Kat Records reach the ripe old age of 30 with the 3rd instalment of reworks by all round super ace guy Jonny Miller.
Those of you out there of a certain vintage will not need any intro to Half A Minute – A guilty pleasure to some, with nowt to be feeling guilty about. If it’s good then it’s good is the KAT ethos and Mr Miller fully embraces this and takes this UK Latin stormer up a notch and then some. Matt Bianco, yes you know…
Get out of your lazy bed et all were a house hold name in 80’s UK (a Saturday superstore appearance also, well worth a mention we think!) – but we’re getting away from the point here… The point is that Half A Minute is a tune, always has been and always will be with the JM edit bringing out the very best from the original with much added shine and aplomb !
On the flip we have 2 African tinged mid-tempo chuggers that fuse House, Balearic, Soul, and Afro Disco into modern day dance floor gems… ! Kalimba Tree, from the EWF LP Raise!, is a track that sits perfectly between the aforementioned genres and Jonny Miller delivers a rework rather than straight up edit – The beats are incredible, very funky and infectious but laid back at the same time… Tabled with the beautiful fender rhodes and that vocal hook, it’s time to head direct to your fave Adriatic festival and order a large one and pop a toast to the genius of Maurice White.
Last but by no mean least we have an ace edit of Orere-Elejigbo by Lijadu Sisters as featured on the album – Afro-Beat Soul Sisters: The Lijadu Sisters At Afrodisia, Nigeria, 1976-79. Again we get a rework rather than your bog standard edit. 4/4 beats, afro vocal hooks, low slung bass line and a mighty arrangement top things off very nicely on this mid-tempo afro-Balearic gem. A rather fine 3 tracker – big tip for fans of Philou Louzou, Al Zanders, Cottam, and the recent Sleazy Beats Black Ops 12″.