Review: A UK disco master with almost 30 years experience, when Dave Lee aka Joey Negro presents his selections we all sit up and listen. Here's his take on the year that was and it's brimming with 19 rich and rewarding gems to see us through the holidays. Highlights include the deep gospel shuffle of "Reach Out (Atjaz remix)" by Sean McCabe, the sizzling crackle of camp disco accelerator "Unique (New York Underground mix)" by Danube Dance & Kim Cooper and Pezzner's warm synth funk rework of "Candy Coated Perfection" by Opolopo and Diane Charlemagne.
Review: No, don't worry, it's not the Ibiza closing party... Ibiza remains open all year and promoters are already organising line-ups for 2013. This is the label boss Joey Negro's personal closing party. And having spun tunes there for well over 20 years, he knows how to select the very best party tracks. No-nonsense funky house business, then. With a strong nod to the bass influence in today's dancefloor patter, too. Cuts like Z Factor's "Sound In The Air" and Spirit Catcher's "Absolute Drop" both reference the old while sounding band up to date with crisp, vibrant production qualities and dominant bottom end. There's plenty of Joey's own material here. Appearing in his many guises expect to find an ace rework of Jakatta's "American Dream", a handful of Doug Willis flavours and a rather fetching Kaytronix remix of Akabu. The party season might be over, but it'll always be open in your heart if you invest in this...
Review: Jamie Lewis's Purple Music label can usually be relied upon to provide high quality material that sits somewhere between sunlit deep house, classic soulful house, smooth tech-house and Latin-influenced bumpers. That's exactly what you get on this expansive ninth compilation of label highlights. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic disco-house shimmer of House Device's "Love Me (Back to 54)" and MK-influenced "The World Changes" by A&M, to the deluxe soulful disco-house of Harley & Muscle's "Then Came To You" (featuring the classic tones of former MAW vocalist India), and the carnival shuffle of Dario D'Attis' "Tres Rosas".
Review: Of Dave Lee's many pseudonyms, Mistura is arguably one of the most overlooked. Yet he's periodically used the pseudonym to release some superb material, from the live disco-meets-classic US garage flex of 1999's "Think Positive" and deeper "Tonight" (1998), to 2011's Sunburst Band-goes-house vibe of the hummable "Better Things To Come" (very Masters At Work, circa Our Time Is Coming). This first Mistura compilation brings together the singles to date, while also offering an impressive range of acapellas (including two different takes from boogie legend Taana Gardner on "Sweet Magic") and alternative mixes. Of these, it's Todd Edwards' vintage mix of "Tonight" that most impresses, though it's far breezier and less cut-up than his more familiar style.