Two albums for the price of one... Not only is this a fantastic showcase of Pimpsoul's mixing ability, DJ dynamics and selection skills, but, as individual tracks, Funk N Beats Volume 1 also acts as a great nu-funk collection. Joining the dots between formative genre-setters (Breakestra's "Cramp Your Style" and Skeewiff's "Feelin' Fine") to modern day dancefloor bangers (Rory Lyon's "I Got 5 On It" and Mr No Hands' "Feeling Fine") this touches every corner of the party-loving dancefloors. Nu-funk is riddled with label compilations but very few albums that reach further than in-house output. Big props to both Pimpsoul and Bombstrikes.
Pete Griffiths - "Speak The Secret" (feat Neve - Thomas Gold remix) - (7:18) 128 BPM
Various - "Toolroom Records Selector Series: 15 Federico Scavo/" (continuous DJ mix by Federico Scavo) - (1:11:57) 126 BPM
With Federico Scavo at the helm, this compilation showcases a tougher side of the Toolroom sound. The focus on DJ PP's "Broken Hips" is heavy tribal beats and a dark hoover bassline, while Siwell's "Tech This Out" is a more pulsing affair, full of FX- heavy build ups. Rene Amesz' "Ask Yourself", with its screeching vocals and major break downs, could be an update of Armand Van Helden's tough New York house sound, while Scavo himself delivers the rolling "House Music". It's not all hard-edged grooves though, and Scavo also drops "I Do", a deep house groove peppered with catchy vocal samples.
Veteran Ninja Tune artist Bonobo has been putting out seriously decent tunes pretty much since the birth of the highly regarded Late Night Tales compilation. It's amazing that they haven't crossed paths before, but with the release of this 33rd entry into the series, the time has finally come for Green to take us on his own nocturnal mission. This 21-track odyssey is seamlessly mixed but the unmixed tracks are also presented so we can enjoy highlights like the velvety soul of 'Didn't I", the hippy funk of "Flowers" and the distorted, fuzzy trap of "Gutter Glitter".