Here we have a bumper collection of tracks sampled by veteran New York hip-hoppers The Beatnuts. Essentially the Latino wing of the Native Tongues crew, these guys have been rockin' blocks since the late 80s with their trademark sample-led jazzy beats. Obviously Enoch Light's cover of "A Little Fugue For You And Me", the source of an infamous spat between these guys and Jennifer Lopez (she allegedly nicked their sample) appears first, but there are 30 more rare soul, funk and jazz bangers on here too, including "Mixed Drums", "Caseine" and "Sesame Street Theme".
The Runcible Spoon - "Hallucination Train" - (2:38) 110 BPM
Thrush - "London Zen" - (4:49) 96 BPM
The Jugz - "Got Gas" - (1:58) 130 BPM
Action Band - "White Elephant" - (3:04) 130 BPM
Nut - "The Beatle Makes Noise On Wet Grass" - (0:52) 125 BPM
Flying Pudding - "Watching The Machine" - (2:42) 69 BPM
Acid Jazz Records' 20th anniversary releases are continuing apace! Sugarlumps was the label's compilation series that catered to the more, um freaky contingent within their audience. Now the whole series has been whittled down to one way-out trip, man. There's lots of fabulous furry freakiness to choose from over these here 12 tracks: from the Valley Of The Dolls-style freakbeat of "The Woeful Tale Of Shakes" to the garage wig-out of "Fetch The Stick", the psychedelic rock of "Quarter To Now" and the demented Sesame Street-isms of "Got Gas".
This is the latest instalment of Tokyo Dawn's acclaimed series, which compiles hot new international acts all championing vintage 80s soul and synth-funk sounds. Things kick off in impressive style with "Wow" by Coco Solid, a tune that evokes the tropical lit of Carly Simon's "Why?" Further on, Positive Flow and Heidi Vogel rock a vocal-heavy vintage soul groove on "Children Of The Sun", Teeko gets all gangsta with the slick P-meets-G-funk of "Tenshun", Rakotep does off-kilter hip-hop on "Get Up" and J-Felix and Jake Jon begin the 90s swing revival on "The Green Light". Another quality, varied collection.
Self-proclaimed "complete package" Craig Charles (actor, poet, DJ, radio host, stand-up) seems to be enjoying life as Britain's most famous funk and soul fan. Here, he curates a second installment of his Funk & Soul Club compilation series. Predictably, there's plenty to tickle the fancy, from the reggae-soul-house shuffle of Lack of Afro's remix of Hidden Jazz Quartet's "High Heels", and the psychedelic funk madness of The Bongolian's "The Riviera Affair", to the celebratory release of Jessica Lauren Four's "Happiness Train" (featuring a brilliant vocal from old Jocelyn Brown), and a pair of ripsnorting cover versions (Cookin' On Three Burners' fantastic take on Numan's "Cars" and Hot Eight Brass Band's famous remake of the Specials' "Ghost Town").