2016 Mar 05     
2 Bit Thugs

A mix of well-known classics and more obscure gems make this an album with broad appeal

Dave Lee once more dons his Joey Negro hat to bring us this collection of reworked disco gems, and the results are nothing less than spectacular.

As the copious sleevenotes from the man himself explain, the idea behind these remixes wasn't so much to reinvent the tunes involved, as to make them more easily playable on modern dancefloors – giving mix-friendly intros and outros to tracks that didn't have them, for instance. With such a light remix touch applied, the 20 featured cuts generally stay within the realm of actual disco (as opposed to getting a disco-house makeover) - and given that many of the tracks featured are very well known (The O'Jays' I Love Music, for instance, or Gwen McCrae's Keep The Fire Burning, or Grace Jones' Pull Up To The Bumper), those with a half-decent disco collection already may be wondering if this is worth the investment.

The answer to that question, though, is a resounding yes. This reviewer owns at least a couple of versions of the aforesaid Keep The Fire Burning already, not to mention several covers, but I've never heard it sounding so life-affirmingly energetic and joyous as it does here. Ditto Ride Like The Wind by Christopher Cross. But if you're still worried, there are some slightly more obscure nuggets to tempt, you too: try Nicolette Larson's Lotta Love, now in an aptly titled Yacht Disco Mix, or Pockets' Come Go With Me.

Admittedly, Dave had some particularly fine source material to work with here. But even the most majestic piece of fine antique wooden furniture will look better if you take it to a master craftsman for a proper French polish instead of just getting out the Pledge – and a master craftsman Mr Lee most certainly is. An essential purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in disco.

Words: Russell Deeks

 

 

Review Score: 9

 

 

 

Tags: Joey Negro, Dave Lee, Z Records, disco, Gwen McCrae, Christopher Cross, Pockets, Grace Jones, The O'Jays, Robert Palmer