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03 Jun 13
Review: If it ain't broke don't fix it as they say, and this Euro party edits producer is certainly living by this maxim. Here we find the talented producer providing Greek label Timewarp with a selection of his reworks of disco obscurities. As usual it's hard to not want to get up dance to his infectious remixes including the pulsating, arpeggiated 80s night drive of "Yull Disco Breaks (instrumental)", the wah-wah heavy hip-house of "Blast" and the chaotic acid funk of "Nose Dive".
13 May 13
Review: Hoorah! It's been a long time coming, but the album from this Canadian act is finally here. We got a taster for their new retro/contemporary jazzy sound with a single in August. The EP featured the breaks-driven "Soul Sugar", the 70s funk indebted "Driving To Montenegro" and the jazzier "Blow", all of which made it to the album. Now joining these tunes are the likes of the fretlessly rhythmic "Blues For BL", the crazy flute frenzy of "The Kelly Affair" and the gentle piano intricacies of "Snowfall".
15 Apr 13
Played by: Zamali, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Basement Freaks, Cayetano, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Miles Reverse, Superpendejos
Review: Although hailing from Germany, DJ Umbo is now running his disco breaks empire from Croatia. Having developed a cult following with a series of remixes on labels like Goodgroove, now he appears to have settled with Greece's Timewarp. His latest release for the Hellenic funk crew features two tracks - the funky sax workout "Sunday Jam" and the urgent groove attack of "Keep That Beat On". Basement Freaks remix the former into a pulsating disco banger, while on the latter Caytaro deliver a sizzling live jam version.
25 Mar 13
Review: He's back! Yep, the Belgian master of soul nouveau follows up last year's mini-album, At The Speed Of Light, with another, Soulshine, again on Greek disco imprint Timewarp. Once again we have a sizzling selection of authentic-sounding retro funk grooves that could easily be lifted from an obscure 70s blaxploitation movie. Highlights include the, analogue 70s porno-style soundtrack-isms of "Unite", the strangely baggy sounding "Brassin" and the very literal "Slap It Hard", which does indeed featured a very sternly slapped snare!
11 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues
Review: While waiting for new material from Canada's Afternoons in Stereo, Timewarp decided to commission a quartet of remixes of his most recent single, 2012's "Soul Sugar". The remixes, now gathered together on this tasty EP, flip between deep funk breaks, bongo-laden sax sleaziness and baggy dancefloor grooves, rearranging AiS's original pieces impressively. While it's Zamali who delivers the strongest straight-up dancefloor remix - think punchy breaks, hip-hop samples and bold pianos - it's Leon's more atmospheric rub that really stands out. Making the most of the original's snaking horns and Hammond organ licks, he offers up a version that gets the perfect balance between laid-back sweetness and sweaty hedonism.
11 Feb 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Timewarp, Zamali, Trotter, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, The Funk Hunters, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: Timewarp have been putting out bangers since 2005 on their own Timewarp Music, a Greek label dedicated to only the most alluring electronic sounds. This is their new LP and it's choc-a-bloc with surprises for you; starting from the opener "Bullshit", an irresistibly hip-swanking trip-hop number, it goes all the way through "Disco Frisco" featuring the one like Leon for a smooth but rough-ready house roller, and ends up in places never expected like "Latin Cookies", a track so joyful and packed with good vibes that it can't be properly catalogued into one genre...it has one hell of a bass line though - much like everything else on this sweet full-length from the boys at Timewarp.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Timewarp, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Funky Destination have been praising funky grooves since time immemorial (well, 2008 at least!) and they've usually been doing it for Athens imprint Timewarp. No change then for this new album, nor with the usual high quality either. After the almost Air-like mellow vibes of "Journey (intro)" things quickly step up a gear for the 70s blaxploitation style workouts of "The Inside Man" and "Such A Good Feeling" (a cover, of sorts, of Always There by Incognito). Elsewhere we encounter the elasticated noodling of the title track and the live-sounding "Gonna Roll You Over" and even Asian disco on "Hollywood-Jollywood".
07 Jan 13
Played by: Visti, Timewarp, Trotter, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Fab Mayday, Tosses & Varvez, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: Athenian funk junkies, Timewarp, unveil their first release of 2013 - a remix package of last summer's popular album by this prolific German producer. The 'Valique Ghetto Disco mix' of "Blast" is a pulsating wah-wah funk-meets acid freakout extravaganza! Kowlaksi, on the other hand, turns the song into an anthemic fusion of reggaeton and synthpop. Elsewhere we get breaky, ska-hop ("Stay Focused"), pumping arpeggiated disco ("Love In Return") and even some vintage live jazz vibes ("Get Down").
03 Dec 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Timewarp, Trotter, Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Quincy Jointz, Manjah
Review: Following on from the success of his recent Timewarp debut 11:11, the Athens-based, funk-obsessed label has now decided to release a selection of the Spanish producer's best cuts in remixed form. There's three mixes of "Funky Dog" here, the best being Afternoons In Stereo's pumping sleazy disco take and Apedroid's blissed out Ibiza sunset mix. Quincy Jointz reworks "Cinderella Girl" as a tight, electronic funk workout with Balearic overtones. "Wait" gets a raw going over from Dan Wilde, complete with edgy electro-bassline, while Mr Chombee opts for a poppier, boogie-ish version. However, with its hybrid of Spanish guitar, throbbing bass and bonkers flute, the Freethinker Funk Essence mix of "Mi Sello" is one of the standout tracks of this release.
19 Nov 12
Review: Canadian producer, Afternoons In Stereo, has been on hiatus since 2011, but it hasn't stopped his name appearing on a host of remixes of other acts ever since. Now the Athens-based Timewarp label has decided to collect the best of all these appearances in a one-stop-shop release. There are 11 top-notch tracks here. Some choice picks include the loungey bass grooves of "Growth Strategies", the reggae funk of "Jamaican", the retro ghetto stomp of "Step On", the almost electro-Bhangra of "Rose Of Ispahan" and the authentic disco workout "Funky Dog". A perfect stopgap release whilst we wait for this prolific producers new studio album, due 2013.
05 Nov 12
Review: Portland-based beatmaker AfroQBen (geddit?) modestly describes himself as "the funk master" and "a prolific producer in perpetual audio-visual motion". While that may be a little over the top, he's certainly delivered a solid debut album for perennial funksters Timewarp. As is his style, Liquid Gold offers sturdy, floor-friendly hip-hop jams in a variety of rudeboy styles. So, there are forays into afro-cuban funk-hop, dubstep and reggae, alongside a pleasing array of uptempo funk and soul jams. There's nothing particularly new about any of this, of course, but it's such a fun and well made album that it would be churlish to be too critical.
15 Oct 12
Review: Verneuil sur Seine native Stephane "Leon" Voituret has been part of the extended Timewarp family for some time. As a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, keys, bass), he's in a good position to fill his floor-friendly instrumental funk sketches with enough "organic" sounds to warrant further listening. This latest full-length for the funk-minded Greek label is full of warm and sunny sounds, and boasts tracks that fuse gritty guitars with warm Rhodes, snappy breaks and all manner of horns (saxophone and flute feature prominently). There are forays into Prince style purple funk, but for the most part Voituret sticks to the tried and tested funk-plus-breaks formula.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Spinforth, Timewarp, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Juno Recommends Dub, Basement Freaks
Review: Live outfit with a penchant for dub, Auditors Domination get the remix treatment on this re-rub compilation. Cherry picking the very best of their bulging roster, Timewarp have commissioned a collection of respectful reversions that each pay respect to the well-polished, organic live sound Auditors Domination have developed. Highlights include the deep space safari "Evolution Of The Cities" (Second Sky & Thomas Blondet remix) Ray Lugo's psychedelic samba flex on "Viejos Amigos" and Jayl Funk's upbeat party-blasting take on the title track.
17 Sep 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Valique, Trotter, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters
Review: Philips' slick live funkery gets the rubdown from a few familiar Timewarp players. With Tonkin's stark, emphatic voice still very much the primary focus throughout, all manner of dub vibes are carefully laced around his talents. Ranging from horn-heavy, synth-squiggling p-funk (MustBeat Crew's remix of "String Pusher") to super-smooth digi soul dub flavours (Auditors Domination remix of "Ill At Ease") via ruder, bass-heavy rubs by both Jazz K-Lippa and Maikon, Timewarp have excelled themselves commissioning such a rich tapestry of party joints. There's no snobbery around this badboy.
03 Sep 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Jimmythetwin, Timewarp, Dave Allison, Trotter, Superbreak, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Alessandro Otiz, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Alan De Laniere
Review: Following on from Leon's 2011 album The Man With The Ball Head, Timewarp now deliver a new collection featuring remixes of each song on the original LP. Dave Allison ups the title track's slickness for a cocktail-house workout, replete with shimmering keys and wavering flute. Elsewhere "Nice To Meet You" gets extra wah-wah and xylophones courtesy of Afternoons In Stereo, "It's Not A Dream" becomes a dreamy disco-funker via Trotter's remix and finally Leon himself remixes "A Jazz End" for a vintage Euro-jazz guitar-led hoedown!
27 Aug 12
Review: On previous outings, SR De Funk has joined forces with the brilliantly named Quincy Jointz. Here he goes solo, offering a clavinet-heavy chunk of toe-tapping breakbeat that somehow manages to fuse vocals pinched from Inner City's "Good Love" with a clavinet-heavy groove laden with live instrumentation. The aforementioned Quincy Jointz delivers an off-kilter remix that turns the jumpy original into a flamenco-meets-acid house head-nodder, while Jayl Funk provides the obligatory wobbly bassline breaks re-cut. There's also an excellent jazz-breaks rework by Los Cuanos Del Funk that re-casts the original as a loose-limbed chunk of Rhodes-heavy broken beat. A pleasingly diverse package.
13 Aug 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Timewarp, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Renegades Of Jazz
Review: Canadian outfit Afternoons In Stereo return after a brief hiatus with a new release that continues to showcase their retro/contemporary jazzy sound. Title track "Soul Sugar" is a breaks-driven affair featuring trumpets and old skool organs, "Driving To Montenegro" evokes memories of funk soundtracked 70s thrillers and also reappears in hypnotically remixed form by Cologne's Mr Confuse. "Blow' returns to their more familiar jazzy territory, neatly rounding off the package while also whetting appetites for the band's forthcoming new studio album.
29 Jul 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Jayl Funk, Quincy Jointz, Juno Recommends Dub, Basement Freaks
Review: A full-length album from the Timewarp funk/hip-hop masher, "Jointz Venture" sees producer Quincy Jointz mix sub-100bpm rhythms, bass and samples perfectly on tracks like the b-boy funk of "Back In Da Dayz", the dancehall-slanted "Bodyline" and the catchy electro of "Love In Return".
16 Jul 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Timewarp, Bmd, Chudy, Trotter, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Basement Freaks
Review: After a while away from the Timewarp label, Headson Groove returns with a bevy of sophisticated nu-disco winners. The funky '80s neon shimmy of "In a Funky Space", the brass-dominated "You Got To Believe" and the midtempo French electro stabs of "Move It" are all well worth checking out if hot new disco is your thing, while remixes from Basement Freaks and the Timewarp team add a more Balearic tinge.
02 Jul 12
Review: Based out of Washington, six-piece live disco band channel the best of late '70s funk on their latest for Timewarp Greece, "Push It". With Stevie-style clavinets vibing out with walking basslines and hi hat-heavy drums, "Push It" is a poppy and summery treat, nicely backed up with mixes from Kid Stretch and Gaspar.
13 Jun 12
Played by: Timewarp, Trotter, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Tosses & Varvez
Review: "War is ugly and love is lovely". Ladies and gentleman, we have ourselves some lyrics we can all identify with here. Mind you, with the title like "The Peace Song", the lyrics were hardly going to be "war is amazing and love is rubbish" now were they? A real beachside bomber, this; lean back as far as you can and immerse yourself in the deep slinky bassline, well executed toasting, live instrumentation and swinging house beats. There are remixes galore, too; Trotter & Timewarp extend the spiritual groove founded on the original, Bad Monkeys take it into vibrant funk pastures, E-Base & Paul Wish add the tech factor while Zamali gets his dub skank on. What a selection!
04 Jun 12
Review: Self-proclaimed "funk lover, crate digger and sometime beatmaker" Apedriod makes his debut, after years working dancefloors in his native Sweden. Given that it's his first outing, Banana Beats is incredibly assured, offering a slew of tracks that blend bright, jazz-flecked guitars and other organic funk elements with a variety of rhythms. Opener "Enter The Apedriod" is like jazz-funk in dub, while "Brotherman" opts for a warm, boogie-house flex. Nell Halford collaboration "Electric" delivers a dash of sunny-day soul, while "Latin Disco Lover" delivers a cheery, Only Child-ish take on instrumental disco-soul. Throw in some crackly funk rock breaks (see "Release The Funk" and "Wisdom Of Youth") and you've got a quietly impressive debut.
10 May 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Homegroove Project, Timewarp, Juno Recommends Funky House, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: It's all good and well declaring the launch of a party as your album title, but does Doctormusic Project's debut album really live up to its name? Well yes, it jolly well does. These fine funk and deep house grooves really would kick off a great shindig. What's more, this collection of great tracks won't just start the party; they'll sustain the session way into the wee hours. From the deep cosmosis of the opener "Space Funk" to the Stevie Wonder-style glitch house slinkery "Jumbo Eight" via the deeply trippy twisted soul number "Dubba' Kindly" this duo have got every hour of your next gathering locked down rather tightly indeed.
23 Apr 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Timewarp, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Quincy Jointz, Electric Boogie (Ism Midnight Riot)
Review: A sly and lovably quirky mix of stomping New Orleans jazz, breaks and funk comes courtesy of Timewarp's Medras, whose "Swim In Snow" chops and changes through various sequences yet never once loses the groove. Mixes from Niles Phillips and Jaz K Lipa add a pleasing, hip hop-esque alternative to the dynamic original.
23 Apr 12
Played by: Timewarp, DJ Stex, Trotter, Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Quincy Jointz, Alessandro Otiz, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Weighing in at a whopping 28 tracks, this follow up to Timewarp's hip-wigglingly funky debut compilation will take about four years to digest - as long as the follow up took to arrive. From bongo boogie-woogie ("Elpuma" - Afternoons In Stereo) and jazz-flavoured sunshine house (Trotter - "At The Pool") to low-swung sleazy breakbeat funk (Timewarp Inc - "Start With An A") and woozy Latin wig-outs (Auditors Domination - "Rempeto") this hefty party compendium more than makes up for the wait.
06 Apr 12
19 Mar 12
Review: Spanish DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mr Gagun makes his debut for Timewarp with an album bristling with horn-heavy groovery. Gagun's sound is heavily steeped in funk and soul, but also takes in hip-hop, jazz, swing, R&B, dub, ghetto-funk and the low-end pulse of contemporary bass music. It makes for a breezy, soulful set, similar in ethos (if not style) to much of the output of Brighton's Tru Thoughts label. There are plenty of floor-filling moments to enjoy, from the hectic jazz-dance beats of "Funky Dog" and the gorgeous Latin strut of "Mi Sello", to the expansive soul of "Giro Con La Vida" and horn-heavy breaks of "Set You Off".
01 Mar 12
Review: The second wave of "Diskonautik" remixes drops on Timewarp this week, with a new cast of remixers taking apart Dogo Argentino's funk-fuelled album in style. Among the ones to watch out for among the twelve tracks are Trotter's disco-rhythmed, Rhodes-driven remake of "Tell Me", Vida G's deep house treatment of "2 Minutes 2 Midnight" and Omegaman's tight nu-funk overhaul of the excellent "Destiny".
15 Feb 12
Played by: Bmd, Chudy, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Tosses & Varvez, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: BMD has been an established member of the extended Timewarp family since 2008, when he dropped his first funk-laden single, Refunked. Here he presents his debut album proper, a warm and fuzzy collection of snappy modern funk, horn-laden breaks, P-funk revivalism and woozy downtempo jams. Funked Up moves between tempos impressively, showcasing bright and breezy tracks that range from blisteringly quick to slow and loose. There are occasional forays into kitsch, 60s-style lounge funk (see the humorously titled "Keep Off The Brass") and bubbling, house-tempo groovery (the wah-wah guitar-laden "On A Roll"), but for the most part it's a whirlwind trip through floor-friendly funk breaks.
03 Feb 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: A debut release from Greek trio Auditors Domination, "Palace Of Light" is a feast of chilled, dubby production with downtempo trip hop and ethno-funk at the core of their sound. The twelve tracks take in influences from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, with relaxed jams such as stoner funk of "Throw The Stone" mixing with the Eastern swing of the deeply percussive "Rempeto".
24 Jan 12
Review: Marking his follow up on the Timewarp roster to 2010's Blaxploitation EP, German breaks masher Freethinker Funk Essence brings out the sunshine with this stylish new single. Laden with '70s funk tools such as fatback drums and wah-wah'd rhythm guitar, FFE tops it off with some Latin brass and Cuban piano parts to create a dizzying a hard-bopping dancefloor slayer. Yomakomba speeds up the tune for an excellent jazz-step remix, while Impuls goes the opposite way by slowing things down a touch for a deep and dubby overhaul.
12 Jan 12
Played by: Timewarp, Trotter, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, 7 Love Records, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: There's something delightfully different about this latest floorfiller from Greece's Timewarp label. On the face of it, "Power To Groove" is a fairly straightforward deep funk groover that's lifted by some George Benson-ish jazz guitar and a rather nice vocal. Yet listen carefully, and you can hear the swing of classic New York house in the beats and a touch of Kenny Dope in the production. The same can undoubtedly be said about "My Way (Nassau Theme)", which builds the action around a number of well-judged breakdowns. "Floorbreaker" layers up the percussion to take things up a notch, whilst "Hasta Simpare" is classic jazz-house with a delightful Cuban twist.
22 Dec 11
Review: Back with his second album for the funk heads at Timewarp, Leon impresses hugely with the elegant and smooth "The Man With The Ball Head". Taking in a real mix of styles and sounds, from the '70s flute-rocking funk of "The Date" to the garage rock-influenced title tune or even the sitar-aided trip hop of "Back To Bombay", Leon confidently lays down a cool, chilled set of beats in style.
28 Nov 11
Played by: Shantisan, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Timewarp, Gazeebo, Zamali, Trotter, Superbreak, DJ Steef, Mr Chombee, Jayl Funk, Elly K
Review: A large posse of Croatian musicians, who have played together in various formations since 1989, Dogo Argentino's Latin-orientated funk gets a full remix treatment on this new release from Timewarp. Various styles emerge, such as Flatwound's disco-tinged mix of DA's "Step On", Gazeebo's slo-Balearic take on "2 Minutes 2 Midnight" or good old-fashioned popcorn funk, as heard on Frankie Sinistra's pacey mix of "Daddy".
22 Nov 11
Review: Dutch beat-wrangler Niles Philips gets his breaks out on this latest release from Timewarp Greece. Recalling the Daptones or even Amy Winehouse's production on the vintage soul of "Ill At Ease", Philips enlists singer Tonkin to provide some dramatic, lovelorn vocals to the mix, repeating the formula on the Smoove & Turrell-esque "Nose Dive", while the studio funk of "Rascals of Funk" is given a scratch 'n' cut remix from the Timewarp crew.
09 Nov 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Homegroove Project, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Zamali, Los Charly's Orchestra, Trotter, Jayl Funk, John Devecchis, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Elly K
Review: Mixing funky breaks with plenty of soul, Belgian nu-funk wizard Zamali dazzles with the slow boogie soul and retro arpeggios of "Blue Mountains", provides warm jazz-funk textures on the bass-poppin' "Jah Youth" and gospel-reared breakbeat on the brass-splattered funk of "Accentuation".
20 Oct 11
Review: Two Sydney-based funk and disco heads, Jack Priest and Chris Soulos, make up Flatwound. who've play a blinder on this latest single from Timewarp. A true must-have for nu-disco and funky house fans, "Again" is a perfectly structured mix of driving funk guitars, softly softly house drums, filter vocals and an addictive flute 'n' synth line reminiscent of the great Roy Ayres. Valique's remix is just as arresting, crafting a huge build out of the parts, while Flatwound shine again on the beautifully dubby and Balearic slo-mo disco of "Kick Junior".
10 Oct 11
Review: Back after a long absence, funk outfit Timewarp Inc return with the slinky, sassy soul of "Yuil Disco Breaks". With a live version, recorded by the band as the Djtzinas & The Redgreen Wood Soundsystem, going up against more studio-bolstered, breaks-heavy mixes, as well as a cosmic rerub by Zamali, the funk shines through on each version on this tight single from Timewarp.
26 Sep 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Fort Knox Five, Zamali, Mr Chombee, Tosses & Varvez, Riddim Fruit
Review: From Hungarian collective The MustBeat Crew comes this new release on Timewarp: the mid-tempo, body-popping funk of "The Feedback". Bolstered by percussive guitar loops, scratches and huge shimmering chords, it's a delightful tune that sits nicely between the nu-disco and instrumental hip-hop racks. On a more breaks tip, Niles Phillips adds a bucket load of bass to his mix, while the Gemini Brothers get fresh on their Rhodes-heavy nu-funk workout.
06 Sep 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: The second collaboration between these two funkateers, "Tonight" is a slick '70s blaxploitation-themed stomper that's nicely aided by some studio beats that bolster the brass, guitars and sampled vocals underpinning the track. Lebrosk turns in a more hip-hop shaped revisit complete with plenty of dub-delay, while German nu-funk breaks powerhouse Telephunken delivers raw drums and simple sine synths on his commanding rejig.
18 Jul 11
04 Jul 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Gazeebo, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Chudy, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Quincy Jointz, Tosses & Varvez
Review: A new journey around German producer Quincy Jointz's Praia De Geriba album, with five new producers tasked with building on QJ's own brand of nu-funk breaks. Audio InFunktion remakes "Chicago" as a mean and menacing breakbeat wobbler, while "Hottie Party" is reduced brutally on Curv's mix to a set of brooding strings and 70s funk horns. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Gunta Kinte's treatment of "6 Million Ways To Swim" is a fast, frenetic and fun mix of 150bpm beats and jazz guitar that - weirdly - works wonderfully well. Fellow German nu-funk phenomena Jayl Funk also drops a more party-friendly take on "Chicago" - using chanking guitars and classic disco bass to drive it along nicely.
10 Jun 11
Played by: Timewarp, Gazeebo, Dave Allison, Trotter, Alexander Robotnick, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb)
Review: In the best traditions of music from warmer climes, "Something About You" is pleasingly slick and comfortable - like the best Naked Music output given a bubbly nu-disco makeover. There's a Downtempo Mix, which ditches the deep house beats in favour of more darting melodies and cocktail-sipping grooves. While pleasant enough, the real killers here are the remixes from Timewarp Inc and Trotter. The former's version builds the action around a delicious live bassline - think Crazy P sipping Mojitos - while the latter opts for snappier beats and a far more straightforward disco-funk vibe. It also includes a very cheeky sample from a classic disco record - see if you can spot it.
31 May 11
Played by: Shantisan, Timewarp, Gazeebo, Trotter, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Quincy Jointz, Joseph Terruel, Swamp Donkey, Miles Reverse
Review: Superb funky breaks from Timewarp's Leon, who combines disco brass samples with uptempo drums as well as some genius guitar playing - both electric and acoustic, in a Django Reinhart style no less - on "Da Gypsy Groovy". The Timewarp crew jump on board for a subtle, filter-fuelled remix which makes great use of those guitar skills, while Trotter's mix strips things down nicely for the floor and makes Leon's original a perfect tool for nu-funk DJs everywhere.
25 May 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: Slovakia's Yomakomba is an up and coming Slovak producer who seems to be finding his feet nicely on global beats label Timewarp - following up his debut EP with this new six-tracker for the Greek label. Mixing styles perfectly, there really is something for everyone on Summer Stories - the breezy ska of "Sundance Groove" for example, or the hints of Latin swing on "After Sun", the jazzy hip-hop of "Love Of The Happiness" and even a dub-influenced closer, courtesy of "Evening Moon". A treat of an EP and a perfect crossover between sampled sequences and live virtuoso playing.
03 May 11
Played by: Timewarp, Trotter, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb)
Review: Timewarp come through the debut full length from Croat cowbell enthusiasts Dogo Argentino with Diskonautik packed to the brim with ten tracks of live disco funk heat. This loose limbed collective of musicians specialize in a swift paced disco sound which even will encourage even the staunchest disco cynic to drop their shoulders. There"s more than a hint that catching Dogo Argentino perform these tracks live is the best way to experience them, however tracks such as "Daddy" and tightly wound flex of "Mr Groove" will sit nicely in any peak time disco set - with the intrinsic live sound a nice contrast to the dominant Ableton sound in today's disco/nu disco releases.
25 Apr 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
12 Apr 11