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Here we have a real meeting of minds with the esteemed re-edit label Gamm recruiting Glasgow's very own nu-disco veteran Al Kent to serve up some more of his fine work for our listening pleasure. There are just two cuts featured here, but who needs quantity when you can have quality, eh? "So Good" sees a sultry seductress heavily breathe her words over a smouldering Love Hangover-style twanging groove. "Victorious" meanwhile incorporates 70s disco rock, over-excited clavinets and bongos galore. Heavy-duty boogie vibes!
The second version instalment that explores Kuti student Sosimi's 2015 album You No Fit Touch Am, Wah Wah have recruited more innovators to take fresh perspectives on Dele's crisp Afrobeat. DJ Khalab mirrors the guitars with rising synth textures that sit subtly in the background adding more tension that's released with a brilliant blunt bass hook. O Flynn adds just a little dubby disco charm to "E Go Betta" while Books gives "I Don't Care" a serious twist as it intros with swooshing Hidden Orchestra style breaks before dipping into a chugging house stomp. Bopperson closes on a slow smouldering note, creating more space around the Dele's beautiful instrumentation. Refixes fit to touch.
For their latest full-length exploration of the world of spiritual jazz - the label's seventh, in total - Jazzman has decided to focus on artists and performers whose Islamic faith influenced their work. Given that many jazz greats were early converts to the spiritually charged Ahmadiya school of Islam - Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal and Yusuf Lateef included - there's plenty of fine material for Jazzman to explore. Highlights naturally come thick and fast, with standouts including the Persian jazz-fusion of Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim's "Kalamari Suite", the haunting flutes and intoxicating bongo rhythms of Sabu and Sihab Shahib's "Nus", and The Lightmen's celebratory epic, "All Praises To Allah (Part 1 & 2)".
When music fanatic Deano Sounds found himself coming of age during the 'post record industry era', he decided to go ahead and form a label anyway. That was in 2010 and now seven years later he is still going strong, with an equally strong roster to boot. Following on from Tropical Hustle Disco and Brazilian Boogie comps, we now have something even more special - the return of Nigerian disco-funk band SJOB Movement's 1977 album Friendship Train. Reissued with help from Uchenna Ikonne, the album features six original tracks that fuse Afro-beat with analogue synths. There's also a cool remix of "Love Affair" too!
Hailing from Colorado, this 3-piece 'electronic hydro-funk experience,' are all about the chilled funk vibes. They have a highly anticipated EP, Deluxe, due soon on GRiZ's All Good Records, but in the meantime they've offered us "Dexter" as a teaser. Featuring 'jam scene staple' Nick Gerlach on sax, this wah-wah laden organ funk joint will get you boppin in no time at all. 2017 is gonna be big for these guys, get onto this asap!
VARIOUS - Lime Sorbet Vol 6: Selected by Quincy Jointz (Timewarp) - exclusive 20-03-2017
VARIOUS - Tramp 45 Rpm Single Collection Vol 7 (Tramp)
SJOB MOVEMENT - Friendship Train (Cultures Of Soul)
PAOLO APOLLO NEGRI - A Bigger Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition) (Tanzan Music)
THUNDERCAT - Friend Zone (Brainfeeder)
DJ MOY/FUNK O'YA - Destinations Funk # 9 (Sound Ehibitions) - exclusive 31-12-2017
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