Review: Fray Bentos is Adam Billingham - currently a resident DJ with Brighton's infamous Soul Casserole crew. He has supported the likes of Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Giles Peterson and The Reflex during his tenure. He returns on the trusty Katakana Edits with more handy resplices of golden oldies for modern audiences, supported by Goji Berry and Hawwis here for the label's 58th edition. Bentos' "Magic Work" is a lo-slung affair with a rolling funk bassline and some shimmering synth work - it's an edit of something quite familiar you think - but then that vocal dops and it finally hits you! Greece's Goji Berry delivers some smooth Italo styled business on "Mama" while Manchester's Hawwis serves up the sweltering Afro vibes and gets totally spiritual on "Amiga".
Review: London's Funk Fusion are back. Their mission? To bring you the best in Funky Breaks, Ghetto Funk, Nu Funk, Glitch Funk, Nu Skool & Old Skool Breaks; no small feat! All of the afore mentioned appear on the twelfth edition of their compilation and it's bursting at the seams with surefire material. Highlights include the soul funk jams of Zemeralds "So Much Trouble In My Mind" or Bruno Borleone's charmingly titled "Move Bitch". Elsewhere there's the blunted hip hop of James DB's "Feel The Ghostwriter's Beat" (Make It Funky edit)" or KMT 's "Guess Who's Everyday People". We particularly dug the nu skool breaks of Head Honcho's "Vacation" and the hard funky house of Gentlemen Callers "Old Tyme Religion" (Mortisville remix)". There's enough block rocking beats on here for a marathon 48 hour block party.
Review: There's no denying Funk Fusion definitely live up to their name; take these first two tracks which sample and flip Kool & The Gang and Tribe Called Quest numbers into something new and different for 2015. There's also a cheeky garage remake of Basement Jaxx, and for something slower check out the hip hop throw down of Aretha Franklin's "Say A little Prayer For You" by KMT. And have you heard Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" pitched against Sean Paul lyrics? Well you have now. Something for everyone.