Review: Italy's masters of the Balearic re-edit return, with chief scalpel-wielder Enzo Elias successfully touching-up a trio of saucer-eyed classics. His penchant for dreamy old Italian deep house is well-known, so it's little surprise to see him reworking Morenas' tactile, twinkling "Hazme Sonar" (a production by the team who brought us "Sueno Latino"). Removing most of the original vocal and teasing out the action for maximum effect, Elias makes great use of the rolling piano lines and attractive bassline. Elsewhere, he successfully stretches out and rearranges Lady Bird's trumpet-laden deep house number "Jazzy Doll", and provides a thoroughly floor-friendly, peaktime rearrangement of Afrika Bambaata's piano-heavy 1990 hip-house jam "Just Get Up & Dance". It has "festival anthem" written all over it.
Review: The 80s electro force is strong in this one! Parisian producer serves up a retro-tastic cut featuring New York hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose "you are on my radar/I control your mind" vocal is alternately fed through a vocoder and served dry. The Original, Bonus Beats and Adesse mixes are pure nostalgia, Dimitri From Paris looks to Italo-disco and early Chicago house for inspiration on his remix, the Borussia Remix has a slightly more contemporary, footwork-y feel and Deen Abdelwahed's remix takes the track into more jagged indie-dance territory, like Nag Nag Nag had never closed.
Review: Showdown is the third album by 'internationally active' live funk ensemble, The Mighty Mocambos. Having built up a hugely popular reputation for sizzling live shows where they rework many classics in a deep funk style that often has an element of Caribbean steel drums. This album captures their repertoire perfectly and sees a plethora of guests appearing including Peter Thomas, Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk, Hektek, Deejay Snoop, Shawn Lee & Guillaume Metenier.
Review: Recently the 'godfather of hip-hop and today's best heavy funk band' (i.e. Afrika Bambaataa and The Mighty Mocambos), dropped jaws everywhere with their sizzling live funk-meets-rap anthem It's The Music. Now A Skillz & Stickybuds have stepped up to the plate to deliver their own take on the song. The result is a resounding success, with the original instrumentation largely swapped for a harder electro sheen. This is basically the song Uptown Funk should have been.