Review: Greece's Timewarp delivers Croatian producer Vladimir Sivc aka Funky Destination his sixth studio album, and it burns! Combining live instrumentation with his sampled-based style, FD dials up some downbeat tempos and dubbed-out horns in tracks like "Deep Into Brasil" to some undeniable hand percussion and jazz funk in "B.Disco Express". On a western tip find cowboy ballads and sunsets themes in "The Last Cotton Field Song" (think Django Unchained) alongside the Chicagoan blues and Hendrix rock 'n' roll of "I Was A Rolling Stone". Some further streetsmart funk in "Mountain To Sing" next to the broken beats of "Back To Philly" and some sassy, disco flex in "Sistas Of Mercy". For that soulful, upbeat and hip hop vibe it's all about the title track: "Roots People".
Review: Long-player number four here from Croatia's Vladimir Sivc, better known as Funky Destination, and his third for Timewarp. The clue's definitely in the title, because it's largely soul rather than funk flavours that dominate - though we're talking sweaty 60s James Brown stompers rather than smoochy 70s love ballads, and admittedly that's one of music's most porous boundaries anyway! If you dig the likes of Speedometer, The Allergies, Skeewiff or Dr Rubberfunk you'll find much to enjoy here, with standouts including the blues harmonica-augmented 'Make It Fuzz' and the aptly-titled 'Bad Ass Jazz', while the string-laden 'Come Back To Me' has the most commercial, Amy-esque appeal.
Review: Timewarp bring us a single release from label regular Funky Destination, AKA Croatian producer/bandleader/arranger Vladimir Sivc. There are two mixes of 'Come Back To Me' to choose from and they're both quite different. In its Original form, it's a very competent but fairly standard-issue "new old" funk/soul jam with a rasping part-spoken/part-sung female vocal, handclaps, looped-up beats and some fine work on the strings. But check the accompanying remix from Soopasoul for something altogether more down n' dirty, complete with phat funk bassline, wukka-wukking guitar, hard-hitting JBs-like drums and some mournful sax towards the track's close. Album #4 is surely due soon, so this bodes well...
Review: Funky, jazzy instrumental vibes with a hint of Latino influence are what we get from Timewarp Greece this time out. Soupasoul's remix (for such it is) comes in two parts, a nod to the days when that's how longer tracks were served up on vinyl. Part 1 foregrounds the muted trumpet part that serves as a lead line, underpinned by a resolutely funky b-line and augmented by a nagging keyboard riff. Part 2 opens with an extended percussive break, then revisits all the same parts but in a dubbier style, with the parping trumpet only really making an appearance towards the end.
Review: Timewarp Music is an independent Greek record label since 2004, whose musical style moves through funk and nu-disco through to dub and breaks. Label boss Angelos 'Timewarp' Stoumpos now presents Funky Destination a.k.a Vladimir Sivc: the funkiest project based in Croatia's Istria region. He is back with his third full length album for the label. We Are All Shining Stars features a dozen or so funk and soul edits mainly, but not limited to rock 'n' roll, new nu-skool breaks and a bit of ol' fashioned soul to boot. From the block rockin' breaks of "Boom Bang", the super lo-slung "J.J's On Meskaline" or the sultry slo-mo balearica of "On My Way To Rio" - this is indeed one well funky destination.
Review: Croatia's Funky Destination (aka Vladimir Sivic) has made a big splash on the funky breaks scene appearing on a variety of well renowned labels. However, the honour releasing his new long player, Supersonic Bomb, has fallen on the mighty Timewarp. Normally known for their nu-disco sound, the Grecian label has taken a chance on these 16 organic funk jams, and it's paid off! Highlights include the bubblin' piano boogie of "Getting Higher", the luxuriously silky "Eternal Light" and the fuzzy, breaky, disco house of "Get Up".
Come On Now (Louies original mix) - (3:24) 128 BPM
Come On Now (Zombie Squad mix) - (3:07) 128 BPM
Come On Now (extended Squad mix) - (5:39) 128 BPM
La-Di-Da (Electro Skunk) - (4:33) 116 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of the Down To The Music package and the Revolution Is The Only Solution album, Funky Destination lay down more sun-kissed originals. "The Sweetest Sin" is an upbeat, jack-happy funky house gem that's soaked in organic elements. Big organs and bigger strings, it's an audio injection of concentrated feel good. Further on, we hit three big remixes of the loopy, guitar-twanging party-packer "Come On Now" and end on the slower, G-funk style "La Di Da". Surged with west coast, Funkadelic flavours, it will liven any party you play this summer. Guaranteed.
Review: Funky Destination's "Down To The Music" was release to much applause last October. Now their Greek nu-disco label Timewarp has decided to extend the party by releasing a host of new mixes of the piano-led stomper, and who can blame them? There's nine different takes supplied here, the best including Quincy Jointz's urgent jazzy souler which is also turned into a spellbinding minimal tech-house anthem by Valique.
Review: It seems like ages since we've had some good old-fashioned soul from Athenian mellow-vibes label, Timewarp. Well, wait no longer: we now have three new bangers (or whatever the '70s equivalent was called) from the aptly named Funky Destination. The shuffle and clap-led, piano looped anthem "Down To The Music" kicks things off with some leather-lunged vocals, while "Vintage Satisfaction" is a battle royale between a hammond organ, a sharp guitar and a rogue sax (oh, and a rapper too). Finally "United Colours Of The Sun" ends things on a hazy and infectious loungey Latino tip.
Review: Funky Destination have been praising funky grooves since time immemorial (well, 2008 at least!) and they've usually been doing it for Athens imprint Timewarp. No change then for this new album, nor with the usual high quality either. After the almost Air-like mellow vibes of "Journey (intro)" things quickly step up a gear for the 70s blaxploitation style workouts of "The Inside Man" and "Such A Good Feeling" (a cover, of sorts, of Always There by Incognito). Elsewhere we encounter the elasticated noodling of the title track and the live-sounding "Gonna Roll You Over" and even Asian disco on "Hollywood-Jollywood".
Review: "War is ugly and love is lovely". Ladies and gentleman, we have ourselves some lyrics we can all identify with here. Mind you, with the title like "The Peace Song", the lyrics were hardly going to be "war is amazing and love is rubbish" now were they? A real beachside bomber, this; lean back as far as you can and immerse yourself in the deep slinky bassline, well executed toasting, live instrumentation and swinging house beats. There are remixes galore, too; Trotter & Timewarp extend the spiritual groove founded on the original, Bad Monkeys take it into vibrant funk pastures, E-Base & Paul Wish add the tech factor while Zamali gets his dub skank on. What a selection!
Review: There's something delightfully different about this latest floorfiller from Greece's Timewarp label. On the face of it, "Power To Groove" is a fairly straightforward deep funk groover that's lifted by some George Benson-ish jazz guitar and a rather nice vocal. Yet listen carefully, and you can hear the swing of classic New York house in the beats and a touch of Kenny Dope in the production. The same can undoubtedly be said about "My Way (Nassau Theme)", which builds the action around a number of well-judged breakdowns. "Floorbreaker" layers up the percussion to take things up a notch, whilst "Hasta Simpare" is classic jazz-house with a delightful Cuban twist.
Review: The clue's in the title - this is hugely funky stuff from duo FD, who combine West-coast brass licks (reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man") with raw breaks, thick double bass riffs and bluesy guitars on "Born To Be Bad". As well as a handy instrumental of the title tune, "Soulbreak Joint" is a jazzy workout combining a scatting MC and some scratches, while "Midnight Flight To Paris" recalls the lyrical piano playing of Ramsey Lewis in his prime.
Review: It's been ten years since disco and funk fusionist Angelos Stoumpos and his band of musical merry men delivered the first Timewarp Inc album, Dub My Funky Groove. Ever since, they've been in-demand on the remix circuit. Having previously put out two volumes of the Remix Sessions to showcase their reworks, here they offer up a third instalment. There's plenty to get excited about, from the dense, Latin-influenced tribal disco-house madness of their remix of Dublex Inc's "Tango Forte", and a rubbery rework of DJ Maxx and Gabb's "Afrovibes", to the bass-heavy nu-funk of their 'short remix' of Deep Dive Corp's "Blue".
Review: Here we have Timewarp Inc, the in-house production team at Athenian funk/nu-disco label Timewarp, and they've decided to delve into their mighty back catalogue and well, remix it. Hence, "The Remix Session Vol 1" - a collection boasting 14 prime cuts including the moodily hypnotic funk loops of "Anti Pop Song" by Ancient Astronauts, the forlorn Two Tone vibes of "Smile On Your Face" and the machine-like breaky funk goes synthy disco sizzler "Da Gypsy Groove" by Leon.
Review: Another 16-track V/A from Timewarp, this time with a slight change of emphasis. Where previous installments in the 'Freestyle 4 Funk' series have largely ploughed a party-hearty, faithfully 70s-sounding funk furrow, Volume 8 operates in slightly more leftfield/eclectic territory, taking in everything from space age jazz-funk (Afternoons In Stereo's 'City Of The Future') and looping lo-fi Balearica (Teddy Presberg's 'Passion') to conscious female-vocalled dancehall (Timewarp Inc's 'Restart') and out-and-out jazz-fusion (Ivan Blanusa's aptly titled, uber-mellow 'Sunday Chill'). If you've picked up any of the earlier volumes, this latest might not be quite what you were expecting - but we think you'll enjoy it just as much. If not more!
Review: Fill yer boots or digital DJ stockings this christmas with some fine dub tunes and versions of undeniable funk from the Timewarp catalogue. Taking in a host of remixes, instrumentals and edits; highlights include the freewheeling cool jazz of Freethinker Funk Essence's "Spring Air", the dance-heavy wares of Djtzinas & The Redgreen Wood Soundsystem remix to "Yuil Disco Breaks" and Funky Destination's sweet, dreamy and percussive "Roots People". Deeper house inspired dub tracks come from Shantisan in "Que Nego E Esse (Timewarp Inc dub remix) with fine originals from AUditors DOmination's "Dreaming Of Zion" and Groove Monkz's digi-ska track "Promised Land". The place to be.
Review: 'Funk' is what it says on the tin and funk is what you'll find inside it, as Timewarp serve up a 16-track best-of compilation paying homage to the squelchy, sleazy sounds of the 70s - tracks like Apedroid's 'Enter The Apedroid' or Basement Freaks' 'Soul Men' could have been lifted straight from the OST of some obscure Blaxploitation flick. Timewarp Inc's own 'Breakbit' is a car chase funk masterpiece, my reviewing notes for Leon's futuristic, sci-fi-ish 'Sexy Toy' read simply "aliens!", while special mention should be made of Koka Mass Jazz's opener 'Play The Game' - a new-old soul/funk jam par excellence, and a consent anthem for the post-#MeToo generation.
Review: What we have here are 15 contemporary funk and disco nuggets coming courtesy of prolific Greek producer Timewarp Inc and assorted friends and relations. There's a pleasing degree of stylistic variety on offer across the album as a whole, with tracks ranging from Afternoons In Stereo's cool, jazzy 'Party At Dick & Mimi's' to Dubstax's unabashedly cheesy yet strangely irresistible 'Wiggly Bum', via the sultry, sleazy boogie of Dogo Argentino's '2 Minutes To Midnight', a brace of deep house-leaning contributions from Atfunk, and Aris Kokou's Afro-percussive rework of Timewarp Inc's own 'Discogirls', making for a very checkable collection indeed.
Review: Having first made his name with rasping funk breaks, Valique has in recent years focused more on disco and house. Here, he delivers his most deep house focused release yet, a sumptuous collection of recent remixes. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from the midtempo deep house/nu-disco/deep funk fusion of Valique's "Future Boogie" remix of Dr Cuts' "Red Hot Chilli Cuts", to the piano-laden deep house bump of his "Anthem" mix of Funky Destination's "Down To The Music". Best of all, though, is the twisted 303 funk and piano solo madness of Valique's "Less Swing" remix of Emmanuel Bravo's "Little Swing".
Review: Greek nu-funk label Timewarp Music's annual compilation series reaches Volume 7. Fans of the label will know what to expect, then, but for everyone else it's the perfect chance to get acquainted. Indeed, you'll struggle to find a better 15-track snapshot of the contemporary funk scene this month, with tracks spanning the spectrum from Hammond jams like Streamer's 'Mamma's Funky Life' to the sunny jazz-funk of Ivan Blanusa's 'Loungin', with detours into Afro-funk (Vito Lalinga's 'African United Rhythm' and 'Fela Mania'), Latin grooves (JazzProfilactika's 'Calle De Cubo'), acid jazz (Koka Mass Jazz's 'Play The Game') and more.
Review: Like the proverbial rolling stone, Jalapeno Records just keeps on going. The continued quality of the long-serving British label's releases is confirmed by this tenth edition of their digital-only "Jalapeno Funk" compilation series. There's naturally plenty of party-hearty peak-time fare to be found throughout, with highlights coming quick and fast. These include Supasoul's sun-bright rework of Funkysoul's trumpet-laden "The Inside Man", the leisurely breaks, Hammond solos and rich guitars of Dr Rubberfunk's "Pressure Cooker", the bustling funk/hip-hop fusion of Smoove's revision of the Allergies' "Run It Back" and the synth-bass propelled goodness of Basement Freaks' "Bring It back (feat Kamy)". It is, though, all pretty damn hot.
Review: Happy new year! Timewarp crack open a fizzy bottle of 2018 with this immaculate, party-pickling compendium. Their first Freestyle 4 Funk album in 18 months, it makes up for lost time with a full-house selection of warm, funk textures; the vibrant afrofunk feels of Vito Lalinga's "Move Your Body In Africa", the pant-swinging breaks and heroic horns of Sampleheadz' "Moving On", the smoky blues and psychedelic bubbles of Leon's "Body & Soul", the springy jazz mischief of JazzProfilacktika's "Samboppa", Mister T & Lucy Lune's bush-shaking fusion on "Retro Respect", the list of fresh soul-warm funk goes on and on. The perfect way to kick off a new year, Timewarp smash it once again.
Review: Greece's Timewarp label continues to plunder their disco reserves whilst flashing the proverbial funky cash willy-nilly. Yes we have another 16 fresh cuts (admittedly down from the last instalment's 31 so they should maybe think about tightening their wallets a little) on Freestyle 4 Funk 5. Timewarp is once again selector and some the many highlights he chosen here include the digi dancehall headnodder "Fyah Fyah" by Balkan Riddims, Jyal Funk's pulsating breaky electro rework of "Jamaican" by Funky Destination and the breathy jazzy shuffle of "Sensitive Kind" by Truez.
Review: Greek disco producer Timewarp teams up with an anonymous pal from funk blog extraordinaire, The Zuzu Club, for this compilation that's exclusively about 'great and fresh' new music. Although there's no theme they do look across the water to the Caribbean for some inspiration on the likes of the laid back reggae lament of "Theory Of Revolution" and the smooth dancehall grooves of "Baby Got Me Good". Elsewhere we encounter vintage electro-swing on Pavlov's "Moving Next Door", retro lounge-rock on "Jesu" By Loopez and even some good old big beat on "Jungle Boogie" by Chinese Man.
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).
Review: Unhappy with the amount of re-edits and mash-ups in the nu-disco scene, Timewarp are doing something about it! That 'something' is the Lemon Sorbet series of mixes curated by the one and only Quincy Jointz. Featuring some of the finest original compositions, many until now unreleased, from leading nu funk artists. Highlights of volume 5 include the retro new jack urban beats of Jointz own Flashbaxx remix, Ashley Slater (Freak Power)'s low-slung and slinky Al Green cover "Stay Together" and the cool, slap-bass heavy, Latino disco jam "New York To Brasil" by DJ Colour C2. Who said originality was dead.