Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players - "Spasticus Autisticus" (version)
Material - "Over & Over"
Was (Not Was) - "Wheel Me Out"
Dinosaur - "Kiss Me Again"
Don Cherry - "I Walk"
Common Sense - "Voices Inside My Head"
Nicky Siano - "Move"
Indian Ocean - "School Bell/Tree House"
Review: Second time around for Joey Negro and Sean P's peerless collection of post-punk era New York club cuts, a compilation that proved hugely influential when it was first released way back in 2000. The track listing strangely omits one track present on the original release (the full 16-minute version of Steve Miller Band's "Macho City"), but otherwise it's a faithful reproduction. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the eccentric electrofunk of Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" and P-funk influenced strut of Material's "Over And Over", to the skittish jazz-goes-dub disco bustle of Don Cherry's "I Walk" and the low-slung percussive voodoo of Nicky Siano's "Move". The undisputed master of NYC leftfield disco, Arthur Russell, is represented via cuts from Loose Joints, Dinosaur and Indian Ocean.
The Love Symphony Orchestra - "Let Me Be Your Fantasy"
Rare Pleasure - "Let Me Down Easy"
Omni - "Out Of My Hands (Love's Taken Over) " (feat Connee Draper)
The Brothers - "Under The Skin"
Exodus - "Together Forever"
Alfredo De La Fe - "Hot To Trot"
Cloud One - "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By" (feat Margo Williams)
Blair - "Nightlife"
George Duke - "I Want You For Myself" (feat Lynn Davis)
Idris Muhammad - "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This"
John Davis With The Monster Orchestra - "Bourgie Bourgie"
John Gibbs & US Steel Orchestra - "Trinidad" (Special Disco mix)
Chantal Curtis - "Get Another Love"
Hi Voltage - "Somewhere Beyond"
Syreeta - "Can't Shake Your Love" (Larry Levan 12" mix)
Fresh Band - "Come Back Lover"
Jo Boyer - "Isabelle & The Rain"
Bunny Mack - "Let Me Love You"
Ramona Brooks - "I Don't Want You Back"
Universe City - "Can You Get Down"
Review: When Joey Negro and Sean P established the Disco Spectrum series of compilations back in 1999, few DJs were digging for disco. Almost two decades on, we're told that disco was the sound of summer 2017 (and the summer before that). The time is right, then, for this "best of", containing the finest cuts from the series' three previous volumes. This time round, the crate-digging duo has opted for a mixture of familiar favourites ("Spread Love", "Out Of My Hands (Love's Taking Over)", "Bourgie Bourgie", "Together Forever" etc.) and harder to find gems. These include Caribbean disco classic "Trinidad" by John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra, Blair's sumptuous "Nightlife" and Larry Levan's brilliant remix of Syreeta's synth-laden slammer "Can't Shake Your Love".
Crystal Clear - "(Caught Between) A Rock & A Hard Place"
Joanne Ellis - "Bye Baby"
King David - "Trinidad Rock"
Don & Oli - "Superman" (Sean P edit)
BBRA - "Do What Make You Feel Good"
George & Glen Miller - "Easing"
HE3 Project - "Thesis On Love"
Fruitcake - "We Are Children"
Plunky & Oneness Of Ju Ju - "Electric Juju Nation/Keep It Moving"
Ed Watson & The Brass Circle - "Roforofo Fight"
Jimmy Spencer - "Summertime"
Les Femmes - "Yes, You Thrill Me"
Nostromo - "Around The World In 80 Seconds" (Sean P edit)
The Coalition - "Where Do We Go From Here"
Bobby Cash Redd - "Skate-Party People" (Sean P edit)
Medina & Mensah - "Kowree Sambazzi"
Natural Hi - "Fame" (Hi remix)
Yeow - "Give My Heart Away"
The Mark IV - "If You Can't Tell Me Something Good"
JP Robinson - "Y'Shua"
Sandy Mercer - "Give Me Your Love"
The Love Bite - "What Goes Up"
World Quake Band - "On The One"
The Stars - "(We Are The) Stars"
William C Brown III - "Come On & Go With Me"
Starship Gilbey - "Take A Train"
Darlene Davis - "Making It" (Sean P edit)
Review: Z Records' Under The Influence series, which peeks into the formative inspirations of notable crate diggers, is rarely less than essential. This fifth installment, from disco specialist Sean P, is, if anything, even better than its' predecessors. The veteran Londoner has opted to steer clear of obvious favourites, instead packing the two discs with killer rarities and lesser-known gems. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the breezy disco-soul chunkiness of Joanne Ellis's "Bye Baby", and thrillingly sweaty Caribbean disco madness of Sean P's own edit of Don & Oli's "Superman", to the slick, synth-heavy boogie shuffle of Les Femmes' "Yes You Thrill Me", and the sax-laden sleaziness of Starship Gibley's break-diggin' favourite "Take A Train".
Review: Dating from tape recordings made between 1996 - 2012, Cosmic Vibrations follows the Tropical Psychedelics (ERS003) album for the label, this time digging deeper in to the mind of Secret Circuit than the more dance flor inspired sounds heard on last years album Tactile Galactics album for Beats In Space. Again we glimpse a melting pot of pyschedelia, techno, balearic and ambient to create an electronic gem, but all done with a wry smile and jesters wink rather than today's penchant of moody seriousness. Life on the US West Coast shines from the album, from opener Out West to She Got Love, sunshine music that couldn't be made anywhere else. It's not all hippy-happy vibes though with Minimal Vibrations and the dub of Straightline taking things in to deeper and instropective territory. However, all things resonate in Eddie's analogue meets kitchen sink synthesis. Layer after layer flats across the album to create a smile-inducing whole. Journeying from the folk guitar of Somnambulation to the minimilism of Glass Skeletons, before bidding a fond farewell in the apt, Bells. This second and fial collection of early cassette works is not an end, but a blessing.
Review: At the tail end of the '80s, Sylvia Striplin quit Norman Connors' jazz-funk group Aquarian Dream in order to pursue a solo career. Joining forces with producers James Bedford and Roy Ayers, she recorded 1981 debut album "Give Me Your Love", a well regarded but largely overlooked set that has since become a sought-after item amongst soul collectors. This Expansion reissue presents the album on CD for the first time in two decades. As with many soul albums of the period, it sashays between jazz-funk, boogie and heartfelt slow jams, contrasting memorable dancefloor workouts (see stone cold classic "Give Me Your Love" and a stellar cover of Roy Ayers favourite "Searchin") with more saccharine, loved-up fare. This edition also boasts a couple of bonus cuts, including the superb 7" mix of "Give Me Your Love".