJ mixes from bossman Simon Dunmore, and 40-odd unmixed, DJ-friendly tracks. Naturally, the emphasis is on celebratory, feel-good workouts, with Dunmore's superb selections taking in classic disco and boogie (Change, Shirley Lites, the Originals), contemporary disco-fired workouts (Purple Disco Machine, BB Boogie's soul-fired "Sweating and Shaking"), cheery disco-house anthems (95 North, Reverendos of Soul) and all-out peak-time house gems (see the contributions from Eli Escobar, KiNK and Dj Chus and the Groove Foundation). Highlights are plentiful throughout, though it's hard to beat Louie Vega's 12-minute rework of Sylvester disco classic "Dance".