Jaymo & Andy George's Moda Black present Futurists, a double vinyl collection of forward thinking, underground artists including Sidney Charles, REbEL & Twon, Dudley Strangeways, Fauvrelle, Elias Tzikas, Roberto Palmero, Javi Bora & Le Vinyl and Lrusse & Bleecker. Fuelled by Jay and Andy's unquenchable thirst for new music, Futurists is, in their words, "a chance to shine the spotlight on some really creative new school producers who are making music for all the right reasons - they're doing things their own way and they're doing it with passion and soul". Sidney Charles sets the tone with the bass heavy groove of "Vibe", whilst this release also sees the newly formed duo REbEL & Twon shine with "Itchy Fingaz". Long term Moda affiliate Dudley Strangeways has previously impressed with releases on Klasse, Holic Trax and Albion Records and does so once more with the robust UK House stylings of "Call Girl". Be sure to check "Hats And Nuts" from Lrusse & Bleecker, the recently formed alias of Behling & Simpson which caps off this fine collection!
From Finger Lickin' to "Lick The Spoon", Jem Stone's contributions to the party movement never cease to inspire. Here he takes Foxy Cheex's sexy sermon and lays her naked over a slow, steady horn-heaved stomp. With shades of swing and neat burlesque twists, it refreshes the retro-revival in a sweet three minute sonic kiss. Not feeling Foxy Cheex vocal? Start licking the instrumental instead.
Funky House Anthems - the name says it all. Azulia have curated an essential package of straight up funky house gems from one of the most fertile eras in dance music. Spanning the sweetest of spectrums, if your collection doesn't boast the likes of Paul Johnson's jack-slapping "Get Get Down", Bob Sinclar's pre-pop disco house classic "I Feel For You", Mousse T's instant sing-along smash "Horny" or the 2011 rework of Jean Jacques Smoothie's "2 People" now is most certainly the time to fill the gaps. Complete with three mixes, Azuli have built something of a funky house castle right here.
Italian editor DJ Rubens serves up the third in his My Edit Sound series and goes straight for the disco jugular with a stunning reversion of Marc Evans "The Way You Love Me". His mission statement made clear from the off, he then proceeds to establish his skills by way of an extended version of Carl Graves' "Heart Be Still", a lush percussive development on Loleatta Holloway's "Hit & Run", a pounding electro twist on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and a funk-tickled take on TZ's "Hots For You". With 12 cuts in total, this is Rubens' most extensive and far-reaching collection to date.
Although better known for his garage influenced work, here Viennese producer Dubesque teams up with Funk 78 for something of a curveball. "Pilar" is all castanets and flamenco guitars for a big old red-blooded Latin-esque housey romp. Johannes Brecht gets a bit deeper for his own radio remix, rounding off a pleasantly unexpected EP.