Back in 2013 Greek producer Mister T hooked up with half-Thai, half-Scottish nu-jazz singer Jean Honeymoon for the excellent The Secret. Well they've finally got round to repeating the magic and the result is Take Me Away. There are three tracks on the EP, all of which continue with the smooth, retro-lounge vibes previously explored. The title track and "Love Is Wonderful" adds some '90s jazzy hip-hop moods to the mix, whilst "Let Your Voice Be Free" revisits that so-close-you-can-almost-taste-it mythical bar by the beach in 1960s Rio.
Led by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Stuart Carter, and featuring the sassy vocals of Sophie Adler-McKean, The Grits are a Brighton-based funk band whose spiritual homes are based in a variety of different corners of the world and in different eras (ok, mostly the '70s). Following the success of an earlier album and singles, they're back with "Make A Sound" which features a fuller sound and a more psychedelic direction. If the sound of Sonics-style garage rock mixed with vintage R&B, moog-laden trip-outs and even sitar funk floats your boat, then you've come to the right place!
Cold Busted is a Los Angeles label run by DJ Vitamin D, heavily indebted to the soul and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s. Funkinjazz is the label's ongoing compilation series boasting 'the best of funk and jazz inspired tracks' as found only on this label. The series' second outing is another winner, with 14 tracks that feature all the above influences but married to much more contemporary production. Highlights include the rootsy '90s hip-hop vibes of Q Funktion's "Bubblers", the bonkers acidic break-funk of "7 Playaz" by Nick Tremo and the uber-funky looped disco (Bee Gees perhaps?) of Bloody Tadi's "All You Need Is".
Pas Contente (feat Roger Damawuzan) - (3:33) 110 BPM
Meva - (3:30) 123 BPM
Happiness - (4:12) 121 BPM
Ata Calling - (4:09) 97 BPM
Wrong Road (feat Roger Damawuzan) - (4:55) 71 BPM
No Way To Go - (4:24) 71 BPM
Djin Ku Djin - (3:41) 72 BPM
Need A Job - (3:51) 133 BPM
Think Positive - (3:23) 131 BPM
Lazy Train - (3:21) 67 BPM
Seven piece French group Vaudou Game explain themselves as a convergence of African and Afro-American musicians who champion a genre of funk called Vaudou Funk hailing from the cradle of Vaudou culture in Togo, Benin. Specific to this region of West Africa - places like Ghana and Nigeria - other Vaudou Funk inspirations come from the rhythm and blues of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket. As a complete package this Apiafo LP is a varied, danceable and intriguing listen from start to finish - and of the many highlights, check out "Ata Calling" for something slower, "Pas Contente (feat Roger Damawuzan)" for the James Brown tip, and "Need A Job" for some psychedelic, coastal rhythms.
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