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Play It Like Papa (15 Years of Papa Records 2002 - 2017) [Papa Records]

Play It Like Papa (15 Years of Papa Records 2002 - 2017) - Various (Papa Records)

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UK release date 24.11.2017

Papa Records, mainstay of the UK soul-dance scene, has delivered a succession of sophisticated vocals and instrumental jams for many years now – enough, of course, to merit this gleaming anniversary compilation.

In contemporary clubland 15 years is quite some innings, and Papa’s consistently polished output explains much of that longevity. The major moments are all represented, and stylishly repackaged within three separate mixes by Papa stalwart DJ Spinna according to the categories of ‘broken beat & nu jazz’, ‘soulful house’ and ‘deep house & house’.

The former drops Simon Grey’s jazz-funk gem The Galactica Suite next to emotive Latin hustles from Blaze (Sapporo) and the heavy street-strut of Reel People (Upside, remixed by Bugz In The Attic).

The middle session, meanwhile, relaxes into golden grooves from the likes of The Realm & Tony Momrelle, Osunlade and Reel People, and Spinna’s final selection delivers even greater house swing via emerging Papa protagonists Sebb Junior and Saison (who also inserts exclusive track "How You Feel"), not to mention Aki Bergen, Spiritchaser and more magnificent Blaze.

Play It Like Papa is very well played indeed. Thoughtfully compiled, and arrestingly executed, its soulfully superior sounds should warm your winter cockles and then some…
Words BEN LOVETT

From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz

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