Review: DJ Moy teams up with Funk Reverse to bring us this four-track EP of retro funk/disco grooves. There are two collaborative cuts: 'Inside Man', with its Loose Joints-esque bassline and cut-up vocal snips, and 'Warm Up', which operates at a much more laidback tempo and whose ethereal female vocal fragments lend it a dream-like feel. The other two tracks are Moy solo offerings: 'BassFunk', which does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, and 'Getto Groove II', another hazy, lazy affair that's sprinkled with delicate keys and topped with some exemplary trumpet work.
Review: The Italo-Franco producer Funk Reverse is back with "Mo' Funk" on his own Sound Exhibitions imprint. The three new cuts unveiled here include the sublime, almost Metro Area-esque, Fender Rhodes funk of the title track and the trippy break beat of "FunkyStar". Not forgetting the sugary icing of vocoder pop ditty "Clap Your Hands".
Review: The Italo-Franco marriage of the Sound Exhibitions label and producer Funk Reverse continues to flourish with this new fizzy two-track nugget. "InDaHouse A" sees earlier vintage B-Boy influences replaced slightly for a more disco feel but incorporating some serious hip-hop scratching. "InDahouse B" meanwhile, samples some mellow 70s AOR tune, adding tougher beats to the originals' honky tonk piano and guitar licks.
Review: Sound Exhibitions boss Funk Reverse took a nice long Christmas break (we last heard from him back in November). However he wasn't just gorging on mince pies and turkey, he was as also rustling up some cheeky jams for the new year. Here we encounter the first two examples - the laid back Fender Rhodes-led hip-hop grooves of "Long Night Ladies" and the warped, slow-motion trip-funk of "Katjazzfunk". Judging by these two, 2016 is looking pretty good!
Review: With Italy's Sound Exhibitions giving us four funk flamers from French fella Funk Reverse, this is a truly continental offering. Despite the Euro origins though, these productions hark back to early 80s America and its streetwise electronic funk. The title track is a vintage Adidas-tapping groover with extra breaks, "Super Free" sees big beat underline a low down and dirty slap bass jam. "Go Funk" is all about block rockin' drum rolls and scratching, whilst "Hello" breaks the trend and opts for a contemporary, Latin-tinged groove.
Review: Sound Exhibitions boss Funk Reverse brings us two more slices of nu-funk goodness. 'Get Down Sound' is up first, starting with house-y vocal samples and light, toppy percussion before introducing choppy guitars, an intricate live-sounding bassline and disjointed male vocal snips, the main "gonna make you dance" vocal arriving only after a brass-tastic breakdown halfway through. 'People Get Up' nudges even closer to beach house/Balearic territory, making these two contemporary funk slabs that eschew straight-up 70s pastiche, opti instead to embrace more modern influences and, as a result, end up eminently programmable in a wide range of sets.
Review: This EP sees the Sound Exhibitions crew adopt the role of musical boxing promoter, pitting two tough talents, Funk Reverse and Phil Disco, against each other in a match where only the audience can win. Phil Disco comes out punching first with the funky Latin cocktail-house vibes of "Leave You". Funk Reverse claims the second round with the breezy lounge jam "Emy House". However they both score a double KO with the killer electro-funk joint effort, "Good Fight".
Review: Some proper phat-ass 21st Century funk from The Broker & Funk Reverse here. 'Funk Down' throws everything into the pot from rave sirens to Rodgers-esque guitar chops and Hammond organs, while nodding to glitch-hop in the chopping and stuttering of the beats. 'Funk Up' is an unashamed ghetto-funk party starter: it's big and bouncy, with plenty of squelch in the bassline department, and to be fair that's all that's really required of it. Finally, 'Funky Town' is a slightly pacier, more electronic-sounding affair than the other two, and so may be more easily programmable in a wider range of sets.
Review: Over the last decade, the soundtrack to Miami Music Week's infamous pool parties has subtly shifted, with the traditional house of old being complimented by the addition of colourful and sun-kissed nu-disco selections. Sound Exhibitions' latest compilation celebrates this fact by offering up 21 suitably groovy and melodic productions, reworks and re-edits from the label's growing family of artists. Highlights include the hard-wired disco-funk stomp of Lego Edit and Vito Lalinga's "Bohannon Groove", the slap-bass propelled P-funk fuzziness of Phil Disco's "Dynamic Disco", the cowbell-driven dub disco of DJ Moy's "Bass Funk" and the synthesizer-sporting wall of sound that is Funk O'Ya's Balearic disco delight, "Eya Eya".