Swiss slicker Banderas returns to Timewarp with two smouldering breakbeat funk originals. "Handbrake" is a horn-heavy exercise in contrasts as we're hyped into a sweaty mess on the Budos Band-style builds before dropping into smooth Skweewif-style main groove. "Faro", meanwhile, takes us into a more dramatic, car-chase experience as we're pursued across the musical metropolis by firing flutes and tightly plucked guitars. Remix-wise, "Handbrake" gets the treatment from Timewarp Inc (samba-style rocksteadiness) and Trotter (Brownswood jazz style) while "Faro" gets the rub from Quincy Jointz (Afrobeat stomp hypnosis) and Fata & Morgana (Italo-angled cosmic heaven). Take two? We'll take all six please.
You could be forgiven for feeling that electro-swing may have lost its 'schwing', but in fact it's been given a whole new lease of life by Italian band Bomba Titinka. That's certainly how Chinchin see it, proudly presenting their debut release, Bicycle. There are five originals here, all of which display a classy sheen with a fuss-free organic feel due to the lack of brash samples and thumping kicks found on most tunes in this genre now. Molto bravo!
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.
Unfortunately Night Scat is not a concept record about Spud from Trainspotting's unfortunate bedsheet malfunction, but it is a sizzling new three track EP from prolific Italian producer Digitalunderbit. The title track is a pure late night hypnotic choppy-jazz-funk, "Broken Night" fuses vintage jazz piano, meandering bass and breaky percussion for maximum impact and finally "C-Fire" is hazy slo-mo bass heaven.
Sometimes, I Often (feat Geri Kovacs) - (4:45) 96 BPM
Rokka - (3:54) 140 BPM
River Of Roses (feat Gyorgy Ligeti) - (4:32) 111 BPM
Rise Of The Seven - (4:52) 92 BPM
Shiny Shoona Caravan - (4:55) 62 BPM
Arva/Orphan - (4:35) 144 BPM
Sonnenraub/Naprablas - (4:44) 157 BPM
Halalmadar/The Bird Of Death - (3:01) 96 BPM
Forgiven/Bocsanva - (4:34) 147 BPM
Veteran Hungarian producer and former DMC DJ champion, DJ Bootsie brings us his latest solo studio album offering "In Solem Verti". Bootsie's particular brand of instrumental Hip Hop and Bass remains as innovative as ever. Drawing Influence from global music culture and sounds, while remaining free thinking and experimental makes this record more of a journey for the dance floor and the home listener, than something for MC's to ride along, though crisp beats and squelching bass remain constant throughout. "Rokka" and "Forgiven" are the highlight tracks for us; with subtle Trap and Dubstep flavours they really typify an album that perfectly straddles the realms of thought provoking and dance floor shaking effortlessly. This one is not to be slept on.
Things have been fairly quiet in the Dopegems camp since the release of their Necksnappin album one year ago. However they're back with a bang with some new material - a two track single called "Two Ballads" (get it?). As expected the five-piece-band led by Slikk Tim continue to pursue 'that gritty, raw instrumental sound of the '70s', with "Travelling Man" a slow and heavy xylophone-joint, while "Trust Me" opts for a cool, bluesy, guitar jazz-funk vibe. Far out.