In an era of disco mutated into a dozen forms for the modern dancer, you need releases like this to remind you that the 70's sound was just fine, thank you. With this collection of old and new tunes Dimitri From Paris offers a cleansing of the palette, if you will; a classic sound with a bit of modern editing.
"Reach Inside," fires the part off right away, soulful disco that's all smooth diva crooning and blaring horns. As the disco ball descends, "Star" bounces in, featuring a sample of Aquarian Dream's "You're a Star." Sneaking in is the diva chorus scat singing of "The Groove," flaky but effective. Without checking the liner notes you'd never know the first three songs were made in the last three years (only four on the disc are from the 70's.) "Down to Love Town" is indeed from 25 years ago, Dimitri serving up a re-edit that focuses on the last few minutes of the funk-disco original. "Shangri La" has everything- snappy break intro, strings, electric guitar, even some "wakachica" (yea) and a mean drum fade leading into a great remix of Stetsasonic's "Talkin' All That Jazz." It scraps nearly all the rap to fit in funk guitar, flutes, and production tricks out the wazoo. "Outro Lugar" adds a bit of sass courtesy of Salome de Bahia. "Motivation" is party jazz that doesn't do much, but the rhythm is restored with the classic track "Give Me Love" (house heads will note it's often sampled bassline) and the wailing "Band." "Sweet Music" dishes up deep bass and a piano, leading to Pascal Pioux's smooth and classy "The Place is Rockin." The wrap-up includes the hugs and smiles of the gorgeous "Wonderful Person," and Ashford & Simpson's "Found a Cure."
What you have here is one of the best party records of the year, a complete and polished package of a time brought back to life.