Review: Kicking around for ten-plus years in the inter-continental jazz scene is German ensemble The Bahama Soul Club who breathe new life into their project with a new album, Bohemia After Dawn! It presents the outfit's fifth studio LP which this time finds its spirit through the coastlines of Algarve where it was recorded. Drawing deep inspiration from the multicultural verve of young worldly folk drawn to the bohemian coasts of the most southwestern part of Europe - where hippiesque hedonism, infinite musical diversity, and offbeat enchanted lifestyles fuel the scene - downtempo percussion, subby beats and strong vocals ultimately meet in tracks like "Castelejo (Hommage E Vitor Hugo)". Highly relaxed, uber-cool and with a surprisingly fresh and sweet summer sound, Bohemia After Dawn delivers a unique blend of soul, jazz, funk, blues, bossa nova and multicultural sounds.
Review: German funk-soul-Latin-jazz combo Bahama Social Club team up with Ethiopian-Cuban vocalist Arema Arega here, and the result is an EP that's purpose-built for sashaying around outdoor terraces as sweltering days turn inexorably into steamy nights. Three mixes to choose from: in its Original form, 'Mango' is a lounge-y, Latin-y soul/disco cut, the Club Des Belugas Bossa Remix takes us down the bossa nova route and TheEEs Reggae Mix similarly does what it says on the tin. We suspect the latter rub is likely to pick up the most non-specialist plays, while the other two are sure to find favour with the likes of Peterson, Scruff and Snowboy.
Review: Jalapeno Records present a 17-track V/A collection of contemporary funk grooves, all of which have been given a makeover by Smoove, of Smoove & Turrell fame. There are some big names from the 'new old' funk scene represented (Haggis Horns, Nicole Willis, Smoove & Turrell themselves) but as you might expect from the label it's on, the emphasis is more on party-hearty funk breaks/funk-hop than out-and-out 60s/70s revivalism. Renegades Of Jazz's 'Fire' with its wukka-wukking geetar and guest rap vocal from The Allergies is one standout, King Bee's O'Jays-biting 'Money Gone' another, but dive on in and find your own faves...
Review: Nelly Simon and ChinChin cofounder Juergen Kausemann's ZoulZoulectric let rip with their second long player and once again it's a vibrant, far reaching affair that digs deep into the timeless musical melting pot to create a powerful alluring fusion of funk, jazz, swing and all things in between. A party from start to finish, highlights include the smoky dulcets and late night upbeat momentum of "He Killed Capoty", the ballroom swoons and toe to toe duet of "Too Late To Tango", the delicate introspection and gentle jacks of "Bad Days", a brand new sleazy funk take on their awesome Nancy Sinatra cover "These Boots Were Made For Walking" and the loose limbed feels and woozy horns of "Black African Jack". Complete with a range of remixes, too, this is an exceptional sophomore that adds to their already strong funk cannon.
Review: German live ensemble, The Bahama Soul Club, recently released their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, where they paid homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K". Now its time for the remixes, and there's 18 of them! Artists as diverse as Smoove, Opopolopo and Postive Flow all contribute by adding funk, house and soul to all the Latin Jazz, Bossa and Boogaloo vibes goin' on.
Review: Hailing from Germany, The Bahama Soul Club are a sensational live act featuring a full 7-piece orchestra. Here on their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, they pay homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K. Over the course of 13 exotic tracks they take the listener on a free spirited ride through rumba, Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo (with a little sprinkling of dark and sensual Tiki and Exotica for good measure)
Review: One time funk/breaks producer turned party edit king, Valique, is not one to be burdened with the responsibilities that come with artistic credibility. This guy just wants to have a good time, and here on V-Shaped, a compilation of some of his best remixes, he provides 12 demonstrations of this philosophy. Highlights include his deliciously dreamy synth-disco rework of Kraak & Smaak's "How We Gonna Stop The Time", the accelerated swing/jazz minimal house of the "Dark Jazz Dub" by Nekta and his tough electro-funk remix of "Disco Life" by Basement Freaks. An impressive back catalogue indeed!
Review: They say it's only a matter of time before America eventually closes in on Cuba and renders it Disneyfied. Well, with that eventuality in mind, it's recommended you check out this record ASAP as a great reminder of the authentic sound of old Cuba. The Bahama Soul Club were spawned from the creative team around Oliver Belz and aims to creative 'a delicious clash of Soul, Jazz and Latin with a vintage feel'. Here, on their third studio album, they've gone and done it! Highlights include the sassy "Moaners", the lean, mean "Cuervo Gold" and the quirky "Broken Piano".
Review: A one-man powerhouse of studio funk, Adam Gibbons' Lack of Afro alias has amassed an enormous catalogue of remixes and rarities in a relatively short space of time. On this Freestyle compilation, some of his most dynamic funk, Latin and boogaloo-shaped makeovers are here to savour, such as his extension of the Hot 8 Brass Band's "It's Real" or the more disco-slanted rejig of Kraak & Smaak's "Squeeze Me".