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The "must have" status of Joey Negro's "Remixed With Love" series has been firmly cemented with both DJ and home listening disco lovers since the release of the first two Volumes. Since the last release JN has been working hard on sourcing more disco multitrack tapes and producing new remixes while the ZR team have been equally dedicated to clearing and licensing these new versions. The enduringly popular Mtume/Lucas produced Phyllis Hyman soul classic "You Know How To Love Me" gets a new makeover that reworks the original elements into a more dramatic version with many peaks and troughs, stretching it out to over 10 minutes. Even for those love the original this new mix gives a favourite song a fresh new perspective and reason to be played again. Motown Sounds Philly style instrumental "Bad Mouthin" was an underground hit on dance floors in New York, London and Chicago from the late 70's onwards. It was also famously sampled in Bob Sinclar's no 1 "Gym Tonic". The original is a pretty dense, everything in all the way through style production, whereas the JN mix opens things up in a bit with more room for the individual parts to be heard. The end result is an extremely energetic bassline driven disco cut that works super well on the dancefloor.


Patrick says: Joey Negro is on FIRE here! Knocking out a pair of powerhouse edits of two all time classics. Phyllis Hyman and Motown Sounds as you've never heard them before.

"Produced With Love" is the new album from UK legend Joey Negro: a buoyant, life-affirming, disco-inspired album with monumental production. Seriously, new disco hasn't sounded this crisp and fresh since Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories". Recorded in retaliation to the plethora of disco sample-based house records that mine the old stuff, Joey was surprised to see a dearth of new material being recorded. Although highly prolific as a house producer, and also turning his hand to plenty of disco remixes over the years, this is actually only the second full length of original material Joey Negro has released, I guess a sign of his strict quality control - evident throughout the album. Glitzy, high definition disco and house music is order of the day. Album opener ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me" features Diane Charlemagne and evokes the great Nile Rogers and Chic at their funkiest. Unfortunately Diane passed away recently but her two other stunning collaborations with Negro - "Overnight Sensation" & "Must Be The Music" are both presented for our enjoyment here. R&B and house music mainstay Linda Clifford narrates on "Won’t Let Go", a deep house cut that celebrates musical escapism, whilst "It’s More Fun To Compute" - an unlikely cover - is a fully orchestrated disco rework of Dusseldorf’s finest. Further highlights include a completely remade "Must Be The Music" (one of Joey Negro’s best-known records), which is utterly transformed from its previous incarnation, whilst things get both dubby and jazzy on the Arthur Russell-evoking "Distorting Space Time". Joey Negro is back on top and sounding as good as ever! Most recommended.

2016 was another strong year for ZR as it continued its commitment to high quality compilation releases with Joey Negro’s hugely successful Remixed With Love Vol.2 album topping charts everywhere and receiving across the board DJ and Radio support. There was also the 5th instalment of the ever-popular Under The Influence series which saw long time ZR album co-compiler Sean P select some of his long held secret weapons.

For 2017 Z Records will be back in the funk hot-seat, but this time Joey Negro presents a snapshot of the edgier, robotic sounds of the emerging early 80s Electro scene. From stone-cold classics such as Hashim’s ‘Al Naafiysh (The Soul)’, Tyrone Brunson’s ‘The Smurf’ and Key-Matic’s ‘Breakin' In Space’ to revered party anthem’s such as Aleem’s ‘Release Yourself (Dub)’, Two Sisters ‘High Noon (Part 2)’ and Dwayne Omarr’s ‘This Party's Jam Packed’ to electro oddities like Paul Hardcastle’s ‘Rain Forest’ and The Packman’s ‘I’m The Packman’ we get a genuine labour of love and a timely reminder of the raw drum machine sounds that were soon to define the beginning of the house and techno scenes we have today.

The album features extensive sleeves notes written by early electro pioneer and DJ Greg Wilson who remembers the time as; “during the early-mid ‘80s electro-funk became the dominant force on the UK’s black music scene. With the previous era’s jazz-funk movement running out of steam the way was clear for this new technological direction to sweep out the old and announce a new wave of dance music with a distinctive futuristic edge.”

People maybe associate Dave Lee (Joey Negro) with disco, funk and boogie more than electro but the truth is, he is a music fan first and foremost. Back in 82/83/84 Dave was fanatical about this futuristic new style of dance music called electro. Although at the time this new sound remained very divisive within the soul and jazz-funk scenes, he liked both Lonnie Liston Smith and Man Parrish.

As Dave recalls in his own album sleeve notes: “I can see why the soul boys hated electro as it lacked the soaring vocals, intricate orchestration and polished organic production of jazz funk. Unfortunately for the purists by the mid 80s all dance music had become more electronic with the likes of Roland introducing powerful drum machines and affordable synthesizers, not to mention the onset of early samplers. Many straight up soul boogie records got electrofied, complete with rapped sections and scratching - not to say it was an improvement, just stating a fact.” Anyway this isn't THE definitive electro album, it's some of Joey Negro’s favourites, plus a few lesser-known and collectable cuts. However that being said we do think it's one of the best electro comps ever released!

Founded way back in 91, Z Records have since amassed a lauded and plentiful collection of singles, albums and compilations. Run by Dave Lee aka Joey Negro, the label has enjoyed success through his unique ability to foster the principles of underground dance music whilst also remaining mindful of commercial appeal.

Through various compilations, Mr Lee has consistently delved deep into the heart of a specific genre or era and selecting a lesser-known series of tracks that give a real insight into the spirit and energy that made that point in time special. Whether it's been gogo, Brit-funk, boogie, Italo house or straight up disco, he has mined deep into his extensive bank of influences and also enlisted the help of some of his most clued-up comrades in offering some unforgettable collections of classics. Next up - he pulls together a collection of his favourite moments across a definitive decade for house and garage: the 90’s. Inclusive of material from Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens and MAW as well as remixes from Mood II Swing and Ron Trent - the compilation is packed with sultry vocal lines and the sort of slick, irresistible grooves that defined the era. Sticking with the ethos of his series, Joey Negro has dug out an olio of music that may have until now ‘slipped under the garage doors’ meaning a lot of the material on this compilation is being digitised for the very first time. In searching deeper and wider than the average compilation, the package provides a thorough insight into why this was such a fertile period for production and gives a nod to the sort of drum patterns, sampling techniques and vocal lines that have inspired the likes of Bicep, Brawther and Huxley amongst many more.

Z Records tap Nick The Record for their fourth volume of the 'Under The Influence' series. Packed to the brim with disco, boogie, electro-funk and tropical gems, it's another essential offering from Z.

"My whole life has revolved around records. I was buying hip hop and house in the 80s as it was released and I got heavily into tracing the steps back through breaks and sample sources that were used in hip hop records. I also joined the dots between disco and modern club and house music and spread my music explorations from rare groove to rare disco. There were very few people interested in this vein of music history at the time and even fewer as obsessed as me so when the reemergence of disco exploded I was well ahead of the curve, not only in collecting but historical knowledge. The best thing about record collecting is it never ends and after 35 years of buying, after 25 years of selling and playing records there is still old stuff to discover and new releases to endeavour to keep up with. So as something of an expert in all things disco I get quite a few offers to release compilations but as a record obsessive my natural hoarding mentality makes me cautious to give up the goods. I feel this 'Under The Influence' series offers the chance to put together a more personal comp, which reflects the many different flavours of my taste and my collection and gives you a feel of my DJ style at the same time." - Nick The Record

Following on from the phenomenal success of the recent “Remixed With Love” compilation plus more Joey Negro compiled albums including “GoGo Get Down”, “Backstreet Brit Funk”, “Destination Boogie” and the ever-popular "Soul of Disco" series Z Records continues to release high quality compilations filled with lesser known disco, funk and boogie. Now it’s the turn of “Italo House” to get the JN selection treatment with over 20 tracks hand picked from the late 80s and early 90s covering a lot of the deeper classics and some lesser known releases from a golden era of Italian dance music.

"The late 80s were undoubtedly a golden era for dance music. A time which saw the birth of many genres and sub genres - from acid house to hardcore to Balearic - and of course Italo house. If you ask Jo Raver to name an Italo house track, they'd probably come back with Blackbox, Jinny, Fiddlefatti or one of many big piano tunes. At the same time there was another equally distinctive sound coming out of Italy - a warmer, deeper, more emotional style which didn't yield any commercial hits. The sound was more jazzy and soulful with syncopated percussion, dreamy pads and, though piano was often used, it wasn't in the obviously programmed, big breakdown style which became a cliché of the Italo house genre. This more underground side of Italo was closer to the original American house sound, but still retained a very European flavour. In common with other Z compilations which have featured Brit-funk and go-go, this album was an important release for me. Important because I love a lot of the records, many of which have been largely forgotten about, but also because there really was a unique sound coming out of Italy, spread across many labels and involving numerous producers. As a result, it has never really been fully showcased like this before. I'm glad this album exists for other people to discover or re-discover the deeper side of Italo house." - Joey Negro (Feb 2014)

This four track vinyl EP features cuts taken from The Revenge's debut compilation CD "Reekin’Structions". Embracing pure disco heads, funk fanatics, and boogie-soul worshipers these tracks mark the rise of The Revenge as one of the pioneers of a generation, rediscovering classic moments from decades gone and refreshing them through his individual interpretation.

Kicking things off on "Sampler 2" we have two Revenge's edits of Velvet Hammer's "Party Down". A typically Revenge style mid-tempo disco chugger, the cut is lifted by a continuous piano line and killer vocal breakdown. The 'Revenge Unreleased Dub' turns the track into a piano-driven house cut - mid-tempo and groovin'. Flip it for the triangle-driven (it's not often I get to give you that as a description!) "Love Message" by Sargeant & Malone. Punchy electro bass and filtered vocals make this a winner. For his final edit offering the Revenge throws caution to the wind and heads to upbeat boogie-disco land with the stringy, brassy "Summer Groove" by The Joneses. A killer!

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