Frameworks and Blurum13's cross-Atlantic fusion works with impressive effect: gritty, low-riding classical hip-hop breaks with Blurum13's slick rhyme style. It touches you with genuine emphasise that's missing in a lot of hip-hop right now. This remix opus follows the release of their album in June 2013 and while the remix roll call stretches far and wide, there's a consistency throughout, adding beef to the grooves and more dancefloor-focused soul to the more inward looking tracks. Check the dreamy harmonised loop on the WhoAmI? remix of "Timeframe" or the clicky, frenetic percussion on Herma Puma's deep jazz rub of "What You Gonna Do". Few remix albums work better as a whole narrative. Highly recommended.
Few albums are so rich in funk and soul they can spawn two worthwhile remix albums, but few outfits run the groove gamut with the same authenticity and clout as Timewarp's in-house production team. Whisking the original off to far-away party pastures, each version brings a whole new lease of life to the originals. From the mesmerising percussion and sharp organ blasts of Soopasoul's take on "Ghetto Drunk" to MSdoS's jazz-flecked D&B twist on "Bullshit" via the deep space cosmic funk bubbles of Angel Funke's remix of "Hipsko", each of these resonates with quintessential remix science.
Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, euro for euro, yen for yen - whatever currency tickles your tastebuds, this collection from Tokyo's most creative electronica stable guarantees stimulation. Saturated in new-beat, hip-hop, jazz and wholesome experimentalism, this 16-track set covers a beautifully broad ground with highlights flying in from every angle. From the horror film staccato strings of "Money" to the lush, lazy west coast beatsmithery of "Word Up PSS" to the frenetic shuffle bump groove of "Space Language", you'll be pounding this out of the nearest system for years to come.
Deep Street Soul - "What She Said" - (4:48) 76 BPM
The Sweet Vandals - "Feel Alive" - (4:15) 113 BPM
Emma Beatson & The Hawkmen - "Do It" (Mako & The Hawk version) - (2:56) 90 BPM
Tape Five - "Geraldine's Routine" - (3:08) 119 BPM
Self-proclaimed "complete package" Craig Charles (actor, poet, DJ, radio host, stand-up) seems to be enjoying life as Britain's most famous funk and soul fan. Here, he curates a second installment of his Funk & Soul Club compilation series. Predictably, there's plenty to tickle the fancy, from the reggae-soul-house shuffle of Lack of Afro's remix of Hidden Jazz Quartet's "High Heels", and the psychedelic funk madness of The Bongolian's "The Riviera Affair", to the celebratory release of Jessica Lauren Four's "Happiness Train" (featuring a brilliant vocal from old Jocelyn Brown), and a pair of ripsnorting cover versions (Cookin' On Three Burners' fantastic take on Numan's "Cars" and Hot Eight Brass Band's famous remake of the Specials' "Ghost Town").
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