Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
Review: Get up and run... Who knew Funkanomics killed it on the life coach scene as heavily as they do on the glitch funk circuit? With a groove as life-affirming as the EP title, "Get Up & Run" is instant party material with hook vocals, slinky bass and all the cheeky details we've come to expect from the German trio. Also included is the teeth-baring "Frida Funk". Imagine a monolithic robot casting shadows on your crib playing slaps on a fretless eight foot titanium bass guitar. Yeah, it's that big.
Review: This is the second instalment of Riddim Fruit's new compilation series, Remix The Version, that see choice cuts from their vaults get reworked by others on their roster. First up is Shimi Sonic's "Hot Peach", which gets tackled by BadPoe resulting in some serious early '90s vibing breaky world-hop. Next up Dephicit's "No Rules" is turned into a killer digital dubby Trap/R&B hybrid.
Review: Four hip-hop/breaks/nu-funk gems from the mash-up specialists at Booty Fruit, as this latest volume of their "Homemade Bullets" series takes in, amongst other things, Jackson 5 strings on "Grand Daddy Represent" and a Paul McCartney classic on the punning "Lady Mad On Her". Check it!
Review: Aussie party label Adapted Records like to let the music do the talking, although the title of this here compilation, Glitch & Funk Vol 2, pretty much fills you in. Now what is inside is 11 tracks all crafted for the specific purpose of simply having fun. Mid paced opener "Smile" by Faux Fur, marries a steady breaky groove with hip flavours (plenty of scratching) and some vintage soul sounds and a smooth female vocal. Elsewhere we get electro swing with extra funk on "Bootleg Brass" by Stepcat and the blue-sky synthpop vibes of Bobby C Sound TV's "Europa".
Review: Nu-funk barons Tru Funk commission 15 brand new blends for your party pleasure. Calling up familiar friends and new faces alike, it's yet another reminder of the Polish imprint's clout. Highlights abound but be sure to digest the slap-bass fusion of Funkanomic's Marvin Gaye homage "One More Headache", Morlack's '80s synth smelting of Zhane's "Groove Thang" and Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" and Roy Hoy / Unknown DJ's mindblowing cauldron of Fatboy Slim, James Brown and Public Enemy on "Xpress Your Big Stuff". Serious floor fire, Tru Funk always deliver.
Review: Tru Funk are bona fide bringers of beats to soundtrack any good house party and this Essential Selection of Nu Party Break brings together a complete playlist for Saturday night. A whole load of scratching, sampling and cutting comes from DJs AKA, Axe, Kid Stretch and Rudd and Skandi, while it ain't only new school with more traditional funk jams coming from BMD's "Bad Man". There's also some Daft Punk-meets-DJ Shadow-meets-Stevie Wonder action on Funkanomics "One More Headache", while Funky Boogie Brothers bring back the big beat fun with "Street Jam" - and that's not even the half of it!