Dave Lee / AC Soul Symphony / Billy Valentine Music For The Mind EP Z Records offer up another unmissable 12”. The A side combines the production prowess of Dave Lee with the vocal talents of The Valentine Brothers, Billy Valentine for a brand new song “Power of the Mind”. An intelligent lyric about thinking for yourself and not buying into fake news is soulfully served up over a classic piano house track in the JN Redemption mix. Whilst the JN Mind Meld Dub is complete with much cosmic synth revelry. On the AA side Dave dons his AC Soul Symphony alias to deliver the kind of string heavy, epic orchestral production that harks right back to the golden era of disc . ‘Manhattan Skyline’ clocks in at 11 minutes and progresses through many sections, breaks and solos, always building in intensity to a climatic end. Z Records 12"
gwen guthrie / The Sunburst Band / Loose Change / Dave Lee Dave Lee presents 30 Years of Z Records EP 5 Part five in a series of 12” vinyl EP’s celebrating 30 years of Z Records and the legendary Dave Lee. Featuring sought-after tracks and remixes by, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Loose Change & Gwen Guthrie. First up the funk fuelled boogie of ‘Stomp Your Feet’ gets a more hypnotic nu disco groove flip from the ever dependable, super talented Hot Toddy delivering a mix that builds and builds. Following that, one of THE best dancefloor tracks of all time, Loose Change ‘Straight From The Heart’ gets the rework treatment from Joey Negro, elevating it even further into stratospheric, peak party anthem territory. Flip it over to find Dennis Ferrer taking on the sophisticated disco of The Sunburst Band ‘Journey To The Sun’, turning it into a deep but powerful bass heavy groove with techy stabbing synths under those dreamy vocals. Finally, closing out the package a trademark Joey Negro remix of the classic Gwen Guthrie - What A Life that’s sure-fire feel good power. Z Records 12"
Dave Lee presents 30 Years of Z Records - EP 4 Dave Lee Part Four in a series of 12” vinyl EP’s celebrating 30 years of Z Records and the legendary Dave Lee. Featuring sought-after tracks and remixes by, Joey Negro, Horse Meat Disco, The Sunburst Band, Mistura, The Revenge and The Reflex. First up, Dave Lee joins forces with London's super disco collective, Horse Meat Disco to rework the classic, 'Candidate For Love'. This 2014 debut collaboration for Dave and HMD also features long-time Sunburst Band vocalists Diane Charlemagne and Donna Gardier. Kendra's original downtempo version of 'Smile' was a monster on the UK soul scene. JN gives it a housed up mix for the A2 with a clear nod to the classic Suburban sound of Musto and Simonelli. On the B side, South African goddess Letta Mbulu has one of her classics, ‘Kilimanjaro’, reworked by edit royalty The Revenge before The Sunburst Band - The Secret Life of Us gets that magic touch from another standout re-edit wizard The Reflex. Z Records 12"
Joey Negro / Opolopo / TW Funkmasters / Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band Dave Lee presents 30 Years of Z Records - EP 3 Part three in a series of 12” vinyl EP’s celebrating 30 years of Z Records and the legendary Dave Lee. Featuring sought-after tracks and remixes by, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Opolopo and TW Funkmasters. On the A side, an all-time classic JN remix of ‘Love Hangover’ bursting with ‘70s style tweaked for the modern dancefloor and a stratospheric ‘80s influenced Opolopo cut with all-mighty pianos and sizzling signature bass. Flip it over for a jazz funk gem in the form of TW Funkmasters - Love Money, beefed up and dubbed out to the high heavens and the soulful sunset rhythms of The Sunburst Band - Far Beyond to close it out. Z Records 12"
Doug Willis / Dave Lee / The Sunburst Band / Mid Air Dave Lee presents 30 Years of Z Records - EP 2 Celebrating 30 years in the game for Z Records with a series of 12” vinyl EP’s containing some of the most sought-after remixes from the esteemed Z back catalogue. Part 2 sees highly desired cuts from Doug Willis, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Mid Air and The Revenge. First up, Doug Willis’ ‘Crystal Lover’ is a bass heavy jam slathered over the top of a toasted slice of percussion, cosmic vocal swoons, and eternally echoing horns. Next, the 1991 classic that really put Dave Lee on the map ‘Do What You Feel’ saw a standout remix from the man himself in 2015. The JN Revival Mix keeps much of the original music but beefs up the drums and bass to make for a super punchy sounding update. Flip it over and find yourself lost in Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band ‘Only Time Will Tell ft. Angela Johnson (JN City Connection Mix)’. This jazzy, Latin-tinged and unashamedly musical dance cut showed the full force of soulful house music, made ever sweeter by Angela’s wonderful voice. Closing out proceedings, The Revenge unleashes a signature slammer of an edit of Mid Air ‘Ease Out’, perfect for blasting out across the highway or teasing in across the night. Z Records 12"
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. 16 Joey Negro Z Records acclaimed Attack The Dancefloor Series rolls up to it’s 16th edition and this one, like all those before it, does not disappoint. First up Akabu feat. Linda Clifford - Ride The Storm, a track that originally charted at no. 64 in the UK, was a house classic thanks to Linda Clifford’s sublime vocals and Joey Negro’s pounding house production. Fast forward to 2020 and best-selling deep house duo Saison give this classic a storming new rework. Warm chords, intricate drums and Linda's evocative soulful vocals are blended to masterful effect with the intricacy and sophistication of their production shining on every aspect. The Love Symphony Orchestra’s pacy, jazz funk flavoured disco cut ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ was originally released in 1978 in a saucily packaged tie in with Penthouse Magazine. Dr Packer gets busy in the editing suite as he plumps up the bass and beefs up the drums to compliment the string arrangement and crisp percussion of the original. Certified disco slammer ‘Every Day’ from Joey Negro presents The Sunburst Band was a massive track on the UK soul scene. Joey gives it a signature Disco Re-Bump Remix for that perfect summer anthem. Finally, Ludovic Llorca steps up with his more edgy and electronic project Art Of Tones, which focuses on house and disco sounds featuring the soulful vocal talent of Anduze over a funky slap bass and plenty of dubbed out guitar. Z Records 12"