Review: You can most certainly tell we are moving into the height of summer as Daytoner steps out with a five track funk bonanza, courtesy of the Cabin Pressure Recordings team. Kicking off with the super groovy sounds of 'Salsational', which progresses pleasingly into the smooth pianos and call and response of 'Bang Bang'. Next, we move slightly more funky as the catchy vocal lines of 'Ye Mele' and the classic disco drum work of 'Comanche' wade into view. Finally, we finish off this very eclectic body of work with 'Bebo's Beat', pulling together Rat Pack style brass sections and subtle vinyl scratches for one hell of a finale.
Review: Two classy and authentic-sounding slices of 'new old' funk/soul here, coming from Daytoner, a Cornwall-based six-piece whose name should be familiar to most scene devotees following the success of their 2018 debut album 'Off The Hook'. 'My Sweet Baby' is an uptempo affair, reminiscent most immediately of the Dap Kings but with enough northern soul-like energy in the beats department to make it a safe bet for the mod clubs, too. 'Shout Love' plunders an altogether deeper, dirtier side of the 60s soul scene for inspiration, with gloriously raw Hammonds, blaring sax and testifyin' male/female soul vox.
Review: It's the third edition of Cabin Pressure Recording's Shedits series, which means we're involved with Daytoner laying down some utter truth in the form of blissfully raw dance edits spanning everything from 60s soul to 90s trip hop. "Apache Street" features that mythical break in action amid some ludicrously addictive singing, while "Moonstomping" goes off on a little ska trip, "Feel It" provides us with a gorgeous example of UK 90s house at its most break-heavy, and "I Feel It Like That" is the sexy sister of the bunch, a seductive soul excursion tailor made for the lovers. Bliss.
Review: A UK producer intent on perfecting the ultimate retro sunkissed sounds, Daytoner has been holed up in his studio fine-tuning the follow-up to 2012's Sunburst Radio. A recent stopgap EP saw the producer dabble with some re-edits, but the 13 new cuts on Synchronicity are all his own work. Highlights of the LP include the flute-laden, fruity funk of opener "Sauce Of The Nile", the saxy, Rhodesy disco glam of "Halo Moon" and the lounge-beats and cloud-of-pot-smoke that is "Half A Mansfield Please". A quality return from this elusive musician.
Review: Daytoner appeared on many a music lover's radar with album Sunburst Radio back in 2012. Since then he's gone underground, but now re-emerges into daylight with four feel good anthems. The sound of the EP is split right down the middle with "Stevies Stomp" being a raucous re-jig of Wonder's Uptight and "Smokin'" being a more bewitching take on similar 60s soul, whilst there's a rockier 70s sound in the second half. "Keiths Soup Thing" is big beat take on classic Stones and "Like Jumping" is an effervescent slice of jump up, pop-ska at its sunniest.
Review: Daytoner is a mysterious producer who resides in the far west of England and is obsessed with perfecting his vision of 60s-tinged sunshine music from his studio shed. This album features 15 tracks of warm, familiar, feel-good tunes, the highlights of which include the euphoric R&B-soul of "Little Soul", the retro bossa nova of "Benz Bargin Bin Bossa", the gentle "From The Root To The Fruit", the Motown-esque "Treat Me" and "Tell The World" which quite frankly sounds like the theme to retro TV show, Taxi!
Review: A shady character perversely in love with the light of 1960s production, Daytoner dispatches his retro bursts of American sunshine from his English shed. "Treat Me" appears to be concealing a cheeky bassline sample of The Four Tops' I Can't Help Myself (or similar) over which Lucy Richards lays down an impressive Aretha-style vocal. On remixes duties, Suonho turns out a stomping disco-funk version while Tenoshi opts for a good times ska-tinged workout.
Review: When he started his Renegades of Jazz project back in 2010, David Hanke described it as "an attempt to bring jazz back to the dancefloor". In essence, that means fusing live jazz playing - double bass, horns, keys, percussion - with grooves inspired by soul, funk and breakbeat. It's a successful formula, as this second full-length - an all-star affair featuring collaborations with many notable players and producers - more than adeptly proves. Highlights come thick and fast, from the Middle Eastern-tinged exotica of "Why Oh Why" and spiraling, bruk-tinged Diesler hook-up "Rokko Loko", to the skittering Hammond funk of "Little Hurricane" and early Dynamic Syncopation spy-funk thrust of "Chiffre's Henchmen".
Review: Almost one year ago exactly, 'international funk barons', Beatnik City introduced us to their first selection of sensitively retouched northern souls gems on the first volume of this occasional series. Now having fully ingested all the goodness contain therein, we're ready for the next helping. There are ten new wonders to get lost in here. Highlights include hearing The Spinners' timeless melodies given a light and breezy Latin makeover on "Disco Shame", BadboE's smokin' breaks rework of a Velvelettes classic on "Breaking Down Motown" and finally Leygo's percussion-lead stomper, "Feels Good".
Review: From their recent online musings, it seems that the award-winning Scour Records seem to be as equally fond of the other type of swinging as they are the style of music they've done so well at releasing thus far. Thankfully here we're only about the music and what a lot of it there is on Scoured Swing Vol 1. Here label owner DJ Spinforth selects eight of the best new jams around. Highlights include the classy, laid back opener "About Me" by The Fritz, the dubstep-meets-Charleston vibes of "Swingers" by Father Funk and the epic electro-swing monster "Cufflinks & Caviar" by Tuxedo Junction.
Review: Crate digging in the Northern Soul scene is the gift that keeps on giving - an endless quest for rarer and rarer gems. Here Beatnik present a new collection that features nine classic Motown and Northern Soul cuts which have been sensitively retouched by some contemporary talent. Highlights include the celebratory, fizzy soul jam "Soul On Fire" by Shaka Loves You (yes, the one sampled by Beyonce), a Junkie XL-style makeover of Martha & The Vandellas on "Nowhere To Go" and Mak & Mr Bristow's muscled up take on The Rascals - "Olympic Lovin".
Review: Should you want to turn your place into a swinging cantina let Beatnik City's first release of The Latin Leaks be your soundtrack, and slam those tequila's to "Uhh! Ahh". There's some sampled Wu Tang thrown in among a clamour of drums in "Shimmy Cumbia", while tempos are lowered in "Lift Ma Soul". For some electro-swing vibes check out "Golden Boy" and get tropical on "Real Smooth". Consider your next fiesta sorted!
Review: For this, their inaugural release, Beatnik City round up a pan-international squad (including British, Italians and Brazilians) in what proves to be a great homage to 'the world's sexiest city'. There's seven tracks here - all of which look back to the hazy golden 1960s and conjures up vintage Copacabana vibes through a combination of salsa and Latin loungey sounds and melodies all welded to tougher modern breaks for a contemporary slant.