Review: According to London label New State, Paul Harris and Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas have really enjoyed the process of putting together Days Go By (The Retrospective). They have gone back over their work and picked out some of their favourites over the years - a whopping 18 tracks, 19 remixes and a continuous mix by Harris. Speaking of the remixes: the Dumont & Wagener remix of "Human Love" gets onto an emotive and Balearic tinged trip, the remix of "Electric Love" by NYC house hero Eli Escobar remix gets well funky, and the always impressive Parisian Fred Falke delivers a typically neon-lit rendition of "Emma" from several years back. Along the way, while searching through music, video and photographic archives it has brought back lots of memories for the duo - and given them new energy and inspiration for their future music plans.
Review: Gabriel Roth's and Neal Sugarman's Daptone Records label have been a shining beacon in funk music for almost ten years. Launched off the back of the incredible Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, they've both reached the mainstream via work for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse and simultaneously kept their core, vinyl-loving fans on board too. This twenty track best of really is an essential purchase for anyone that's slept on classic releases such as the Otis-recalling Charles Bradley's "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)", Sharon Jones' popcorn favourite "Got A Thing On My Mind", Bob's slow and deeply soulful "Gotta Find A Way" and the mighty instrumental force of the Poets of Rhythm, here marked by their cover of that evergreen US rock classic, "Suzie Q".
Review: Teniente Castillo's Madrid-based disco/nu-disco imprint Play Pal Music got off to the perfect start last year, delivering a sweet compilation of re-edits, reworks and original tracks that found its way into the playlists of many top selectors. This follow-up repeats the formula, delivering a wide range of goodness, from the string-drenched nu-Balearic goodness of Trip Guitar's "El Vuelto", to the baggy, horn-heavy, filter-sporting disco-funk revivalism of Disco Tech's "Let Me". Highlights are plentiful, from the superb re-edits of Get Down Edits (whose touchy-feely "Holdin' Me Back" is excellent) and Beaten Space Probe (check "Gotta Play Funk", with its woozy synth doodles), to the heavy electrofunk of Juan Laya and Thomass Jackson.
Review: The annals of pop history are full of great artists who sadly became overlooked with advancement of time and fashion. Germany's Tramp records are determined to help restore the profiles of some classic but forgotten acts and they're prepared to do serious digging to do so. The latest act they've chosen to celebrate is Jimmy 'Preacher' Ellis, a classy soul singer from Arkansas who, between 1963-1972, released a series of sensational 45s. Now these singles are gathered here for the first time in over 40 years and prove a rewarding listen for fans of vintage soul.