Given that Italian funk-breaks duo Skeewiff have been plugging away for some 15 years, a 'best of' is definitely in order. For the uninitiated (or even those who lost track of their output years ago), Greatest Wiffs offers an excellent summary of their career to date. Their sound - a fun, funky an unfussy fusion of floor-friendly breakbeats, kitsch '60s easy listening samples (see the triumphant "Soul Bossanova"), horn-totin' soul, heavy funk and Blaxpolitation attitude - is unfussy and joyous, unconcerned with the vagaries of fashion. As a result, Greatest Wiffs is a good old-fashioned blast of party-starting fun.
Eyal Goldman has been notching up a whole bunch of feelgood re-edits under the guise of Funk Sinatra. Not sure what ol' blue eyes would make of it all, but with breaky rejigs of perennial faves by the likes of Sam & Dave, Dylan, Don Covay and Area Code 615 (the Old Grey Whistle Test theme), we're sure dancefloors up and down the country will give it the big thumbs up.
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.
The most Reverend P is continuing the good lord of re-edit's work, delivering rare funk and soul to new believers. This time round, "Brown Baby" by Diana Ross - culled from her famous Touch Me In the Morning album - gets gently tweaked into ten minutes of exotic funk bliss. On the digital flip however, things liven up with the shimmering diva funk of "Emotions". Praise be!
Cologne's vinyl obsessed (he owns a record shop) Ernest Drake, aka DJ Phoney, is also obsessed by something else; Horror films. "Demonia De La Enfermedad" is his labour of love - the soundtrack to a Giallo slasher that never was. It's authentic too, with the fuzzy bass and clanging psyche-rock riffs conjuring up images of a million leather gloved hands, shadowy faces, flashing blades and (blood red) glossy-lipped screams. Larsson Appreciation also provides a sympathetic remix, adding a bit more of a breakbeat and some mantra-like vocals.
If you put this album on and expect thumping, compressed contemporary beats to kick in over the vintage sounds, you'll be waiting a long time! Yep this time round Barely Breaking Even have caught us on the wrong foot, delivering a bumper packed electro-swing compilation - without the electro! Instead we get over 20 largely instrumental sepia-tined dance cuts from England and Switzerland, ranging from jazz to ragtime and swing. Get your zoot suit groove on!