Given that Italian funk-breaks duo Skeewiff have been plugging away for some 15 years, a 'best of' is definitely in order. For the uninitiated (or even those who lost track of their output years ago), Greatest Wiffs offers an excellent summary of their career to date. Their sound - a fun, funky an unfussy fusion of floor-friendly breakbeats, kitsch '60s easy listening samples (see the triumphant "Soul Bossanova"), horn-totin' soul, heavy funk and Blaxpolitation attitude - is unfussy and joyous, unconcerned with the vagaries of fashion. As a result, Greatest Wiffs is a good old-fashioned blast of party-starting fun.
Given the clear jazz, Latin and jazz-funk influences in his drum and bass productions, we probably shouldn't be all that surprised by the sound of Generation, Peshay's first album since 2004. That we are says more about our preconceptions than the album itself. You see, Generation is Peshay in live mode, utilizing organic drums, horns, guitars and vintage synths to create impeccable tracks that pay tribute to his myriad of influences, from jazz and Brazilian beats, to old skool electro (the freestyle-tinged "Dirty"), rubbery jazz-funk, sensual, clav-happy soul (the thrilling dreaminess of "Never Let You Go") and sun-drenched downtempo grooves. It's a brilliant set, all told, full of hazy warmth and luxurious musicality. It's easily his best album to date and a joy from start to finish. Seriously, don't sleep on this one.
Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, euro for euro, yen for yen - whatever currency tickles your tastebuds, this collection from Tokyo's most creative electronica stable guarantees stimulation. Saturated in new-beat, hip-hop, jazz and wholesome experimentalism, this 16-track set covers a beautifully broad ground with highlights flying in from every angle. From the horror film staccato strings of "Money" to the lush, lazy west coast beatsmithery of "Word Up PSS" to the frenetic shuffle bump groove of "Space Language", you'll be pounding this out of the nearest system for years to come.
Greg Feldwick, aka Slugabed, is not the shy and retiring type, loving to blend "classical and contemporary, dubstep and beyond". However, the overriding influence on this EP's beats seems to be hip-hop, with "Do You See Me Tho" being a mellow and distant, almost tropical mood-setter. "U Right" on the other hand, explores moodier, trap vibes but to just as good conclusions.
Jazzman have surpassed their own reputation for digging skills with this latest reissue. Apparently the reason that this early '70s album is so rare is because it was made as some sort of tax scam and was never intended to actually reach the general public at all! The most baffling thing is though, is just how good the album is: ten tracks of authentic soul and funk played by a band of Bronx-based musicians who were literally playing like no one was listening. Thankfully, they are now.