Whoever it was at Sound Exhibitions that conceived of these compilations of rare Afro-funk is probably grinning ear to ear right now as the series is so popular it's just hit its fifth installment. This time round there are four tracks to enjoy - the bongos and hammond showdown of the title track, the electro-freak-rock of "Your Funk", the slow and groovy vibes of "Boss Funk" and the wah-wah-led percussion frenzy of "Sab Funk". Here's to many more installments!
Slowly dipping his toe back into the water of single releases, we now have yet another two new "Reworks" from the London soul boy who had, up to recently, been silent for months. He's continuing to maintain the quality too, with 'Wake Up" being a hypnotically accelerated basement funk fever-jam and "First Time Around" being eight minutes of uber-slick, hazy glamour funk.
Here we have the sophomore outing for Californian edit crew, Boogie Down, who specialise in sunkissed retro West Coast vibes. Keen to make up for lack of releases, they've jammed a whopping nine scalpel jobs on to this release. We've been grooving to the whole lot here at Juno HQ, but our faves include the minimal cowbell and clap-athon "Get Up", the dreamy Supremes teaser, "Hanging On" and the squelchy G-funk synth jam, "West Side". Dope.
Drop Out (feat Bernard Menu/Kevin M Derrig - alternative version) - (4:47) 98 BPM
French producer Lionel Corsini (aka DJ Oil) dropped his debut album Black Notes back in 2012. Since then he's been pretty quiet, but that's all about to change with the release of forthcoming second album "Phantom". The first taster from the record is new single "Drop Out". Here we get two different versions of the song, which takes hazy trip-hop as its cue, before layering vocals samples of '70s black radicals waxing lyrical for a pretty heady listening experience. Roll on the LP!
We must admit, we've come across all kinds of funk in our time but we've yet to encounter "super hot deep funk". However, that's how this two-tracker has been described and who are we to argue? Originally released in super-limited quantities back in 1977 by legendary northern soul label Dove Records, "Freedom" and "Think It Over" by Early Clover & The Georgia Soul Drifters, are rare as hen's teeth. Recorded at Phil and Alan Walden's Capricorn Studios and produced by Tad Bush, these anthems have now thankfully been given a new lease of life by Record Kicks.
If any label is widely known for the quality of its output, then it's Gamm, and here it presents three new classy edits for our pleasure. First up we get the hazy, Afro-jazz otherworldliness of Flo Sanders' "African Superstar", D'Ray's low-slung retro casino funker "Here We Pie Again" and the sweeping disco camp of Barbara Blow's "Throughout Your Precious Love".
Golden Stool (full Length version) - (2:31) 106 BPM
Kotoko (full Length version) - (2:32) 107 BPM
Nyameco (album version) - (3:03) 98 BPM
Ohema (full Length version) - (2:18) 56 BPM
Ohene (album version) - (2:08) 52 BPM
Shito (album version) - (2:42) 126 BPM
Shito 2 (album version) - (1:53) 100 BPM
Sore Soul (full Length version) - (2:35) 103 BPM
Wo Be Ku Me (full Length version) - (2:07) 98 BPM
Efi Ak No (album version) - (2:53) 50 BPM
I Dey Go Come (album version) - (3:27) 92 BPM
Time = Mogya (album version) - (2:38) 99 BPM
Na Wabo Mmode (album version) - (4:12) 65 BPM
British-Ghanaian audio artist Larry Achiampong recently released Meh Mogya, a work that sonically traces his heritage. The resulting 21-track LP incorporated samples of Afrobeat/Highlife music (courtesy of researcher John Collins) into an amalgamation of moments of the former Gold Coast's colonial rule and its subsequent independence. Now he re-releases More Mogya that expands on the original album and theme, giving a further insight into this often overlooked period of the region's musical and political heritage.
Veteran Timewarp producer Leon is back with mini-album School Of Groove, which he considers to be his most musical and conceptual album so far. Taking in a wide breadth of influences taking in jazz, '70s neo soul and cinematic arrangements. Highlights include the sleek, jazzy lounge-house of "House Space", the string-laden disco of "We Just Can't Get Enough" and the title track's raw, retro block-rockin' funk.
Keeping the heat on from their recent second album, Que Chevere, Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers release a digital double A-side from said long player. The record continued to successfully fuse dancefloor styles such as soul, funk, rhythm and blues, samba and mambo, and none more than on the anthemic brassy title track featured here. Also "La Tumba De Fu Manchu" reappears this time remixed into a meandering percussive organ jam by none other than Mr Battery himself.