Review: Upbeat, unpretentious nu-disco and disco-house are the order of the day here, much along the lines of Hed Kandi's mid-noughties Disco Kandi/Disco Heaven comps. With 14 tracks to choose from there's plenty of dancefloor bang for your disco buck, and while there's undoubtedly a whiff of fromage in the air in places (Badboe's rap-vocalled, Sister Sledge/InDeep-referencing 'Best Of My Beats', for instance, isn't a million miles from a Will Smith production) there are also slightly deeper pleasures awaiting those who are prepared to dig around a bit - see, for instance, the raw disco-funk of 'Miss Broadway' or Joy Legend's Hammond-sporting 'Pass It On'.
Review: Honkey Phonk founder Jayl Funk outta Germany brings his cards to the table with this Four Aces EP, turning to disco as an inspiration for the most part with a sweet touch of samba in "Together". With a rocksteady groove and blaxploitation funk backing the horns, vocals and extra piano rolls of "Feel The Heat", it's the filtered strings of life and roller disco decadence of "Something" that accompanies the '80s-pop elements, spaced-out vocoders, and undeniable dancefloor vibe of "Fantastic Sunshine". Four of a kind.
Review: Based in Nuremberg, Germany, Jayl Funk is a DJ/producer whose work, in his own words, spans "funk, soul, breakbeat and nu-disco". Here, he teams up with French vocalist Lucy Lune Gillespie on a cut that bridges the gap between neo-soul and 'new old' funk ? la The Dap Kings, Haggis Horns, Lack Of Afro et al. 'Take My Hand' has a summery, midtempo but still uplifting feel and a singalong "take me from the dancefloor to the bandstand," and just begs to be heard live at a festival on a sunny day, while if you're not a fan of vocals there's also a NonVoice Version supplied to suit your needs.
Review: German nu-funk/funk breaks stalwart Jayl Funk comes with a two-track release on his own Honkey Phonk label, and it's very much a game of two halves, Brian. 'Miracle' opens with some geetar screeching ? la 'When Doves Cry', before breaking out into an exuberant, happy-clappy soul stomper, complete with gospel choir, that's surely missed its true destiny - to soundtrack the wedding party scene in a Whoopi Goldberg rom-com. But for dirtier, rawer funk thrills head for the brass-parpin' 'Let Me', which comes on like a long lost Ike & Tina jam from the early 70s.
Review: As far as breakbeat goes, there aren't as many who can boast as much consistency as N?rnberg's own JayL Funk who here presents us with the 15th complete edition of his Honkey Phonk compilation series. From start to finish we are treated to delicious lashings of soulful samples and funky feeling, especially on tracks such as the latin inspired 'Easy Summertime' and the super groovy 'Lowdown Funk'. Other highlights definitely include the sunny sounds of 'Supernatural Babe' and of course 'Dynamite Funk' which fuses punchy drum selections with soulful choruses and funkadelic riffs.
Review: JayL Funk's delightful approach to edits and vintage reincarnations has just got a new groove on thanks to this little beauty of a two-tracker for the Honkey Phonk imprint, and it's hard to have a smile on your face when listening to this gear on a Friday morning. Featuring the Tarzan Bros, "Funkin Your Soul" offers a chunky boogie bass that drops like a mother****** on the speakers, leaving absolutely no laggers standing awkwardly in the corners. Trotter mix is a little more elegant in its approach, but still carries the original's tight groove, hummable vocals and utterly funked-out bass.
Review: Nuremberg's Jayl Funk is becoming one of the most important producers and DJs in the funky breaks scene. He returns on his own Honkey Phonk label with "Across The Sea (Club version)" a soul funk excursion in the vein of Teddy Pendergrass or Chic but hey don't ask us, ask the DJ or keep diggin' Daddy O! There's also two killer remixes at hand; first up is Funkonomics with a rendition which goes for a more stripped and '80s sound with synth funk bass, 808 hi-hats and vocoded vocals. Finally DJ Love's remix is definitely the party starter on here, with its hip-hop inspired block rocking' beats.
Review: We've not heard from Nuremberg's soul sermoniser, Jayl Funk, all year. He's clearly conscious of the absence of block rockin' Bavarian beats that he's created in the world, and so we have this stopgap jam to keep us dancing. Having traded his wares on labels such as Bombastic Jam, Timewarp and Breakbeat Paradise, Easy Summertime arrives courtesy of Honkey Phonk. The track itself sees him explore his funky breaks leanings, being a three and a half minutes of Gershwin's most covered Summertime, reworked in a perky vintage staccato 60s soul fashion. Obvious but effective.
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: With a name like Honkey Phonk Records and a founder called Jayl Funk, it's no surprise to find this label comes with a stated dedicated to 'straight funky sounds'. This maxim is lived up to on this tenth label compilation, which coincidentally features ten tracks, with Jayl and his roster stepping up for some no-nonsense party music. This time round the label boss takes the lion's share of the release, providing seven new cuts including the chirpy retro strut of "Dirty", the bloc-rockin' breaks of "Rising" and the vintage sample-heavy ecstatic medley of "Don't Stop Movin". Other highlights include the bluesy funk-rock of "Bohannon" by EuPe and the raw underground 60s soul of "Let Me Do My Thing" by Voodoocuts. Quality party fodder.
Review: It's a great sign of the state of music when the tenth installment of Tru Funk's Tasty Beats series, which normally features about five tunes, boasts 21 fresh new cuts! It's a veritable feast of party mash-up bangers, with something for everyone. Highlights include the funky Khia/Snoop blend of "Gangsta Lick", the cut-up electro-funk of "Golden Ass" and the hands-in-the-air Stevie Wonder madness of "Party Like We Do".
Review: Block rocking Bavarian breaks for only the most happening block parties here courtesy of Nuremberg's Jayl Funk. He collaborates with Leeds' Tarzan Bros on "Shake It" which features four versions on offer. The original features some catchy hands in the air vocals and soul guitar licks, backed by funky breaks and bass and even a brass section! The AGFA remix is more of an electronic, nu-skool breaks sound for the club. London's Skeewiff gets the perfect combination of both previous versions, injecting a fierce breakbeat for added dancefloor dynamics, but keeping the organic feel of the original. Finally Yamaha Eletrico inject an electro beat and a razor sharp bassline into it, which will appeal to fans of Whirlpool Productions, Laidback or newcomers like Will Clarke.
Review: Nuremberg's Jurgen Ludwig, aka Jayl Funk, knows his soul music inside and out and here he delivers four fresh new jams via Goodgroove. They're all pretty high quality scalpel jobs, as per usual. "SixxThree Aight" is all heavy breaks and tight licks, "Piece Of Mine" is some classy disco funk, "Supernatural Babe" is some excellent low down boogie and "Still Together" is a hands-in-the-air 70s soul gem.
Review: Supreme boogie business from longstanding German beat operator Jayl Funk; taking a classic Herbie Hancock/WAR style bassline, laying it gracefully over a series of bolshy big beats and massaging it with flutes, cowbells, horns and party noises, it's an instant party starter that people will recognise without ever hearing it previously. Looking for more of a 80s electro boogie twist with subtle shards of early Guy Called Gerald? Jump on Caz's version. You got the funk!
Review: Jayl Funk is a leading German producer closely associated with Quincy Jointz and the Timewarp crew. Here he releases a one-off tune, "Hold That Groove" for Honkey Phonk. At just under four minutes, it's short, smoothly-produced slice of breakbeat funk that's impossible to remain seated around. If, somehow, limbs and torso's aren't moving then Zamali and Apedroid are on hand to deliver a harder, faster, funkier rocked-out version. Dancefloor gold!
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.
Review: Grub's up! Tru Funk's finest chefs gather and cook up a wholesome funk feast. Green Jesus tucks into the squidgiest synths with an Apache Indian boogie joint while Warson gets tipsy with The Alkaholiks over a loose drum swing. Dessert comes by way of Jayl's super-sweet piano-sprinkled disco funk cake and Kid Stretch's epic string soul sample-soaked shock out. Yummers.
Review: The Chopshop juggernaut - driven by DJ Butcher - shows no signs of slowing down. Here we have Jammin, a bulging compilation express featuring 12 sizzlers by many label favourites. There's a lot to boogie to here, and it'll all get the job done, but the best include Alkalino's cheeky house remake of Prince's Get Off ("23 Positions"), Jayl Funk's sensuous electro-boogie bomb "Do It Baby" and Butcher's own rework of Rockwell's '80s office party fave "Somebody's Watching Me". Basically all your party worries will be sorted in one with this package!