90's House & Garage


Founded way back in '91, Z Records has since amassed a lauded and plentiful collection of singles, albums, and compilations. Run by Dave Lee aka Joey Negro, the label has enjoyed success through his unique ability to foster the principles of underground dance music while also remaining mindful of commercial appeal. Through various compilations, Mr. Lee has consistently delved deep into the heart of a specific genre or era and selected a lesser-known series of tracks that give real insight into the spirit and energy that made that point in time special. Whether it's been go-go, Brit funk, boogie, Italo house, or straight-up disco, he has mined deep into his extensive bank of influences and also enlisted the help of some of his most clued-in comrades in offering some unforgettable collections of classics. Now, he pulls together a collection of his favorite moments across a definitive decade for house and garage, the '90s. Inclusive of material from Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens, and MAW (as Voices) as well as remixes from Mood II Swing and Ron Trent, the compilation is packed with sultry vocal lines and the sort of slick, irresistible grooves that defined the era. Sticking with the ethos of his series, Joey Negro has dug out an olio of music that may have "slipped under the garage doors" until now, meaning a lot of the material on this compilation is digitized for the very first time. In searching deeper and wider than the average compilation, the package provides thorough insight into why this was such a fertile period for production and gives a nod to the sort of drum patterns, sampling techniques, and vocal lines that have inspired the likes of Bicep, Brawther, and Huxley, among many more. Includes tracks by Fonda Rae remixed by Mood II Swing, Voices remixed by CJ Mackintosh, Danube Dance, Janet Rushmore remixed by Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens, Station Q, A Bitch Named Johanna, Thelma Houston remixed by Joey Negro, Bougie Soliterre, USG remixed by Ron Trent, Gisele Jackson, Mateo & Matos, Leee John remixed by Mood II Swing, Kerri Chandler, Ralphi Rosario, and Mike Delgado. Double CD also includes tracks by Donnie Mark, Club 69, Michael Watford, Astro Trax, and B.O.P. featuring B.J. Crosby and remixed by Tommy Musto.