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Under The Influence Vol.1 compiled by DJ Red Greg

Various Artists

Z Records
ZEDDCD024 | 2011-10-24  
Laurent Garnier - Pure disco monsters. Yesssssssssss

Benji B - Love it

Ashley Beedle - Rim & Kasa? I have never heard this before! This is the standout track for me. A right royal funky mess in a good way.

Horse Meat Disco - An education in soul drenched disco. Sophisticated Ladies is my favourite

Danny Krivit - This is great

Hot Toddy - Most of the material I've not heard before, and it has been a genuine eye opener. Lots and lots of quality stuff on here


Following on from the likes of "Back Street Brit Funk", "Destination Boogie" and the ever-popular Soul of Disco series Z Records continue to release hi quality compilations filled with lesser known disco, funk and boogie.

Now ZR launches a new compilation series named Under The Influence. The story behind UTI is this, being a seasoned record collector Z label boss Dave Lee (Joey Negro) has made the acquaintance of many of the worlds other vinyl junkies. People that may be unknown to the general public but are hardcore enthusiasts who have built some of the best collections of soul, funk and disco on the planet.

The idea of UTI isn't about big name djs but is to give a musical platform to those who have the knowledge to put together a track listing of killer tunes. Volume 1 has been compiled by DJ Red Greg aka Darren Griffiths, a familiar face across the world at record fairs and second hand vinyl stores...as well as a dj putting on his own Ebonite nights in Dalston (and playing in parties in the UK as well as Paris and NYC).

For the record, we at Z aren't interested in re-issuing collectors obscurities, average records that are best left as rare vinyl only pieces, we only want re-vitalise great music that has stood the test of time. When Darren sent us in the CDs of his proposed track listing we were blown away by the high standard of his selection. Unlike many re-issue comps we doubt there will be anyone who picks up this CD and looks through the track list and has the all the songs contained. This selection is the result of years of digging, buying records on a hunch, acquiring a few turkeys to find the gems. Check his sleeve notes out for some detailed analysis and history.

As always with Z Records, we've spent time and money to make the masters sound as good as possible so if you're a fan of compilations from BBE or Dimitri From Paris and our own Soul of Disco CD's then this new series will not disappoint.

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