Long before the members of the Hives were born, small-town Sweden during the mid- to late 60s was silly with garage punks blasting out beat stomps, raunchy R&B and screwy flower psych, some of which was collected on one disc of the two-CD Who Will Buy These Wonderful Evils (Dolores/EMI) comp along with a second less exciting disc covering the new Swedish invasion acts. For the follow-up volume, the mediocre new stuff has wisely been dropped to concentrate on digging up better vintage goodies, and they've come up with some corkers from the Stringtones , Evil Eyes , Mascots , Vat 66 and battle-of-the-bands champs the Flying Dutchmen . Former Stomachmouths mainman Stefan Kéry adds the informed notes. Sweet.
Danny K does it again
A good remixer can make a decent track out of a crap one, but it takes a real remix artiste to improve on a club-ready original like Richie Havens 's 1981 cover of Lamont Dozier 's Going Back To My Roots, for Elektra. Master of edits Mr. K , aka Danny Krivit , proves up to the task with a brilliantly bangin' Afrobeat overhaul that swaps the synth chording for a surging bass line and rumbling beat barrage sure to raise a 10-minute dance-floor ruckus.
Don't call her Mulva
It was a shock to hear that a thrifty collector I know was willing to bid $200 on eBay for an original copy of Delores Ealy 's dance-floor funk burner The Honeydripper. And even crazier still that some creep sniped him in the last few seconds, considering the track has been comped. The good news for DJs who think it's not cool to spin reissue collections - yet have no problem playing bootleg 7s - is that Ealy's Honeydripper is now circulating on white label for a tenner with her Ian Wright fave rave It's About Time I Made A Change on the flip. Good enough to impress the weekend clubbers who've never seen the Duplex original.
Red at the controls
It's difficult to say what's more amazing about the reggae fascination of Simply Red foppish frontman Mick Hucknall - the fact that he uses money from the sales of his own terrible recordings to reissue great ones, or that he actually knows his Tubbys from his Jammys . In any case, the dub-heavy selection that Hucknall's chosen from the Blood & Fire catalogue for the Run It Red comp, even though it's thin on twisted experimentation and oddball obscurities that would interest serious dub hounds, makes for an excellent intro to 70s roots reggae clearly designed for home use. A surefire hit with your collie clatch.