Metal Banshee ( Mad Professor Mix One) (CD2: Mezzanine Mad Professor)
Angel (Angel Dust)
Teardrop (Mazaruni dub One)
Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise)
Risingson (Setting Sun dub Two)
Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub)
Wire (Leaping dub)
Group Four (Security Forces dub)
Review: Two decades have passed since Massive Attack signaled a new stage in their career with the dark, paranoid and claustrophobic brilliance of "Mezzanine", their third studio album. Given the current global political climate, it arguably sounds even more relevant 20 years after it first hit stores. This time round, the re-mastered original set comes accompanied by something none of us have heard before: Mad Professor's complete dub translation, which was slated for release around the turn of the Millennium but for one reason or another never came out. Like his take on "No Protection", it's an inspired set of revisions that takes 3D and Daddy G's dense and red-eyed originals into wild new bass-heavy places. Even if you own the original version already, it's well worth picking up this special edition just for that alone.
Smokey Robinson - "And I Don't Love You" (instrumental dub)
Peech Boys - "Don't Make Me Wait" (extended version)
Review: Larry Levan's influence on the development of dance music in New York during the 1980s cannot be overstated. That much is clear from Genius Of Time, a two-disc collection of the Paradise Garage resident's finest remixes. Heavy on dub delays, spaced-out synthesizers and rolling grooves, it gathers together a swathe of stone-cold classics - killer reworks of Gwen Guthrie, Man Friday, Peech Boys, Loose Joints and Jimmy Ross - with lesser-known, but no less vital, tweaks of cuts from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esther Williams, Smokey Robinson and Tramaine. While dedicated fans will have many of these already, it serves as the perfect introduction to Levan's distinctive and hugely influential style.
Review: Earlier this year, Marc Almond and Dave Ball shocked fans by announcing that they would be reforming Soft Cell for a second time. There was more good news, too: the legendary, Leeds-based electro-pop pair had recorded a couple of new singles, "Northern Lights" and "Guilty (Coz I Say You Are)". Those new cuts take pride of place on "The Singles: Keychains & Snowstorms", an entertaining - if not entirely exhaustive - trawl through their most famous songs. The compilation offers a handy reminder of just how good they were in their pomp, when they delivered such dark, Mascara-clad classics as "Memorabilia", "Bedsitter", the poignant "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" and, of course, their synth-pop era update of Northern Soul anthem "Tainted Love".