Originally released on Freshly Squeezed, erstwhile Soul Of Man partner (and awesome graphic artist) Jem Stone teamed up with Foxy Cheex to give us the steamy, sultry "Lick The Spoon" exactly a year ago. Now updated in remix-form, both Funkanomics and Rory Hoy give it a brand new wardrobe... The former goes deep into nu funk mode with a sleazy groove and grizzly bass textures while the latter gets jiggy on a skank-wise big beat format. Party time in both directions, once you've licked this spoon clean you'll be raiding the cutlery draw.
From Finger Lickin' to "Lick The Spoon", Jem Stone's contributions to the party movement never cease to inspire. Here he takes Foxy Cheex's sexy sermon and lays her naked over a slow, steady horn-heaved stomp. With shades of swing and neat burlesque twists, it refreshes the retro-revival in a sweet three minute sonic kiss. Not feeling Foxy Cheex vocal? Start licking the instrumental instead.
Given that Jem Stone AKA Jem Panufnik was once the driving force behind the Finger Lickin' label, you'd expect this debut full-length to be crammed full of party-starting treats. It is, of course, though Panufnik wisely chooses not to go for the jugular straight away, instead showcasing a string of shuffling, mid-tempo grooves that gleefully join the dots between hazy house, hip-hop, blues, Balearica (the delicious "Sweatpea") and pitched-down funk breaks ("Hotdog Supreme"). When the up-tempo workouts come, they're predictably tasty, with the wild breakbeat house thrust of "Storm in a Teacup" and creepy and dense tech-house throb-job "Fake Ghost" standing out. Best of all, though, is the trippy, string-drenched downtempo soundscape "The Final Curtain".
Finger Lickin lothario Stone continues his joyously unpredictable groove assault with this laid-back slab of fun-poking hip-hop. Swaggering beats, jazzy piano flurries and slick rhymes from UK word-players Mouthwash and Gold Seal, it's definitely one for the earlier chapters of the evening. Looking for something a little more 'late night'? Look no further than Featurecast's jack-slapping skank-up. Walloping away at a cool 110BPM with 110 tonnes of bass, it's the consummate complement to the original's cool nature. "Top O' The Town" - drop it and you'll be talk of the town.
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