Various Artists - Talking Loud Classics


In its prime the Talking Loud record label had a strap line which spoke volumes about the quality of its musical output and its innovative stance towards dance music.' Talking Loud-Saying Something' was originally instigated by the now Radio 1 DJ, Gilles Peterson in 1990. The label became one of the UK's most successful as buyers were encouraged to listen to a blend of diverse styles. Bringing the talents of Incognito, Omar, Young Disciples and even Roni Size to public attention is no mean feat and it is good to see this new collection from an amazing back catalogue given the recognition that it deserves with a vinyl only release. 

Following the success of a Talking Loud compilation released last year, Universal Music are this time reissuing 13 more classic singles. The likes of the Roy Ayers groove'Sweet Tears' by Nuyorican Soul sits easily with Galliano's'Prince of Peace',whilst collectors will be glad to see Roni Size's'Share the Fall' back in stock.

For those vinyl junkies whose scratched copies of Incognito and Omar classics have seen their better days then their more accessible tracks are also reissued. For me though the stand out in this collection has to be the anthemnic 'Les Fleur' from 4 Hero. Hopefully, this series will continue with the likes of K-Creative, U.F.O., Tammy Payne and yes even Mariah 'I want a mikestand' Carey ready to come out of the vaults and onto our turntables again. Timeless music that encompasses the diversity of  dance music should not be missed. Either buy for the first time or renew again, it's that good!