We kick off the mix with Dr Packer’s Re-Bump of I’m Down For That by Jerry Knight. The original was released in the UK in 1982 on the FunkA&Merica series that was owned by A&M Records. An anthem on the Jazz-Funk in the UK that was in full swing during the late 70s and early 80s.
Jerry Knight was an American R&B and bassist who came to prominence in the same period. He was a founding member of the group Raydio, along with Ray Parker Jr (who is known for writing and performing the Ghostbusters theme song).
Knight sang vocals on Raydio’s early hit Jack and Jill, before leaving the group to pursue a solo career. Where he released three solo albums and went on to write and produce for acts as Patrice Rushen and The Whispers.
The 2017 Re-edit of Knight’s song I’m Down For That comes from Dr Packer, an alias of Australian producer and DJ Greg Packer. A former Drum n Bass producer who has gone back to his roots and now reworks Disco, Soul and Funk classics from his extensive vinyl catalogue. Dr Packer’s reworks are more than just simple Re-edits though, he uses all the skills learned producing completely original music to create these awesome retouched classics.
The next Disco classic remixed is Straight From The Heart by Loose Change. A trio made of Becky Anderson, Donna Beene and Leah Gwin, who were discovered and produced by Disco legend Tom Moulton.
Straight From Heart comes from Loose Change’s self titled debut album that was released in 1979 on Casablanca Records. The album was recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia.
The remix comes from none other than Joey Negro, and features on his Remixed With Love Volume 2 compilation. The next two songs in mix Kleeer - Open Your Mind and Jean Carn -Time Waits For No One also feature on the same album.
I was lucky enough to hear Joey Negro’s remix of Straight From The Heart being played very loud at the Ministry of Sound at a Glitterbox party, and is one of my personal favourite Disco reworks.
Track five of Funky Classix volume 3 is another Joey Negro remix. A remix of The Fatback Band’s classic tune Spanish Hustle that features on Joey Negro’s 2017 album Produced With Love.
I was also very lucky to see The Fatback Band perform at the O2 in London a few years ago, a band I never thought i’d get to see perform live.
The final track in the mix is a remake of one of my favourite Patrice Rushen song’s, Number One. The original features on her 1982 album Straight From The Heart and was released as a single in 1984.
The remake named Latino Madness comes from Chilean producer Agent Stereo. The remix featured is by Canadian based Disco House producer and DJ Skibblez, who is the founder of Disco Motion Records, the label that the track was released on in 2015.