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13 Aug 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Fuzzbox Inc, Valique, Chudy, Trotter, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funky House, Freddy Love, Tosses & Varvez, Eric Rug
Review: Jalapeno apply a little label synergy and hook Featurecast up with their golden-larynxed crooner John Turrell. The end result teeters on edge of ballad in the best possible way; soft keys, silky guitars and a smooth soothing groove. Serious bar, beach or bedtime material. Remixwise Featurecast adds his own funk mix before handing over duties to Heavyfeet (jacking house with nice speed garage undertones) and Psychemagik (trippy, cosmic and timeless). Beautiful stuff.
26 May 08
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09 May 11
Played by: Zamali, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Chamber, Basement Freaks, Nick Thayer, Mooqee, The Beekeepers
Review: Bristol duo Boca 4 and Parker have already treated fans to this year's Ascending Change EP and now follow it up with their debut album - a beautifully constructed mixture of trip-hop breaks, stirring strings and a lot of soul. "So Long" featuring Sarah Scott on vocals is a beauty, with descending cellos and violins filtered up over the verses, while the pair's pastoral obsessions shine through on "Spring Forward", which approaches dubstep from a very unusual and highly original, string-blessed angle. With veteran UK MC Mystro on the rabble-rousing "Queen Bee", this is an unexpected peach of an album that confounds your expectations every step of the way.
26 Mar 12
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10 Oct 09
27 Mar 06
Played by: Big M Productions (Big M Bootie)
22 Jul 09
01 Dec 03
Euro Dance/Pop Dance
Played by: Tulioxi
17 Mar 08
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
25 Jun 07
28 May 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
Review: Dutch house powerhouse Kraak & Smaak drop a favourite from their recent album "Electric Hustle", which features the rugged-yet-soothing vocals of house legend Romanthony. While their original is a quiet storm of minimal drums and classic house stabs, Roach Motel drop two fleshed-out revisits that lend the tune a building, club-happy vibe. Psychemagik flip the tune too, creating an Italo-leaning beauty with Romanthony's detuned vocals giving it an epic quality.
07 Mar 11
Review: Mainstays on Jalapeno since 2003, Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak take a pleasing left-turn on this glamour-soaked new single featuring Lex Empress. Recalling the regal delivery of '60s divas like Shirley Bassey or Dusty Springfield, Lex Empress delivers a stirring vocal over a pop-meets-popcorn funk backing from K&S - full of live drums, brass and a particularly sprightly bassline. Having forged live funk with breaks for years, this all-live direction suits them very well indeed.
01 Apr 11
25 Feb 13
Review: Under his Quasamodo guise, Dimitri Nassios, recently set tongues wagging with his releases on Greek funk imprint Timewarp. This new EP however, arrives courtesy of Jalapeno Records, but the vibe's the same, man. "Can't Hold Me Down" is like Latino funky house and bears more than a passing similarity to Armand Van Helden's famous Professional Window remix. The wah-wah soul of "Change Is Strange" is the second tune here to feature the leather-lunged vocals of powerhouse Thalia. "Son Of Shaft" takes the famous blaxploitation theme and slips a breakbeat under its backside, while "Funkenstein" is total 70s funk wig-out.
01 May 03
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
10 Oct 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: The first official release from this up and coming Brighton beat-mangler, "Come A Little Closer" follows mixes for Wah Wah 45s and Tru Thoughts and marks his debut on Jalapeno. While the title tune uses some hazy sampled trip-hop textures over a midtempo beat, "Can We Pretend" rocks a Dilla beat over which layers of fragmented chimes and stuttering chords are plastered. The highlight though has to be his reinterpretation of Marvin Gaye's early-Motown hit "Ain't That Peculiar" - a soulful yet wonky hip-hop-inspired gem that puts an entirely new swing on a classic.
09 Mar 09
12 May 03
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Jayl Funk
01 Feb 10
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20 Jun 11
Played by: Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), Voodoocuts, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Kraak & Smaak, Smoove
Review: A duo that have a phenomenal amount of fans despite never being picked up by the mainstream, Jalapeno duo Smoove & Turrell return after their 2009 debut Antique Soul. Combining funk beats with Turrell's gutsy and gravelly vocals works wonders again on big tunes like the Northern Soul stomp of "Higher" or the mellow nu-disco of "In Deep". This combination of producer and singer have struck gold again, and Eccentric Audio should see them seriously make an impact this time around.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, Bmd, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Nappy Riddem, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks
Review: There's no stopping the funky-assed Featurecast right now as he serves up another nugget from his fantastic album Run For Cover. The original, complete with Miss Farina's emphatic vocals, is supplied in all its low-swung glory and it's backed with some resplendent remixes... Deekline & Ed Solo don their D&B heads up for an uptempo blockrocker, Chicky Boom opt for more of a UK garage swing reversion while WBBL shove some P-funk and sparkly vibes upside your head. Something for everyone!
22 Apr 11
22 Apr 11
Review: Dutch funkateers Kraak & Smaak have never quite achieved the wider acclaim their music probably deserves. While unfashionable in many regards, their records - an entertaining blend of classic funk, live disco, rubbery electrofunk and, more recently, old skool piano house - are rarely anything less than enjoyable. What's more, their live shows are superb. Perhaps Electric Hustle, their first full-length since 2008, will be their breakthrough record. In truth, it's as unashamedly joyous as any of their previous sets, and once again flutters between boogie-licious house, elastic funk, electrofunk, vocal showstoppers and even the odd bittersweet ballad. It's not clever, but Electric Hustle is certainly big.
15 Apr 13
Review: Hailing from Los Angeles, Skaggs is an upcoming producer on a 'high tech future funk' mission. For his debut release on Jalapeno, he does just that: "Finish Line" is an infectious slice of electro-funk that escalates into a lovely disco-house workout. His pal Lonely Boy delivers a killer remix too, which is nine minutes of deep funky house with added doomy synth work.
01 Oct 12
Charlie Funk & Afrika Bambaataa & King Kamonzi - "It's My Funk" (Smoove P-Funk disco remix) - (5:16) 120 BPM
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Fuzzbox Inc, Badboe, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Renegades Of Jazz, Smoove, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris, Salvo
Review: You could quite easily call this collection of edits, remixes and collabos an album. Technically it's a compilation but Smoove's ability as a both a producer and selector really glue this compendium together. Which is mad as he ticks a lot of party boxes; from Womack style high production funk soul (Electric Empire's "Baby Your Lovin'") to piano-punctuated party breaks (Kraak & Smaak's "Call Up To Heaven") to sexy bossa nova (Kojato & The Afro Latin Cougaritas "Like A Gypsy"), Smoove lives up to his name, easing from genre to genre with genuine class. Final props are essential on his Northern soul style floor-pounding remix of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". A true party piece.
03 Dec 07
Played by: Kraak & Smaak
13 May 13
Review: Is it just us or are Basement Freaks albums getting funkier and funkier? As hinted with their Soul Digga EP last winter, the trio just keep getting more organic and authentic, this being their most engaging, juiciest funk LP to date. From the Alabama 3 meets the Daptones style "Gimme More" to the insanely authentic Parliament skit "Disco Boy" via the mild skank bounce, organ noodling and Troutman crooning on "Red Light Streets", this really is party dynamite. Basement Freaks are ruling the nu-funk scene right now.
19 Dec 11
Review: Taken from their recent "Eccentric Audio" album, geordie nu-funk soul stars Smoove and Turrell end the year on a high with "Gabriel". Singer John Turrell gets to flex his enormous lungs around this slow and hugely affecting tune, which is given a subtle touch from producer Smoove with live drums and a phalanx of backing vocals at its core. Another winner from this much-loved modern soul duo.
31 Mar 11
Played by: Chudy, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Following on from his Something Freaky LP, Greek funky breaks machine Basement Freaks drops "Get Down Boogie" as a single. BF's original contains his trademark live band-meets-samples formula and is a perfect song for spring, while Funkanomics creates more of a solid disco mix out of the funk-riddled original. The standout though has to be Fab Samperi's, jazzed-up double-time transformation - perfect for fans of electro-swing.
30 Jan 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Carl Taylor, Rotciv, Audioprophecy, Slow It Down, Scenery Records, Fingerman, DJ Friction (Germany), Zamali, Neighbour, Combo (Bangana/Sumo), Trotter, Jp Source, Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), Henri Kohn, DJ Luis Machuca, Hot Toddy, Husky (Random Soul), Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Moustache Mamas, Nacho Marco, Rony Breaker, Martin Brodin, Cyclist, Elly K, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Things Happen, 7 Love Records, Black Magic Disco, Cram
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