Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Totally Wired 21

Compiled exclusively to co-inside with celebrations for the twenty-first anniversary of Acid Jazz Records, demand for this Ltd edition CD has lead to its re-issue, in anticipation of the labels forthcoming twenty fifth anniversary this year.

The last truly independent label has revisited the genre-defining and most popular of all compilation series, Totally Wired. Featuring previously unreleased dance floor killers with remixes of established Acid Jazz releases, plus some new boys and girls on the block.

Staying true to the winning formula of the historic series, Totally Wired 21 also offers the chance to discover some great oldies. Salvaged from original New York acetate, The Harmony Recorders perform the Exodus Theme to soulful perfection. As does Sharon Brown’s self penned Family Tree. Polygram in-house writer/ producer Graham Dee connects with The Fleur De Lys’ Tony Head for a pre-disco funk floor filler.

As for remixes, they live up to the high standard of the previous Totally Wired outings, as Paul Weller’s bassist Andy Lewis has his Loleatta Holloway dancer remixed by Tokyo’s finest, Latin aficionados Los Africanos get the Mondo Disco treatment and Grand Union’s folk masterpiece is ‘cut-up’ by DJ Smoove. Brasil’s Leleo meets electro-teers Twisted Tongue and Anthony Johnson’s dub classic is reworked by Brendan Lynch.

Newer tracks to complete the compilation are The Filthy Six’s record box rework of Roy Budd’s ‘Get Carter’ and Freefall effortlessly capture the timeless Acid Jazz sound on their debut recording while Canada’s Executive Sweet display their tastes in cool filmic arrangements.
The Get Go go R&B on their Hammond instrumental groover and The Elements  skillfully cover a rare sixties stomper.

Finally, Twisted Tongue conclude this eclectic selection with the masterful ‘You Want That Soul’, the lead track from their eponymous debut album. If that doesn’t get your head nodding then you haven’t actually played the CD.

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