Review: Having cut his teeth on Tru Thoughts, veteran soulful beatmaker Diesler moves on to pastures new with his 5th long player, Sounds Familiar, on A Little Something Recordings. Don't worry though, the clue's in title with the album boasting 12 nu-funk jams that are just as good as the old stuff. Highlights here include the deep and percussive future-soul vibes of "Human When You Dance", the very topical and tropical electronic baile funk of "Gold In Rio" and the rolling bass boogie locomotive "Soho To Brighton". This time round familiarity breeds content(ment).
Review: Diesler is Jonathan Radford from Burnley near Manchester. He's a producer and DJ that's been long affiliated with Tru Thoughts and Freestyle Records, in addition to being label manager for A Little Something Recordings. He presents his new single "Red Light" featuring homegirl Afrika Fuentes here. It is a groovy serving of deep and soulful nu-jazz with Fuentes amazing vocals taking centre stage. The remix up next by Greek nu-disco hero George Kelly (from Chopshop) is more streamlined for the dancefloor on this straight-up deep house makeover, with some strict garage rhythms to get the message through. It also comes with a handy dub version for those of you less keen on the vocals, plus an instrumental version of the original.
Review: Last year Diesler raised eyebrows by releasing his 5th long player, Sounds Familiar, on A Little Something Recordings instead of his traditional home of Tru Thoughts. The switch did him good - producing a well-received album with a new sense of adventure. The latest single to be taken from the LP is "Human When We Dance": a sultry jazz-funk groove-a-thon that sounds like a house band providing the good vibes in a run down beach bar in some tropical location. Jack & Jointz meanwhile deliver a slinky rework that sounds like early Duran Duran on downers (a good thing btw).
Review: In just a little bit of break from the norm, veteran producer Diesler recently departed his home stable Tru Thoughts and released his 5th long player, Sounds Familiar, on A Little Something Recordings instead. His nu-funk mojo remained intact though and the album boast 12 of his best. One of which was "Caught Counting", a bewitching tin-pot shuffle featuring the vocals of Lizzy parks and Azaxx. It now been highlighted as single material complete with a neat bonus mix too - a brassy, electro-swing style rework by Sam Redmore that comes in both full vocal and instrumental versions.
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: As you might extrapolate from the title, Riot In Lagos is Midnight Riot's tribute to the endearing influence of African dance music. In typical style, this is achieved through a blend of contemporary productions, sample-heavy cuts and edits of original African material. The standard is impressively high throughout, with little in the way of fluff or filler. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the inspired deep house/Afro-disco fusion of Mena & Melgado's "African Food", the rich deep house bump of Yam Who's "How We Do", the dense percussion and glistening guitars of Drop Out Orcherstra's Candido tribute, "Jin Go La", and the pitched-down, Fela-in-dub chug of Hober Mallow's "Egbe Mi O". Oh, and Jonny Walters' hypnotic Afro-boogie shuffler "Jam Bo Ree".