Review: There are two things you need to survive in life - music and puns. Sheer, unashamed, silly puns. Willy's got both; his chucklesome name giving birth to the forthcoming album title Bardcore. We approve. You'll have to wait until later in the month for that, in the meantime chow down on this fine album track. Featuring the syrup-toned legend from Freak Power, Ashley Slater, "Avatar" is a dreamy, squelchy nu funk nugget with instant heart-melt potential. Prime material timed perfectly for any sunshine sets you've got coming up, it's complemented by a deeply trippy rub from Jazz-Magz Avatari and a soulful D&B flex via Slim Blue.
Review: Every bass fan's favourite gateau blaster returns with four firing slices of fondant funk and fury; Both "On" and "Jib Jab" take us right back to the turn of the century big beat/breakbeat conversation, the former with bone-snapping acid stomps, the latter with stuttering funk a la JDS. "Walking In The Rain" brings us back to the future by way of sleazy mid-tempo glitch funkery and a sexy vocal from Scarlett Quinn. Finally "Supercell" takes us deep into the heart of 2007 when Plump DJs and Ils were ruling; rolling, suitably twisted and fuelled with detailed FX and samples. Hotter than a spiced cherry sponge baked by Mary Berry herself.
Love, Sex & Music (The Supermen Lovers remix) - (5:39) 116 BPM
Love, Sex & Music (Maxamillion remix) - (3:31) 120 BPM
Love, Sex & Music (Catcat remix) - (3:15) 113 BPM
Love, Sex & Music (Binaryfunction remix) - (6:56) 120 BPM
Love, Sex & Music (Sean Ovenden remix) - (6:08) 110 BPM
Love, Sex & Music (Catcat remix extended) - (4:56) 113 BPM
Review: Internationally acclaimed French DJ Charles Schillings presents his new single "Love Sex And Music". Schillings has been associated with Follentez for a while - this veteran French DJ and producer has held residencies at prestigious clubs like Queen in Paris and radio shows on FG and Radio Nova. For this lo-slung and discofied funk groove, he teams up with lifelong musician Ashley Slater. His numerous list of credits include working with such revered acts as Style Council and Rolling Stones, plus collaborations with Fatboy Slim and Dimitri from Paris, It comes with a fine array of remixes from the legendary The Supermen Lovers who take the track down a deeper and sexier route, Maxamillion's rework adds more dancefloor dynamics and soul, while CatCat go for a woozy indie-dance vibe.
Review: It looks like All Good Funk Alliance's Super HiFi label has struck gold with this cheery, electrofunk influenced summer jam from Rory Hoy and former Freak Power vocalist Ashley Slater. The original, which benefits greatly from Slater's distinctive vocals, is the kind of cheery, Chic-influenced mid-tempo jam that sounds like it would cause commotion on festival dancefloors. The remix package is hefty, too. All Good Funk Alliance lead the way with a rubbery electrofunk-meets-nu disco slammer, while House of Phonk turn it into a French Touch influenced house banger. Best of all, though, is DJ Bone's rework, with re-casts the original as a choppy slab of slap bass-heavy P-funk revivalism.
Review: Four tracks from the occasional duo of Prosper (French producer Romain Coolen) and Stabfinger (Italy's Nicola Atlan) get the remix treatment. 'Get Out Of My Life', as remixed by Loo & Placido, fuses blues, Caribbean and hip-hop influences into an unlikely whole that works better than you might expect, while the Loils & Fruckie remix of the same track drops the steel drums and has a kind of robotic funk vibe. AGFA & Trotter's mix of 'Drive By Pony' has a Plumps-ish feel, with the rap vocal st-st-st-st-stuttered up to the max, before the Kibosh mix of 'Fire My Pony' completes the EP on more of a straight-up funk tip.
Review: Following a whole host of remix projects (including an album of their remixes as well as collections of others remixes of them), Hungarian duo Savages Y Suefo are back with a new original tune, "Revolution". Featuring a gruff pseudo-comedy rap from Ashley Slater, (imagine Grover with an attitude problem), the track is a catchy sing-and-dance-along that's fun, light and easily accessible but also bears a message. Their old pal Mr Bird also rocks up to deliver his own rework - a retro funk-rock-house hybrid that'll get you moving in parts you didn't even know you had!
Review: Unhappy with the amount of re-edits and mash-ups in the nu-disco scene, Timewarp are doing something about it! That 'something' is the Lemon Sorbet series of mixes curated by the one and only Quincy Jointz. Featuring some of the finest original compositions, many until now unreleased, from leading nu funk artists. Highlights of volume 5 include the retro new jack urban beats of Jointz own Flashbaxx remix, Ashley Slater (Freak Power)'s low-slung and slinky Al Green cover "Stay Together" and the cool, slap-bass heavy, Latino disco jam "New York To Brasil" by DJ Colour C2. Who said originality was dead.
Review: German DJ/producer Quincy Jointz has been strutting his funky stuff behind the decks since 2003. He's struck up a close bond with Greece's Timewarp in particular, so much so in fact that he's back with his fourth mix album for them! "Lime Sorbet Vol IV" sees the guy condense 18 tracks into an hour-long mix, which is quite a journey indeed. The individual tracks are also included here in full, highlights of which include the Junkie XL-ish "Pray", the bouncy electro-pop meets retro rap of "Summertime (remix)" and the electro-funk-breaks of "Do You Want More Ah".