In which Classic Music Company head Luke Solomon delivers an excellent mix enjoying the New York house of Nu Groove, the late 1980s imprint promoting experimental adventures within house music. Thanks to Solomon we get to enjoy the raw, unfiltered talents of Rheji Burrell in several guises, covering some of the best output from N.Y. House ‘n Authority (‘Boiler Repair’, ‘Landscaping’) and Houz’ Neegroz, whose ‘Keep Dance’n’ and ‘How Do U Love A Black Woman?’ are utterly brilliant, the riff from the second one staying in your head for ages. Naturally brother Ronald Burrell also features, through the aliases of Aphrodisiac (‘Just Before The Dawn’) and K.A.T.O., whose ‘6.15PM’ has the most rounded bass sound you could imagine. The generous selection of 30 tracks also wins through with Barnyard Orchestra’s ‘Tasmanian Blues’, Total Science’s ‘Freedom’ and the deeper, compelling ‘How Many Times?’ from DTR. This is definitely an area of NY house music history you need to get acquainted with if you’re not already. Joey Beltram and Kenny Dope wouldn’t be here without them!
Ben Hogwood
5 out of 5