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Le Freak - Music Inspired By Chic Compiled By Joey Negro
Various Artists
Z Records

ZEDDCD037 | 2015-11-16
1
Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part Two)
(6:33)
Ann Margret
Soul / Funk / Disco
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2
Heartache No.9
Special Remix Version (6:56)
Delegation
Soul / Funk / Disco
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3
Not About That (Show Me Some Respect)
(5:15)
Van Jones
Soul / Funk / Disco
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4
Love Is Gonna Be On Your Side
(7:04)
Firefly
Soul / Funk / Disco
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5
Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)
(8:26)
Charanga 76
Afro / Latin / Brazilian
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6
Don't Sneak On Me Feat. Luther Vandross
(4:48)
Michael Zager Band, Luther Vandross
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7
Shake
(4:59)
GQ
Soul / Funk / Disco
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8
Heaven Of My Life
(5:35)
Change
Soul / Funk / Disco
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9
Together
(6:20)
Odyssey
Soul / Funk / Disco
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10
Let's Do It Again
(5:05)
Nightlife Unlimited
Soul / Funk / Disco
11
Easy Money
(4:49)
She
Soul / Funk / Disco
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12
New Kind Of Medicine
Original Extended Vocal Mix (7:01)
Ultra Naté
Soul / Funk / Disco
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13
The Secret Life Of Us
The Reflex Revision (7:08)
Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band
Nu Disco / Indie Dance
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14
Mighty Fine
(5:20)
Peter Jaques Band
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15
Miss Manhattan
(8:00)
Metropole
Soul / Funk / Disco
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16
I’m In Love
Joey Negro Edit (7:20)
Cela
Joey Negro
Soul / Funk / Disco
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17
Feel The Beat (C'est Si Bon...)
(7:13)
C.H.A.D., G.G Gibson
Soul / Funk / Disco
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18
I Don't Want You Back
(4:47)
Ramona Brooks
Soul / Funk / Disco
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19
Summer Grooves
(7:10)
Mirage
Soul / Funk / Disco
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20
Moonchild
Joey Negro Edit (6:41)
Captain Sky
Joey Negro
Soul / Funk / Disco
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21
Why
Joey Negro Block Party Mix (6:50)
Kola Kube
Joey Negro
Nu Disco / Indie Dance
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Arguably, Dave Lee aka Joey Negro and his Z Records label are the contemporary go-to Disco label. And it was only a matter of time before Mr Lee would delve deep into his vinyl mancave and pull a selection of sound-alike tracks inspired by that late 70s Chic sound.

To date, Chic and their productions have notched-up sales of over 100,000,000, so with that in mind, it comes as no surprise that their music has inspired others to pick up the bass & lead guitar and emulate that groovy sound... and that 's exactly what this album is all about. So here we have it - 'Le Freak Music Inspired by Chic - Complied by Joey Negro'. Fourteen glorious Chic inspired cuts that groove like a Disco train fuelled on 70s Space Dust (remember that stuff kids?)

The 'Le Freak' journey starts with Ann Margret's 'Everybody Needs Somebody', a track truly laden with "that sound" as it's huge string & horn arrangements pay an almost copy-cat like homage to the Edwards & Rodgers sound. And staying on that theme, Delegation's 'Heartache No. 9' and Van Jones' 'Not About That (Show Me Some Respect)' both deliver killer grooves whilst characteristically panning the strat firmly to the left! No sound-alike album would be complete without a cover version, and Charanga 76's 'Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)' definitely hits the spot: A Latin Disco-style rework that oozes plenty of cowbell fun-on-the-floor good times, and a flute solo to die for.

Slowing the bpm down we have the rather enigmatic 'Don't Sneak On Me' by the Michael Zager Band featuring Luther Vandross, a track that's soaring backing vocals carry like it was, well, 1979 of course, and the same can definitely be said for Change's 'Heaven of My Life' too. Next-up we have Odyssey's 'Together', the only track on the album that IS produced by Edwards & Rodgers, and one that we thought was well-worth including, for it's obscurity and super slick 80s production values. Moving forward and we hit the contemporary clock, as Ultra Nate's 'New Kind of Medicine' and Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band's 'The Secret Life of Us' both hit the warm compression button, proving that the Disco sound can be perfectly emulated, even when being produced through one of those new-fangled computer devices!

Well, we think you'll agree that Joey Negro has done a sterling job in compiling an album of music inspired by Chic, and one that perfectly captures... "that sound!"
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