No matter how much rare stuff gets released in this information age, there's always some even more obscure cool material yet be unearthed. Here obscure 70s LA outfit 4th Coming get the re-issue treatment: an out-there musical core consisting of Henry 'Hank' Porter, Jechonias 'Jack' S. Williams and a rotating cast of musicians, they released a handful of rare 7"s before disappearing. It wasn't until the 90s when fan DJ Shadow started bigging them up, and now we get a full collection that enables us all to finally enjoy their weird and wonderful grooves.
Italian nu-disco label Sound Exhibitions have been busy, busy, busy of late but at they've got round to delivering the 11th installment in Afro Funk's Funk & Afro series. We last got our fix back in August but with four ripe new jams to check out its been worth the wait. The title track kicks things off with tight guitar licks and erratic percussion. Then it's all about the brass, bongos and boogie on "Afro In The Night", before "Special Funk" slows things down to a squelchy groove and "For Street" wraps things up with some light funk licks, record scratching and block-rocking vibes.
Happiness Is Just Around The Bend - (6:54) 134 BPM
Straight Ahead - (6:26) 96 BPM
Bumpin'AA On Sunset - (11:25) 86 BPM
Inner City Blues - (6:08) 93 BPM
Whenever You'AAre Ready - (7:48) 152 BPM
Truth - (7:53) 80 BPM
Don'AAt Look Away, Look Around - (8:23) 100 BPM
Second Wind - (5:08) 82 BPM
I Love You More Than You All Ever Know - (7:30) 141 BPM
Future Pilot - (7:27) 142 BPM
Compared To What - (11:55) 153 BPM
Brain Damage - (8:02) 95 BPM
Originally a big jazz pianist, Brian Auger switched his attention to the Hammond Organ in 1965 creating a revolutionary jazz-fusion sound in the process. Here they are recently captured live running through material from their 40-year career, and sung by esteemed vocalist Alex Ligertwood.
Something Happened On Planet Earth - (4:44) 72 BPM
Violent Venus - (2:51) 133 BPM
Neptune - (0:26) 124 BPM
Serenade For A Satellite - (2:52) 122 BPM
Milan based retro-kitsch outfit Calibro are back doing what they do best on new album 35 Space. It's a sprawling feast of 60s-isms, highlights including the daft Austin Powers-style chaos of "Bandits On Mars", psychedelic interlude "Brain Trap" and the woozy, organ-led neo-soul beats of "A Future We Never Lived".
This Italian producer specialises in choppy, late night jazz-funk, and its business as usual on the Tra Soul E Jazz EP. There are three new slick and smoky cuts here: the hazy nu-soul of "Don't Give Me Up", the Fender Rhodes-led jazz-hop jam "In The Rain" and the loungey, funky-drummer-boasting Latin grind of "Dig It".
Bluse On The Funk 2 (instrumental) - (3:25) 118 BPM
Future Bluse - (3:25) 63 BPM
Naked Funk - (2:50) 129 BPM
Bluse On The Funk 2 - (2:50) 118 BPM
DJ Moy is responsible for a high percentage of the Sound Exhibitions family's output. His latest thing is the Blues On The Funk series, which he kick started in September. Now we have part two and again it's packed full of fashion-defying retro soul and funk gems. The title track is a laid-back affair, with a meandering bassline, loose beats and dubbed out vocals (also here in instrumental form), "Future Blues" is a livelier jam that plays on the classic Peter Gunn Theme riff and "Naked Funk" is just that - stripped down breakbeats, tight bass and wah-wah freakouts. Classic stuff!
Dusty Tonez is back to once again reclaim his crown as being the king of party breaks. The "Get Down" EP features three new jams - the breaky hip-house sample-fest "Got That Funk", the nu-funk sizzler "Get Down" and the drum-heavy Lady Marmalade rework "La Bounce".
High-grade schmokin' disco is on the menu here on the latest Katakana Edits installment, courtesy of Fabiolous Barker and Amir Perry. The former flexes his re-edit muscle over three beguiling tracks: the frisky funk fizz of the housey "Sing", the sultry low-slung "NightGrooving" and the punchy Flash & The Pan 80s rework "Why D'Ya Run Away". Perry mans the decks for the final tunes - the diva-funk strutter "Watch The Dub" which comes in both standard and extended versions.
Sometimes a record just does what it says on the tin. None more so than 70s Rare Cuts which features eight dope jams from the days of flares, big collars and brown everything (oh and killer funk too!). All these tracks have a little something, but the ones that really have us shaking our tailfeathers are the insane trumpet attack of "Jazz Up!", the wah-wah guitar freakout "On Friday Morning" and the badass pimp strut of "Street Fashion".
Block rocking Bavarian breaks for only the most happening block parties here courtesy of Nuremberg's Jayl Funk. He collaborates with Leeds' Tarzan Bros on "Shake It" which features four versions on offer. The original features some catchy hands in the air vocals and soul guitar licks, backed by funky breaks and bass and even a brass section! The AGFA remix is more of an electronic, nu-skool breaks sound for the club. London's Skeewiff gets the perfect combination of both previous versions, injecting a fierce breakbeat for added dancefloor dynamics, but keeping the organic feel of the original. Finally Yamaha Eletrico inject an electro beat and a razor sharp bassline into it, which will appeal to fans of Whirlpool Productions, Laidback or newcomers like Will Clarke.
Following releases on Brownswood and Do Right!, Leron Thomas has finally been given the opportunity to deliver his own long player courtesy of Heavenly Sweetness. It's an accomplished debut too, boasting 12 cuts of leftfield soul and funk. Highlights include the jazzy, space age dubber "Role Play", the low slung, live roller "Victorian Walls" and the punk-jazz fuzzbomb "Asako". Interesting stuff!
Paris DJs are a Paris-based production team featuring the likes of Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito and featuring guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. This is a great compilation showing off the state off things in their collective at the present time.. and it's impressive! Starting off with funk soul jam of Connie Price & The Keystones - "El Nino" which sounds like something from the film Shaft. QASB's "Jaguar" channels the spirit of Curtis Mayfield on this equally brilliant seventies inspired soul jam. It's a mixed bag on here; take for instance the rhythm and blues jam by Stepak Takraw, "Phat Fat Jackson" or the sultry urban R&B j of Baby Jaymes' "21 Questions" that would make R. Kelly stand up and notice! Our favourites are the smoky, latin love balled by The Echocentrics ("Has Regresado Viejo" feat Natalia Clavier) and Whitefield Soundz- "Safari Strut" which summons the spirit of the late, great Jimi Hendrix of this fuzzy, psychedelic rock excursion.