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The release last autumn of Reel Peoples first full studio album in 10 years was, its fair to say, a moment. Retroflection stylishly recreated soul, disco and boogie classics behind the collectives formation nearly 20 years ago and exposed its rarefied DNA like never before. Now band leader Oli Lazarus widens the collective, inviting the worlds finest producers and remixers to add their funky splices to the Retroflection blueprint. Retroflection Remixed, featuring Mousse T., Osunlade, DJ Spinna, John Morales, Atjazz, Terry Hunter, Sebb Junior, Scott Diaz, Da Brownie, Tall Black Guy, Matt Coopers OUTSIDE, BusCrates and Art Of Tones, is a majestic rebooting of the soulful flow that swept us away in 2018.

Art Of Tones gets his sparkly mitts on Dont Stop The Music, swaggering synth n bass riffs further underlining Angie Stones classy strut through Yarbrough & Peoples 1980 hit, whilst Buscrates true to the name of his remix pumps irresistible funk bounce into Im In Love, a truly lowdown re-skinning of Reel Peoples Evelyn Champagne King tribute where Navasha Dayas vocal sounds sassier than ever.

Osunlade eases us in with an elegant re-interpretation of Reel Peoples Pleasure cover Joyous, deep throbs of electronica and rippling percussion carrying loops of the vocal and that iconic sax solo to stunning new heights or depths. Similarly, Atjazz dims the lights and intensifies the mood for his take on Twilight. Where Reel People played impressively close to Mazes original, Atjazz treads to shuffling jazz drums, double-bass and piano. The build of parts is spine-tingling stuff. Matt Cooper and his outstanding OUTSIDE project also take on the mantle of Joyous, and serve us a full fat disco jazz funk odyssey.

There are a number of uptempo treats too. Take Sebb Juniors snappy piano-house routine for the Mica Paris-fronted I Want To Thank You a sparkling turbo-charge to Alicia Myers early Eighties gospel-R&B vibe or NYC mix legend John Morales ecstatic nine-minute mirrorball twirl of Geraldine Hunt-anthem Cant Fake The Feeling complete with epic drum and vocal (Daya once again) breakdowns. Respected UK house DJ-producer Scott Diaz gives the Sharlene Hector-led cover of Side Effects Always There greater guitar-licked urgency but without compromise to the songs soulful poise and power, and revered Chicago veteran Terry Hunter is a match made in heaven for Tony Momrelle, who soars through the formers soulfully-charged remix of Buttercup (Carl Andersons mid-Eighties, Stevie Wonder-penned gem) with all of its funky drums, b-line twists and warm musical arrangements. German maestro Mousse T. hands us a nostalgic rework of Teena Maries I Need Your Lovin featuring the female powerhouses Vulu Malinga, LaDonna Harley-Peters and Sharlene Hector.

Elsewhere, South African talent Da Brownie dresses Reel Peoples peppy, Omar-fronted update of Skipworth & Turner treasure Thinking About Your Love in sharp, finely-detailed deep dance threads, and Detroit star Tall Black Guy (TBG) sprinkles considerable amounts of summer samba magic over Momrelles other Retroflection outing Can We Pretend - a stunning re-awakening of the Bill Withers and Jose Feliciano collabo for the second time in mere months. Theres room yet for DJ Spinna to expand the reaches of Keep It Up (Anthony Davids luscious rendition of Milton Wrights deep-soul bomb) with another of his transcendental space-funk remixes. Mind-blowing.

Following acclaimed releases Second Guess and Seven Ways To Wonder, as well as compilation work including Golden Lady, last years Reel People release Retroflection reflected the highest possible level of soulful passion and craftsmanship. With Retroflection Remixed, the collective overseen by experienced studio-hands Lazarus, Mike Patto, Matt Cooper (of Incognito fame) and Toni Economides - swells its talented cast and finds dynamic new ways to connect past with future. Here is a harmony of impeccably-curated Reel People reboots sure to capture hearts, minds and feet all over again.

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