Good Good Lovin' (Hifi Sean & Yam Who? edit) (3:58)
Review: Recently, legendary American dance producer Arthur Baker discovered two tracks in his storage on 1/4" tape recorded in 1979. He asked Hifi Sean (aka Sean Dickson of The Soup Dragons) to rework them - who brought on board Riot Recordings boss Yam Who? and they quickly got to work resurrecting these soulful disco anthems. On the A side, we have the souled-up disco power of "Reachin'" featuring Minnie Gardner's powerful vocals, then get prepared to get down proper to the group vocals and epic brass section in the uplifting "Good Good Lovin'" (Hifi Sean & Yam Who? edit) all accompanied by Baker's immaculate production style.
Review: The first volume in the Disco Made Me Do It series features a couple of sought-after reworks that we reckon will be everywhere over the festive period. The headline attraction is undoubtedly Yam Who's A-side revision of DJ Koze anthem "Pick Up" (itself a housed-up revision of an old Melba Moore classic), which stretches out the dewy-eyed, string-drenched dancefloor bliss over eight and a half mesmerizing minutes. Motte takes over on the flip with "Darkroom Boogie", a peak-time chugger in which spacey, lo-fi synthesizer melodies and ear catching male and female vocals stretch out over a filter-sporting disco-house groove. While not quite as anthem-like as the A-side, it's a killer rework that's just crying out to be played to packed dancefloors.
I Just Wanna (Spend A Little Time With You) (Michael Gray vocal mix) (8:40)
I Just Wanna (Spend A Little Time With You) (Michael Gray dub mix) (6:19)
I Just Wanna (Spend A Little Time With You) (vocal mix) (7:45)
I Just Wanna (Spend A Little Time With You) (instrumental mix) (6:58)
Review: For their latest trick, Yam Who's Riot label has decided to offer up a brand new edition of Alton Edwards' 1981 UK electrofunk classic "I Just Wanna (Spend A Little Time With You)". You'll find Edwards' superb original vocal version on the flip, where his part whispered, part sung vocals rise above thickset, mind-altering synth-bass, drum machine beats and some seriously punchy horn lines. The obligatory 21st century updates come courtesy of Full Intention man Michael Gray, who delivers a suitably pumped up boogie-house vocal revision before dropping a similarly chunky dub that wisely makes much of the original bassline and Edwards' whispered vocal passages.
Review: Having recently released the superb sequel to their gospel-fired "Take It To Church" compilation as an epic digital download compilation, the Midnight Riot crew has decided to make some of the best cuts available on wax. The Showfa leads the way with "Joy", a bouncy, peak-time ready re-edit of a lesser-known gospel disco gem, while label boss Yam Who? once again showcases his impeccable musicianship and production skills on the breezy gospel disco stomp of "Tomorrow". Stephen King's "It's So Easy" is a subtly tooled-up take on a Blaxploitation era disco-funk workout, while Sweet Julibees' superb "So Strong" is an impeccable chunk of slap-bass sporting gospel boogie.