Source – 2001 – 56 minutes

The man perched on the carpet of this helter-skelter ride is one Trevor Jackson. Spiralling around some of the most influential musical movements of the recent decades, 'Playgroup' fuses past influences with future grooves. Producer/remixer extraordinaire Jackson has delved into the lucky bag of punk, house, funk, rap and come up with a fresh, chunky charm – in a brand new wrapper.

All the best components of disco funk and analogue electro stand shoulder to shoulder with sunny acid house and smooth blend reggae. 'Number One' pays homage to the early days of neon disco and 'Pressure' is finest funky house. 'Front 2 Back' is a kaleidoscope of styles, blurring the lines between disco, rap, funk and Afro Beats and punked-up 'Bring It On' sandwiches riot-grrrl vocals between catchy dancefloor breaks.

Having turned his hand to remixes for acts like UNKLE, Massive Attack and Death in Vegas, Jackson has enlisted the help of a diverse bunch of musical maestros here. Punk Reggae pundit Dennis Bovell contributes, as does one time Happy Mondays adjunct Rowetta. 1980's Indie innovators Edwyn Collins and Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) even make an appearance on the sleazy-dub 'Medicine Men'. New York's best ragga rapper Shinehead gets down to a fine reggae version of the Paul Simon classic '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'.

Chock full of all sorts of treats, there should be something here to tickle everyone's taste-buds. An excellent compilation of funk skankin' stuff.

Sinéad Gleeson

Tracklisting: Number One – Pressure – Front 2 Back – Bring It On – Medicine Men – Too Much – Make It Happen – Surface To Air – Overflow – Fatal – Hideaway – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover