Review: More scrumptious sonics from the Polish party crew, the fourth volume of Tru Funk's "Tasty Beats" series sees old friends and new lay down five sizzling jams that will guarantee unified butt-shaking. New faces Bruno Borlone and Boogie Mike lay down a Spanish rap funk jam "I Like The Party", DJ Axe pays homage to Nice & Smooth and Curtis Blow, ElectroGorilla reach for the lazers with the euphoric breakbeat flexor "Funky Beast" and Rory Hoy and Saxon Scoundrels get busy on a classic rock and swashbuckling drum vibe with "Bouncin & Rockin". Finally The Beat Selecta boldly fixes up the classic Batman theme tune on a D&B with - quite cleverly - Hijack's "Badman Is Robbin" rap originally sampled by DJ Supreme. Holy bootlegs!
Review: Continuing their forays into the world of yesteryear grooves unabated, those pesky hell-dwelling Lumberjacks are at it again, this time drafting in O Boogie and Red Greg for some disco funk finesse for the smoothest get-downs. O Boogie is up first, leaning heavy on a rich piano hook that hammers lower register chords over an incessant disco tick, while evergreen track "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" gets re-versioned in such a floor-burning fashion you'll need asbestos boots just to get out alive. Red Greg's "Inner Rhythm" plies familiar tropes into a sweet instrumental groove that makes all the right moves.
Review: Back in the day, Crispin J Glover was one of British dance music's most prolific producers, delivering tracks to labels under a variety of aliases. For proof, check out this superb retrospective, which showcases two decades worth of productions for such labels as Nuphonic, Paper Recordings, Junior Boy's Own and Back 2 Basics. That much of the material, which also includes more recent collaborations with Ray Mang and Yam Who, still resonates is testament to the quality of Glover's production. Standouts include "Body Rockin" (a dubwise, disco-flecked house) and the lolloping, jazz-funk-goes-disco-house bounce of "Loose Booty". Elsewhere, the grooves and workouts are pleasingly varied, but all connect in some way to classic house, disco, funk or boogie. In other words, it's a party-starting collection of bona fide goodtime grooves.
Review: Here we have the latest offering from Future Funk, a label focusing on showcasing the freshest new school funk and breakbeat originals, here offering up two very colourful original creations. First of all we peep ElectroGorilla and his inspired creation 'Samba Da Sa', an ever evolving breaksy bundle of fun, combining electro bass sounds with authentic vocal slices and interweaving grooves. Next up, the Funky Boogie Brothers slow the pace with their more choppy original 'Check It Out Now', focusing more heavily on vocal sampling and a more stripped back bass pattern, giving us a really nice contrast.