Review: Following the success of Shaka Loves You's previous compilations on Bombstrikes, the label has offered them the chance to launch a new series all of their own. Named in honour of their radio show and regular parties in Glasgow, Joints & Jams offers up a hugely entertaining (and largely floor-friendly) mixture of funk-fuelled hip-hop (Bastien Keb, Fort Knox Five, Andy Cooper), skanking reggae (The Nextmen and Gentlemen's Dub Club sing-along 'Done It Again'), flash-fried funk breaks (the Allergies), tropical goodness (DJ Nu-Mark's hook-up with Quantic), and various fusions of disco, boogie and funk (see the cuts from Kraak & Smaak, X-Ray Ted, Pablo & Shoey and Shaka Loves You themselves). The result is a brilliantly mixed-up collection of tried-and-tested dancefloor bombs.
Review: Earlier in the year, Afro-fired dancefloor fusionists Afriquoi returned to action after a three-year absence with Time Is A Gift We Share All The Time, one of their strongest and most vibrant EPs to date. Here they present an alternative take on the EP featuring four new reworks from some of their favourite producers. Hagan steps up first to turn 'Acid Attack' into a deep, soulful chunk of Afro-bruk brilliance, before Bruno Hovart delivers a brilliant Afro-disco-meets-jazz-funk style Voilaaa revision of 'Ndeko Solo' that's full of densely layered percussion and jazzy keys. The Parce remix of 'Bayeke' is an up-tempo, bass-heavy Afro-house shuffler, while Village Cuts offer a more organic, tropical-sounding house revision of Congolese guitar showcase 'Sam Sam'.