New Zealand is popping some serious funk prospects right now and Junkfood is home to many of them. Here we find label mainstays K Lab doing a fantastic impression of Glitch Mob thanks to some sharp lyrical patter from The Mic Smith and a serious of depraved bass funk streams: One waspy and pert, one robot-dying flavoured and oh-so-saggy. With some lovely echoed trumpet and guitar flickers and an instrumental thrown in for good measure, Junkfood have belied their unhealthy moniker and provided us with something rather nutritious.
Junkfood head honcho K Lab frees up some time on the release schedule for his own debut album, and not a moment too soon. Wallowing with mischief in the fields of glitch and nu-funk, there's a subversive, off-beat trippy feeling to his work that a lot of current nu-funk is missing. Take "Tricks", a real wonky roller, it's plastered in Kraftwerkian electro angularity. Take the heaving, icy slammer "The Funk Hammer", written with D&B artist Dose it's a thundering bass composition that owes just as much to Paul Hardcastle and Harold Faltermeyer as it does Freq Nasty or Bassnectar. Take "Bangvaders", a wobbling tower of sci-fi and old school references, it's reminiscent of Unique 3 and early TCR releases. Take the whole lot; it's a very accomplished album.
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