Review: Having recently proved his eclectic credentials with a full-length on major label offshoot Pedigree cuts, Brighton-based beatmaker Ewan Hoozami returns to his first love, namely party-hearty blends of breakbeat and ghetto funk for the effervescent Goodgroove imprint. There's much ammunition for funk-minded DJs throughout the eight tracks on display, from the bold pianos and Fatboy Slim-ish samples of "Can't Help It" and hustling straight-up funk of "High 'N' Mighty", to the parping horns and dense sc ratching of "B-Boy Sound" and sweet, summery, electro-swing inspired "You Are Soul". Hoozami also warms up his tonsils on "Ginger & Lime", which is also available in Dub form if you're not down with his cracked vocal delivery.
Review: West Country producer Ewan Hoozami recently relocated to Brighton in a bid to give his career a kick up the backside. It seems to have paid off, as this is his most rounded and developed production yet. Whereas previous releases have focused on funk breaks, "Skin Too Deep" is a slice of woozy disco-pop, complete with his own impassioned vocals. Mr Bird adds a little swing and heavier bottom end, making the most of Hoozami's funk-flecked guitars. Finally, Handprint & The Time Twins give the track a little more house flavour, while retaining the original synths, guitar and vocals.
Review: This should be considered something of a treat for funk breaks fans. In a bid to raise funds for the Love Music, Hate Racism charity, it gathers together tracks from both heavy hitters (Badboe, Fort Knox Five, Zamali etc) and lesser-known talents on one action-packed compilation. If this kind of party-rocking fun is your thing, it should be an essential purchase, not least because it includes some fine material. Check in particular Super Combo Funk's trad funk/P-funk fusion "I Don't Need No Dope", PulpFusion's fuzzy "Rockin Kids" and the wobble-step influenced "Boob Job" from Bristolian Ewan Hoozami, who happens to be the son of former England rugby player Alistair Hignell.