Review: Sound Exhibitions have been firing forth a near-constant salvo of funk bullets lately, with this one a three-tracker from DJ Moy that blends traditional and contemporary funk elements with ease. In the more 'trad' camp there's 'Break On', an unhurried instrumental with geetar micro-chops, organ chords and a lolloping backbeat. 'Akher', up next, rides a hip-hop-style beat with throbbing synth-bass, augmented occasionally by squelchy pads and a touch of flute, while finally there's 'Space Bass', a far more lively disco-funker with some fine slap bass, guitar wails and the EP's only vocals (in the form of a few random oohs and aahs).
Review: What would Sound Exhibitions do without chief resident DJ Moy? Here is again having already worked up a sweat on this week's Retro Funk Part 3. On Know You Like The Way We Get Down", he broadens the emphasis beyond the former's 1970s focus. "Funkoick" edits down a synthy, digital funk jam from about 1985 and turns it to a shimmering dubby workout, next "Feels Good" is all about crisp electro soul, whilst the title track takes a searing guitar riff, loops it over a thumping house kick and throws in some wayward sax to up its Balearic credentials.
Review: DJ Moy is a trooper. He is the guy in the Sound Exhibitions engine room working around the clock to keep the whole thing going. Don't believe us? Well this week alone he has two important releases on the label. The first of the aforementioned two releases is Retro Funk Part 3, a three-track mini-comp that concentrates on revitalising long lost gems from the er, retro funk genre. First up is "Funk Floor", a viciously funky 70s clavinet attack, followed swiftly by the tight and quirky elastic boogie of "Super Funk" and the warm and lazy grooves of closer "Hot".
Review: Like many artists on this Italian label, there's very little info available on DJ Moy (Google searches produce a Chinese tech blogger and a Californian wedding DJ, neither of which we can assume is this DJ Moy). However, what we do know is that he is responsible for none other than the Space Disco EP and has been delivering installments of his Destination Funk series each month since January. March sees the arrival of Pt 3, and he's still on top form - presenting three breaks-packed retro 70s style funk-hop joints.
Review: DJ Moy is a prominent member of Italian label Sound Exhibitions roster, consistently delivering painstakingly woven funk productions for dancefloors everywhere. Although some might argue that Moy's style is too rooted in the 90s break-funk scene, but it's a formula that works for a lot of people. Here we get four new cuts beginning with the bluesy, sampled heavy grind "AR75", "Bluse On The Funk" is an extended funk-rock workout, "My Afro Bluse" is a lazy, dubby Sunday shuffle and "ACM90" wraps up proceedings with some meaty big beat, guitar solos and extra helpings of clavinet-led grooves.
Bluse On The Funk 2 (instrumental) - (3:25) 118 BPM
Future Bluse - (3:25) 63 BPM
Naked Funk - (2:50) 129 BPM
Bluse On The Funk 2 - (2:50) 118 BPM
Review: DJ Moy is responsible for a high percentage of the Sound Exhibitions family's output. His latest thing is the Blues On The Funk series, which he kick started in September. Now we have part two and again it's packed full of fashion-defying retro soul and funk gems. The title track is a laid-back affair, with a meandering bassline, loose beats and dubbed out vocals (also here in instrumental form), "Future Blues" is a livelier jam that plays on the classic Peter Gunn Theme riff and "Naked Funk" is just that - stripped down breakbeats, tight bass and wah-wah freakouts. Classic stuff!
Review: The sound of Afro-funk is alive and well, as this four-track EP from DJ Moy ably and amply demonstrates! 'L'Afrikano' opens proceedings, a heady cocktail of Afro, funk, Balearic and house influences. 'Superfunk' is more in classic 70s funk mode and could have been lifted straight from a blaxploitation soundtrack with its fat, squelchy bass, vocal shouts and twittering flutes, 'Afrojazz' does such a good job of describing itself in a single word that's there's probably no need to say much more except "listen to it, cos it's great!" and finally there's 'The Dance Floor', a deep percussion and woodwind groove for the dancers.
Review: An Italian DJ at the very heart of the Sound Exhibitions roster, DJ Moy is a leading expert on all things funky. Here on his latest missive, Cosmic Funk, he presents two different sides of his production approach. The eponymous title track sees him venture out into the stratosphere and beyond with a curious take on space-age boogie, featuring furious Afrobeat percussion, delayed guitar stabs and a killer squelchy bassline. On the digital flip though, he turns in a quality slice of uber-90s jazzy hip-hop on "Mia", which is full of organic sounds - live drums, warm piano and soulful vocals.
Review: For the latest Sound Exhibitions missive, label regular DJ Moy sticks with tradition teaming up with compilation pal Funk O'YA. It's almost a year since their last instalment and they've amassed some serious artillery in the interim. The blunt title of "Funk Beat" sums up the tune perfectly featuring loops of wah-wah guitar, loose 70s percussion and raw and low bass. "The Trip" is pure Moon Safari-style 60s retro grooves and lastly "Destinations 9" is a sizzling disco-house roof-raiser!