Greek re-edit king MaJah has found that his cheeky productions work in his favour; the producer is being re-enlisted to take charge of another volume in Katakana's edit series (he only just recently helmed vol 25!). This time he presents six new tracks, again laying off the disco/Afro in favour of different sounds. Highlights include the lazy funk rock of "Sleaze", the big-beat-goes-big-band-isms of "Give Me What You Got" and the vintage reggae rhyme hip-house crackler "Volume".
It's no surprise to see Amsterdam man Fritz Wentink issuing his debut album through Wolf Music, as the London label have been staunch supporters of his work with two 12" contributions over the past two years. The wonderfully named Rarely Pure, Never Simple adds to Wolf Music's growing artist album profile following long players from main men Medlar and Greymatter and further develops the all encompassing production style Wentink has displayed so eloquently for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings and others. He seems most impressive on the more downbeat tracks done in collaboration with Loes Jongerling who possesses a quite astounding vocal delivery, though those craving some proper house will totally dig on cuts like "The Excitement Happens At Page 320".
Leading German Jazz and Electro Swing label ChinChin always promise 'so much more' and this attitude has seen their artists' sounds spread across the world via nearly 3000 different compilations and almost endless commercial and cinematic syncs. Here they're celebrating fresh new selections for the year ahead, 20 of them in fact. Highlights include the Pep's Show Boys thumping electro-swing rework of Louis Armstrong's "Cuban Pete", the Italo-swing quirkiness of Bomba Titinka's "Grammofono" and the sandy Latin lounger "Let Your Voice Be Free".
Dutch culinary dabbler Niles Philips is back with an album that compares his remix skills to his cooking abilities. Compiling a selection of his finest reworks of artists such as Afternoons In Stereo, MustBeat Crew, Timewarp Inc and Trotter, he certainly serves up a tasty big beat buffet. Highlights of the 14 tracks include the bluesy afternoon haze of "Passion", the electronic spikiness of Latin lounge classic "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" and the hip-house/ ska-hop party anthem, "Cop Dat Shit".
Here's something you don't hear everyday, Q Funktion are a Greek instrumental hip-hop duo. Brought together by a shared love of hip hop and vinyl, the pair, Mr Echo and Earcon, have been making slick downbeat jams for a number of years now and the Derrick Daisey-produced Matching Atoms is their second album. It's all about the laidback vibes over these eight tracks, highlights of which include the crackly melancholic jazz-hop opener "Feel So Bad", the synthy broken funk of "If I Go" and the hazy romantic groove of rare vocal track "Quiet Nights".
Parisian producer Blundetto (the man behind French radio station Radio Nova no less) is back with his third album, World Of. Further pursuing his love of soulful reggae, cinematic scores, and Latin and Afro beats, he's invited some French reggae heroes (Biga Ranx or PupaJim), a New York MC (Jahdan Blakamoore) and new comers John Milk and Marina P to contribute to these rich and intoxicating 12 sizzling tracks. A producer who never lets us down.