Review: Isle Of Jura's latest must-have reissue isn't a slept-on Balearic gem, but rather a turn-of-the-'80s disco-boogie classic from sadly departed Nigerian musician Harry Mosco. Many may know the breezy Afro/disco/funk fusion of opener "Sexy Dancer" and the hazy disco-funk genius of "Step On" (both have been reissued in the past), yet it's the lesser-known cuts - particularly the lolloping, Clavinet-heavy dub disco of "Peace & Harmony", spaced-out "Peaceful Dub" and sumptuous jazz-funk slow jam "Do It Together" - that really set the pulse racing. The reissue sounds superb, too, thanks to a killer re-mastering job, so it's no stretch to suggest that it's worth picking this version up rather than tracking down an original pressing.
Review: It won't have escaped your attention that UK street soul of the '80s and early '90s has become fashionable again, thanks in no small part to some suitably on-point reissues. This essential reissue isn't of a street soul gem, but rather a 1983 lovers rock 12" that fuses that style's soulful reggae roots with the then emerging UK soul sound. Mystic Harmony was a fairly prolific "lovers" group of the period, though their warm, languid and effortlessly soulful cover of The Jones Girls' classic "Nights Over Egypt" is by far and away their best moment. Flipside "Independent Lady", a more traditional synth-laden slab of Lovers Rock warmth, is also rather good and features a superb vocal by Sandra Edwards.