simon dunmore: glitterbox - love injection (double CD, £11.50)label: defected
Love Injection is the latest instalment from Glitterbox Recordings, the one and only 21st century disco. Selected by label boss Simon Dunmore, the 40+ track compilation showcases the finest producers making disco and dancefloor-ready house cuts in the here and now. KiNK, Julio Bashmore, Purple Disco Machine, Folamour, Midland, CamelPhat and Hot Toddy make up some of the contemporary contingent proving that the disco spirit is alive and well. Simon has also included respectful nods to the golden-era voices of Gwen Guthrie, CeCe Rogers, The Emotions and Kathy Brown alongside the work of production heroes like Marshall Jefferson, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Larry Levan and Frank Wilson. Kicking off with the stone cold classics, Love Injection sets the disco standard before diving into contemporary dancefloor fillers, brand new tracks and exclusives. One such classic is from Gwen Guthrie, ‘Should Have Been You’, a garage staple perfected by Larry Levan. Rounding off the first of the timeless moments comes ‘It Must Be Love’ by Alton McClain & Destiny and produced by Northern Soul cult hero Frank Wilson. Simon discovered this gem when it was played by Horse Meat Disco; a memorable Glitterbox moment captured in style on Love Injection. Another song broken in on the decks at a Glitterbox party, Simon first heard the sound of David Harness ‘We Got It’ when it was played by Louie Vega in London. The simple and hypnotic groove mixes effortlessly into sparkling nu-disco from Purple Disco Machine & Boris Dlugosch featuring Karen Harding, ‘Love For Days (Kenny Dope Remix)’ – a remix of pure class from the master at work, bringing things bang up-to-date. An exclusive and brand new cut for the compilation, Rapson’s ‘Heat’ is one of the standout tracks of the last six months. The Disclosure-esque house favourite has been remixed by OPOLOPO, transforming it into a fine disco cut. Another digital exclusive for the compilation is Sophie Lloyd’s sublime new gospel house cut ‘Calling Out (Your Name)’. First played by Simon at the Hï Ibiza closing party in October 2017, it quickly became a sell-out on 7” vinyl. Final highlight, KiNK’s 2017 house anthem ‘Perth’ represents the Glitterbox at its most fresh. Released on Gerd Janson’s acclaimed Running Back label, it smacks of peak-time moments with enough 21st century soul for any dancefloor. Defining the true meaning of ‘dance music’ in 2017, Glitterbox – Love Injection is here to move your body and your soul.
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