Leading London funk enthusiasts Jalapeno bring the heat with another annual collection. Uniting recent highlights with killer exclusives, it's a detailed document that sheds light on the spicy imprint's many directions... Flexing from the gutsy soul of Aldo Vanucci's instant 60s "What Happened" and Ephemerals' emotional white-flag-waving "You Made Us Change" to booty-shaking boogie such as Basement Freaks' "Ain't Got Nobody" and Supasoul's "Funky Hot Grits" via Kraak & Smaak's lush, lolloping synth-laden cruiser "Drunken Master", it's a fitting testament to one of UK dance music's most authentic, dedicated imprints. Get funky.
Strictly Breaks have so many compilation series on the go they're like those super flash DJs who have like four or five records on the go all at once. The Dusty Fingers releases were very frequent but now they've steadied to a more manageable rate, which of course keeps the crate diggers wanting more. There are 26 tracks again, all bursting with vintage coolness. Our faves here include the edge of your seat strings n' beats of "Mission Control", the muscular funk of "Northern Lights" and the stoner raunch-rock of The Stooges' "Dirt".
Showdown is the third album by 'internationally active' live funk ensemble, The Mighty Mocambos. Having built up a hugely popular reputation for sizzling live shows where they rework many classics in a deep funk style that often has an element of Caribbean steel drums. This album captures their repertoire perfectly and sees a plethora of guests appearing including Peter Thomas, Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk, Hektek, Deejay Snoop, Shawn Lee & Guillaume Metenier.
Under-the-radar label Atjazz has been steadily putting out deep house scorchers for quite some time now, and not only are they productive but they've also got a skill at sussing out new talent from all over. For their latest instalment, newbies Kid Fonque and D-Malice step into the limelight with "All This Time", a shady house excursion that fits somewhere between tech and deep, pumping and lo-fi - a true hybrid jam for the floor! Thrown in, there's also a shorter radio edit for headphone playback, a stripped instrumental, and a rougher cut featuring the man Clive De Lowe. Bang.
Barely Breaking Even are very proud to have Dalindeo on their roster. So much so in fact that they've been getting proper poetic in their praise of the jazzy Finnish sextet. Describing their third LP, Kallio, as 'a cinematic jazz creation reminiscent of the ambience of movies by Finnish great Aki Kaurismaki mixed with a Tarantino-esque vibe of danger and suspense', the record originally won "Best Jazz Album of 2013" at the Emma-Awards when originally released in their home country. Now we all get the chance to hear the original 12 tracks (and two bonus ones) that range from Duke Ellington-style swing jazz to Dick Dale surf rock with a cool 50s vibe pervading.
Although sounding like a straight-to-rental 80s action flick, Parisian broken-nu-jazz-hop-beat producer Quiet Dawn is a serious musician, and one who's preparing to drop his big long player, The First Day. Golden Moments is the second teaser single from the LP (following New Dawn - it appears he has a thing about the sun breaking) and it's a glowing, hazy, lazy slo-mo hip-jazz lullaby with the honeyed vocals of Sarah Gessler. Meanwhile labelmate Souleance reworks the song into an uptempo live funk dancefloor assault. Roll on the long player!
Based in the futuristic Brazilian capital city Brasilia, the Satanique Samba Trio are an act to which normal rules don't apply (even down to their name - they're actually a sextet). They've been 'adding virulence, dissonance and provocation to Brazil's musical heritage since 2003' and here they present a 12-track collection of six brand new and six previously released bonkers instrumental exotic compositions where 'no Brazilian traditional rhythm remains untouched on their trail of desecration'.