Just four tracks to be found on the Katakana Edits crew's latest instalment their ongoing disco comp series. Still, it's all about the quality, not the quantity and there's plenty of that still to be found. Bonnie & Klein deliver the warped hypnotic funk of "Kung Fu Love", LCA & Voodoo Cuts serve up a vintage-jazz-meets-daisy-age-rap joint, old skool ragga-roots is the order of the day on Timewrap's good time anthem, "Dubshine". Oligarch arrives with the raucous "Swingin'" to wrap things nicely, and nicely he does.
Freshly Squeezed have long proved themselves king of the swingers, but just in case you've somehow missed them here's a little reminder. Blue Cover Series Vol 1 collects highlights from the label's 1940s big band releases - all of which feature blue-tinted sleeves (unsurprisingly) and hellzapoppin' swing madness from the likes of DJ Dunya, Cristal Distortion & Got KDS and Le Jockey.
Having recently rescued veteran pianist Henri Pierre Noel from virtual obscurity, Wah Wah 45s boss Adam Scrimshire has uncovered another long lost LP by the man titled One More Step, and has now re-released it for all our listening pleasure. Originally only receiving a limited release in Canada, this sophomore LP dates from the early '80s and features 12 more diverse cuts including the borderline schmaltz of ballad "Will Come A Day" (rescued by stunning ivory tinkling), the frenetic Afro rhythms of "Roller Skate Rhapsody" and the accelerated Eurodisco gem "Funky Spider Dance".
Canadian retro/contemporary jazz guy Afternoons In Stereo now acquires official veteran status with the release of this career-spanning collection. Label boss Angelos Stoumpos has selected and remastered an odyssey through the musician's jazzier output, which now stretches back over a decade. Also included is new unreleased track "Eames In Dub" and more previously unheard alternate studio mixes.
While Miss McFarlane is off slaying 'em in the States, we, on the other side of the Atlantic are treated to "Move", the latest single from her acclaimed "If You Knew Her" album. The song is both a faultless and seamless fusion of vintage jazz and soulful harmonies; rendered positively hypnotic by Atjazz is his sizzling, spaced out electro-funk rework. Another album track - the acoustic lament "You'll Get Me In Trouble" - is thrown for good measure, and further reveals the talent that convinced label boss Gilles Peterson at the very beginning.
Cushijazz is a producer from South Africa who incorporates elements of nu jazz, broken beat and jazzy house into his burgeoning repertoire. Here he delivers a slice of brooding nocturnal loose-collar jazz-house in the form of "Mist", the title of which evokes the track's seductive haziness. Also included are instrumental and dub versions, the latter featuring some seriously sassy sax soloing.
The third single to be lifted from Kelis' distinctly earthy Food album on Ninja Tune finds the R&B giant getting yet another salvo of remixes, this time on the bluesy romper "Friday Fish Fry". Maribou State & Pedestrian team up to deliver a slow-burning simmerer that opens up a treat in the second half, and Rob Garza drops a neat and tidy house shuffler with delicate acid ruminations. Visionist then twists out a trademark oddball grime interpretation, while Darq E Freaker takes his own half step style into outer space for a starry eyed version. It's a real variety pack that features something unique to appeal to everyone.
Veteran French musician Noel Akchote has some famous connections (not least being the older brother of SebastiAn), having worked with the likes of David Grubbs, Luc Ferrari, David Sylvian and J. G. Thirlwell to name but a few. Here we get the second instalment in his ongoing HayDays series (there's another one already lurking in forthcoming release schedules) which was again recorded in Paris and sees him handling electric guitar, guitar synths, nylon strings guitar and programming on 12 seductive and otherworldly sounding cuts in a 'baroque jazz-funk fusion' manner. C'est bon!