Review: Around the turn of the millennium, experienced production partnership Eric Wilkman and James Donaldson released a handful of fine EPs as Sunkids, including a pair of solid singles featuring vocalist Chance. The first of these was 1999's "Rescue Me", a soulful and intoxicating number that remains one of the most memorable vocal house records of the period. Here the 20 year-old track gets a new lease of life thanks to remix maestro Dave Lee AKA Joey Negro. His version mixes warm new instrumentation - bass, Rhodes chords, jangling piano stabs, spacey synths and so on - with Chance's original vocal and the kind of loose, skipping beats that were once the hallmark of US garage. As a result, "Rescue Me" sounds more delicious and floor-friendly than it has ever done before.
Review: This excellent collection from Z Records draws together some of boss man Joey Negro's favourite label cuts of 2019, many of which he of course had a hand in either producing or remixing. There are naturally tons of superb multi-track remixes of disco gems old and new (see the versions of the O'Jays, Delia Renee, Tamiko Jones and Double Exposure), as well as fresh revisions of vintage Joey Negro house productions under other aliases (Doug Willis, Z Factor, Foreal People) and a swathe of killer cuts that join the dots between disco and house (Sunkids and Chance, Four80 East and CeCe Peniston, Bobby D'Ambrosia and Michelle Weeks). Throw in tracks and remixes from the likes of Fouk, Crackazat and Lay-Far and you have a superb collection of peak-time-ready workouts.