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.
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.
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!
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.