The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

Pro­duced With Love Joey Ne­gro Z Records Dave Lee’s love af­fair with disco started when he first heard Heat­wave’s Boo­gie Nights on a chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion show as a 13-year-old. Forty years later, the man chiefly known as Joey Ne­gro, but also at var­i­ous times as Jakatta, Raven Maize, Doug Wil­lis and sev­eral other monikers, has built a ca­reer on in­te­grat­ing the once much ma­ligned genre into new, pre­dom­i­nantly house-fac­ing pro­duc­tions, and re-edit­ing clas­sic disco and soul records for re­lease on his own Z Records im­print. On Pro­duced With Love, only his se­cond artist al­bum fol­low­ing 1993’s Uni­verse of Love, Lee has cre­ated a modern-day, disco-in­spired mas­ter­piece, a pos­i­tive, sunny and up-tempo ode to good times. Opener Prove That You’re Feelin’ Me sets the tone, it be­ing unadul­ter­ated modern-day disco voiced by Diane Charle­magne. Lee’s long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor, who died in 2015 and to whom the al­bum is ded­i­cated, also lends her “nat­u­ral gift for both lyrics and melody” on the squelchy-synth good­ness of Overnight Sen­sa­tion and Lee’s recre­ation of his 1999 club track Must Be The Mu­sic. Horse­meat Disco and An­gela Johnson fea­ture on the sub­lime Danc­ing into the Stars, which, with its lush strings and in­fec­tious keys, makes for a stand­out among stand­outs. Vet­eran Melba Moore de­liv­ers a typ­i­cally soul-drenched vo­cal on the string-led Any­way, as does New York disco queen Linda Clifford on the more con­tem­po­rary, bumpy house num­ber Won’t Let Go. Else­where, Lee takes ob­vi­ous de­light in giv­ing Kraftwerk’s 1981 sin­gle It’s More Fun to Com­pute a modern-day re­work.

There’s real depth to the or­ches­tra­tion and ar­range­ments through­out; Lee is, by his own ad­mis­sion, his own worst critic and this per­fec­tion­ist bent man­i­fests it­self through­out Pro­duced With Love. Full of groove and soul, it’s a tri­umph.

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