Here we have the fifth installment in the Cold Busted series featuring the best funk and jazz-inspired tracks exclusive to the label. On Funkinjazz 5 we see label boss Derrick Daisey (FKA DJ Vitamin D) and Co. present 15 new cuts that span the gambit of their broad style. Highlights include the panther-like nocturnal rhythms of Maleka's "Hey You!", Green Streets' almost Balearic, breezy coastline funker, "Putting It Together", and DJ Buzzword's slow grind clap along, "Eat".
Italian musician Papik certainly believes in 'amore speciale', recruiting none other than his own wife to luxuriously breathe her vocals all over this jazzy poolside breezer, "Special Love". The song is culled from his recent double album Sounds For The Open Road, which boasts two CDs - a soulful one and a jazzy one (the mellow Fender Rhodes chords all over this tune tie it firmly to the latter). Remix-wise we get drivin' housey funk from Submantra, deep, downbeat glitchy vibes from From P60 and trumpet-led, sun bleached bossa-house from Sounds Of Soul.
Sweenq is a pan-Teutonic electro-swing act comprising Cologne-based producer Alex Klein and Frankfurt guitarist Max Rotshild. Intent on 'rockin' the dancefloor' at all costs, their sound incorporates elements of electro-swing, country-tech, bluestep(!) and electro-jazz. However, the common denominator here is a combination of vivid, yet organic, sounding swing beats supporting the enchanting fretwork of Rotshild, captured none better than on the title track itself.
Bristol's Joe Newman is on a serious '80s tip and, luckily for him, so are Tru Thoughts who have signed him up for an album. While we wait for said long player, here we have a teaser treat in the form of a three track EP. "101 Reasons" is a killer update to that whole mid 80s British 'S(ynth) & B' sound (think Loose Ends, The Limit or early Princess), as is "So Nice (It's Got To Be)", whilst Lady T toughens up that classic lazy p-funk sound. Time to reinvest in some grey leather slip-ons and some Soul Glow!
They have been saying that food is the new rock 'n roll for some time now, and it seems that Tom Tam & The Tomatoes have been following this music recipe very closely indeed. Hidden in the deep depths of the kitchen, these mysterious musical munch musos have cooked up a whole food-themed album, Electro Cooking Music. There are 11 courses in all, guaranteed to satisfy most palettes, but our favourites include the synthy downtempo Asian jam, "Indian Chili", the gentle big beat cookathon "Perfekten Freakadelien" and blissful guitar chimes of "Gonna See Miss Eliza". Now, what's for dessert?