DJ Gregory - Faya Combo Sessions (Defected)
In the past decade, Gregory Darsa has made a name for himself producing the sort of house music that appeals to both the deeper and tougher floors. The broad appeal is due to his employment of unwavering beats and expert sample manipulation, which betrays various influences. This triple disc set is essentially a recent retrospective, which features classic Gregory productions, remixes of his material by hot producers and a handful of Gregory’s own remixes from the last few years. Much of the material is culled from his own Faya Combo imprint and this release ultimately represents life after the Africanism series for Gregory. As far as his own productions are concerned, highlights include the piano driven Elle and magical Attend #1. Kerri Chandler supplies an intense version of And, with Argy’s Remix of Vasefa also doing the business. Gregory gives a good account of himself whether exploring African, Caribbean or other musical spheres in the name of house and the Faya Combo Sessions is a good round-up of material he has put out since the birth of the label.