Under the Influence Volume Six: A Collection of Rare Soul and Disco


Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years through the ever-popular Under The Influence series. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, and Sean P it's now the turn of one of the scenes most respected live disco acts and renowned DJs, Faze Action. Robin and Simon Lee, aka Faze Action, were championing disco and all its Afro off-shoots back in the mid '90s when it certainly wasn't the latest trend to do so. "By the mid-90s we were heavily into disco. Fueled by radio shows from the likes of Norman Jay as well as conversations with customers in the record store where I worked, who were all super obsessed, we would talk disco for hours," remembers Simon Lee. It was however their Turn The Point (1996) and In The Trees (1996) releases on nuphonic records that shaped the Faze Action sound and played a large part in coining the term nu-disco. Fast forward 20+ years and the brothers are still pushing the modern disco sound with their live sets and studio productions as Faze Action. Alongside their studio work they've always been serious record collectors so their selections for this latest Under The Influence album are reflective of their extensive collecting and digging history. As Simon confirms, "searching for and buying old records helps to keep our musical thirst alive and is a constant source of inspiration for both our DJ sets and our original productions." Here they've included tracks taking in Afro, Italo, soul, funk, disco, with many of the tracks costing hundreds if you were able to find the originals. Included in the booklet are extensive track notes from Faze Action highlighting what they know about these records and, where they are super-rare and obscure, what they don't. As always with Z Records compilations, a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible. Features Carol Dionne, Space, Mikki, Starz, Leston Paul, Michele Claire, Galaxy, Midway, Songhoi Band, Stylus, Oscar Perry, and Spats. Double-CD version features Bebe Manga , Saraba, Courtial, Errol Knowles, Delight, Phenix Horns Esquire, Disco Circus, Pilgrim Fathers Orchestra, Don Lurio, Space, and Tony Antoniou.