Layo & Bushwacka! All Night Long Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

The production power house that is Layo and Bushwacka! have finally got round to...

Lewis Dene 2002

When Layo and Matthew Bushwacka secured a top ten slot with "Love Story" - which had started life as an instrumental track of theirs that they'd piggybacked Julie McKnight's "Finally" vocal atop, people suddenly became aware of the soundclash style that the duo had honed to make their own. Regulars at All Night Long, their monthly London residency at the über fashionable End nightclub, will already familiar with the duo's edifying DJ sets, that now makes up this, their debut mix album.

With a brace of acclaimed artist albums to their name, All Night Long aptly highlights their eclectic and highly diverse record selection. At times it's funky (the Detroit Experiment's jaw-dropping sax solo on "Think Twice" soars to equally great heights on the funk scale); at others you wanna roll out the lino, break dance and do the webbo to Newcleus' "Jam On It", or even a Latin samba to the rhythms of Bebel Gilberto.

But the real pièce de résistance is their ability to pull classics outta the crates, dust them down and make them sound like new. Dread Flimstone's 12-year old ska-house favourite "From The Ghetto", Sha Lor's equally nostalgic "I'm In Love" and even Sly & The Family Stone's anthemic '70s jam "Dance To The Music" are made to sound like new. The latter two re-edited 'live' by L&B too.

In between the tempos fluctuate to an assortment of house flavours - from deep percussive tribalism, to at times, almost progressiveness, and all without missing a beat. Their selection is refreshing without being too anal, combining familiar elements in juxtapose compulsive collages that, whilst best savoured on a dancefloor, are still highly enjoyable at home.

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