What's Going On (original mono single version) (3:57)
God Is Love (original mono single version) (2:48)
What's Going On (feat BJ The Chicago Kid) (5:03)
What's Going On (Coffeehouse Mix) (3:59)
Review: One of the most important and influential records in both Marvin and Motown's history, "What's Going On" celebrates 45 years with a revisit that includes some of the oldest mono versions of "What's Going On" and "God Is Love" and brand new twists including a superbly mixed posthumous duet with BJ The Chicago Kid which truly feels like they're in the same room together and an Elevado-mixed acoustic Coffeehouse mix where Marvin's vocals and sentiments are given even more muscle due to their forefront position.
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".
Review: "Root Down" is perhaps not one of the better-known releases from the Beastie Boys' catalogue, despite the presence of the title track - a Jimmy Smith-sampling beast that remains popular with fans - on 1994 album "Ill Communication". Yet as this reissue proves, it remains a rock solid set of tracks. As with the original 1995 release, the set begins with a trio of versions of "Root Down" (including a fine rework from their old studio buddy Prince Paul), before moving into a swathe of tracks recorded by the band with a variety of producers and musicians (Rick Rubin, AWOL, Money Mark and so on) while on tour in Europe. It's something of a curio, but an impressive one at that.