Review: Doug Willis

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<strong>Rating: </strong>5/5

Joey Negro, Agora, Jakatta—those monikers (and a score more) are creations of the veteran U.K. producer and one-man disco revivalist Dave Lee. Another of his alter egos, Doug Willis, is probably the most disco of them all, and this compilation of Willis tracks from the last decade and a half show's Lee's skill in recreating disco's glossy sheen. Tracks such as 1993's "Spread Love" heave with half-forgotten samples, while others, like 2003's "Get Your Own," add a touch of jazz-funk to the glitter-ball action. Without a sour note in the bunch, all the cuts are vibrant, joyous and a ton of fun, transcending retro banality via sheer exuberance.

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