Артист: VA Название: Defected pres. House Masters: Joey Negro Жанр: House Год выхода: 2015 Label: Defected/HOMAS22D О музыке: House Masters Joey Negro is an incredible, eclectic collection from the one of the world's leading
proponents of disco-inspired house music. Joey Negro is the most well-known pseudonym of master British producer, remixer, DJ and label owner Dave
Lee. With his production career beginning in 1988, Dave is intrinsically linked to the birth of house music in the UK. Famously recording under a
variety of aliases including Akabu, Doug Willis, The Sunburst Band, Jakatta, Raven Maize, Sessomatto and Z Factor, he has d a truly exceptional back
catalogue accounting for many of house music's highlights over a career spanning three decades. Disco has always played its part in Lee's
music: he was one of the first British artists to incorporate disco samples into the various house music styles with which he is so recognisably
identified. Indeed, as a genuine aficionado of disco he has few equals anywhere in the world. He's as productive as ever, either in the studio or
behind the decks, and most recently under his Joey Negro alias, Lee was integral to the success of Defected's brand new Glitterbox residency in
Ibiza. In terms of production, Dave's imagination and creativity has proved limitless. He's enjoyed both huge commercial success on records
such as Jakatta's 'American Dream' - a UK No.3 - and 'Make A Move On Me', alongside an avid underground following through
monikers such as Akabu, and via labels such as Transmat, Junior Boys Own, NRK and his own thriving label, Z Records. From the live disco and boogie of
The Sunburst Band to the unique funk-fuelled grooves of Joey Negro, House Masters Joey Negro is Dave's personal curation of the greatest records
from a catalogue that spans every corner of house music. As well as genre-defining original productions under the guises of Doug Willis, Raven Maize
and of course Joey Negro, also included are a handful of seminal remixes for artists such as Erro and Masters At Work to Patrice Rushen and Blaze, all
unmixed and DJ friendly. The digital release includes 12 additional tracks, featuring an exclusive Joey Negro re-edit of Erro's 'Don't
Change', as well as further remixes of Dave Lee originals from Henrik Schwarz, Ame and Dennis Ferrer. "It was a case of balancing the various
sides of what I've done over the years" says Lee of the selection process. "You want to include the personal favourites and some tracks that were
popular purely on the underground, alongside others that were more successful on a commercial level. "As a producer one of the skills you must have is
remaining objective, even when you've heard the piece of music you're working on several thousand times. The same goes for the selection
here. The House Masters series is literally a who's who of house music, so obviously it's great to be part of it.
nFo about the artist
Joey Negro is the most well-known pseudonym of master British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee. Under a
plethora of other monikers including Jakatta, Akabu, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor, Dave was one of the first
artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1988. Indeed, he was in the studio making credible and
outstanding British House music when many luminaries around him were still busy getting to grips with their decks. In 2011 little has changed and Dave
is widely regarded as one of the most commercially successful and in-demand artists on the global scene.
A producer first and foremost, Dave uses his DJ’ing talents as a sound-bed for tweaking his musical creations to perfection. His work ethic is
legendry, having been involved in well over 200 productions, countless albums and a healthy stack of hit singles. Through releasing tracks such as
‘Must Be The Music’, ‘Make A Move On Me’, ‘Can’t Get High Without You’ and Jakatta’s ‘American Dream’ and ‘My Vision’, Dave
has established himself as a true professional who keeps getting better. Widely considered an expert in all things funk, soul and disco-related, Dave
is also a helpful ‘consultant’ depended on by radio and TV producers worldwide.
Born on the Isle of Wright, Dave grew up on the south coast of England during the late 70’s and early 80’s listening to local radio stations and
the sounds of Earth Wind Fire, Heatwave, Shalamar and The Jacksons. A lack of good quality music at the time encouraged Dave to seek inspiration in
the record shops of London. This soon led to a job at London vinyl store Smithers Leigh where he first heard the revered house classics ‘Jack Your
Body’ and ‘I Can Feel It’, sounds that were major inspirations for him to produce his own records.
Following the closure of Smithers Leigh, Dave joined Rough Trade Distribution where he was charged with setting up its dance music arm, Demix. It
was here where Dave started working with the Rhythm King label, which had had a number of hits with acts like Bomb The Bass, S-Express, Cookie Crew
His experience in advising other labels led to Dave establishing his own imprint, Republic Records, in 1988. Now defunct, Republic is today remembered
as the UK’s first soulful house label releasing classics such as Phase II “Reachin” and Turntable Orchestra “You’re Gonna Miss Me”. This
was also home the first Dave Lee production, M.D.Emm.'s ‘Get Busy’, which reached #88 in the UK charts and #18 in the club charts. His most
successful work during this time, according to Dave himself, was ‘Forever Together’, released under his Raven Maize alter ego. Dave d hype by
licensing the song to NY label Quark and d a story of an ex-convict who played in a steel band in Disney Land, even using a computer-enhanced image of
a friend sporting an afro as a press shot.
The name Joey Negro came about in 1990 when Dave released “Do It Believe It’ on uber cool US cult house label Nu Groove. Not being able to think
of an act name and being pressed for label copy Dave took the name from two records in a pile next to his desk – one by Pal Joey and another by J
Walter Negro. “I certainly never expected that I’d still be addressed as Joey 20 years later” smiles Dave. The track was a breakthrough success
and was followed by ‘Do What You Feel’, which Dave released on his second label and successor to Republic, Z Records. Virgin eventually released
‘Do What You Feel’ and the song became both a club hit and top 40 pop hit. Another Top 40 “Love Fantasy” and an album “Universe of Love”
followed soon after.
Throughout the 90’s and 00’s Dave continued to release a stream of his own productions on his label Z Records (as well as other choice indies JBO,
Azuli and NRK). Z continues to release a single per month and draft in the best remixers to work on Dave’s music with Dennis Ferrer, Henrik Schwarz,
Ame and Jimpster all having recently contributed.
Dave’s reputation as a highly-skilled producer and remixer has resulted in many chart-topping liaisons with high profile pop acts over the years. He
has completed well over a hundred remixes for stars including Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Royksopp, Roisin Murphy, Sugababes, Empire of The Sun,
Diana Ross, Pet Shop Boys, Roy Ayers, Simply Red, and Lionel Ritchie. Dave was also behind Take That’s “Relight My Fire”, suggesting it as a
cover then producing the finished result. Dave has since produced tracks for 911, Robbie Williams and Shayne Ward.
His hard work and brilliant remixes for both dance and pop artists alike led to Dave’s crowning as Best UK Remixer by both DMC/Mixmag and DJ
magazine in 1992.
Being such a well known train spotter Dave has been behind over 20 compilation releases including his ‘Joey Negro In The House’ release on
Defected, ‘Disco Spectrum’ 1 – 3 (BBE), ‘Jumpin’ series, “Disco (Not Disco)”, Southport Weekender Volume 1, ‘Nite:Life’ and ‘Back
In The Box’ releases on NRK plus his ‘The Trip’ and ‘Lust: Art Soul’ compilations have further spread this master’s influence. Along
with record collecting friend Sean P, Dave has also compiled a number of highly regarded soul and disco compilations for his Z Records label.
‘Destination Boogie’, ‘Locked In The Vinyl Cellar’, ‘Supafunkanova’ the ‘Soul of Disco’ (1-3) albums and the latest labour of love
‘Back Street Brit Funk’ have further cemented Dave as being one of the foremost authorities on music old and new.
Dave’s impressive discography has ensured he has remained in demand on the global DJ circuit, playing at the biggest and best venues over the world.
As a DJ Dave strives to reflect this extensive love of music by playing eclectic sets, which go from rare disco thru to vocal and classic house often
into more electronic techy deep sounds.
These sets often showcase the many re-edits and s of old and obscure tracks he’s become famous for. “I’m forever chopping up both new and old
records in the studio to make them work better within my sets’ he explains. ‘I can’t help myself, I want dancers to experience the very best
highs a records has to offer, even if it means I have to spend a few days in the studio re-arranging something. I couldn’t be a producer without
being a DJ and certainly DJ’ing would be a whole lot less fun if I didn’t get to tweak the music I was playing out.”
As well as being one of the most in demand dj’s around Dave has also found time to turn his much-loved Sunburst Band project into a full-fledged
live band. The 7 piece band is made up of some of the best musicians around including Tony Remy, Pete Simpson and Frank Tontoh. The band continue to
go from strength to strength playing sell out shows at Southport Weekender, Jazz Café, London, the legendary Ronnie Scott’s, London, the newly
refurbished Band On The Wall venue, Manchester as well as international shows in Croatia, Dubai, Serbia and Austria.
Last year Dave released a new studio album as Akabu, the debut for his more deep-tech-house orientated guise. The LP titled ‘The Phuture Ain’t
What It Used To Be’ received praise from the likes of Carl Craig, Josh Wink and Nic Fancuili as well as great reviews in the press, who were
impressed with Dave’s ability to produce something very different to the sound he is normally associated with. 2010 also saw Dave celebrate 20 Years
of Joey Negro with some special live PA shows that included all his most well-known and best loved hits from across his 20 year career. These live
shows were supported by a special edition triple CD mixed by Grant Nelson and DJ Spinna and feature more exclusive tracks, remixes and edits…
Things didn't slow down for Mr Lee in 2011. “No Sugar”, his collaboration with Gramophondzie and Shea Soul being one of the few tunes to
reach the top 5 on both Beatport and Traxsource. The latest Soul of Disco comp was widely regarded as the best so far. Dave’s revamp of Muzique
“Keep on Jumpin” held the number one spot on Beatport for most of August. While at the beginning on September there were 4 Joey Negro Remixes in
the Traxsource top 5 - which must be a record. Unlike many producers who’ve been in the game as long, Dave certainly keeps himself constantly busy
in the studio with a constant stream of high achieving singles on Z, while a fourth Sunburst Band album is also close to completion.
2012 has already seen Joey Negro top the Traxsource chart under his Z Factor name with the Soul Purpose remix of 'Sounds In The Air' and now
the new GoGo Get Down compilation is just hitting the stores.
Dave Lee, Joey Negro, Jakatta, Raven Maize, Z Factor, call him what you will, but his ability is without question and his status as one of the most
gifted and hard-working individuals in world music circles is as true as ever.
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01. Masters At Work feat. India - Backfired (Joey Negro Club Mix)
02. Joey Negro feat. Taka Boom - Can’t Get High Without U (Joey Negro Philly World Mix)
03. Erro - Don’t Change (Joey Negro Club Mix)
04. Simphonia - Can't Get Over Your Love (Dave Lee's Full Length Mix)
05. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band - Garden of Love (Joey Negro Club Mix)
06. Candido - Dancin' Prancin' (Joey Negro Disco Blend)
07. Extortion - How Do You See Me Now (Joey Negro Club Mix)
08. Doug Willis - Get Your Own (Joey Negro Club Mix)
09. Doug Willis - Begun 2 Luv U (Joey Negro Original Mix)
10. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band - Everyday (Full Length Album Mix)
11. Patrice Rushen - Haven’t You Heard (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)
12. blaze - Wishing You Were Here (Joey Negro Extended Mix)
13. Yolanda Wyns - I Know You, I Live You (Joey Negro Club Mix)
14. Joey Negro - Do What You Feel (Expanded Mix)
15. The Reese Project - Direct Me (Joey Negro Disco Blend Mix)
16. Akabu feat. Linda Clifford - Ride The Storm (Joey Negro Club Mix)
17. Joey Negro presents Jakatta - American Dream (Joey Negro Club Mix)
18. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band feat. Donna Gardier Diane Charlemagne - The Secret Life Of Us (Joey Negro Extended Mix)
19. Raven Maize - Forever Together (Forever United Mix)
20. Joey Negro - Must Be The Music (Joey Negro Club Mix)
21. Erro - Dont Change (Joey Negro Playout Edit)
22. Akabu - Phuture Bound (Ame Remix)
23. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band - Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
24. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band - Man of War (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
25. Akabu - Your Wildest Dreams (Joey Negro Medusa Mix)
26. Joey Negro - Ride The Rhythm (Joey Negro Club Mix)
27. Martin Solveig - Rocking Music (Joey Negro Club Edit)
28. Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me (Joey Negro Club Mix)
29. Sessomatto feat. Thelma Houston - I Need Somebody Tonight (Joey Negro Original Serious Mix)
30. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band - He Is (Joey Negro Club Mix)
31. Sessomatto - Moody (Joey Negro Club Mix)
32. Joey Negro The Sunburst Band - Far Beyond (Full Album Mix)