I’m starting to wonder if we’ve actually skipped a generation of music and care less about the present (at our own expense) every time the word Disco reappears. Because it’s blatantly apparent that for many the past is simply more exciting than the here and now providing some sense of forgone authenticity. But while there may well be some truth in that once you hit the play button on this superlative collection of John Luongo’s extended mixes all your hopes and dreams are right there: realised, shinning, glittering, beautiful. The hugely influential Boston DJ added his own distinctive dancefloor flair to a number of now classic cuts reshaping The Jacksons ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ – complete with that elevating synth rush – alongside a wealth of other artists which we won’t see recreated anytime soon. All-time favourite Melba Moore’s exquisite ‘Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance’ sits favourably next to Dan Hartman’s epic ‘Vertigo/ Relight My Fire’, while Marlena Shaw’s heart-tearing vocal ‘Touch Me In The Morning’ sings out for the loss of soulful song writing. Santana reaches for the sun on the life-affirming ‘One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)’ contrasting with the brash bass-heavy lines of The Quick’s sassy, funky ‘Zulu’. Finally, at the very real risk of repeating myself once again Christian John Wikane explores the fine detail of the stories life and times across the accompanying booklet. And is, par for the course, a treat to read in itself.
Release: October 27