It’s been over a decade since Joey Negro began digging up old relics and revamping them to fit today’s house music sensibility. In 1988, he branded ‘garage’ as its very own music genre, by setting up the label Republic, and putting out tracks like The Turntable Orchestra’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me” Then in 1992, he pioneered Republic’s soulful counterpart, Z records. This month, the disco guru-come-king-of-classics has teamed up with the charming lads at Defected Records to present a slice of Joey Negro’s pie of favorites. “For me, it’s the best of the best, I wouldn’t put anything on there unless I really love it and I’ve liked it for years or I passionately love the song.”
This double CD is, in fact, oozing with soulful beats, disco grooves, and a dash of funk. On both discs, which are a combination of his own re-edits as well as some untouched classics, Negro’s choices are enigmatic with favorites like Blaze’s “Most Precious Love” and Dimitri from Paris’ “Strong Man” all part of the entourage. And just when one track seems to be fading out, Negro manages to pick things up, opening up channels, and maintaining a fervent jive throughout his mix.
Joey Negro In the House is a treat for oldies’ junkies, and anyone else with nostalgia for some rhythm and blues.