Despite being a staple on the Carnibal release schedules, this is the first non-compilation release for Panana Cardoon since Oye! back in 2011. Recent material included the breaky Eurodance of Bosporus Thief, but here on "Hasta La Wiggle" we get a different mix, including Latin shuffle-core ("Senor Pepe"), breaky vintage movie soundtrack funk ("Monica"), feelgood pop-reggae ("Upnaked") and even the reggaeton hip-hop hybrid "Don't Let Me Know".
Oli Garch was last heard of covering Bryan Ferry; here he returns with five swingy cuts with a slight hip-hop bent. Things kick off with the Latin lounge-via-the-durrty-south vibes of "Rollin Stone", the instrumental "Oh My Man" goes way back for a Louis Prima-style sound married to trippy hoppy beats, "Get Your Enjoys" loops some vocals from a similar retro tune, whilst the two versions of "Hollywood Swings" explore the housier end of the electro-swing spectrum.
When not busy releasing clubby jams by the likes of Basement Freaks and Jayl Funk, Bombastic Jam do a mean line in compilations too. On their latest, "Mondial Beats", we are taken on an exotic journey through a wide range of worldly rhythms, from Latin to Cumbia and Afrobeat. Also included are some killer remixes by the aforementioned Basement Freaks and more.
Mash-up king A Skills's label Insane Bangers went digital three years ago, and we've been lapping up his literally titled er, bangers ever since. This latest offering tells it like it is, and sees him "Drop The Funk" in a quirky 4/4 tough electro style with help from favoured collaborator Nick Thayer. Also Kymberley Kennedy lends her soulful vocals to choppy breaks nugget "Dead Ringer". So, that'll be another insane banger then.
Funky Destination's "Down To The Music" was release to much applause last October. Now their Greek nu-disco label Timewarp has decided to extend the party by releasing a host of new mixes of the piano-led stomper, and who can blame them? There's nine different takes supplied here, the best including Quincy Jointz's urgent jazzy souler which is also turned into a spellbinding minimal tech-house anthem by Valique.
Time to hop over to Milan for Schema label boss Gerardo Frisina's latest offering. This time we get two tracks that capture Frisina's retro-futuristic vibe perfectly: "Passion Dance" is all deep spacey house, with hazy vintage samples wafting over gentle, almost microscopic, beats. Things get livelier on "Space In Time" with a faster, shuffley lounge beat duelling with some jazzy sax trip-outs.
This 20-strong outfit having been wowing festivals and parties around the UK and beyond for a while, and now it's debut album time. "MDO" essentially combines their previous two taster EPs including their otherworldly covers of Snoop's "Drop It Like Its Hot" and Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love". It doesn't stop there as we get a further eight tracks of their unique samba, funk, hip-hop and Afrobeat fusion too.
French act Minimatic have developed a reputation for drumming up jazz-flecked loungey covers of a wide variety of pop songs. Here the tagline 'all my friends are remixers' hints at what's in store - a collection of the finest DJ reworks of Minimatic's reworks with 17 to choose from. Highlights include the accelerated party breaks of Rory Hoy's version of Indeep's "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life", Peaches' "Shake Yer Dix" gets a Pizzicato Five-style retro '60s makeover courtesy of Skeewiff and the croony "Contre Vous", which is turned into a sleazy punk workout by Prosper and Rory Hoy.