Don't Stop The Music (feat Angie Stone - Art Of Tones Modern Disco mix)
Joyous (Matt Cooper Outside Deep Joyous mix)
Can We Pretend (feat Tom Momrelle - Tall Black Guy Samba mix)
I'm In Love (feat Navasha Dya - BusCrates remix)
Twilight (Atjazz Love Soul remix)
Keep It Up (feat Anthony David - DJ Spinna Galactic Funk remix)
Joyous (Yoruba Soul mix)
Always There (feat Sharlene Hector - Scott Diaz Funk Excursion)
Thinking About Your Love (feat Omar - Da Brownie remix)
I Need Your Lovin' (feat LaSharVu - Mousse T remix)
I Want To Thank You (feat Mica Paris - Sebb Junior remix)
Can't Fake The Feeling (feat Navasha Daya - John Morales M+M main mix)
Buttercup (feat Tony Momrelle - Terry Hunter main club mix)
Review: Given that Reel People's "Retroflection" album saw them re-imagining classic soul, disco and boogie songs, it seems fitting that the follow-up features other producers giving their slant on the band's covers. Amongst the most ear-catching and revelatory revisions are a thickset, dubbed-out boogie remix of Pleasure cover "Joyous" by Matt Cooper, a slow and seductive revision of "I'm In Love" by BusCrates and Atjazz's deep jazz version of "Twilight". There are plenty of other reworks to set the pulse racing throughout, too, with our favourites including DJ Spinna's deep hip-hop soul mix of "Keep It Up", a bouncy piano house take on "I Want To Thank You" by Sebb Junior and a classic disco-house fix of "Can't Fake The Feeling" by original NYC disco mixer John Morales.
Till The World Falls (feat Mura Masa, Cosha & Vic Mensa)
Boogie All Night (feat NAO)
Sober (feat Craig David & Stefflon Don)
Do You Wanna Party (feat LunchMoney Lewis)
Dance With Me (feat Hailee Steinfeld)
I Dance My Dance
State Of Mine (It's About Time) (feat Philippe Saisse)
Queen (feat Elton John)
I Want Your Love (feat Lady Gaga - bonus track)
Review: When co-founder Bernard Edwards passed away in 1996, it seemed unlikely that Nile Rodgers would have the stomach to record another Chic album. Yet here we are, two decades later, with Rodgers and his reborn Chic collective enjoying a career renaissance. "It's About Time", the first Chic album since 1992, is an all-star affair, with Rodgers calling on the services of a range of high-profile pals - Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga and Craig David included - to sing or rap over backing tracks that draw on sounds and styles dominant during the band's near 50-year career. That means there are plenty of nods to disco, of course, but also new jack swing, hip-hop, R&B, boogie, synth-pop, house, '80s soul and much, much more.
Donna McGhee - "You Should Have Told Me" (disco mix)
Unfinished Business - "Out Of My Hands (Love's Taken Over)"
Forrrce - "Keep On Dancing/Listen To The Rhythn Ban"
Negativland - "The Perfect Cut"
FM Inc - "Dub Me Anytime"
Aardvark - "The Return Of Rasputin"
Big Boys - "Common Beat"
Verticle Lines - "Beach Boy" (instrumental)
Electro-Harmonix Work Band - "I’m Not A Synthesizer"
Review: As Claremont 56's superb Originals series of crate-digging compilations tiptoes towards the final curtain (a celebratory vinyl box-set is due later in the year), label boss Paul Murphy hands the reigns over towards longtime pals DJ Spun and Ben Cook, the men behind San Fran/New York imprint Rong Music. If you've heard either DJ, you'd expect their selection to jump between a myriad of dubby, stargazing styles, and that's exactly what they deliver. From the intergalactic ambience of Space Time Continuum's "Transmitter", to the low-slung dub disco of Futura 2000, via the Balearic house shuffle of FM Inc and spaced-out punk-funk of Big Boys, it's a treasure trove of thrillingly atmospheric obscurities. Recommended... as usual.
Never Gonna Give You Up (Won't Let You Be) (long version)
All We Need
Remind Me (LP version)
Settle For My Love
Feels So Real (Won't Let Go) (12" version)
To Each His Own
Review: Given the stone-cold-classic status of Patrice Rushen's disco-era recordings on Elektra, it's little surprise to see Strut offering up this superb retrospective of that key period in her career. Naturally, the big club hits are present - "Feels So Real (Can't Let Go)", "Haven't You Heard", "Number One" and "Forget Me Nots" - but it's the quality of the lesser celebrated cuts and album tracks that most impresses. For proof, check the sharp horns and good grooves of "Look Up (Extended Version)", the breezy boogie bounce of "Never Gonna Give You Up (Won't Let You be)" and the electric piano solo-laden seductiveness of "Remind Me (LP Version)". There's naturally plenty of sweet slow jams to savour, too, those to our ears these pale in comparison to Rushen's dancefloor-focused output.
Tower Of Meaning/Rabbit's Ear/Home Away From Home*
Let's Go Swimming
The Name Of The Next Song
Our Last Night Together
Review: Well, we couldn't really be happier. In fact, there is almost nothing to say about this album apart from the fact that it is absolutely, downright essential. Originally released in 1986 on Rough Trade here in the UK, it has been reissued a few time over the years but has always vanished in the blink of an eye and reappeared on the EBay and Discogs circuits for big bucks. Finally, you can indulge in a beautifully remastered version on virgin vinyl. In what is seen by many cultic Russell fans as perhaps his biggest achievement, the LP drifts in and out of light and shadows with utter ease, truly portraying the genius of the man who paved much of the way for modern electronic music generally. From start to finish, it's an ethereal mixture of sparse beats, effect manipulations and folklore, charismatically told by one of the only artists in the history of experimental music to really combine and successfully bind so many unexpected musical terrains. We are only mere mortals, so we won't describe the music to you...just get yourself a copy and see...