Review: Last year Greek label Carnibal took a risk and released a compilation featuring not their electro-swing and hip-hop sounds, but tunes with a Latin American influence. The risk paid off and now we have a new EP from DJ Inko. Originally one of the artists featured on the aforementioned release, here Inko has the freedom of four tracks to showcase his talents. It's a healthily, varied listen too, covering chirpy party anthems ("Te Quiero"), brassy Mexicana romps ("Abekabe"), feisty Brazilian house ("Mi So Bailar") and best of all the darkly hypnotic jungle body music of "Zulu".
Review: Mark Ronson can keep his Uptown Funk pastiche, because DJ Inko is here with some of the original stuff. "Big Brawl" features rolling bass and tight Prince-like guitar licks, "Alley Cat" fuses disco house with vintage clavinet driven boogie, "Buzzer" boasts bass of the elastic variety and wah-wah guitar overload for some flares-flappin' action and finally "Pusherman" adds some electronic funk to mix for real dancefloor demolition. Mark who, again?
Review: DJ Inko is Kostis Papatzimas: an international DJ and producer who was born in Greece and lives between London and Thessaloniki. He holds releases with Timewarp, Carnibal, Batov and Shango Records and he has been a resident and guest DJ in numerous bars, clubs and festivals in Europe, while he is currently a resident DJ at the Big Chill Bar in London. The new Super Freaks EP for Dirty Dubster is where he serves up some cheeky yet surefire edits that merge hip-hop swagger and attitude with big time funk phenomena: not to mention some big time breaks!
Review: Palov & Panama Cardoon launched Greek label Carnibal in 2012 and have been successfully 'shuffling the traditional sounds with the modern beats' ever since. Here on their 10th release they shift focus from the electro-swing and hip-hop approach of previous transmissions, concentrating on the sounds of Latin America instead. It's a tropical and topical romp too, with highlights including the hypnotic vintage cumbia haze of DJ Inko's "La Cadencia", the fizzing electro reggaeton of Vida G's "Cumbida" and the skewed disco-funk of "Orere" by Umoja.
Review: Despite being a staple on the Carnibal release schedules, this is the first non-compilation release for Panana Cardoon since Oye! back in 2011. Recent material included the breaky Eurodance of Bosporus Thief, but here on "Hasta La Wiggle" we get a different mix, including Latin shuffle-core ("Senor Pepe"), breaky vintage movie soundtrack funk ("Monica"), feelgood pop-reggae ("Upnaked") and even the reggaeton hip-hop hybrid "Don't Let Me Know".
Review: Greek nu-funk label Timewarp Music's annual compilation series reaches Volume 7. Fans of the label will know what to expect, then, but for everyone else it's the perfect chance to get acquainted. Indeed, you'll struggle to find a better 15-track snapshot of the contemporary funk scene this month, with tracks spanning the spectrum from Hammond jams like Streamer's 'Mamma's Funky Life' to the sunny jazz-funk of Ivan Blanusa's 'Loungin', with detours into Afro-funk (Vito Lalinga's 'African United Rhythm' and 'Fela Mania'), Latin grooves (JazzProfilactika's 'Calle De Cubo'), acid jazz (Koka Mass Jazz's 'Play The Game') and more.