Review: Spinna's double-decade document on BBE is an essential lesson in the dark art of remix craft. And here are five perfect examples. His take on "The Power" by Karizma subverts from the off as we're washed with a waterfall of bitter sweet acid. The remix of Bah Samba's "Moonlight" shows Spinna at his most cosmic and reflective while "Got To Let It Go" is straight up jazz church music. Deeper again we find him in straight up bassline soul mode on the Wonder-esque "I Remember Love" while his take on "You Can't Lie", a hookup between Kerri Chandler and Harley & Muscle, is more street soul than it is house music. Truly timeless.
East St. Louis Gospelettes - "Have A Talk With God" (3:22)
Betty Everett - "Just A Little Piece Of You" (3:35)
The Foreign Exchange - "If She Breaks Your Heart" (5:23)
Sunlightsquare - "Pastime Paradise" (4:40)
US Atlantic First Navy Show Band - "Birds Of Beauty" (3:50)
Billy Preston - "It's My Pleasure" (3:49)
John Minnis' Big Bone Band - "Love's In Need Of Love Today" (4:48)
Tony Sherman - "As" (3:44)
David Porter - "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (2:59)
David Rufn - "Make My Water Boil (Loving You Has Been So Wonderful)" (3:50)
Reel People - "Golden Lady" (feat Tony Momrelle) (4:56)
Quincy Jones - "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me" (5:20)
GC Cameron - "If You Don't Love Me" (2:30)
Jrod Indigo - "Go Home" (5:17)
Black Sugar - "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" (2:50)
Review: DJ Spinna is known for many things; his productions, sublime DJ mixes and many a hip hop classic as half of Jigmastas. He's also a complete Stevie Wonder obsessive who runs a popular Stevie-themed club night called Wonderful. A series of albums that expand on the party's concept was a logical next step and The Wonder Of Stevie now arrives at a third volume. This edition has clearly been painstakingly curated by Spinna and BBE, consisting of other people's covers of the man's work. Highlights include sweet and sugary 'Buttercup" by The Jackson 5, the bluesy honky tonk jam "It's My Pleasure" by Billy Preston and Quincy Jones' pure liquid funk version of "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me".
Loftsoul - "Dear Friend" (feat Lisa Millet - DJ Spinna remix)
Tone Control - "Without Your Love" (DJ Spinna Galactic soul vocal mix)
Groove Addix - "Faith" (feat Annette Taylor - DJ Spinna Galactic soul remix)
Animal House - "Dirty Mind" (DJ Spinna Full 13 Minuters remix)
Review: Looking back over 20 years in the game, Spinna handpicks some of his favourite re-rubs and reversions for The Sound Beyond The Stars, a retrospective issued through the trusted hands of BBE. The full album contains 18. four of which can be found on this stunning gatefold double 12"... From the psychedelic spirals and soulful yearns of "Without Your Love" to the overwhelming warmth, depth and length of the 13 minute long synth-focussed take on Animal House's "Dirty Mind", Spinna's signature is deeply scribed into each reversion with serious soul sentiment.