Gary Gritness - Gary G's Custom Shop Pt.1
If you're in the mood for some bespoke cover versions of early '80s club standards, Gary Gritness is your man. On the first volume of his Gary G's Custom Shop series - so-called because it's full of customized takes on some of his favourite tracks - you'll find some belting re-imaginings. Check, for example, the radical electrofunk take on Gaz disco-funk classic "Sing Sing" (honestly, it's brilliant) and the pleasingly lo-fi (but still thrillingly loved-up) revision of Dayton's jazz-funk-era classic "The Sound of Music" (and, yes, Gritness has lovingly re-sung all of the ace talk-box parts). His version of Donald Byrd's Paradise Garage favourite "Love Has Come Around" is also superb; while more heavily electronic and mechanical in tone than the original version, it's every bit as glassy-eyed.