Pater party starter Father Funk shows us who's the daddy with four more slinky, sample-soaked nu-funk jams. Ranging from the ballsy swing of "Jungle Strut" to the more salubrious, well-oiled slinks and winks of "Start Movin'", once again FF's EP lives up to its title in every way... Climaxing with a smoky-eyed shake up of Dusty Springfield's "Spooky". Sexy.
Audioporn turn out a behemoth remix compilation in honour of Dub FX's 2013 album Theory Of Harmony, and there's more here than what you'll probably be able to get through. At 19 tracks in total there's a variety of styles to experience, which begins with the filter dub of James Marvel and Hypoxis'a remix to "Back To Basics", and equally tear out is Benny L's deconstruction of "Concord". Dancehall vibes abound on Champion's interpretation to "Don't Give Up", while if you look a little further down the compilation you'll find some progressive vocal house in Gaudi's take on "Concord", and then there's album highlight, Krafty Kuts's hip hop rejig to "Back To Basics".
Pinching the best ingredients of nu funk and hip-hop, Roast Beatz is one of the best examples of how to develop an inherent edit and bootleg heavy scene... With original grooves and some serious featured MCs. From Action Bronson to Dr Syntax to Dizzy Dustin, there are some proper names on here. And they deliver too; from Syntax's Jif and Marathon love on "Boombox" to Rider Shafiq's gravelly measured depth on "Words With Meaning", Roast Beatz cooks up timeless hip-hop at a masterchef level. Luxurious.
Breakbeat titans the Freestylers tap into their rave roots for a swinging slice of rolling party business. With a classic detuned synth hook, surging urging female rave vox, cheeky horn samples and a b-boy breakbeat torn from the good book of big beat, if your floor ain't shifting to this they won't shift to anything. Currently working on a brand new live show and album, something tells us the summer of 2015 will have Freestylers plastered all over it.
Just in case you couldn't find the elusive funk setting on your household laser, Fillmore live funk fusionists Filibusta have provided detailed instructions... Seven tracks in total, each cut galvanizes their position at the top of the nu funk table alongside luminaries such as Gramatik, Pretty Lights and Griz. Highlights include the Hammond-smashing trills and bass guitar spills of "High Roller", the slinky Hendrixisms of the salubrious guitar leads on "No Handouts" and the epic bluesy final with Passio that is "Wild Wild West". Stunning.
They might share the same title, but each of these four versions is an individual tune in its own right... The original riddim mix is a warm-skank packer, the jungle mix is all about the classic rifle amens and sneaky drop into "Under Me Sleng Teng", Leygo's remix takes the riddim and fits it snugly in bright coloured tropical swimming trunks while Frankee More gets busy on a treacle-thick glitch fix. Serious monkey business.
Glitch hop cowboy Khurt kicks away the tumbleweeds with this swaggering, guitar-bending, gun-toting one-track. Brutally coded with obese levels of bass and hype-heaved solo slaying, it's the perfect soundtrack to the finest dancefloor shout out you've yet to have. It's been a long time since his last release, so relish this one... And relish it hard.