Joey Negro / Loose Change / The Sunburst Band / gwen guthrie Dave Lee presents 30 Years of Z Records EP 5 Z Records 12" Pre-Order
Joey Negro / Opolopo / TW Funkmasters / Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band Dave Lee presents 30 Years of Z Records - EP 3 Z Records 12" Pre-Order
Joey Negro 90s House & Garage Vol. 2 Compiled by Joey Negro & Neil Pierce Founded back in 1990 – celebrating their 30th birthday in 2020 – Z Records has amassed plentiful collection of singles, albums & 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 his many compilations, Mr. Lee has delved deep into the heart of a specific genre or era and selected lesser-known tracks that give a real insight into the spirit & energy that made that point in time so special. Whether it's GoGo, Brit Funk, Boogie, Italo house or straight up Disco, he has delved deep into his extensive bank of influences and also enlisted the help of some of his most clued-up comrades in offering unforgettable collections of classics. This time he’s been joined by Neil Pierce as co-compiler for this second collection of their favourite moments across a definitive decade for House & Garage: the 90’s. Volume 2 includes material from Satoshi Tomiie, UFO, Slam Mode, Joi Cardwell and Alexander Hope as well as remixes from Kings of Tomorrow, Kerri Chandler, Marshall Jefferson, Tommy Musto and Smack Productions. The compilation is packed with sultry vocal lines and the sort of slick, irresistible grooves that defined the era. Dave and Neil have dug out music that may have previously ‘slipped under the radar’ meaning a lot of the tracks included here are being digitised for the very first time. In searching deeper & wider than the average compilation, the package provides a thorough insight into why this was such a fertile period for production. It 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 CD | LP
Attack The Dancefloor Vol.15 Joey Negro Attack the Dancefloor Vol.15 features four new Joey Negro remixes. First up is his thunderous rework of the O’Jays boogie classic 'Put Our Heads Together' done from the original multitracks in RWL style. The 2020 update of Doug Willis 'Dancin' features rattling percussion and full live disco sound. Sunkids soulful house staple featuring Aretha soundalike Chance receives a powerful bassline driven remix. Whilst the much sampled 'Everyman' by Double Exposure (as heard in Salsoul Nugget) has been give a more up-tempo make over that emphasises the familiar sections of the instrumentation whilst still using the full vocal. An Essential 12 Inch that's for sure. Z Records 12"
Z Records 2019 Essentials Joey Negro Z Records 2019 Essentials is in many respects a similar proposition to the successful Remixed with Love series, be it slightly more housey in places. This double CD contains 4 exclusive new JN remixes of disco classics from Double Exposure, The O’Jays, Tamiko Jones and Delia Renee. Along with these are a selection of the best Joey Negro remixes from what has been a great year musically including his reworks of CeCe Peniston, Horse Meat Disco feat Kathy Sledge and Sunkids. JN also originated some new music in 2019 under the aliases of Mistura, Doug Willis and Lakeshore Commission which are also included. Add to this remixes of ZR classics from Grant Nelson, Crakazat and Dr Packer. Only 1 of the 19 songs has been available on CD before. Z Records CD Out of Stock
Remixed With Love by Joey Negro - Winter 2019 Sampler Joey Negro In 1978 Patrick Adams and Leroy Burgess released one of the all time classic underground disco albums under the alias Phreek. Joey Negro takes 2 songs from the album and using the original 24 track mastertape gives them both much extended and reworked versions. “Big Phreek” was a crazy, off kilter uptempo jam that was popular in Chicago at clubs like the Warehouse, with its chanting vocals and odd octave bassline under Adams' trademark soloing synth-work. JN strips things back a fair deal to make a very playable energetic leftfield disco cut. “Good Thing” is more soulful disco featuring plenty of previously unheard Burgess vocals and rich strings that weren’t on the original release. This new JN version clocks in at almost 13 mins Z Records 12"
Joey Negro Attack The Dancefloor Vol.14 Z Records unstoppable ‘Attack The Dancefloor’ series powers it’s way to its 14th Volume of remixed disco gold. Delia Renee - You're Gonna Want Me Back (Joey Negro Disco Blend): "You’re Gonna Want Me Back” was an all but forgotten early 80s obscurity only known to hardcore vinyl collectors. Joey Negro has got hold of the original multi and has transformed what was already a very strong song into an end of the night anthem. Delia’s vocals are classic power soulful vocal disco diva, whilst JN makes the most of the parts in the fully orchestrated live backing track. Foreal People - Shake (Dr Packer Re-Shake): Originally released in 1999 the Joey Negro revamp of GQ’s Chic like “Shake” features David Grant from Brit Funk act Linx on lead vocals. It's back out 20 years later with a fat funky Dr Packer remix, who drops down the bpm and adds a more dubby approach to the arrangement. Z Factor - Gotta Keep Pushin (Grant Nelson Remix): A classic from the ZR back catalogue gets a brand new makeover from Grant Nelson, making it an instant dancefloor hit. Four80East & CeCe Peniston - Are You Ready (Joey Negro Redemption Mix): Brand new gospel tinged soulful house originally produced in Toronto by live jazz funk act Four 80 East featuring the powerhouse vocals of Ce Ce Peniston. It has now been remixed by Joey Negro for release on ZR. The Redemption Mix showcases the full song which harks back to the big vocal records that came out of NY and Chicago in the late 80's/early 90s. Another indispensable ATDF 12", destined to cause waves across dancefloors worldwide. Z Records 12"
Joey Negro - Remixed With Love 2019 Sampler Joey Negro Z Records are back with another‘Remixed With Love’ EP from the masterful Joey Negro. This 2019 sampler showcases four exclusive disco remixes including two versions of ‘Can't Live Without Your Love’ - both acosmic, synth-heavy disco mix full of ethereal and evocative vocals, and anechoed-out dub cut that goes extra interplanetary. Also housed on the EP, a JN reprise of ‘Come Together’ letting those swirling Rhodes, heavenly strings and killer vocal harmonies sing without the need for a kick drum to get the crowd going. Closing out proceedings, Joey unleashes a versatile drum track focusing on theCuban wonders of the Timbale - the perfect tool to give an added dimension to any mix. Z Records 12"
Disco not Disco Joey Negro Please note: this is NOT the RSD edition. “Strut Records were there first, well before DFA recorded The Rapture’s Sub Pop debut. ‘Disco Not Disco’ preceded the punk funk revolution by two years.” Resident Advisor Strut present a new repress of the influential first volume of ‘Disco Not Disco’ compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary. ‘Disco Not Disco’ was a perfectly timed compilation back in 2000. Released when interest in the myths, history and playlists of original New York clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft was at its peak, the album drew on the outer limits of leftfield disco championed by Levan and Mancuso, bringing together unlikely dancefloor anthems by rock acts like Yoko Ono and Ian Dury, obscurities from cottage labels like BC and Splash and selected oddities from the unique mind of avant-garde hero, Arthur Russell. It was essentially a celebration of the sonic melting pot in New York during the early ‘80s, an era when punk had burnt itself out and disco had become commercial and saccharine; in its place, the post-punk movement threw up brilliant oddities which tore up the accepted rulebook. Since its release, the compilation title has become a by-word for a whole genre of music and remains a landmark collection of its time. With original copies now changing hands for €100+, this new pressing is a welcome return for an essential celebration of disco’s difficult cousins. The album features full original artwork and Kris Needs’ sleeve notes and is remastered and cut by The Carvery. Strut CD | LP
Attack The Dancefloor Vol.13 Joey Negro Mistura - Do You Love Me feat. Angela Johnson (Joey Negro Disco Blend) There’s already a big buzz on this beefy, super classy disco house tune featuring the wonderful voice of Angela Johnson. "Do You Love Me" is a radical rework of an old Rod Temperton song with a big chorus hook. This update comes complete with newly written verses and other extra vocal parts. Add into the mix live strings, brass and the authentic disco sound you've come to expect from ZR releases. Sylvester - I Need You (Opolopo Remix) Hungarian remix whiz Opolopo takes the controls for Sylvester’s huge disco number ‘I Need You’ – relaying the keys with thosetrademark buzzing synths that have become a calling card for his killer reworks. An emphatic update to this classic with a heavy dose of Opolopo magic. Neapolitan Soul - Welcome To The Dub Luca Morrone was raised in Naples on a mix of disco, soul music and R&B and later the sound of "Victor Simonelli" and "MASTERS AT WORK” which led him to become a resident dj at the club METROPOLIS in his native Italy. With his girlfriend PIA they established the"Neapolitan Soul" group, playing a mix of disco, funk soulful and afro house music. Raquel Rodriguez - We Go Together (Joey Negro Club Mix) Los Angeles based Raquel Rodriguez fuses the subcultures of LA style in her music which she has been releasing on her own label over the last few years. Her recent ‘The 310, Part Two’ mini CD features the uptempo boogie style cut ‘We Go Together’ with live drums, bass, guitar and strings, The song caught the ears of JN who wanted to add his own take on the original and this is the result. Z Records 12"
Joey Negro Backstreet Brit Funk Vol. 1 Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.1 is being reissued for the first time since it’s original release in 2010 plus this will be the first ever release on vinyl for this highly regarded collection. A collection of rare and very sought-after underground British disco, funk and soul tracks avoiding the obvious hits that have been on a million cd’s already. Many of these tracks never went beyond a very small local release but have since become very collectable - buying this lot would set you back somewhere in the four figures. Both Vol.1 (2010) and Vol.2 (2018) of the Brit Funk albums tell the story of the underground scene from the late 70’s through to the mid-80’s in the UK when punk and disco were giving way to a new blend of jazz, soul and funk, heavily influenced by the American big hitters of the day but re-worked by the UK pioneers for the British dance floors. Both volumes contain a unique selection of high quality music, which will have a shelf life lasting well beyond the currents trends and fads. All tracks have been Cedared and re-mastered to a very high standard and now sound better than ever before. Joey Negro re-edited some of the tracks for the original album, updating them with a fresh new approach. The 2CD which has been out of press for months has also been reissued to coincide with the LP release. Z Records LP Out of Stock