Glenn Underground

Words: Gavin Kendrick.

Artist: C.V.O.
Title: Party Time
Label: Strictly Jaz Unit Muzic
Release date: Monday 25th March, 2013
Listen: YouTube
Buy: Piccadilly Records
More info: When Balance, the sub-label of Ron Trent’s revered Prescription Records, was created in 1995, Glenn Underground used the opportunity to introduce his alter ego, C.V.O., standing for Chicago’s Very Own. It was the alias he used for his more techy and driving productions, and ‘Party Time’, his first release under that name, became an instant underground classic. Despite bootlegging, the original pressing is still an expensive and rare record, but thankfully Groove Distribution have reissued the original via Strictly Jaz Unit Muzic, Glenn’s collaborative imprint with fellow Chicago native, Boo Williams. Glenn has also noted that this reissue is a better pressing than the Balance original; an essential purchase for all deep house selectors.

Artist: The Legendary 1979 Orchestra
Title: Didn’t Invent The Remix
Label: Legendary Sound Research
Release date: Monday 1st April, 2013
Listen: SoundCloud
Buy: Juno
More info: There has been a glut of ‘Inside Out’ remixes doing the rounds over the lats couple of years, and until today I hadn’t heard one that I would choose to spin over Odyssey’s original that peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart in 1982. The Legendary 1979 Orchestra have now bucked the trend with their worthy seven minute revision, opening with a Lovebirds-style cool out, forgoing most of the vocals save some adlibs and a climatic chorus, and a final strip back to a DJ-friendly outro.

Artist: Various Artists
Title: Prime Numbers PN17 EP
Label: Prime Numbers
Release date: Monday 25th March, 2013
Listen: SoundCloud
Buy: Prime Numbers
More info: It’s been over a year since the last instalment of Prime Numbers’ three-track EP series, which has seen previous contributions from Andrés, Move D, Actress and Motor City Drum Ensemble. PN17, out now, leads with ‘Baayi’ from Adesse and is backed by two fiendish, darker cuts from Truss and Massimo Di Lena. Adesse, the producer who turned out the go-to version of Theo’s ‘Sky Walking’, is once again on top form with this melodic Afro-house track that that fans of Atjazz and Osunlade will surely go for. This 12″ is soon to be followed by a solo EP from Adesse, available to order directly from the Prime Numbers crew.