Review: The latest in the 'Katakana Edits' series sees GreySkoolEdits reaching back to two different eras in the long and storied evolution of Da Funk. In the red corner there's 'Trouble In My Mind', a reworking of Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul's '(I've Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind' from way back in 1973, while there's more "trouble" to be found in the blue corner, where we find the Greys revisiting Troublefunk's 1982 go-go fave 'Pump Me Up' - this time, somewhat unusually, augmenting the source material with some brand-new scratch shenanigans courtesy of UK turntablist The Incredible DeeJay Random.
Review: A swing version of Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam"? Now this demands a listen! Driven by super-powered accordion squeezes and a stomping 4/4 that refuses to quit, its presence is instantly felt. Coated with Swingrowers trademark harmonies and neat spittage from The Lost Fingers, this is everything a cover version should be - original, fun and wholly unique. Get pumping!
Review: Mr Johns is a re-edit machine, with an endless flow of retweaks of tracks from many different genres to his credit. Just recently he was reworking old acid house tunes, but now for this long player he's tackling vintage funk. There are nine jams to choose from here, kicking off as he means to go on with the celebratory "House Party", and along the way we get slinky Fender Rhodes heavy pop funk ("Prove My Love"), Average White Band's stone cold classic "Pick Up The Pieces" and the breezy smoothness of "Ease Your Mind".
Review: In which no fewer than 24 rock and indie classics get reworked for the dancefloor. Admirably, the mysterious V avoids the temptation to simply whack a 4/4 kickdrum under everything - in fact, many of the cuts could better be described as remixes or reworkings rather than simple re-edits. Inevitably, some of the resulting concoctions work better than others - and which you think that applies to may depend on your views on the original source material - but if you're looking for a way to drag non-house/disco lovers onto the floor, this collection should serve you well.