Review: Hailing from Santa Domingo but now based in Greece, BNC - AKA Bruises 'N' Cuts, or sometimes The Disco Vampire - describes his sound as a fusion of "hip-hop, reggae, tropical, dancehall and electronica". He first released his 'Bodega Funk' album on his own My Boom Raise The Dead back in 2017, and now it returns in instrumental form. With BNC's laidback Snoop/Tupac-esque rap vocals removed the 10 tracks' innate Latin/tropical funk shines through more clearly, though there's still a scratchy hip-hop aesthetic to the production that means fans of Cold Busted and similar labels would be well advised to check for this one.
Review: The latest in this series of releases from the Greek label sees a mix of mashed up hip hop and jazz, such as on the Balkan swing of Palov's "That's All Folks" and Doctor Stereo's "Let's Begin The Show". Also well worth checking out is Monetrik's soul gem "Barbeque".
Review: For this release, Greek electro-swing label Carnibal don their best man from Del Monte hat and jet (well, use a propeller plane) over to Havana for some vintage Latino thrills. Here Carnibal regulars Palov and Panama Cardoon team up for the lazy, steel drums and trumpet romp of "Vamos", Moetrik conjures up the Three Amigos on the traditional sounding "El Carino!", it's a cumbia-samba hybrid on Hammond Classics' "Cumbiamba" and Senor Griff rounds things up with the more modern, cumbia/moobahton-style roller "Cerro Rico".
Review: The electro-swing bug has caught on in Greece judging by this fledgling Hellenic label's sixth release. Palov is a veteran DJ from Athens, and here he flexes his production muscles over four tracks. "Moving Next Door" takes an old Louis Prima-style trumpet sample and teases it out over four and a half minutes to great effect. "Bandido" is more upbeat and features sassy vocals from Monique Maion, "Captain Pandelis" displays a more hip-hop groove and features the voice of an old-skool crooner. Lastly "Waste Of The Time" manages to successfully fuse vintage swing band sounds with reggae!
Review: The latest from the Greek label Carnibal sees their stars Plaov and Panama Cardoon lend their nu-funk and Latin/cumbia production skills to an epic version f "Popcorn", as well as fusing in hip hop/bashment energy on "Summer of a Fool".
Review: Despite being a staple on the Carnibal release schedules, this is the first non-compilation release for Panana Cardoon since Oye! back in 2011. Recent material included the breaky Eurodance of Bosporus Thief, but here on "Hasta La Wiggle" we get a different mix, including Latin shuffle-core ("Senor Pepe"), breaky vintage movie soundtrack funk ("Monica"), feelgood pop-reggae ("Upnaked") and even the reggaeton hip-hop hybrid "Don't Let Me Know".
Review: Greek electro-swing label Carnibal bring more heat with their eighth release, a label comp featuring a host of familiar names. On "Bosporus Thief", Panama Cardoon delivers an electro-house style jam, but with extra chunky beats and enchanting Turkish melodies. Senor Griff works his magic on "Ni Aae Na Vilayat Kuriay" resulting in a pleasantly bizarre electro/cumbia/Bollywood hybrid. Hammond Classics provides a catchy electronic reggae joint "Stepping Higher" and only Pavlov seems to stick with the Latino-isms for his "Bedbug".
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.