Pater party starter Father Funk shows us who's the daddy with four more slinky, sample-soaked nu-funk jams. Ranging from the ballsy swing of "Jungle Strut" to the more salubrious, well-oiled slinks and winks of "Start Movin'", once again FF's EP lives up to its title in every way... Climaxing with a smoky-eyed shake up of Dusty Springfield's "Spooky". Sexy.
Genre-blurring Washington D.C. outfit Fort Knox Five have been holed up in the studio for ages working on the follow-up to their previous LP, Radio Free D.C., which was released back in 2008. It's been so long in fact that these ten tracks really herald a new era for the band rather than simply being a follow up. That said, their familiar signature is very much still present, resulting in a feel good fusion of hip-hop, funk and soul that's destined to be the soundtrack of many folks's summer.
Boombap Idiophonics is an album of impromptu recordings made by DJ Oil, The Monkey Nuts and Hope Masike. They found themselves stuck in a creative email loop from Zimbabwe to France and back with no real idea what they were doing. With a prestigious slot looming at one of Africa's biggest festivals, The Harare International Festival of the Arts, they spent three days in studio just going for it. These eight live jams are the results of those sessions and prove that sometimes a deadline is the best tonic for creativity.
Funk & Afro is proving to be one of Italian label Sound Exhibition's most popular series. Perhaps it's because there's no one else consistently providing such a unique and spicy mix of styles, but whatever it is, it's working! Here on volume 8 we get three taught and slinky groovers - the flute-led bongo, (upright) bass and brass workout of the title track, the pan-pipe peppered 70s grinder "Funk G14" and the rolling Hammond organ jam "Kiss On Funk".
Spanish producer James Rod has already scored some choice outings on Good Stuff, Disco Volante and Hit Digits over the past year, while Italian man Tulioxi has been found moonlighting on Quantistic Division, Hot Elephant and more in his own disco-fuelled operations. On this release for Cosmic Sumo, both producers have a chance to each serve up an original and remix each other, and the results are a consistent blend of warm synth basslines, crisp drum rhythms and heaps of sensuality that should easily rub their way into any discerning disco lovers set. If you like your disco robotic and romantic then look no further.