Normally one for the grand gesture (his last album boasted 27 tracks!), master of the gently nefarious art of the mash-up, Morlack, comes back down to earth to deliver a mere four edited disco gems for Katakana. As usual, the production quality of his sample-fuelled jiggery is second to none, with the slow and elastic funk of smoocher "The Dude", the slap bass twitcher "Morning", the stormin' electro-funk of "Dusic" and the raw, cowbell bustin' hoe-down of "Spinnin'" proving to be dancefloor devourers one and all.
The Tramp crew pride themselves on their crate digging skills, however here they've even surprised themselves, providing a collection of tunes rarer than hen's teeth and all inspired by the discovery of Warmth feat. Don McCaslin's sublime "Praise Poems". This has lead to a whole compilation of songs that, they insist, need to be absorbed in complete tranquility. Boasting 16 obscurities never before released on CD or digital, highlights include the soulful jazz of Jorge Darden's "Alone Again", Bold Breed's remarkable "Let Me Down Easy" and the funkier soul of Cookie Thomas. Fingers crossed for a second installment.
Tighter than a martinet's time table: Sardinian supremos Kut Funk lay down two new originals for Sound Exhibitions. "Free Cycles" is a slippery loop-based jam driven by a juicy bass lick, steady rim-shots, occasional blasts of soaking synths, warm organs and crisp-but- dreamy guitars. "Dinner Funk" is slightly slower in tempo and heavier in rhythm. Loaded with jazzy angularities and Booker T weight organs, it tastes as good the name suggests. Tuck in.