Already a favourite of Craig Charles, David Hanke's Renegades Of Jazz follow up last month's Moo Juice with the new stormer, "Gonna Break This Chain". Eschewing his more jazzier influences, this time Hanke delivers two slices of live and true vintage funk and soul - the title track being a searing anthem of the "Hold On I'm Comin" variety, and "Gimmie Some" fusing old school soul and gospel vibes with some cool, laid back hip hop.
Nope, "Music For Adverts" is not a long lost '70s Eno LP, but the new album by neo soul producer Adam Gibbons, aka Lack Of Afro. Kicking off with raucous opener "Freedom" (featuring the vocals of Jack Tyson Charles, son of Craig), we are taken on a 12-track journey into the vintage soul of Mr Gibbons. Highlights include the funky '70s grind (is that Ron Burgundy on flute?) of "One For The Trouble", the 4/4 disco funker (with a sprinkling of hip-hop) "Brown Sugar" and menacing Latin jam of "No Guts, No Glory". Classy.
Often, a lot of questionable feats and skills are retrospectively foisted upon music legends by the nerdier music fans amongst us. Classic DJs like Ron Hardy are regularly claimed to have seamlessly mixed the one copy of the same record for five hours with his toenail, whilst stood upside down and blindfolded in the booth. The sleeves of "School Yard Breaks" do nothing to change this, but for the most part we'll never really know what is truth and what is myth. However we do know what they played and here are another 25 b-boy breaks to play 'air mix toe' to.
Ooh la la! Those saucy Frenchies can't help injecting their disco with a bit of funky fornication. Think back to the '70s and Emmanuelle and all that Moog-drenched soft Euro porn, it's the kind of thing Sebastian Tellier has been digging for years. Here's some more Gallic explorations of this vintage world where handlebar moustaches and lipglossed lips (amongst other things) collide. Highlights include the dizzy analogue grind "Porn", the distorted almost -neo soul jam "Sexy Soul", the Timotei advert vibes of "Goodbye Lullaby" and the George-McRae-on-ludes-isms of "Don't Outstay Outside 2 Night". Foxy!
Hanover's Aux Audio like to mix things up, releasing a variety of styles including funk, soul, deep house and electronica since 2012. Here they serve up 14 of what they've dubbed 'heavy funk tracks'. Leading the charge is label co-founder Ralph-E who appears here more than once, with the eerie squelchtronics of his "Landmark Funk" being a standout. Elsewhere we get an eccentric funky drummer hoedown ("21th Century Funk"), slinky soulful house ("Sunshine"), and the dry iced, slapped bass laydee killer "I Can Feeeel It". Slick!