Shir Khan and Exploited Present: Black Jukebox Chapter Three

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If you’re a fan of a little house over your disco edits, don’t sleep on this one. The first two “Black Jukebox” editions have turned into heavy collector items with prices rocketing on Discogs. $130 for "Black Jukebox 01."

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“The Voice Of Dru” should be a familiar one by now, with both Rusty's Dusty Disco and another cat that escapes me both having a go at re-editing its seductive, cosmic-boogie grooves. This particular version sees a big fat house kick drum and synth bass placed under the refrain plus a completely new vocal part. The catchy vocoder bit (“this is the voice of Q...”) is thankfully left in place, as is the robotic cosmic breakdown. All in all it’s a tasteful but worthy re-imagination of this rare classic. Next up Bukka & Molinari’s, “Mind Games.” I'm afraid I can't remember the original but it’s a dreamy, lush jaunt into coastal atmospheres and fluttering arpeggios. A nice Balearic guitar lick rolls through the track alongside gentle pads before a completely invigorating male vocal transports things off into celestial bliss. Patryk Molinari cleverly twists (and speeds up) Hall & Oats’ “I Can't Go For That”’s bassline into a rough house cut reminiscent of a live Moodymann workout (we even get a gruff black male toasting over the track). Finally Patryk Molinari comes with “Erotic”—a rolling soulful and techy house cut. Deep and throbbing and purpose-built for sweaty, eyes-wide-shut dancing next to the speaker stacks. As usual with Exploited releases these are vinyl only, limited in number and likely to be snapped up super fast. Pick up the vinyl here.