Scherrie Payne

The Best of Driving Wheel Records: Millennium Mixes, Vol. 1

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David Powner's studio wizardry concocts infectious electro-tech rhythms topped by vocals from Sherrie Payne, Lynda Lawrence, and Sundray Tucker for a CD made for the clubs. Payne and Lawrence were both former ladies of the Supremes, while Tucker, Lawrence's sister, had her fair share of experience as a music veteran of more than 35 years. The 11 tracks are subtitled after Powner's unique mixes. He uses a Euro-Phoria Mix on the eerie "Take Me Higher," a Mighty Real mix propels "Stone Love," which features an old school high hat drum beat, modulation, and poly rhythms. "I'll Let My Heart Do the Walking" -- the Latino Mix -- accentuates heartfelt rhythms conspiring with Payne's passionate lead; a rhythmic fade spiced by soulful shrieks and screams provide the finishing touches. Tucker shines on "Surrender," a fancy dancer with a xylophone sounding instrument jammin' with sweet n' sticky horns. Vera Cary helps vocally on "Loving Country," a track fortified by Powner's Loved Up Dance Mix; it teases, then gets down and funky halfway from the finish line, driven by high hats and a burning bassline. There's the Mark 2 Mix on "Someday We'll Be Together," "Remember Me" (a powerful cut that's better than the original), and "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning," with its Step Back In Time Mix. Tucker does a colorful rendition of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," which has a similar bassline to Question Mark & the Mysterians' "96 Tears." Two reprises complete the dance-a-thon.