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Raven Maize / Pacha / Joey Montenegro / Dave Lee

Flashback To The Future EP

Dave Lee's Z Records looks back to go forward as it offers up a spiffing new 12" of contemporary reworks of 4 classics cuts of various vintages from the ZR back catalog. Kicking things off in fantastic fashion is a slap bass and wah clav powered take on Raven Maize's 'Forever Together', originally released in1989, this was the first house cut to feature the now iconic keys riff. Dave's Heavenly Star mix of 'One Kiss' (first out in 1991) is pure hip-swinging soulful disco. Joey Montenegro (who could that be?) offers two classic cuts on the flip side. 'Make A Move On Me' (Original Disco Mix) sees the crossover hit from 2005 get a Chic like makeover with its zippy leads and timeless diva vocals. Whilst the special 25th Anniversary Mix of 1998's 'Can't Get High Without U' closes things off with some peak time, tension filled, disco house action!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Dave Lee revisits the past in his disco Delorean, galvanizing some classic moments of dancefloor delight with a fresh new coating. "Forever Together" certainly piqued by beak with its new sfx and driving timpanis.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Raven Maize - Forever Together (Closer To The Source Mix)
2. Pacha - One Kiss (Dave's Heavenly Star Mix)

Side 2
1. Joey Montenegro - Make A Move On Me (Original Disco Mix)
2. Joey Montenegro - Can't Get High Without U (25th Anniversary Mix)

AC Soul Symphony

Special 45 Versions

Dave Lee's "AC Soul Symphony" alias has been releasing delectable and sultry disco since 2005 but reached his magnus opus in 2023 with the release of the "Metamorphosis" LP. Here we find two tracks handpicked from the album and delivered, for the first time, in a 7" format. The single starts much as the album does with the track "Windy City Theme", beautifully scored, recorded, and produced legato strings envelope the track, punctuated with horns and vocals reminiscent of a Love Unlimited Orchestra production. This version of the track has been rearranged, speeding up the pacing of the track and reaching the juicy parts in a really satisfying way. On the flip side we have the title track from the album "Metamorphosis", which is the first time the vocal version has been made available on Vinyl. A bass laden intro gives ways to glistening pianos and those signature strings (have we mentioned how good the strings are?). A more laid back and seductive track than the A side, but no less appealing. Again, due to the limitations of the 7" format, "Metamorphosis" has been expertly rearranged with loving care and attention.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: As disco as disco gets (and therefore not for everyone) - but with a b-side like this who can possibly resist? Metamorphosis with its catchy motif and sultry vocals has me well and truly hooked.

TRACK LISTING

Windy City Theme
Metamorphosis

Originally recorded in the late 1970s and using many of the musicians employed by Diana Ross on her track 'The Boss', 'Can't Put No Price On Love' has long been regarded as North End's 'long lost' single - an inspired disco workout employing that pre-dates the Arthur Baker/Tony Carbone-helmed project's most famous song, Tee Scott/Larry Levan favourite 'Happy Days'. The original multitrack was unfortunately lost, but the track finally appears, 40-odd years after it was recorded. Whether what we're hearing was finished and mixed at the time is uncertain, but the 'Club Mix' is certainly authentic sounding - a genuinely energetic, joyous and effervescent New York disco number with full orchestration, addictive vocals (Jocelyn Brown & Dennis Collins on backing Vox) and a killer groove. Elsewhere across the EP, we get two versions of 'We Can't Live Like This Anymore' - the synth-laden, solo-heavy disco-boogie style original mix (B2) and a superb 'drum break' percussion tool (A2) - and a brilliantly low-slung instrumental dub-disco cover of The Temptations' 'Cloud 9'.

TRACK LISTING

Can't Put No Price On Love (Club Mix)
We Can't Live Like This Anymore (Drum Break)
Cloud 9
We Can't Live Like This Anymore

Various Artists

Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion Volume 4

    Colin Curtis is back! with another finely curated selection of the best Jazz Dance Fusion records he could find. Volume 4 reflects a combination of new music unreleased music and tracks that have never been on vinyl before or not attained the recognition they deserve. Packed with great Jazz Dance music from the UK and all around the world. The whole purpose of these compilations is to introduce you to fantastic talent and allow you to then go and explore all their works and keep this movement moving!

    With brand new & exclusive releases, extremely rare tracks and many only available on Vinyl for the first time from Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Italy, USA, UK and beyond. Showcasing another insight into Colin Curtis's world of Jazz Dance Fusion and highlighting the sheer diversity & talent on offer from Vocal Jazz, Salsa, Latin Spoken Word to Sambas & Fusion, It’s all Here!


    TRACK LISTING

    CD1:
    1. Bill Ortiz - Fusion/noche Cubana
    2. Born 74 & Onj - Tape Your Beat
    3. Geew – Still In Love
    4. Mary Greer Mudiku – Happy Sunrise
    5. The Sultan's Swing - 46 To Somewhere
    6. Stefano Di Santis – Unreachable Galaxy
    7. Charro Band De Emilio Guerrero – Movin
    8. Somos Amigos - Pa'gozar
    9. Telmo Fernandez & The Latin Soul Beat - Cuchifrito Pa’ Los Pollos
    10. Juju – Clã Samba
    11. Moreen Meriden - Caught In A Fever
    12. Alfredo Dias Gomes - Samba De Negro
    13. Alonso Gonzalez & Jazz Latino - Mr. Fool

    CD2:
    1. Venus Dodson – Mother Of The Future
    2. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Mendé
    3. Guinu – Eletromandinga (Extended Version)
    4. Stefano Di Santis – Nova Laze
    5. GeeW - Kyoto
    6. Mary Greer Mudiku - I Face East
    7. Alfredo Dias Gomes - Vaya Mulatto
    8. Juju – Wanting Touch (Instrumenta)
    9. Nova Vida – My Only (GeeMix)
    10. Lifetime - I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You
    11. Tres-Men – Samba De-La Cruz
    12. Miho Nobuzane - Ponteio
    13. El Caballo Y Su Orquesta - Mambo De Papi

    Various Artists

    Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion Volume 4 - Part 1

      Colin Curtis is back! with another finely curated selection of the best Jazz Dance Fusion records he could find. Volume 4 reflects a combination of new music unreleased music and tracks that have never been on vinyl before or not attained the recognition they deserve. Packed with great Jazz Dance music from the UK and all around the world. The whole purpose of these compilations is to introduce you to fantastic talent and allow you to then go and explore all their works and keep this movement moving!

      With brand new & exclusive releases, extremely rare tracks and many only available on Vinyl for the first time from Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Italy, USA, UK and beyond. Showcasing another insight into Colin Curtis's world of Jazz Dance Fusion and highlighting the sheer diversity & talent on offer from Vocal Jazz, Salsa, Latin Spoken Word to Sambas & Fusion, It’s all Here!


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Bill Ortiz - Fusion/noche Cubana
      2. Born 74 & Onj - Tape Your Beat
      3. Geew – Still In Love
      4. Mary Greer Mudiku – Happy Sunrise
      5. The Sultan's Swing - 46 To Somewhere
      6. Stefano Di Santis – Unreachable Galaxy
      7. Charro Band De Emilio Guerrero – Movin
      8. Somos Amigos - Pa'gozar
      9. Telmo Fernandez & The Latin Soul Beat - Cuchifrito Pa’ Los Pollos
      10. Juju – Clã Samba
      11. Moreen Meriden - Caught In A Fever
      12. Alfredo Dias Gomes - Samba De Negro
      13. Alonso Gonzalez & Jazz Latino - Mr. Fool

      Various Artists

      Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion Volume 4 - Part 2

        Colin Curtis is back! with another finely curated selection of the best Jazz Dance Fusion records he could find. Volume 4 reflects a combination of new music unreleased music and tracks that have never been on vinyl before or not attained the recognition they deserve. Packed with great Jazz Dance music from the UK and all around the world. The whole purpose of these compilations is to introduce you to fantastic talent and allow you to then go and explore all their works and keep this movement moving!

        With brand new & exclusive releases, extremely rare tracks and many only available on Vinyl for the first time from Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Italy, USA, UK and beyond. Showcasing another insight into Colin Curtis's world of Jazz Dance Fusion and highlighting the sheer diversity & talent on offer from Vocal Jazz, Salsa, Latin Spoken Word to Sambas & Fusion, It’s all Here!


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Venus Dodson – Mother Of The Future
        2. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Mendé
        3. Guinu – Eletromandinga (Extended Version)
        4. Stefano Di Santis – Nova Laze
        5. GeeW - Kyoto
        6. Mary Greer Mudiku - I Face East
        7. Alfredo Dias Gomes - Vaya Mulatto
        8. Juju – Wanting Touch (Instrumenta)
        9. Nova Vida – My Only (GeeMix)
        10. Lifetime - I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You
        11. Tres-Men – Samba De-La Cruz
        12. Miho Nobuzane - Ponteio
        13. El Caballo Y Su Orquesta - Mambo De Papi

        Time to Attack the Dancefloor once more as we supply some heavy Disco & House weaponry. Featuring the brand new remix of Opolopo's storming 'Stroke my Disco' by dutch funkateers Fouk who double down on the Piano and Clav workouts for the peak time. Exclusive new material from Wipe The Needle who's 'Skyscrapers' track is a modern Jazz-Funk masterpiece, heavy on the flute and soulful bass. On the flip Dave Lee takes it back to '97 with his rework of Backroom Productions 'Classic Vibe' which sees him flex his house-ier muscles, re-arranging the classic elements and adding extra keys to this much loved underground tune. Finishing off the EP is Dave's remix of nu-soul diva Raquel Rodriguez, where he crafts Raquel's dynamic vocal delivery over chunky Disco drumming & soulful synths before letting loose into Roy Ayers-esque vibes finale!

        TRACK LISTING

        Opolopo - "Stroke My Disco" (Fouk Remix)
        Wipe The Needle - "Skyscrapers"
        Backroom Productions - "Classic Vibe" (Dave Lee Remix)
        Raquel Rodriguez - "Undone" (Dave Lee's Disco Blend)

        Long time house and disco devotee Dave Lee comes through on Z Records once more with a sampler from this years ZR Essentials collection. It features two of his masterful reworks starting with Jamiroquai's 'Little L'. He flips into a funked up cosmic delight with plenty of the original's synth flourishes melodic hooks and orchestration all present and correct but with added slap bass, replayed rhodes and beefy new drums which make this a surefire dancefloor winner pretty much anywhere. On the flip comes Dave Lee's Disco Fantasy mix of Shelia & B Devotion's 1979 hit 'Spacer' which has a more retro disco sound thanks to the masterful original work of Chic. Additional clav, new string parts and solo-ing keys give 'Spacer' the extended DJ mix it never had at the time of original release.



        STAFF COMMENTS

        Mine says: Dave Lee applies his classic methodology to two mainstream hits. The results should please even the most casual of disco lover. Summat about his drums really does it for us...

        TRACK LISTING

        Jamiroquai - Little L (Dave Lee Re-Blend)
        Shelia & B Devotion - Spacer (Dave Lee Disco Fantasy Mix)

        AC Soul Symphony

        I Want To See You Dance

        This special 12" features two tracks that will not be on the vinyl version of the forthcoming AC Soul Symphony, Disco opus "Metamorphosis" featuring a 20 piece orchestra alongside a whole host top live players. That makes it an even more vital pick up because both are pure disco fire. 'I Want To See You Dance' has the title's classic refrain repeated over big Salsoul style string licks, funky basslines and soloing piano. 'The Talented Mr Adams' is a tribute to the legendary disco producer Patrick Adams and is a super sweet swooner with golden live strings and brass backing up a loose-limbed rhythm and vamping pianos that get you in the mood for love. These two tracks act as a fine teaser for what's to come on the much-anticipated album from a contemporary version of acts like MFSB and Love Unlimited Orchestra.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        I Want To See You Dance

        Side B
        The Talented Mr Adams

        Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years through the ever-popular "Under The Influence" series. Following on from Red Greg, Nick The Record, Sean P, Faze Action, and last years Alena Arpels. It’s now the turn of one of the scene’s most impressive collectors & DJs; Rahaan

        Hailing from Chicago his love affair with music started in the late 70’s early 80’s, listening to music on the radio combined with his mum and dad playing their records every weekend. In the early 80’s on the South side of Chicago, he started hearing something a bit different, what they called ‘house music’. 

        Here Rahaan digs deep into his impressive record collection that he has collected, built up and crafted over his many years of travelling, networking and DJin to showcase 22 of his finest and rarest cuts. Many of the tracks on the album would cost hundreds and that’s if you were even able to find the originals!

        As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: 22 tracks from the Chicago stalwart’s personal collection spanning disco, boogie, funk & gospel. Under The Influence save us time and (lots of money) by not only sourcing these lesser known gems and highly coveted offerings, but cleaning up the masters and presenting them to us in their best possible fidelity.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. Santrax - Come & Get It (5:18)
        2. Marini - Let’s Get It On (6:43)
        3. Time Unlimited - Back Fire (8:34)
        Side 2
        1. Venus Dodson - Shoot Me (With Your Love) (6:16)
        2. Wings Of Light - He Loves You (5:00)
        3. Ship Of The Desert - Count Of Monte Thisgo (6:00)
        4. Frank Hatchett Dance Explosion - Super Hero (1:51)
        Side 3
        1. Cherish - For You (3:26)
        2. Jaze - Wanna Get Down With You (7:21)
        3. The 21st Century - One Of These Days (5:23)
        4. Porno Disco - Go Down Moses (4:19)
        Side 4
        1. Cousin Ice - Catch Your Glow (feat Zack Sanders) (6:18)
        2. Boobie Knight - Juicy Fruit My Love (6:27)
        3. John Lamkin - Ticket (6:21)

        Various Artists

        Dave Lee - Produced With Love II

          The follow up to his 2017 album, Produced With Love II is a collection of brand new songs from one of the UK’s most longstanding, respected and fiercely independent artists. In a flash-in-the-pan industry like music, Dave Lee’s career is notable for both its longevity and consistency. As a record producer and remixer, DJ and curator, he’s now clocked up well over 30 years and, if such things existed, would be nailed on for a carriage clock for long service to add to the numerous hits and landmarks he’s enjoyed over a storied career.

          His latest album, Produced With Love II, continues the work he started with 2017’s superb collection. Incorporating aspects of house, soul and disco and crafted with the attention to detail you’d expect from someone of Lee’s heritage and calibre, Produced With Love II comprises 12 brand new songs and will arrive in June 2022.

          The writing process has always remained the same and Dave has always preferred to work face-to-face with artists whenever possible – albeit with a few enforced remote sessions due to the pandemic. Released as the lead single from the album in April, Starlight sees Lee team up with Omar: a former principal percussionist of the Kent Youth Orchestra and later a graduate of the Guildhall School Of Music who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to music. Starlight is a gorgeous, mid-tempo dance record, with Omar’s silky vocals backed up with rich production: soaring live strings, groove-laden clav and synth over a chugging bassline creating a heady, inviting atmosphere.

          It’s an almost viscerally life-affirming record: a theme that continues throughout the entire album. Take a track like ‘If You Ever Need Somebody feat. Tiffany T’zelle', or ‘Taste My Love' with vocals from the aforementioned Billy Valentine. These songs would stand toe-to-toe with any soul standard from the 70s or 80s: to have production this rich and bold in 2022 isn’t far short of miraculous. And that’s what you get throughout Produced With Love II – an attention to detail and level of creative collaboration rarely seen. It’s why a Dave Lee album is a rare thing. These things take time, but when they do come along, it’s something worth treasuring

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Modern supremo Dave Lee refuses to retire from his console; rolling out another jam packed and unmissable selection of disco, boogie, soul and house - all new productions and featuring a wealth of talent old and new. Don't need to tell you how collectable this series is do I?!

          TRACK LISTING

          CD 

          Disc 1:
          1. Raw Essence Feat Lifford “Do It Again”
          2 .Mistura Feat Tiffany T’zelle “If You Ever Need Somebody”
          3. Dave & Omar “Starlight”
          4. Dave & Maurissa “Look At The Stars”
          5. Dave Lee Feat Billy Valentine “Taste My Love”
          6. Mistura Feat Jemini “Want Me Back”
          7. The Sunburst Band “Magnificent Mango”
          8. Foreal People Feat Xan Blacq “Raise A Blaze”
          9. The Sunburst Band Feat Angela Johnson “Face The Love”
          10. Dave Lee Feat Billy Valentine “Power Of The Mind” (Power Trip Mix)
          11. Jayenne Feat. Gina Carey – “Love Walked In The Room”
          12. The Sunburst Band “Let’s Do It In Style”

          Disc 2:
          1. Leroy Burgess – “One Plus One” (Dave Lee Extended Mix)
          2. Kokomo – “Use Your Imagination” (Dave Lee Re Imagined Mix)
          3. Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Dave Lee Philly World Mix)
          4. Str4ta “After The Rain” (Dave Lee Alternative II Mix)
          5. Destiny II “Play 2 Win” (Dave Lee Destination Boogie Mix)
          6. Sunburst Band Feat Wayne Hernandez “Listen Love” (Dave Lee Jazz Funk Renaissance Mix)
          7. Prospect Park “Shake It Up Tonight” (Dave Lee Disco Re Shake)
          8. The Vison Feat Andreya Triana “Mountains” (Dave Lee Live And Direct Extended Mix)
          9. Roland Wrightangle Feat Darcus “In Your Blood” (Dave Lee Funk In Your Blood Mix)
          10. Ja’Shay “Shout Hallelujah” (Dave Lee Redemption Mix)

          LP

          Disc 1:
          A1. Dave & Omar – Starlight
          A2. Jayenne Feat. Gina Carey - Love Walked In The Room
          B1. Foreal People Feat. Xan Blacq - Raise A Blaze.
          B2. Mistura Feat. Jemini - Want Me Back

          Disc 2:
          C1 Dave Lee Feat. Billy Valentine - Taste My Love
          C2 Mistura Feat. Tiffany T'Zelle - If You Ever Need Somebody
          C3 The Sunburst Band Feat. Angela Johnson - Face The Love.
          D1 Raw Essence Feat. Lifford - Do It Again
          D2 Dave Lee Feat. Billy Valentine - Power Of The Mind (Power Trip Mix)
          D3 The Sunburst Band - Let's Do It In Style

          Bonus 12”:
          E1 Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Don't Leave Me This Way (Dave Lee Philly World Mix)
          F1 Kokomo - Use Your Imagination (Dave Lee Re-Imagined Mix)

          Volume 20 of Attack the Dancefloor kicks off with what we think will be a future classic – ‘Atlantia’ by Level 42’s Mike Lindup. A stunning mid-tempo boogie cut with great spacey production, excellent lyrics and an extended mix by Dave Lee.

          Next up is Lazywax’s synth heavy, 80s soul style rework of the forthcoming Raw Essence ‘Do it Again’, the original being featured on Produced With Love 2.

          Flip it over for Dave’s much played take of Jungle’s crossover hit ‘Keep Moving’, which gives the song an authentic bassline driven disco mix. Last up Chicago’s Emmaculate delivers a live instrumentation filled afro disco version of Doug Willis feat Zeke Manyika ‘Dougswana’.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: The 20th instalment of Attack The Dancefloor showcasing the ultimate feel good tracks, nothing less you'd expect from this series, featuring the infamous Jungle hit Keep Moving and my personal favourite 'Dougswana' an afrobeat jazzy number.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Mike Lindup - Atlantia - Dave Lee’s Extended Remix
          A2. Raw Essence Feat Lifford - Do It Again - Lazywax Remix
          B1. Jungle - Keep Moving - Dave Lee Jungle Boogie Mix
          B2. Doug Willis - Dougswana - Emmaculate Afrodisia Mix

          First out of the blocks is Prospect Park as they return with their boogietastic remake of Cheryl Lynn fave, updating the song and turning it into a peaktime Disoctatstic work out featuring live musicianship, string arrangements and soaring vocals.

          Next up is the lush ‘On Time’ by London broken beat crew Wipe the Needle and featuring the super slick soulful vocals of Sacha Williamson. Packed with dreamy strings and glistening Fender Rhodes over a MAW style Jazz Funk house rhythm this will keep the dance floor moving to the early hours.

          On the flip its back for some more peak time action courtesy of the Sunburst Band’s classic ‘Garden Of Love’ remixed by Dam Swindle. The dutch duo take a more soulful route adding live bass and Rhodes to the production.

          Closing the procedures is some peak time, string heavy disco house from Mr Doug Willis in the shape of ‘Forever Dougless’.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Prospect Park - Shake It Up Tonight (Dave Lee's Disco Re-Shake)
          A2. Wipe The Needle Feat. Sacha Williamson - On Time (WTN 4x4 Mix)
          B1. The Sunburst Band - Garden Of Love (Dam Swindle Remix)
          B2. Dave Lee & Horse Meat Disco Feat. Angela Johnson - Dancing Into

          Various Artists

          Under The Influence Vol.8 Compiled By Woody Bianchi

            Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years through the ever-popular Under The Influence series. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, Sean P, Faze Action and Winston. It’s now the turn of one of the Italy’s most impressive collectors; Woody Bianchi.

            The story behind U.T.I is this, being a seasoned record collector Z label boss Dave Lee (Joey Negro) has made the acquaintance of many of the worlds other vinyl junkies. People that may be unknown to the general public but are hardcore enthusiasts who have built some of the best collections of soul, funk and disco on the planet. The idea of UTI isn't about big name djs but is to give a musical platform to those who have the knowledge to put together a track listing of killer tunes.

            Woody Bianchi is a prolific DJ, producer, remixer and record collector. His International collaborations with Bob Sinclar,Todd Terry, Arthur Baker, Full Intention, Eric Kupper, Jocelyn Brown, Marshall Jefferson and many others have created an remarkable profile for him. He has released over 300 productions worldwide and has toured side by side with many of the scenes greatest names. Here we get the pleasure of delving into his vast collection and plucking some of the rarest records out there, with many of the tracks costing hundreds if you were able to find the originals.

            As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: For the eighth instalment of their Under The Influence series, Z Records hand the controls to Italian record obsessive Woody Bianchi, who showcases an impressive set of disco rarities from his personal collection.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side 1
            1. Original Just Us - "You're My Latest Inspiration" (6:20)
            2. Coco York & Serge Ermoll Ensemble - "Come On Everybody" (8:32)
            3. Ciecle - "Disco Break" (Woody Bianchi Edit) (5:19)

            Side 2
            1. GC Cameron - "If I Love You" (3:24)
            2. Rev Jerry Burns & The Youth Ensemble - "Rapture" (6:43)
            3. Sunny Gayle - "I Wanna Know" (6:01)
            4. The Magic City Band - "Hot Flashes" (3:37)

            Side 3
            1. Arlana - "Springtime" (6:00)
            2. Jay Player - "Love Is The Answer" (5:47)
            3. Razz Ma Tazz - "Sugar Sugar Sugar" (7:26)

            Side 4
            1. Rideout - "Someone Special" (4:24)
            2. Formula One - "Can You Feel It" (6:11)
            3. Ipanema Brothers - "Rio De Janeiro" (Woody Bianchi Edit) (6:06)
            4. The Variations - "I Know Why You're Here" (3:26)

            Various Artists

            90's House & Garage Compiled By Joey Negro

              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.


              TRACK LISTING

              CD One:
              1. Fonda Rae - Living In Ecstasy (Mood II Swing Groove Mix Edit)
              2. Voices - Voices In My Mind (CJ Mackintosh Remix)
              3. Danube Dance - Unique (New York Underground Mix)
              4. Donnie Mark - Stand Up For The Soul (Vocal Mix)
              5. Janet Rushmore - Joy (Kaoz Gone Insane)
              6. Robert Owens - Gotta Work (Final Take)
              7. Station Q - That Special Melody (Club Mix)
              8. A Bitch Named Johanna - Freak It (Instrumental)
              9. Thelma Houston - All Of That (Joey Negro Club Mix)
              10. Bougie Soliterre - Got The Bug
              11. USG - Ncameu (Ron Trent Main Mix).

              CD Two:
              1. Gisele Jackson - Love Commandments (Original Vocal Edit)
              2. Mateo & Matos - New York Style
              3. Leee John - Mighty Power Of Love (Mood II Swing Vox Mix)
              4. Club 69 - Let Me Be Your Underwear (Underground Mix)
              5. Kerri Chandler - Ladbroke Grove
              6. Michael Watford - Love Change Over (Fire Island Club Vocal Mix)
              7. Ralphi Rosario - An Instrumental Need (Club Need)
              8. Astro Trax - The Energy (Feel The Vibe)
              9. BOP Feat. BJ Crosby - Thinkin’ About You (The TM Perspective)
              10. Mike Delgado - The Murder Track.

              Various Artists

              Under The Influence Vol. 4 - Compiled By Nick The Record

              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


              TRACK LISTING

              CD1
              01. Boogsie - Can't You See Me
              02. The Family Tree - 150th Psalm
              03. Proton Plus - Pay Up (Remixed Rhythm Track)
              04. Jean Adebambo - Say That You Love Me (DJ Nick The Record Re-edit)
              05. Bill Campbell - Boogie All Night
              06. Katunga - Palo Bonito (DJ Nick The Record Re-edit)
              07. Wild Fire - Try Making Love
              08. MC And His Great Googa-Moogas - Keep Your Shoes On! (Stuck In The Groove) (DJ Nick The Record Concise Edit)
              09. MC Roscoe - Feel The Beat (Instrumental) (DJ Nick The Record Minor Tweek Edit)
              10. Leston Paul - What A Surprise

              CD 2
              01. Sugar & Spice - The Beast (Instrumental)
              02. Santth - Do You Want Me Baby, Like I Want You Re-united Re-Edit)
              03. KL Hamilton - I'm Trying
              04. Skye - Ain't No Need (DJ Nick The Record Part 1 & 2)
              05. Betty & Beverly Prudhomme - Tut Tut Twins (DJ Nick The Record Re-edit)
              06. Shelbra Deane - You Move Me
              07. Ronnie Jones - Video Games
              08. Charlie Mike Sierra - On The Moon
              09. Victor Vick – Rescue
              10. State Of Grace - Touching The Times (Instrumental)
              11. Blackway & Helene - Music For Us (Instrumental)


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