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2017 has started with a bang for fans of French Kiss Records label boss KS French. First was a new instalment in the "Supa Funky Edits" series and now we have a rare full solo EP from man himself. Here on the Bad Soul EP French goes for a vintage soul influenced sound, particularly the sassy and brassy James Brown-sampling opener, "Godfather Edit". Elsewhere there's a nod to his fellow countrymen Daft Punk on the Edwin Birdsong-sampling "Cola Freak Baby", the stomping, bass-fuelled shakedown of "Party Noize" and woozy sax-led boogie on the lo-fi "Give It Up".
We pity the fool who don't' dig the jams of this retro funk producer from Greece. Here he returns with a new record in a new year, but on an old label - Cold Busted. The album, The Return Of The Classic, boasts 12 new cuts to sink your teeth into, all of which cover the jazzy hip-hop that he's know for, highlights including the swaggering clavinet-lead bluesy funk of "Break My Back", the staccato breaky rock of "Put The Needle On" and the brassy tight funk of ""View From" and the title track's heavy wah-wah head nodding vibes.
A producer well known for his unapologetic love of all things 80s, Slynk greets 2017 with this new one-track offering. "Things That You Do" is a light and breezy jaunt into mid-80s boogie territory, featuring a 'slinky' funk bassline that meanders around punchy drums, warbly voicebox excursions and trumpet from the Herb Alpert school of Diamonds. Time to order a Mai Tai, don a loud Hawaiian shirt and start moving! Infectious stuff.
A veteran US soul man, who has discovered a new lease of life with thanks to the Legere label, Jay W McGee is clearly thrilled to unveil these two brand new jams, both produced by The Unbelievable Two (Julian Mzuzu Romeike). First up is "Perfection", an infectious disco-gospel joint that riffs with that classic Boogie Oogie Oogie bassline. Next is the super-smooth analogue funk "Love In Motion", a tune that's literally dripping in class and sophistication.
VARIOUS - The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol 4 (Freestyle)
MISTER T - The Return Of The Classic (Cold Busted)
VARIOUS - Northern Beats Vol 2 (Beatnik City)  exclusive 31-12-2017
WILLIAM ONYEABOR - Box Set (Luaka Bop)
SLYNK - Things That You Do
VARIOUS - Jalapeno Funk Vol 8 (Jalapeno)
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