With three decades now having passed since the original Summer of Love, a lot of clubbers – or ex-clubbers! – are getting misty eyed for those halcyon days. Several compilations have appeared to mark the anniversary, but Newstate have delivered one of the best, spread across three sets. Paul Oakenfold sounds like he’s having a blast in the first hour, which gives him carte blanche to include classics from Joey Beltran, Mr Fingers, Sueno Latiño and Fallout. Colin Hudd also gets straight to the heart of the sunrise with Frankie Knuckles, Jungle Brothers, Rhythim Is Rhythim, Humanoid and Westbam. Then Nancy Noise enjoys some of the more airy, Balearic stuff from Shakatak, Men Without Hats and It’s Immaterial – great to hear ‘Driving Away From Home’ in extended form, and it segues perfectly into Richie Havens’ ‘Going Back To My Roots’. If there’s a gap in your collection for music from this era, fill it with all the love this triple header provides!
5 out of 5