Various – Philly ReGrooved: Tom Moulton Remixes review

In commissioning the legendary Tom Moulton to remix the Philly Groove back catalogue, Harmless have chosen a truly fine concept to commemorate their 100th release. Philly Groove was one of the labels that ushered in the disco era thanks to a brace of hits from The Delphonics and subsequent smash releases from First Choice and The Philly Groove Orchestra (aka MFSB). Crucially though, the majority of the Philly Groove output was released prior to the invention of the 12 inch format that Tom Moulton himself was inadvertently responsible for. Through a series of fortunate circumstances legendary Disco remixer Tom Moulton was granted full access to master tapes of the Philly Groove back catalogue with truly stunning results. Across twelve tracks the brilliantly craggy Moulton subjects the aforementioned bands and more to his unique mixing down process, rearranging the tracks, placing emphasis on certain melodies and arrangements, whilst retaining that distinctly orchestral sound throughout.

Tony Poland