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The Spy Of Mrs Lee - (5:38) 120 BPM
   
Record Store - (3:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Quentin's Lost Movie - (4:30) 111 BPM
Review: Freethinker Funk Essence takes his time, never rushing to release stuff, nice n easy, totally chilled in a 70s sort of way. Unsurprisingly these 70s attitudes don't stop there, with the music firmly planted in the era of giant flares, chopper bikes and polyester shirts. Pretty every song on this here EP sounds like incidental music from classic cop show Starsky & Hutch: "The Spy Of Mrs Lee" is a suspense-filled shuffle with chiming keys, echoey wah-wah and baggy drums. Elsewhere "Record Store" is swaggering boogie strutter and "Quentin's Lost Movie" is a soft n' sensual see-through-negligee of a tune.
MBCD 041
01 Feb 17
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Haight Ashbury - (4:09) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Walk In The Park - (4:35) 102 BPM
   
Saturday Morning Traffic - (4:59) 120 BPM
Played by: Clairvo (MustBeat)
Review: We've not heard from German funkateer Freethinker Funk Essence since March. Perhaps he was as his own song goes, Too Drunk To Funk. Anyway its great to have him back rustling up three slices of steaming retro pie, with grooves excavated straight from the 70s. "Haight Ashbury" is all night walkin' in old San Francisco to the strains of wah-wah heavy funk, the stomping "Walk In The Park" incorporates bluesy slide guitar riffs and a brooding Tex Mex atmosphere, before "Saturday Morning Traffic" is more of a rolling jam with vintage organ chugs and layers upon layers of live instrumentation.
MBCD 039
03 Nov 16
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Summertime - (4:14) 125 BPM
   
Summertime (Yomakomba Latino Sun remix) - (3:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Summertime (Apedroid remix) - (6:01) 81 BPM
   
Summertime (Impuls remix) - (4:55) 103 BPM
Review: Marking his follow up on the Timewarp roster to 2010's Blaxploitation EP, German breaks masher Freethinker Funk Essence brings out the sunshine with this stylish new single. Laden with '70s funk tools such as fatback drums and wah-wah'd rhythm guitar, FFE tops it off with some Latin brass and Cuban piano parts to create a dizzying a hard-bopping dancefloor slayer. Yomakomba speeds up the tune for an excellent jazz-step remix, while Impuls goes the opposite way by slowing things down a touch for a deep and dubby overhaul.
TMDG 092
24 Jan 12
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Dawn - (3:43) 88 BPM
   
Candy Store - (4:17) 113 BPM
   
Funk Longboard Crew - (4:36) 115 BPM
   
1968 - (4:12) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MBCD 050
28 Jun 18
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Super Femen - (5:21) 120 BPM
   
Disco Queen - (3:37) 115 BPM
   
Cool Breeze - (4:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Only One - (4:31) 100 BPM
   
First Love - (4:10) 115 BPM
KRK 070
25 Nov 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Blaxploitation (original mix) - (5:32) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blaxploitation (Jazz K Lipa remix) - (3:25) 128 BPM
   
Blaxploitation (Mr Gagun remix) - (7:08) 131 BPM
   
Watermelon Boogie Man (original mix) - (5:02) 128 BPM
TMDG 065
22 Oct 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Emanuelle - (4:43) 120 BPM
   
Raspberry Jam (Spoon In The Bossa mix) - (4:02) 120 BPM
   
Emanuelle (stereo 77 remix) - (3:51) 118 BPM
   
Emanuelle (Mister T remix) - (4:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: German groove aficionado Freethinker Funk Essence plays a mean sunshine game with two delicious bossa blends. "Emanuelle" is built up around two distinct elements; a sparkling nylon string arpeggio and a snake-like conga roll. The result is a beautiful sunset jam that should keep you warm as the temperatures drop. "Raspberry Jam" taps into the soulful house roots for inspiration. Coming on strong like a Reel People jam with its dominant piano riff and flickering guitar tones, it's quite similar to Marcus Nikolai's "Bushes" from way back in the turn-of-the-century day. Remix-wise Stereo 77 and Mister T fire shots. The former gets their acid house stutter on with some shimmering churchy tones while the latter adds a juicy organic funk swing and array of dubby effects. Tasty.
MBCD 028
22 Sep 15
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Breakfast In Bushwick - (3:46) 56 BPM
   
Wanderlust - (2:45) 59 BPM
   
Be Leavin' (feat Sanaz) - (3:35) 55 BPM
   
Weed In My Pocket - (3:06) 128 BPM
   
Psych Out - (3:52) 120 BPM
   
Dust On My Shoes - (5:14) 118 BPM
   
On A Sunny Morning - (3:42) 119 BPM
   
The Traveler (feat DJ Clairvo) - (4:15) 115 BPM
   
Bus Station - (3:42) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Countryside (Topanga edit) - (2:34) 60 BPM
MBC 048
09 Nov 17
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Walk In The Park (Funkanizer remix) - (4:10) 153 BPM
   
Saturday Morning Traffic (Omegaman & Kris Ramea) - (5:36) 60 BPM
   
Walk In The Park (Frankee More remix) - (3:39) 53 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MBCD 045
25 May 17
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The Revenge Of The Pusher - (3:28) 111 BPM
   
Too Drunk To Funk - (4:22) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hot Sole Funk - (3:45) 115 BPM
   
Funky Bitch - (3:54) 120 BPM
Review: Germany's funk fanatic Freethinker Funk Essence has cooked up four new steaming slices of boogie pie for all the groove starved souls out there. "The Revenge Of The Pusher" kicking things off with some accelerated rock guitar riffs, undulating organ work and Sly Stone style vocal snippets. Elsewhere "Too Drunk To Funk" is the sound of trumpets, bass and clavinets having a threesome whilst a funky drummer looks on and "Hot Sole Funk" updates the formula with sparse beats and plenty of modern attitude. Finally "Funky Bitch" is an all-out 60s Austin Powers style boogie down.
MBCD- 032
24 Mar 16
Breakbeat
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Stuntman - (4:10) 100 BPM
   
Grindhouse - (4:41) 120 BPM
   
Darcy's Mugshot (feat Doc Wenz) - (4:07) 120 BPM
   
Miss Diamondback - (3:30) 55 BPM
   
I Came From The Mountain - (3:08) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Picnic - (4:02) 100 BPM
   
Highway Romance - (3:06) 94 BPM
   
Not Everey Farewell Means Goodbye - (4:23) 110 BPM
   
Driving In The Sun - (3:37) 120 BPM
FFE 001
02 Aug 19
Funk
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Breakfast In Buschwick - (3:46) 56 BPM
   
Wanderlust - (2:45) 59 BPM
   
Be Leavin (feat Sanaz) - (3:35) 55 BPM
   
Weed In My Pocket - (3:06) 64 BPM
   
Psych Out - (3:52) 120 BPM
   
Dust On My Shoes - (5:14) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
On A Sunny Morning - (3:42) 119 BPM
   
The Traveler (feat DJ Clairvo) - (4:15) 115 BPM
   
Bus Station - (3:42) 113 BPM
   
Countryside (Topanga edit) - (2:34) 60 BPM
MBCD 048
08 Jan 18
Funk
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Various
   
Timewarp - "Bullshit" - (4:57) 105 BPM
   
Funky Destination - "The Inside Man" (Valique Boogie tech remix) - (5:54) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Leon - "Get That Groove" - (4:16) 126 BPM
   
The Gemini Bros - "Jocko" - (5:52) 123 BPM
   
Timewarp - "To The Bone" (Discoteka mix) - (4:59) 125 BPM
   
Trotter - "Two Clicks Away" - (6:11) 123 BPM
   
Alessandro Otiz - "Midnight Grooves" - (6:32) 125 BPM
   
Savvas - "A Chance On Me" - (6:10) 112 BPM
   
Lego Boy - "Going Back" (feat Olga K) - (4:36) 110 BPM
   
Yomakomba - "Waiting For K" - (5:12) 112 BPM
   
Freethinker Funk Essence - "Tequila & Mujeres Dub" - (4:07) 125 BPM
   
Yomakomba - "Long Night Runnin" - (5:21) 112 BPM
   
George Kelly - "High Volume" - (4:54) 110 BPM
   
Lego Boy - "Going Back" (instrumental) - (4:36) 110 BPM
KRK 055
06 Aug 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Chudy - "See You Soon" - (3:45)
   
DJ Axe - "Ready To Roll" - (5:20)
   
DJ Kid Stretch - "It's On" - (5:11)
   
DJ Rudd & Skandi - "Same Girl" - (3:44) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Freethinker Funk Essence - "Hot Pants Girl From Outer Space" (feat Rayna MC) - (4:04)
   
Jazz 'N' Jiggy - "Get Up" - (4:56)
   
F-Block - "Stop & Breathe" - (5:27)
   
Sammy Senior - "Funksta Wanted" - (5:51)
Review: What in fresh hell is going on at Tru Funk Towers? Barely six weeks have passed since they gave us the 10-track strong Volume 1 and already we're looking down the barrel of eight more serious funk nuggets! Featuring some of the label's favourite faces we see the likes of mainstay Chudy rub shoulders with DJ Kid Stretch with party-starting glee. The former causes spine-tingle meltdown with his Aeroplane level of synth lushness on "See You Soon" while the latter gets jiggy with a classic Deborah Cox vocal and some full strength bass riffage. That's just two of eight; do you need any more convincing?
TF 17
20 Aug 12
Breakbeat
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Timewarp - "Moments" (Mikael Fas remix) - (7:00) 105 BPM
   
Leon - "Midnight Funk" (Dave Allison remix) - (5:47) 115 BPM
   
Rey B - "Going On" - (4:51) 120 BPM
   
Timewarp - "Skunky" - (6:40) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alessandro Otiz - "Make Me Feel" (feat Stefan L) - (8:00) 122 BPM
   
Gabriel Rocca - "Get Down With The Groove" (Timewarp remix) - (5:56) 120 BPM
   
Doctormusic Project - "Party Has Just Begun" (feat Danny - Headson Groove remix) - (6:10) 120 BPM
   
Vida G - "Del Mar" - (7:03) 120 BPM
   
Doctormusic Project - "Stood 4 Love" - (5:53) 124 BPM
   
Trotter - "Funky Foxy" - (4:58) 115 BPM
   
MustBeat Crew - "The Good Times" - (4:14) 120 BPM
   
De Riguer - "Dubbleys 10 Steps To Redubbery" - (5:20) 120 BPM
   
Freethinker Funk Essence - "Sun & Waves" - (5:09) 118 BPM
KRK 065
15 Jul 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Timewarp Inc - "Economic Boom (feat The Mage)" (Video version) - (4:09) 110 BPM
   
Niles Philips - "What'cha Doing" - (3:41) 105 BPM
   
AfroQBen - "Choices In Life (feat Batch)" (Congo Sanchez remix) - (4:58) 51 BPM
   
Cyance - "Aphelion" (Niles Philips remix) - (4:25) 87 BPM
   
Mister Kentro - "This Is The Time (feat Gobey)" (Timewarp Inc feat Al The X King remix) - (4:17) 100 BPM
   
Timewarp Inc - "Ghetto Drunk (feat Ragga Twins)" (Soopasoul remix) - (4:01) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Quincy Jointz - "Blast (feat Geriba And MC Fava)" (Kowalski remix (radio Edit)) - (3:57) 58 BPM
   
Afternoons In Stereo - "Eames In Dub" - (5:32) 60 BPM
   
Umbo - "Sunday Jam" (Audio InFunktion remix) - (3:51) 86 BPM
   
Zamali - "Funky Rotator" (Mister T remix) - (4:45) 115 BPM
   
Funky Destination - "Down To The Music" (extended) - (5:09) 125 BPM
   
Banderas - "Handbrake" (Trotter remix) - (4:56) 125 BPM
   
Leon - "The Man With The Ball Head" (Beat Ride remix) - (5:53) 120 BPM
   
Funky Destination - "Born To Be Bad" - (3:30) 122 BPM
   
Sir Alex - "Fox99" - (4:26) 102 BPM
   
Zamali - "Unite" - (4:04) 103 BPM
   
Timewarp Inc - "Yuil Disco Breaks" (Atfunk remix) - (6:44) 120 BPM
   
Bonnie & Klein - "Sexy" - (7:40) 110 BPM
   
Quincy Jointz - "Rock On" (Diesler remix) - (6:22) 119 BPM
   
Funky Destination - "Do Ya Like Disco?" - (5:30) 125 BPM
   
Afternoons In Stereo - "Galaxina" - (4:51) 125 BPM
   
AfroQBen - "Cafe (feat Solomon Albert)" - (4:57) 128 BPM
   
Timewarp Inc - "Disco Frisco (feat Leon)" (Disco Funk edit) - (4:55) 123 BPM
   
The Worldstylers - "Put It Right Here" (Club mix) - (4:08) 63 BPM
   
Dubstax - "Wiggly Bum" (radio edit) - (3:57) 122 BPM
   
Timewarp Inc - "Pump The Style (feat Ragga Twins)" - (6:16) 64 BPM
   
Headson Groove - "Space Biscuit" - (5:10) 122 BPM
   
Umbo & Balatz - "Disco Thang" - (5:49) 123 BPM
   
Leon - "Radio Nowhere" - (4:04) 60 BPM
   
Afternoons In Stereo - "Asteroid Field Guide" (The Cheebacabra remix) - (4:47) 85 BPM
   
Freethinker Funk Essence - "Florida Boy" - (3:45) 120 BPM
Review: There's no need for a funky bailout for Greece's Timewarp label as they have more than enough in reserve. So much so in fact, that they have rustled up another 31(!) fresh cuts for this, their latest compilation. Highlights include Niles Philip's quirky stop-start nu-funker "What'Cha Doin", the Euro/reggaeton hybrid weirdness of the Congo Sanchez remix of "Choices In Life" by AfroQBen and the bonkers electro-pop skank of "Blast" by good old Quincy Jointz (as remixed by Kowalski).
TMDG 151
16 Oct 15
Funk
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Various
   
Chudy - "Keep The Beat" (Snack remix) - (3:26) 123 BPM
   
Freethinker Funk Essence - "Nu Number Dancefloor" - (5:34) 122 BPM
   
Funky Boogie Brothers - "Street Jam" - (3:19) 120 BPM
   
Junskee - "This Is For The Beat" - (4:08) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Max Revolt - "Breakalicious" - (3:51) 106 BPM
   
Stex feat McK - "Pluto" (Planet Funky remix) - (3:56) 132 BPM
Review: We can always trust on Tru Funk to deliver fine swarms of sample-ridden breakbeat and they've done it again with their 8th instalment of the Nu Party Breaks series! As per usual, there's plenty of new names and talent throughout, such as Freethinker Funk Essence's "Nu Number Dancefloor" - sampling beauty - and "Street Jam" by the Funky Boogie Brothers. To be honest, everything on here is killer and if you're into your old-school funk breaks, look nowhere else!
TF 29
26 Aug 13
Breakbeat
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Various
   
Max Revolt - "Funky Feelin'" - (3:28) 110 BPM
   
Morlack - "Hot Sheila" - (5:06) 122 BPM
   
Warson - "Funky Kiss" - (3:58) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Robinson Grooves - "It's All Good" - (3:49) 128 BPM
   
Freethinker Funk Essence - "The Ballad Of Acid Joe & Stomping Sue" - (4:01) 58 BPM
Played by: TOSSES, Rory Hoy, Bad Barbie
TF 44
30 Jan 15
Breakbeat
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