The eighth release on Sccucci Manucci sees the imprint pack a hefty eight productions that traverse various house sounds from around the world onto two slabs of handstamped wax. From Coeo's bouncy and vocal track through to Mella Dee's dark and distinctively UK-centric track the label has tried to explore the sheer wealth of production talent on offer at the moment.
With influences ranging from Chicago house to UK funky, its no surprise that London's Funk Butcher is becoming as successful behind the studio dials as he is behind the decks. One of the long standing Rinse FM crew, his latest release sees a return to the fast rising Houseology imprint with a three track EP all of which could make solid singles in their own right. The aptly titled '90s' will instantly appeal with its nostalgic rave piano and wicked vocal, next up on 'Dirty South' he strips it back and goes a bit deeper, yet still keeping floor appeal. Completing the package is 'Talking To The Sun Good' sitting somewhere between the two before it, all of these will do the damage, so we'd advise you grab the lot, for a cut price. We think it's going to be a big year for the man like Funk Butcher.
For whatever reason, this reviewer initially read the artist name as Frank Butcher. This must have been due to some subconscious connection to the vocal narrative in "Better Place", whose tone is reminiscent of the East Enders character. However, instead of seeking to flog a dodgy second hand motor, the vocal from Tippa touches on more impressive goals, like being 'in a place where the sun shines' and advises the listener that we should be 'living your life and stop thinking about taking life'. That it is set to a humming bass-led track that switches into a dreamy break down and is reminiscent of London-centric tech-house only serves to consolidate the connection to the original diamond geezer.
Funk Butcher's sparse, loop-heavy arrangement and frosty atmospheres are the perfect bed for erstwhile Roll Deep MC Trim. Here Trim's on his darkest bent; scattergun thoughts, threats and observations flow wildly with one clear message... He's still 100 per cent uncompromised and he'll never take the pop path. Remix-wise TS Repman focuses on the loopy signature of the original and refuels the tank with footwork diesel. 0-60 in four bars, this one's a cleaver.
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