Review: Sound Exhibitions was founded in 2010 as a club for lovers of alternative music, and after collaborations with various international artists, they decided to create a label out of their base in Sardinia, Italy. A wide range of musical genres have been showcased on the imprint: from house to electro, through to downtempo, jazz, and even salsa. This unique vision has given a coherent story of great success. Their next offering comes courtesy of the Mysterious Long Travel Groove (LTG) who gives us the lo-slung boogie-down groove of "Traveler" and some slo-mo soul funk swagger on the wicked "Travelogue".
Review: Whilst the iron is particularly hot, this Afro-Italo fusion act are striking again with Lets Go. This is their third release and their confidence has grown in strides. The title track features smooth bassy vibes with some funky licks and extra percussion for good measure. Elsewhere "SoulFrisco" takes some tight disco loops and makes them work, the clubbier "Houxin" incorporates many quirky samples including a fairly subtle Coldplay one, "Godess" takes scratching back to 60s Jamaica, "Flamer" is trippy acid house and finally "FonkNess" ends with big 80s drums and meandering guitar licks. A mixed bag of fun.
Review: Here we have an intriguing Italo-Afro crossover EP by Long Travel Groove on Italy's premier funk imprint, Sound Exhibitions. There are six exciting stops on this funky train journey. Highlights include the deeply hypnotic vibes and rolling basslines of "Size XL", the dreamy funk meets live, trumpet house of "Deep Split" and the pulsating party animal "African Soul (the Broker extended version)". All aboard to party central!
Review: Prolific nouveau funkers LTG Long Travel Groove serve up six more retro funk and hip-hop nuggets. 'Radio Funk' sounds like a dubbed-out Chic, while 'Total Funk (ReVision)' channels James Brown with the addition of an 'Another One Bites The Dust'-ish bassline and scratching sounds. 'Move It Man' takes us into laidback rap territory, 'Minimal Zone' has a cut-up, west coast lo-fi vibe and a looping "I was at home getting blunted" vocal sample, and 'James Beat' is a more abstract excursion with an off-kilter, jazzy feel, before the langorous and sultry 'Easy Grasp' plays us out on a sexier/sleazier note.
Review: Italian groove fiends Sound Exhibition let loose with an obscenely fat collection of reworked past glories and the vibes extend in all directions as we're hurled head first into a disco frenzy. Highlights include Vito Lalinga taking The Broker's "To Day" to some far-out cosmic deserts, DJ Moy whipping up a laid back jazz wet dream on "Family Affair" and Vi Mode encouraging the smoochiest of sides of our personalities with the sleazy sultry sway on Ms Janette's "Down". Totally reworked, totally fresh, totally funky.
Review: Okay, so: this isn't really a soul album, and as far as we can tell, few if any of the artists involved are from Africa, either! It's still well worth checking, though, as what you get instead are 13 tracks of contemporary funk, jazz-funk and, yes, some soul from artists such as DJ Moy, The Broker, Phil Disco and LTG Long Travel Groove, all of which have purportedly been inspired by African music. Said influences are obvious on, say, DJ Moy's self-explanatory 'Afrojazz' or kiddy chant-laden 'L'Afrikano', less so on tracks like The Broker's 'Tutto In' - a jazz-funk/soul number that could have come from anywhere, at any point in the past 45 years or so - but it all adds up to a rather pleasing neo-funk package anyway.