With a title that sounds like a long lost Prince B-side, "69 Times & Then One More" is, in fact, a party tune that looks much further back in time for inspiration, chiefly the big bands of the '30s and '40s. The lead track is basically electro-swing without the electro, replaced instead by a stormin' Latin-fuelled live band. Mondo Cane brings back some of the clubby beats, fusing them with sassy vintage brassy for his remix, whilst Funkanomics delivers an eccentric slap bass-led jam and Dutty takes things into a jazzy late '80s hip-house zone. "Swingy Mamma" is more your up straight swing crowd-pleaser, given a beats boost by Acido Domingo.
Future In The Past (feat Toni Perez/DJ Flovcut) - (5:13) 91 BPM
Night Cruisin - (3:46) 96 BPM
Funk On Water - (3:32) 123 BPM
Kuklinsky - (3:27) 80 BPM
The Rain Bringer - (2:48) 50 BPM
Define Gravity - (4:04) 90 BPM
Caravan For Liars (feat D Live) - (3:21) 91 BPM
Chasing Sun - (3:25) 97 BPM
MrsMellow - (3:06) 97 BPM
Letters From (feat My Neighbour Is) - (2:47) 140 BPM
Loopmaffia, the Polish old school rooted producer, has been busy holed up in his studio preparing the follow up to last year's Funkish, and now it's here. Having been making retro sampled beats since the '90s, Loopmaffia knows his classic funk, R&B and soul, influences rediscovered here to great effect on Letters From. Pals Toni Pereze and DJ Flovcut appear on the hazy-slow lazy opener "Future In The Past", whilst 'blood brother' My Neighbour Is appears on brittle jazz-lullaby closer "Letters From". In between there's a further eight tracks of loopy and soulful nu-funk to explore, so best getting cracking!
Inventive re-edit maestro Vida G has invented edgy scalpel jobs for a plethora of recognised nu-disco labels, and now he commandeers the latest installment of Katakana's long running Edits series. We get two tracks - "Nu Soul", which sees stoner G-funk vibes fused with hazy filtered disco samples (it also gets a speedy adrenaline boost via Maikon's mix), and the choppy cut-hop of "Supa Soul", which is also remixed - this time in a swooshy trip-hop style by Timewrap.