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There's something pleasing about the no-nonsense approach of the Killer Funk Disco crew. Their edits cut straight to the chase, chopping, looping and tweaking the key passages - percussive breaks, grooves and choruses, mainly - of their excellent source material. They're in fine form on this fifth volume in the series, which originally dropped on vinyl a few years back. Variously you'll find a perfectly pitched re-cut of a classic dubwise cover of "Staying Alive" ("Sly & Robbie Disco"), horn-totin', hands-in-the-air disco-funk ("Rescue The Edit"), string-laden low-slung disco ("Is That A Firecracker In Your Pocket Harvey...") and a slap-bass sporting disco singalong ("Mmm, Tiger..."). All killer, no filler.
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Italian producer Turbojazz has already found homeground success as part of the Futureground collective and now he's being introduced to a wider audience thanks to established nu-funk label GAMM. Here we get two tracks of low-slung grooves, organic, authentic and totally vintage sounding - "Que Pasa" is built around an incessant guitar lick, hazy beats and soaring Euro vocals. "Nebulosa" on the other hand is a jazzier affair, less retro and more based around loungey Latin loops. We think we'll be hearing more from this guy.
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For his latest 'digital seven inch', David Hanke's Renegades of Jazz group have accepted the assignment of getting breaky. "Assignment B-Boy" blends Dick Tracey-era big band brass with chunky tough big beats. Meanwhile ROJ are joined by SEM for the retro 60s diva soul organ wig out of "Shocking Venus" (surely a nod to Shocking Blue?). Good times ahoy!
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Oli Garch was last heard of covering Bryan Ferry; here he returns with five swingy cuts with a slight hip-hop bent. Things kick off with the Latin lounge-via-the-durrty-south vibes of "Rollin Stone", the instrumental "Oh My Man" goes way back for a Louis Prima-style sound married to trippy hoppy beats, "Get Your Enjoys" loops some vocals from a similar retro tune, whilst the two versions of "Hollywood Swings" explore the housier end of the electro-swing spectrum.
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TURBOJAZZ - Que Pasa/Nebulosa (Gamm) - exclusive 31-12-2014
QUASAMODO/THE Q ORCHESTRA feat THALIAH - The Big Picture (Jalapeno) - exclusive 31-12-2014
RENEGADES OF JAZZ - Rock To The Rhythm (Rawkingcuts) - exclusive 31-12-2030
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