Here we have the fifth installment in the Cold Busted series featuring the best funk and jazz-inspired tracks exclusive to the label. On Funkinjazz 5 we see label boss Derrick Daisey (FKA DJ Vitamin D) and Co. present 15 new cuts that span the gambit of their broad style. Highlights include the panther-like nocturnal rhythms of Maleka's "Hey You!", Green Streets' almost Balearic, breezy coastline funker, "Putting It Together", and DJ Buzzword's slow grind clap along, "Eat".
The prolific and award-winning Diesler has chosen his own Here & Now label to release his latest, a compilation of "music from the modern soul underground". With a constant schedule of DJ gigs, podcasts and production duties, Diesler is constantly having to source fresh new sounds and there's plenty of them here. Touching on funk, soul, disco and Latin vibes, highlights here include Huw's acoustic shimmer-strum, "Reflex", B Visable's eccentric electro-pop-meets-RnB gem "Light Shapes" and the reggae-meets Afro carnival jam that is the Yukicito remix of 'Mirage' by 'legendary New York party man' Nickodemus.
Back in the late 1960s, the Soul Brothers Inc. were the number one soul band in Houston, and the creative mind behind them was Henry Boatwright (he played flute, sax and sang on many songs as well as composing many of the releases for the band's own label). His 1970 solo single, African Slide has been a collector's rarity until now, thanks to Tramp who have re-issued both sides of the seven-inch. It's a thrilling listen too, with the title track being raw, swaggering smokey basement soul and "Git It" taking things up a level in raucous abandon.
Soulutionary One is the highly anticipated debut album from Californian neo-soul wonder, Stephanie Nicole. Following the success of records like the Voices EP, her long player sees her once again reunited with 'co-producer/co-writer and soulmate' Craig Perkins (a.k.a. Classroom Craig), with the pair's creative chemistry resulting in 10 'socially-conscious and spiritually uplifting' songs laced with smatterings of rock, classical and jazz to create a live, authentic feel.