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Played by: Vincent Inc
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Review: For her latest long player, Tokyo Dawn informs us that this Swedish-Canadian soul singer and 'first lady of modern funk", opens up wider than ever before. We'll assume they mean musically, and if so, they couldn't be more right. In a big leap from her Art Slave album, this newie sees her collaborate with a pan-international selection of artists hailing from a as far afield as Detroit and Senegal. Highlights include the bonkers stop-start romp of "Just Like Magic", the otherwordly synth-jazz of "One" and the glistening, slow (e)motion overload of "All The Funk I Need (Stray mix)".
05 Nov 12
Review: Portland-based beatmaker AfroQBen (geddit?) modestly describes himself as "the funk master" and "a prolific producer in perpetual audio-visual motion". While that may be a little over the top, he's certainly delivered a solid debut album for perennial funksters Timewarp. As is his style, Liquid Gold offers sturdy, floor-friendly hip-hop jams in a variety of rudeboy styles. So, there are forays into afro-cuban funk-hop, dubstep and reggae, alongside a pleasing array of uptempo funk and soul jams. There's nothing particularly new about any of this, of course, but it's such a fun and well made album that it would be churlish to be too critical.
13 May 13
Review: Hoorah! It's been a long time coming, but the album from this Canadian act is finally here. We got a taster for their new retro/contemporary jazzy sound with a single in August. The EP featured the breaks-driven "Soul Sugar", the 70s funk indebted "Driving To Montenegro" and the jazzier "Blow", all of which made it to the album. Now joining these tunes are the likes of the fretlessly rhythmic "Blues For BL", the crazy flute frenzy of "The Kelly Affair" and the gentle piano intricacies of "Snowfall".
17 Mar 11
13 Aug 12
Played by: Timewarp, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Renegades Of Jazz
Review: Canadian outfit Afternoons In Stereo return after a brief hiatus with a new release that continues to showcase their retro/contemporary jazzy sound. Title track "Soul Sugar" is a breaks-driven affair featuring trumpets and old skool organs, "Driving To Montenegro" evokes memories of funk soundtracked 70s thrillers and also reappears in hypnotically remixed form by Cologne's Mr Confuse. "Blow' returns to their more familiar jazzy territory, neatly rounding off the package while also whetting appetites for the band's forthcoming new studio album.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues
Review: While waiting for new material from Canada's Afternoons in Stereo, Timewarp decided to commission a quartet of remixes of his most recent single, 2012's "Soul Sugar". The remixes, now gathered together on this tasty EP, flip between deep funk breaks, bongo-laden sax sleaziness and baggy dancefloor grooves, rearranging AiS's original pieces impressively. While it's Zamali who delivers the strongest straight-up dancefloor remix - think punchy breaks, hip-hop samples and bold pianos - it's Leon's more atmospheric rub that really stands out. Making the most of the original's snaking horns and Hammond organ licks, he offers up a version that gets the perfect balance between laid-back sweetness and sweaty hedonism.
17 May 10
Review: A collective of musicians based in Ontario, Afternoons In Stereo let their many influences shine through on this latest and very lovely album. Taking in nu-jazz, Latin funk and a variety of soulful and downtempo sources, they manage to meld styles perfectly - one listen to "Promise" for example will show their depth and the richness of their songs, taking in St. Germain beats, live double bass and flutes as well as a sun-kissed vocal chorus. Uptempo instrumentals like "West End Satori" are also a delight and give the players a chance to show off their jazz-honed skills. "El Puma" even sounds like a long-lost Kool and the Gang tune and nicely rides a sample from the Lafayette Afro Rock Band's "Hihache". A pleasing mix of styles and full of soul, this is a surprising and hugely satisfying release.
04 Jun 12
Review: Self-proclaimed "funk lover, crate digger and sometime beatmaker" Apedriod makes his debut, after years working dancefloors in his native Sweden. Given that it's his first outing, Banana Beats is incredibly assured, offering a slew of tracks that blend bright, jazz-flecked guitars and other organic funk elements with a variety of rhythms. Opener "Enter The Apedriod" is like jazz-funk in dub, while "Brotherman" opts for a warm, boogie-house flex. Nell Halford collaboration "Electric" delivers a dash of sunny-day soul, while "Latin Disco Lover" delivers a cheery, Only Child-ish take on instrumental disco-soul. Throw in some crackly funk rock breaks (see "Release The Funk" and "Wisdom Of Youth") and you've got a quietly impressive debut.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Spinforth, Timewarp, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Juno Recommends Dub, Basement Freaks
Review: Live outfit with a penchant for dub, Auditors Domination get the remix treatment on this re-rub compilation. Cherry picking the very best of their bulging roster, Timewarp have commissioned a collection of respectful reversions that each pay respect to the well-polished, organic live sound Auditors Domination have developed. Highlights include the deep space safari "Evolution Of The Cities" (Second Sky & Thomas Blondet remix) Ray Lugo's psychedelic samba flex on "Viejos Amigos" and Jayl Funk's upbeat party-blasting take on the title track.
31 Jan 13
01 Dec 09
14 Jan 13
Played by: Chudy, Trotter, Spilt Milk, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Spilt Milk, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: Spanish producer Angel Funke has been on our radar for about a year now. This, his latest release, sees him join forces with established nu-disco imprint, Super Hi Fi and it's a marriage made in heaven. The original version of "Disco Nights" features a killer sleazy bassline and almost hip-hop beats, all sewn together with subtle layers of brass stabs and funk guitar licks. On remix duties we have the jazzy, organ-led workout of the DJ Kid Stretch mix, the big beat electro of Trotters mix, the electro-boogie of B-Team's mix and the cool, raw house mix by DJ Spiltmilk.
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Played by: Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues
01 Aug 10
17 Sep 12
Played by: Visti, Yukari Bb, Jamie 3:26, Los Charly's Orchestra, Flash Atkins, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Kono Vidovic
Review: At first glance, the pairing of Forest Hill resident Andrew Ashong and Sound Signature boss Theo Parrish would seem strange. But the duo have worked together previously with the Ghanaian born vocalist (and supposed owner of a vinyl collection that would make most record shops look like a car boot sale) lending his soulful tones to Parrish's excellent nine minute plus translation of the Hot Chip and Spiritualised affiliated About Group. Whereas that collaboration was more about Ashong's voice being just one element of a production that was undoubtedly Parrish, the three tracks present on the Flowers EP look to showcase what a talent the Londoner is. Those trademark dust filled stacatto rhythms are present in the opening title track, but they never swamp Ashong's killer vocal delivery, while "Take It Slow" is bonafide D funk of the highest order. After the brutal, divisive nature of Theo's kung fu experimentalism on the Any Other Styles EP, these three tracks show him in a wholly new light and hopefully Parrish and Ashong will be making much more music together.
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Review: For one pulse-racing moment, we initially thought that "Swing Mood" might be in some way related to "Swing The Mood", the dire, Glenn Miller-sampling Jive Bunny megamix single that shockingly topped the charts back in the late '80s. Thankfully, no cartoon rabbits are involved, and Glenn Miller isn't spinning in his grave. Instead, "Swing Mood" is a formidable, drum-heavy club cut that gleefully cuts up an old swingtime fave. Castaman's remastered Edit is the one for club plays, while the Disco Cool Remix cuts down the horns and concentrates on the almighty drums for those sweatier, more energetic moments.
11 Mar 13
01 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95)
Review: For the uninitiated, Around7 is a Parisian beatmaker with a difference. Composing mainly with an MPC in the old hip-hop fashion, he makes deep, jazz-soaked jams that sit somewhere between Guru, DJ Cam and Moodymann. This 19-minute 'LP' for Phil Weeks' Robsoul Jazz imprint is something of a surprise gem, flitting effortlessly between bossa-influenced 4/4 cuts (see "Broi"), sampladelic deep soul beats ("The 7th Sin"), stoned trip-hop (the Jazzamatazz flashback vibes of "Butter & Fly" and "I Love BBQ") and head-nodding nu-jazz ("Kick It"). The overall quality suggests that we could be hearing more from him in coming years.
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06 Jun 05
Played by: Elegante
21 Jul 10