The second instalment in Sound Exhibitions' rare Afro-funk series Funk & Afro dropped back in August and, due to its success, they're already back with a follow up! This time we get four semi-anonymous tracks - the edgy, blaxploitation flick vibes of "Funk & Afro 3", the loose and twangy '70s shuffle of "Funk Bimp", the Streets-Of-San-Francisco-goes-hard-rock-isms of "Funk City" and the accelerated wah-wah cop show theme grooves of "Afro Boys".
Cold Busted is a Los Angeles label run by DJ Vitamin D, heavily indebted to the soul and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s. Funkinjazz is the label's ongoing compilation series boasting 'the best of funk and jazz inspired tracks' as found only on this label. The series' second outing is another winner, with 14 tracks that feature all the above influences but married to much more contemporary production. Highlights include the rootsy '90s hip-hop vibes of Q Funktion's "Bubblers", the bonkers acidic break-funk of "7 Playaz" by Nick Tremo and the uber-funky looped disco (Bee Gees perhaps?) of Bloody Tadi's "All You Need Is".
Roy Ayers - "I Feel Like Making Love" - (5:14) 89 BPM
David T Walker - "On Love" - (3:05) 143 BPM
The Cyrkle - "The VIsit" - (2:20) 58 BPM
Gary Burton - "I'm Your Pal" - (4:00) 100 BPM
Henry Franklin - "Soft Spirit" - (7:29) 101 BPM
Strictly Breaks are masters in both indentifying, and compiling, the various old tunes used as source material for hip-hop classics. Although Tribe Vibes volumes one and three are already available, volume two has yet to be released digitally until now. As expected, it's a thoroughly enjoyable rummage through lost gems and bona fide classics. There are 30 tracks here including Freda Payne's torch soul lament "We've Got To Find A Way", the sinuous muscular funk of Slave's "Son Of Slide" and Funkadelic's totally spaced out synth jam "Tales Of Kid Futuristic".