Review: Sardinian nu-funk flag flyers, Sound Exhibitions, have rustled up a treat for this latest release - a collaboration between shady-but-great producers DJ Moy and Funk O'Ya. "Destinations Funk Part 4" tells it like it is, boasting the aforementioned sizzling bass twangin' joint effort "Locomotion Vocal" and a further two solo joints by Moy - the slow 'n' squelchy "Summer Funk" and the thankfully self explanatory "Dirty Funk" (imagine if it didn't live up to the promise of a title like that). Raw grooves at their best.
Review: For the latest Sound Exhibitions missive, label regular DJ Moy sticks with tradition teaming up with compilation pal Funk O'YA. It's almost a year since their last instalment and they've amassed some serious artillery in the interim. The blunt title of "Funk Beat" sums up the tune perfectly featuring loops of wah-wah guitar, loose 70s percussion and raw and low bass. "The Trip" is pure Moon Safari-style 60s retro grooves and lastly "Destinations 9" is a sizzling disco-house roof-raiser!
Review: Italian disco label Sound Exhibitions believe in 'exposing' their 'multi-colored rhythms and grooves' via hook-ups and compilations. Here label boss Dimitiri Ferrari pursues the former, pitting DJ Moy and Funk O'Ya against each other. There are five jams here including the ferocious, scratch-heavy funk of "Here I Go Again", the squelch-bass synth groover "Destination Funk 5" and the Another One Bites The Dust vibes of cosmic shaker "Disorient Funk".
Review: DJ Moy and Funk O'Ya, working both separately and together, bring us five dispatches from the distant peripheries of the funk universe. 'Telefunk' (by Funk O'Ya) marries a low-slung bass groove to cut-up vox ? la early 80s hip-hop and strange, warbling Theremin-like sounds - think The Meters via Ninja Tune - and is followed by 'Dubdub', a collaborative effort and as fine a funk-dub meltdown as you'll hear all month. Moy's solo contributions 'Funky Express', 'Asia' and 'Metrofunk' then play us out on a more straight-up funk tip, but for imagination and originality it's the first two that really stand out.
Review: Italy's Sound Exhibitions serve up two phat slices of squelchy contemporary funk action courtesy of the mysterious Funk O'Ya. 'Star 80' itself pairs a rumbling electronic bassline with a lively horn section, rap vocal micro-snips and twangy geetar, and comes on like early 80s Cameo or Zapp given a 21st Century, post-rave overhaul. The accompanying 'Over The Top' is a more all-electronic affair, with acid squelches, a familiar spoken male "house one night" vocal and organ stabs redolent of early 90s New Jersey, making for a cut that'd work on house and more leftfield funk/disco floors alike.
Review: The Sound Exhibitions label is known for its Afro Dub Series and, as you'd imagine, that's all about African-inspired funk and disco. However, TJ Edit and Phil Disco offer something a little different with this latest compilation comprised of the duo's best tune from the summer of 2016. There's house, disco and much more in here, both from TJ Edit and Phil Disco; the former is primarily in a disco-house mood fuelled by samples and seductive slapbass, while the latter delves more into the boogie sound, and together this makes for a fine release, indeed.
Review: Okay, so: this isn't really a soul album, and as far as we can tell, few if any of the artists involved are from Africa, either! It's still well worth checking, though, as what you get instead are 13 tracks of contemporary funk, jazz-funk and, yes, some soul from artists such as DJ Moy, The Broker, Phil Disco and LTG Long Travel Groove, all of which have purportedly been inspired by African music. Said influences are obvious on, say, DJ Moy's self-explanatory 'Afrojazz' or kiddy chant-laden 'L'Afrikano', less so on tracks like The Broker's 'Tutto In' - a jazz-funk/soul number that could have come from anywhere, at any point in the past 45 years or so - but it all adds up to a rather pleasing neo-funk package anyway.