Unabashedly gritty, Smoove & Turrell are a Geordie soul act that combine hard hitting social commentary with dancefloor busying old-skool style soul and funk. Their much-awaited fourth album, Crown Posada, is due shortly and to whet our appetites they've unleashed this teaser track. "Glue Bag Flags" is a raucous calling card with a flurry of Al Green-style vocals set to a furious Motown/Stax-style stomp. Can't wait for the long player!
Having cut his teeth on Tru Thoughts, veteran soulful beatmaker Diesler moves on to pastures new with his 5th long player, Sounds Familiar, on A Little Something Recordings. Don't worry though, the clue's in title with the album boasting 12 nu-funk jams that are just as good as the old stuff. Highlights here include the deep and percussive future-soul vibes of "Human When You Dance", the very topical and tropical electronic baile funk of "Gold In Rio" and the rolling bass boogie locomotive "Soho To Brighton". This time round familiarity breeds content(ment).
The clue is in the title here as Brighton-based funk label Jalepeno have rounded up fifteen of the best soul sister cuts from their mighty catalogue. Boasting a mix of old and new, and spanning quite a few different styles too, this compilation couldn't have come soon enough. Some of the many highlights featured include the powerful and bluesy soul-bearing opener, "Reckoning" by Iro FitzRoy, the candy floss tones of Berenice Van Leer on the 80s-tastic "My Mind' Made Up" by Kraak & Smaak and the muscular harmonies of Farina Miss on Featurecast's "Ego Tripping".
Some people have incorrectly dubbed Switzerland as being well, a bit boring. This is nonsense of course, and, with their cheeky mash-up productions, Swiss duo The Niceguys take great delight in proving the haters wrong. The EP's title alone sets the tone - Joy indeed. There are two incendiary party jams featured here - "Pride & Joy" leads the way, taking Marvin Gaye's ode to fatherhood and setting it to a slow trumpet-stab-lead hip-hop groove. Providing a contemporary foil to the latter, "Get Up" sees classic Nate Dogg (and Eve!) set to a lively electro-house backbone. Feel the party joy!
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