Review: Midnight Riot Records is not wrong when they describe this single from previously unheralded act The Wanda as "dancefloor dynamite". While the combo's original version is not present, all three remixes make much of the fine duet vocals from stone cold legend Chaka Khan and honey-voiced reggae singer Beres Hammond. Qwestlife kicks things off with a rolling, superbly soulful electrofunk interpretation, before Dr Packer re-casts it as a cheery chunk of disco/boogie fusion full or positive synth riffs and Chic style guitars. Those looking for more up-tempo peak-time thrills should check out Danny Kane's version, which expertly joins the dots between proto-house, nu-disco and soulful house.
Commencement On Slavery With A Gender Perspective - (13:11)
Review: Ssaliva and Wanda Group are already affiliated to a certain extent, thanks their respective releases for Vlek, with the latter also having previously appeared on both Opal Tapes and NNA Tapes - two of the most interesting labels around at the moment. This time, they go head-to-head for a split release on Svetlana Industries, a young and vibrant label comprised of a diverse spectrum of electronic sounds - from deep, deranged techno to fuzzy machine drones and experimentations. "Fantasy 33" sounds like the beginning of a dream, where watery synths collide to form a meditative cluster of harmonics and chirping melodies, whereas "Arcadia" takes us on a seductive disco ride through sci-fi landscapes and retro-filtered sounds; "Die Gem", on the other hand, re-inserts the electronic sensibility which opened the EP and forms a rather gorgeous arrangement of sequenced basslines and soft, dreary-eyed pads. Finally, "Commencement On Slavery With A Gender Perspective" is the filthiest of the lot, sounding something like Kevin Drumm on a heavy dose of downers, where the minute crackles and noise infusions are balanced against a relatively tranquil, aqueous soundscape.
Review: Given his credentials and track record, it's unsurprising that original disco and boogie artists are willing to let Joey Negro play around with their biggest hits. His first stab at this kind of multi-track remix, 2014's Remixed With Love, was such a success that he's decided to unleash another swathe of revisions over two vinyl double-packs. This edition features some killer reworks, including a sublime, on-point rearrangement of Gwen McRae's "Keep The Fire Burning" and a rolling, dubbed-out version of Grace Jones' "Pull Up To The Bumper" that rivals Larry Levan's classic remix. The veteran producer also successfully turns Pockets' "Come Go With Me" into a classic soulful house rub, and pushes Thelma Houston's "I'm Here Again" further towards disco anthem territory.