Cold Busted is a Los Angeles label run by DJ Vitamin D, heavily indebted to the soul and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s. Funkinjazz is the label's ongoing compilation series boasting 'the best of funk and jazz inspired tracks' as found only on this label. The series' second outing is another winner, with 14 tracks that feature all the above influences but married to much more contemporary production. Highlights include the rootsy '90s hip-hop vibes of Q Funktion's "Bubblers", the bonkers acidic break-funk of "7 Playaz" by Nick Tremo and the uber-funky looped disco (Bee Gees perhaps?) of Bloody Tadi's "All You Need Is".
Neo soul evangelist Adam Gibbons - aka Lack Of Afro - is back with the euphoric, cathartic release of "Freedom", a retro jam that totally evokes the hazy Easy Rider age of American funk rock. The Gene Dudley group ditch the sunkissed vibes for a rockier take, coming across like a Lenny Kravitz wet dream in the process. Also included is the fun instrumental "Here We Go Again" which is a riot of Blow Up-era Swinging Sixties vintage funk.
It's hard to believe, but it really is a whole year and half since we last heard from Jojo Effect. This time round on the 18 tracks on offer here (some are remixes), we encounter less of the electro, but more of the swing heard on previous releases. The overall effect is a smorgasbord of jazzy lounge styles that hark back to the 1940s with a little 21st century fizz, like the housed up Charleston jive of "Rockin' The Blue" and the Morcheeba-esque "Hollywood".
Seven piece French group Vaudou Game explain themselves as a convergence of African and Afro-American musicians who champion a genre of funk called Vaudou Funk hailing from the cradle of Vaudou culture in Togo, Benin. Specific to this region of West Africa - places like Ghana and Nigeria - other Vaudou Funk inspirations come from the rhythm and blues of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket. As a complete package this Apiafo LP is a varied, danceable and intriguing listen from start to finish - and of the many highlights, check out "Ata Calling" for something slower, "Pas Contente (feat Roger Damawuzan)" for the James Brown tip, and "Need A Job" for some psychedelic, coastal rhythms.
Back in 2013 Greek producer Mister T hooked up with half-Thai, half-Scottish nu-jazz singer Jean Honeymoon for the excellent The Secret. Well they've finally got round to repeating the magic and the result is Take Me Away. There are three tracks on the EP, all of which continue with the smooth, retro-lounge vibes previously explored. The title track and "Love Is Wonderful" adds some '90s jazzy hip-hop moods to the mix, whilst "Let Your Voice Be Free" revisits that so-close-you-can-almost-taste-it mythical bar by the beach in 1960s Rio.
It's been a three-year wait for Amansara, the third album by Argentina's Chancha Via Circuito. Originally a leading light of Buenos Aires's digital cumbia scene, he abandoned ship to order pursue a fusion of Brazilian rhythms, Paraguayan harp and Andean mysticism (all through the prism of his take on dubstep). This evolution saw him gain more acclaim, with some of his music even appearing in Breaking Bad. Here "Coplita" resonates with Miram Garcia's haunting vocals, "Sueno En Paraguay" merges Andean folk with digi bleeps and tribal drums and "De Tuo Manto" closes the LP with a gentle Rainforest audio mist.