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: With his track "Sail Away" having already been given air time on the BBC's Introducing.... radio show (tune in Saturdays): Kingston Upon Hull beatmaker and sample connoisseur Eric Dimmak's debut album has arrived! Tapes For The Lazy delivers a LP that blends a sweet style of funk, house and jazz with hip hop, disco and an inherent serving of northern soul inspirations. From the stringed disco-house of "Keep On Lovin'", filter antics of "Flamingo" and walking basslines of "Girls", find Dimmack's 90s hip hop inspirations in "Adressed To Oblivion" and "Come With Me" alongside some summertime licks of balearic funk in "Go". The album also features vocal contributions from Lucy Tessier on the chilled out, pop and funk love ballad "Different People" next to some new school electronica in "Truth". Introducing a bright new talent in Eric Dimmak everybody!