After a period on the sidelines, the Clone Crown Series returns in triumphant fashion with the first of two planned releases from Gary Gritness, a new project from French artist Tim Becherand. An experienced studio hand, Becherand has credits on works by artists as varied as Orlando Voorn, Dam-Funk, Grant Nelson, and Boddhi Satva to his name, and also experience of playing in various ensembles. The Frenchman resurfaces as Gritness for Clone some 4 years after his first appearance on a split release by My Love Is Underground and this is a much more comprehensive display of his production range. Clearly indebted by the sounds of US cities Detroit, Oakland, and Atlanta, the four tracks here are quite unique with the fast paced flex of "Ridin' With Runner Joe" a notable highlight.
High Heels (feat Hidden Jazz Quartett - retwists 1 & 2) - (6:01) 94 BPM
Theres Nothing Like This (Scratch Professer retwist) - (5:13) 89 BPM
Pure Interviews With UK Vibe (Scratch Professer retwist) - (3:21) 109 BPM
When You Touch We Touch (Scratch Professer retwist) - (5:11) 98 BPM
Ordinary Day (Scratch Professer retwist) - (4:56) 95 BPM
Veteran Brit-soul hero Omar is on a roll following the success of his recent comeback album, The Man. There has been some killer remixes already, but here Scratch Professer has reworked the entire LP. It's a tough job but the Prof has come through, keeping faithful to the originals but adding a little of his own magic too. Highlights include the cutup stop/start future-soul of "Eenie Meeni Myni Mo", the hazy urban jam "Treat You" and the jazzy late 80s vibe of "I Can Listen". Also included is a bonus mix of Omar's biggest hit, "There's Nothing Like This".
Standing Room Only - "Funk Affair" - (6:00) 113 BPM
The Power Band - "Power Funk" - (7:01) 61 BPM
Here we have two vintage funk giants, Joey Negro and Sean P, join forces to present a collection of 'badass funk classics from the disco boogie era'. Individually these guys are authorities on the genre, but combined they're positively the definitive voice. We've a whopping 24 choice cuts to wade through, highlights including the breaks-packed percussive gem "Clap Song", the saucy cosmic funk of "Come On And Rock" and the suggestive aerobic bass workout "Gigolette". An essential vintage compilation if ever we saw one!