Smoove & Turrell - "Will You Be Mine (Smoove Retouch)" - (5:47) 59 BPM
Skeewiff - "Interlude Dude" - (4:17) 129 BPM
Myles Sanko - "Forever Dreaming (Renegades Of Jazz Remix)" - (3:37) 67 BPM
Alexia Coley - "Beautiful Waste Of Time (Smoove Remix)" - (3:58) 60 BPM
Quasamodo & The Q Orchestra - "Keep Me Hangin' On" - (4:24) 126 BPM
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.
Parisian label Trad Vibe have always marched to the beat of their own bass drum, and here's a reminder of how they've lasted ten years, now at 30 releases strong. The French Evolution features 11 tracks including unreleased tunes and remixes by DJ Cam, 20syl (C2C/Hocus Pocus), Venice Beach, Lord Funk, Blanka (La fine Equipe / Juke Box Champions) as well as material from brand new artists LS Brigandes (NYC), Moar & Elodie Rama, DJ Suspect & Doc TMK and Madjir. Not bad for a label who originally released material on vinyl only.
Amazingly, it's 25 years since George 'E.A.S.E' Evelyn and then production partner Kevin 'Boy Wonder' Harper sat down and recorded "Dextrous", their monstrous, bleep-era classic on Warp. A quarter of a century later, Evelyn is still going strong, though the grooves have mellowed a lot in that time. Here, Warp celebrate the producer's epic career with a much-deserved retrospective. All the familiar favourites are present, from the rush-inducing thrill of early dancefloor smashers "I'm For Real" and "Aftermath", to the sinewy downtempo goodness of the decidedly Balearic "Les Nuits", the blazed hip-hop dub of "195 Llbs" and stoner soul of "70s 80s". This version also includes a number of exclusive remixes, with names like JD Twitch, Special Request, LFO, Morgan Geist and Loco Dice putting their own spin on this classic material.
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".
Kid Fonque & D Malice & Clara Hill - "All This Time" - (6:01) 120 BPM
Kid Fonque & D Malice & Clara Hill - "All This Time" (instrumental) - (6:00) 120 BPM
Kid Fonque & D Malice & Clara Hill - "All This Time" (radio edit) - (4:08) 120 BPM
Kid Fonque & D Malice & Mark De Clive Lowe - "Word Up" - (5:49) 84 BPM
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.
Ninja Tune's relentless release schedule continues apace here with the much anticipated debut album from Romare. Under the name, London producer Archie Fairhurst first made waves with a couple of excellent 12" releases for the Black Acre label which revealed a quite distinct approach to production. Inspired by the collages of noted US artist Romare Bearden, Fairhurst's fascination with African-American culture is explored through his productions which deftly weaved in untold amounts of samples in an illuminating fashion. How Romare applies this approach to the album format is one of the most compelling thoughts you will have when listening to Projections. The resultant 11 tracks suggest Fairhurst has achieved it with aplomb.
London's Jalepeno here return from recent house forays to their bread & butter: quality vintage funk. Imagine smoky uptown clubs in 1970s New York transported to the present day and all togged out with trippy-hop beats and cool MC flows, and you'll get the idea behind "Jalapeno Funk Vol 5". There's a whopping 18 tracks, including the hip riffage of "Get A Hold On This", the Stone Fox Chase-isms of "A Blues Thing" and the go-go funk of "Funk from Freaks". Also check the bonus DJ mix to hear all the above blended into an hour of joy.
Sicilian duo Swingrowers follow up their eponymous 2012 debut album with this life-affirmin collection of wholesome swing and innocent party insinuations. Riddled with big organic instrumentation and Lorendana's emphatic, gutsy vocals, each cut tells its own tale. From the unashamed confidence and insistent rhythm & blues vibes of "That's Right" to the jazzier, piano-stroking jauntiness of "Frank" via the softer, more electronic tendencies of "Break Out", Remote is the sound of a band maturing at a rapid pace. Swing bands are a dime a dozen, but genuinely good swing bands are rarer than a platinum accordion.
Lee Zamah has appeared on stargazing re-edit label Katakana before, but only on various artist EPs. Here on Volume 22, he gets to blossom with two of his reworks featured. "The Cator Groove" is fiery, tight and urgent '70s funk-rock, whilst "Ginga" is more emotional, with soulful loops and plenty of brass action. Overall a well-rounded EP.
High Heels (feat Hidden Jazz Quartett - retwists 1 & 2) - (6:01) 94 BPM
Theres Nothing Like This (Scratch Professer retwist) - (5:13) 89 BPM
Pure Interviews With UK Vibe (Scratch Professer retwist) - (3:21) 109 BPM
When You Touch We Touch (Scratch Professer retwist) - (5:11) 98 BPM
Ordinary Day (Scratch Professer retwist) - (4:56) 95 BPM
Veteran Brit-soul hero Omar is on a roll following the success of his recent comeback album, The Man. There has been some killer remixes already, but here Scratch Professer has reworked the entire LP. It's a tough job but the Prof has come through, keeping faithful to the originals but adding a little of his own magic too. Highlights include the cutup stop/start future-soul of "Eenie Meeni Myni Mo", the hazy urban jam "Treat You" and the jazzy late 80s vibe of "I Can Listen". Also included is a bonus mix of Omar's biggest hit, "There's Nothing Like This".
The prolific and award-winning Diesler has chosen his own Here & Now label to release his latest, a compilation of "music from the modern soul underground". With a constant schedule of DJ gigs, podcasts and production duties, Diesler is constantly having to source fresh new sounds and there's plenty of them here. Touching on funk, soul, disco and Latin vibes, highlights here include Huw's acoustic shimmer-strum, "Reflex", B Visable's eccentric electro-pop-meets-RnB gem "Light Shapes" and the reggae-meets Afro carnival jam that is the Yukicito remix of 'Mirage' by 'legendary New York party man' Nickodemus.
Ready for a strange soul sensation? Say hello to Henry Wu. After a smattering of outings on 22a and XVI, the Londoner jumps aboard Ho Tep with his first extensive extended document. "Don't Want The Regular" is a hazy twist on slo-mo broken beat, all dreamy and just the right amount of abstract. "Expensive Ghetto" takes the abstract even further with a jazz trumpet that wanders so free it's nearly off the page. "Black Rigsby" is more floor-focused as it looks towards the likes of Detroit with strange filtered synth wriggles and spacy overtones, "Just Negotiate" sits somewhere between Andrew Ashong and Amp Fiddler with its yearning lyrics and hugely enveloping synths and finally "Joint September" closes the show on a reflective jazzy note. Dreamy.
Karhupuiston Kuningatar / Queen Of Bear Park - (3:55) 78 BPM
Pyoraily Hameentiellä / Biking on Hameentie - (3:02) 107 BPM
Ilta Tokoinrannassa / Evening At Tokoi-Beach - (3:09) 118 BPM
Kurvi-Twist - (3:09) 90 BPM
JA¤A¤hyvA¤iset Hesarille / Farewell To Helsinki-Street - (4:44) 109 BPM
Musta Kissa / The Black Cat - (2:48) 132 BPM
Piritori-Shuffle - (3:37) 69 BPM
Ammattilaiset / The Professionals - (3:32) 140 BPM
Kallion Rytmi / Rhythm Of Kallio - (3:31) 123 BPM
PitkA¤nsillan Parempi Puoli / Better Side Of The Long Bridge - (2:44) 86 BPM
Pengerkadulla / On Terrace Street - (3:40) 88 BPM
The Devil From Porthan Street - (2:35) 155 BPM
Rhythm Of Kallio (Mr Bird remix) - (3:10) 125 BPM
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.
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.
David Hanke and co are back with a new album, Paradise Lost, which arrives just one short year on from their remarkable debut long player, Sidewinders. Inspired by Milton's epic poem of the same name, Hanke now presents 12 "dark, mysterious and unpredictable" cuts that in his words capture his own personal feelings of having "been to paradise and then lost it". Judging by the likes of the Dick-Tracy-with-the-shakes vibes of the title track or the fierce hip-hop assault of "Fire (featuring Aspects)", he clearly hasn't lost it at all!