Like many producers whose careers began during the "post dubstep" era, Adam "Arkist" Gazia has spent much of his career sidestepping easy categorization. Even so, few would have expected his latest EP - the brilliantly titled Astrocat - to be a colourful, synth-heavy homage to the P-Funk era. Opener "Small Talk", featuring Mr Woodnote rocking the talkbox, is so authentic-sounding that it could be a long lost Funkadelic recording. The same could be said of "Astrocat", whose fuzzy synths, talkbox vocals and stuttering machine drums would make Roger Troutman purr. Also worth a mention are the slap bass-propelled boogie funk of "Only" and "Nightflare", a sweet chunk of laidback, instrumental electrofunk. Appleblim's bonus remix of the latter - dubby, intergalactic, spacey and melodious, is also superb.
Another victorious find for Vienna's Record Shack; an unreleased recording from the 60s where Oceans singer Betty Semper laces her dulcets over an instrumental of Donnie Elbert's "A Love I Believe In" (as sung by Maxine and unearthed by Acid Jazz a few years back) A true blue floor-kicking Northern Soul classic once the sole preserve of a very limited few, this beauty has now been officially democratised and the world is funkier place.