Funk & Afro is proving to be one of Italian label Sound Exhibition's most popular series. Perhaps it's because there's no one else consistently providing such a unique and spicy mix of styles, but whatever it is, it's working! Here on volume 8 we get three taught and slinky groovers - the flute-led bongo, (upright) bass and brass workout of the title track, the pan-pipe peppered 70s grinder "Funk G14" and the rolling Hammond organ jam "Kiss On Funk".
The All Good Funk Alliance, aka Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, are typically humble even down to the 'good' in their name (rather than say, 'amazing' or whatever). However in truth they are very great indeed having supported the late, great, James Brown, DJed all over the world, written songs for TV and film, and regularly appear on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. It's been a good while since we had a full release from them though, but now they're back with "Varied Funk" featuring five fresh slices of their idiosyncratic electro-funk. Hallelujah they're back!
Mahayana (feat L'ensemble Soufie De Bagneux) - (4:42) 88 BPM
Work (feat Jahdan Blakkamoore) - (4:05) 63 BPM
World Of (feat Pupajim) - (3:22) 69 BPM
Beggars - (4:29) 76 BPM
Only One Stand (feat John Milk) - (3:58) 66 BPM
Every Little Things (feat Biga Ranx) - (3:38) 136 BPM
Seed Balls - (3:22) 133 BPM
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.
Although Brooklyn is known more for its artier types, there is all kinds of music scenes fizzing and popping up under the radar. A perfect example of this is Brooklyn Gypsies, a cross-cultural club so to speak, boasting members from Spain, Russia, America, Japan and Italy. The cocktail of genres found shaken and stirred on Sin Fronteras is an intoxicating one that will leave your head spinning to the strains of Russian folk, reggae and flamenco...often all in the same song!
Nothing cheap about the complier of the latest installment of Katakana Edits series. Cheapedits has lined up a sizzling selection of party-orientated scalpel jobs, and gives The Supremes a thorough early 90s hip-house makeover on "Stopin". Inxs get a sleazy big beat facelift on "Tonight", and it's all about the vintage 60s shuffle on "Blacktel". "Buyer" provides some poppy ska and "Qui Qui" wraps things up with closing-time-at-a-tequila-bar vibe.
Following the success of this Finnish fusion outfit's recent Kallio LP on Barely Breaking Even, the album's lead track Rhythm Of Kallio gets its own single release. Plucked from the depths of the album's tracklist, the song shines on its own, standing as a raunchy, sauntering vintage Mexican jaunt. Mr Bird also pops up to contribute a quirky skipped-up housefied remix to keep the tequila swinging dancers going until the early hours.