Zafsmusic.com continues to bring you the rarest disco & boogie bangers with his new compilation titled “Private Wax” Vol 1. 15 scintillating excursions into the deep disco & boogie world of privately pressed & produced gems. As a long-time staffer of the notorious Reckless Records on Berwick Street, a hotbed of vinyl commerce in the Soho section of London, hos vinyl selecting skills were no doubt put to the test on a daily basis. Tip!!
“Smooth Talk” by Mr. Fox is a deservedly scarce early rap tune (the vocal is not going to give Melle Mel a run for his money) that unexpectedly reveals a mesmerizing instrumental groove on the flip side, it is a “Party Track” indeed. Another perfect party track is the offering from Special Touch, a midtempo sureshot that in this case has just the right amount of rap to work. Gregory Jolly’s sassy “What’Em Doing Is My Business” takes its bass line inspiration from James Brown, and turns it into a slap- happy, southern-fried sizzler. And I defy anyone to turn their nose up at Chuck Strong’s delicious take on the Willie Hutch penned boogie standard made famous by Gwen McRae, “Doin’ It.” If something more uptempo is your speed, try the frantic “Freex” — which Zaf gives us in the preferred 7-inch version. The selections even touch on early house music, via the Mickey “Mixin’” Oliver (one- fifth of Chicago’s legendary Hot Mix 5 DJ crew) version of 94 East’s “If You Feel Like Dancin’.” Especially enchanting is the virtually unknown Philadelphia Brite, whose “Never Leave Me And I’ll Never Leave You” marries its sweet sentiment with an absolutely titanic mid-song disco break.
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