Review: Timewarp Music boss Timewarp Inc ushers in the sounds of its Russian-based signee Jazznut who turns in a version and instrumental of "Realistic" in the lead up to a planned album release. The so far little known artist gives the original a '90s pop-house makeover inspiring memories of a time when Madonna's "Ray Of Light" or Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice" were dominating the charts. Enjoy!
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: Fill yer boots or digital DJ stockings this christmas with some fine dub tunes and versions of undeniable funk from the Timewarp catalogue. Taking in a host of remixes, instrumentals and edits; highlights include the freewheeling cool jazz of Freethinker Funk Essence's "Spring Air", the dance-heavy wares of Djtzinas & The Redgreen Wood Soundsystem remix to "Yuil Disco Breaks" and Funky Destination's sweet, dreamy and percussive "Roots People". Deeper house inspired dub tracks come from Shantisan in "Que Nego E Esse (Timewarp Inc dub remix) with fine originals from AUditors DOmination's "Dreaming Of Zion" and Groove Monkz's digi-ska track "Promised Land". The place to be.
Review: 'Funk' is what it says on the tin and funk is what you'll find inside it, as Timewarp serve up a 16-track best-of compilation paying homage to the squelchy, sleazy sounds of the 70s - tracks like Apedroid's 'Enter The Apedroid' or Basement Freaks' 'Soul Men' could have been lifted straight from the OST of some obscure Blaxploitation flick. Timewarp Inc's own 'Breakbit' is a car chase funk masterpiece, my reviewing notes for Leon's futuristic, sci-fi-ish 'Sexy Toy' read simply "aliens!", while special mention should be made of Koka Mass Jazz's opener 'Play The Game' - a new-old soul/funk jam par excellence, and a consent anthem for the post-#MeToo generation.
Review: What we have here are 15 contemporary funk and disco nuggets coming courtesy of prolific Greek producer Timewarp Inc and assorted friends and relations. There's a pleasing degree of stylistic variety on offer across the album as a whole, with tracks ranging from Afternoons In Stereo's cool, jazzy 'Party At Dick & Mimi's' to Dubstax's unabashedly cheesy yet strangely irresistible 'Wiggly Bum', via the sultry, sleazy boogie of Dogo Argentino's '2 Minutes To Midnight', a brace of deep house-leaning contributions from Atfunk, and Aris Kokou's Afro-percussive rework of Timewarp Inc's own 'Discogirls', making for a very checkable collection indeed.
Review: 'I'll Be OK' is the latest aural treat from Timewarp Inc's Theory of Revolution album to get given the remix treatment. In its original album mix form (not included here, sadly), the song is a skanking slab of hazy reggae-soul featuring fine lead vocals from George Perin. This time round, Belarussian producer (and sometime Chopshop artist) DJ Laurel has re-imagined it as a slow-motion slab of attractive nu-disco soul rich in bubbly synthesizer sounds, punchy horns, razor-sharp guitar licks, undulating synth-bass and snappy machine drums. We'd argue that it's best enjoyed in its full vocal mix form (track one), where Laurel gets the most out of Perin's superbly soulful and surprisingly weary singing, though the accompanying instrumental take is also rather good.
Review: Prosper & Stabfinger bring us vocal and instrumental remixes of a track taken from last year's 'Theory Of Revolution' album. Well, sort of: the original album version, 'Yuil Disco Breaks', was a 'new old' funker in the Dap Kings/Speedometer vein, but here Messrs P&S scatter some disco dust over the track and transform it into an energetic workout built with mirrorball-equipped dancefloors firmly in mind. The block party-style rap vocal from The Mage won't necessarily suit everyone, admittedly - but don't worry, because if it doesn't then head for the instrumental and let those killer Dave Lee-esque raygun disco stabs do the heavy lifting instead!
Review: Greek producer Timewarp Inc's 'Theory Of Revolution' is fast approaching evergreen status. First out as the title track of his fourth album back in November, this funk-soul-reggae fusion was then given a full-on dub makeover on February's EP of remixes and instrumentals, and now it's back in single form, with Jay Papa's vocal and instrumental rubs heading in the opposite direction and toning down the reggae and dub aspects. You end up with a contemporary funk/soul cut that has the same kind of crossover appeal as Pharrell, Aloe Blacc or Cee-Lo Green - though whether it can emulate their commercial success remains to be seen.
Review: Greek producer Timewarp Inc demonstrates his remarkable versatility in the studio once more. Recent album 'Theory Of Evolution' focused primarily on reggae and dub sounds, but on this single-track release he takes an abrupt left turn into Latin-inspired territory. More specifically, the mid-paced 'Smoke Miash', with its fluttering Spanish guitars and mournful trumpets, has a distinct Mexican feel - it wouldn't sound out of place on an Ennio Morricone spaghetti western score, perhaps soundtracking the build-up to a hanging or funeral. It's not one for club play, but it certainly makes for hypnotic, head-nodding home listening.
Review: Here's a Juno Download exclusive that's well worth checking. It sees talented but relatively little-known producer Beat Ride rework "Restart", one of the highlights of Timewarp Inc's fourth studio album "Theory of Revolution". Whereas Timewarp Inc's original version (not included here) was a skanking slab of sunshine reggae-funk featuring the soulful vocals of Jammaroots, Beat Ride's radical revision re-invents the track as a stirring, string-laden chunk of emotive, atmospheric trip-hop rich in warm Rhodes keys, dubbed-out horn blasts and jazzy guitar solos. It's a superb rework all told and available in both vocal and instrumental variations; our pick is the former, but both are top-notch.
Review: Another single here taken from Timewarp Inc's heavily reggae-inspired 'Theory Of Evolution' album, which dropped back in November. Already featured on the 'Theory Of Revolution' instrumentals package, 'Liberty Is Our Destiny' now gets remixed (in vocal and instrumental flavas) by fellow Athens resident Aris Rsn, who tones down the original's hip-hop elements while beefing up the bottom end. The actual song structure remains untouched, but in RSN's hands the track has a much heavier, more dubwise feel, and as such would probably work a lot better in straight-up reggae/dub sets than the original album version.
Review: It's been just a month since the loose musical collective centred around Greek producer Angelos Stoumpos released their fourth long-player 'Theory Of Revolution', and now here comes what is effectively Part Two, featuring instrumental versions of seven of the original 19 tracks. As per the album proper, reggae and dub vibes predominate, with the well-chosen title track and the Afro-influenced 'Restart' particularly deserving of your attention, but for funkateers the standouts will be lead single 'Realistic' (which sounds a lot more funk/hip-hop-oriented when stripped of its doo-wop vocal) and the lounge-y, Hammond-tastic 'I'll Be Okay'.
Review: Album number four here from Angelos Stoumpos and friends. It comes hot on the heels of trailer single Realistic, but the latter's languid doo-wop soul vibes, however excellent, aren't really indicative of the album as a whole, which packs a lot more reggae and dub than it does soul and funk. Standouts include the dubbed-out 'Tweaky' and the skankin' 'Liberty Is Our Destiny', which sports an old school-sounding scratch break in the midsection and a dancehall vocal courtesy of Gobey, while funk and disco lovers are catered for with cuts like 'Discogirls', 'Afrofunk' and fine, jazz-tinged closer 'Not Bad Disco'.
Review: Greek producer Angelos Stoumbos, better known as Timewarp Inc, comes with a single-track release on his own label here. Featuring a vocal from Georges Perin, 'Realistic' has a lazy, laidback, vaguely doo-wop kinda feel, and in a fairer world could easily follow the likes of Aloe Blacc's 'I Need A Dollar' or Pharrell's 'Happy' into the upper reaches of the Top 40. Coming on a Greek indie label means it probably won't, of course, but you're still left with a very accessible little groover that'd work just as well in hip funk and soul clubs, or at weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Review: Greek producer Angelos Stoumpos, better known as Timewarp Inc, brought us 'Discogirls' on his own Timewarp label last year, and now it's back with a brace of new mixes from fellow countryman Aris Kokou (whose real surname is actually Koukouselis). Kokou's Afro Disco Remix is pretty faithful to the original other than in the percussion department, where things get every bit as lively as you might expect. But if that's not enough of a workout for your dancers, then head for the fairly self-explanatory Afro Disco Beats mix, where those drums are REALLY let loose...
Review: Label boss Timewarp Inc. is back in business with his single "Discogirls" remixed by his Russian friend. You can expect a dance floor remix from the disco king Valentine Golovachev (aka Valique) where he gets on a trippy downtempo groove approach compared to the original's disco/funk track - and it is a nice move to taste something different. As the title states, this is a remix version made to watch the sunrise after a heavy night at the club!
Review: It's been four years since Timewarp Inc main man Angelos Stoumpos last offered up a remix retrospective. This fourth volume in his "Remix Sessions" series is therefore long overdue. As usual, you'll find tons of killer cuts to set the pulse racing, from the Sitar-laden mid-tempo skano of Stoumpos's remix of Supersan's "Suez" and the dubbed-out warmth of his version of "Some Melodic Jazz" by Erkos Quartet, to the Afro-infused bounce underpinning a superb rework of Banderas's punk-funk-tinged "Handbrake" and the sun-kissed trumpet solos and crunchy funk breaks of Mr Gagun's "Funky Dog". In other words, it's another hugely entertaining collection of remixes from the Athens scene stalwart.
Review: Greek nu-funk label Timewarp Music's annual compilation series reaches Volume 7. Fans of the label will know what to expect, then, but for everyone else it's the perfect chance to get acquainted. Indeed, you'll struggle to find a better 15-track snapshot of the contemporary funk scene this month, with tracks spanning the spectrum from Hammond jams like Streamer's 'Mamma's Funky Life' to the sunny jazz-funk of Ivan Blanusa's 'Loungin', with detours into Afro-funk (Vito Lalinga's 'African United Rhythm' and 'Fela Mania'), Latin grooves (JazzProfilactika's 'Calle De Cubo'), acid jazz (Koka Mass Jazz's 'Play The Game') and more.
Review: Happy new year! Timewarp crack open a fizzy bottle of 2018 with this immaculate, party-pickling compendium. Their first Freestyle 4 Funk album in 18 months, it makes up for lost time with a full-house selection of warm, funk textures; the vibrant afrofunk feels of Vito Lalinga's "Move Your Body In Africa", the pant-swinging breaks and heroic horns of Sampleheadz' "Moving On", the smoky blues and psychedelic bubbles of Leon's "Body & Soul", the springy jazz mischief of JazzProfilacktika's "Samboppa", Mister T & Lucy Lune's bush-shaking fusion on "Retro Respect", the list of fresh soul-warm funk goes on and on. The perfect way to kick off a new year, Timewarp smash it once again.
Review: Hellenic disco label Timewarp has been riding the boogie train for many years now, but when will a cut from label boss Angelos Stoumpos (aka Timewarp) ever arrive? Well now, that's when! Here he finally three jams, all connected by one common root - dub. Stoumpos is joined by half Greek/half French vocalist Georges Perin on opener, the fruity and fresh "Tropicaliente". Elsewhere, "Reggae On Dope" is thrilling mish-mash of gypsy rhythms and panpipe action and the smooth "Dub in Disco" is just that - hazy 4/4 spaced out grooves. There's even an instrumental version of the title track included to keep those headnodding vibes going.
Review: Greece's Timewarp label continues to plunder their disco reserves whilst flashing the proverbial funky cash willy-nilly. Yes we have another 16 fresh cuts (admittedly down from the last instalment's 31 so they should maybe think about tightening their wallets a little) on Freestyle 4 Funk 5. Timewarp is once again selector and some the many highlights he chosen here include the digi dancehall headnodder "Fyah Fyah" by Balkan Riddims, Jyal Funk's pulsating breaky electro rework of "Jamaican" by Funky Destination and the breathy jazzy shuffle of "Sensitive Kind" by Truez.
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.
Review: One time funk/breaks producer turned party edit king, Valique, is not one to be burdened with the responsibilities that come with artistic credibility. This guy just wants to have a good time, and here on V-Shaped, a compilation of some of his best remixes, he provides 12 demonstrations of this philosophy. Highlights include his deliciously dreamy synth-disco rework of Kraak & Smaak's "How We Gonna Stop The Time", the accelerated swing/jazz minimal house of the "Dark Jazz Dub" by Nekta and his tough electro-funk remix of "Disco Life" by Basement Freaks. An impressive back catalogue indeed!
Review: After a slew of remixes and reversions and revisions, Greek funk dub troupe Timewarp return with two beautiful originals. "Theory Of Revolution" is a warm, organic groove that's coated in smoky croaky vocals from Georges Perin and peppered in guitar and melodica instrumentation. "Liberty Is Our Destiny" is a more upbeat track that's highly reminiscent of Fort Knox Five with its uptown breaks, nifty scratching and dubby washes. Complete with two dub versions, Timewarp leave no sonic stone unturned right here.
Review: There's no need for a funky bailout for Greece's Timewarp label as they have more than enough in reserve. So much so in fact, that they have rustled up another 31(!) fresh cuts for this, their latest compilation. Highlights include Niles Philip's quirky stop-start nu-funker "What'Cha Doin", the Euro/reggaeton hybrid weirdness of the Congo Sanchez remix of "Choices In Life" by AfroQBen and the bonkers electro-pop skank of "Blast" by good old Quincy Jointz (as remixed by Kowalski).
Review: "Since launching five years ago, Brazil's Royal Soul Records has provided party-minded DJs with a wealth of good grooves with which to entertain their crowds. Here, boss man Trotter marks a half-century of releases by gathering together some of his favourite musical moments from the imprint's bulging back catalogue. As the label has done from the beginning, Celebrating 50th Solid Grooves flits between shuffling breaks, nu-funk, disco-fuelled house and P-funk inclined nu-disco. Along the way, there's a chance to revisit Lyrics Born's heavyweight hook-up with Motion Potion ("Funky Hits Wrecked"), the spiraling dancefloor badness of Timewarp Inc's "To The Bone", and the revivalist P-funk-meets-breaks goodness of Quincy Jointz's "Cosmic Funk". Oh, and loads more besides."
Review: It's been ten years since disco and funk fusionist Angelos Stoumpos and his band of musical merry men delivered the first Timewarp Inc album, Dub My Funky Groove. Ever since, they've been in-demand on the remix circuit. Having previously put out two volumes of the Remix Sessions to showcase their reworks, here they offer up a third instalment. There's plenty to get excited about, from the dense, Latin-influenced tribal disco-house madness of their remix of Dublex Inc's "Tango Forte", and a rubbery rework of DJ Maxx and Gabb's "Afrovibes", to the bass-heavy nu-funk of their 'short remix' of Deep Dive Corp's "Blue".
Review: Dutch culinary dabbler Niles Philips is back with an album that compares his remix skills to his cooking abilities. Compiling a selection of his finest reworks of artists such as Afternoons In Stereo, MustBeat Crew, Timewarp Inc and Trotter, he certainly serves up a tasty big beat buffet. Highlights of the 14 tracks include the bluesy afternoon haze of "Passion", the electronic spikiness of Latin lounge classic "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" and the hip-house/ ska-hop party anthem, "Cop Dat Shit".
Review: We've all experienced an 'economic boom' of some sort during the course of this recent recession, none more so than the Greeks. Here, despite the title, Greek nu-disco label Timewarp thankfully deliver more of a sonic boom. The title track kicks things of with a mid tempo breaky dub workout with an uplifting flow from vocalist The Mage. The Ragga Twins step up to the mic and up the fierceness on "Pump The Style", whilst "Economic Boom" gets remixed by Balkan Riddims adding some killer bottom end and Jazz K Lipa who adds some breaky punch.
Review: Here we have Timewarp Inc, the in-house production team at Athenian funk/nu-disco label Timewarp, and they've decided to delve into their mighty back catalogue and well, remix it. Hence, "The Remix Session Vol 1" - a collection boasting 14 prime cuts including the moodily hypnotic funk loops of "Anti Pop Song" by Ancient Astronauts, the forlorn Two Tone vibes of "Smile On Your Face" and the machine-like breaky funk goes synthy disco sizzler "Da Gypsy Groove" by Leon.
Review: It seems that Timewarp's rare funk compilations are like buses: you wait ages then three arrive at once. Well, not quite - the second instalment in this series arrived two years ago, precisely half the time between that and the first one. So by our calculations the next one should arrive in a year's time. That gives us just enough time to fully absorb all 31 bangers featured here, including the backbeat swagger of "Ghetto Drunk", the shimmering '70s glamour of "Soul Sugar" and the lush, luxury disco of Timewarp's own remix of "Afrofunk".
Review: German DJ/producer Quincy Jointz has been strutting his funky stuff behind the decks since 2003. He's struck up a close bond with Greece's Timewarp in particular, so much so in fact that he's back with his fourth mix album for them! "Lime Sorbet Vol IV" sees the guy condense 18 tracks into an hour-long mix, which is quite a journey indeed. The individual tracks are also included here in full, highlights of which include the Junkie XL-ish "Pray", the bouncy electro-pop meets retro rap of "Summertime (remix)" and the electro-funk-breaks of "Do You Want More Ah".
Review: Having first made his name with rasping funk breaks, Valique has in recent years focused more on disco and house. Here, he delivers his most deep house focused release yet, a sumptuous collection of recent remixes. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from the midtempo deep house/nu-disco/deep funk fusion of Valique's "Future Boogie" remix of Dr Cuts' "Red Hot Chilli Cuts", to the piano-laden deep house bump of his "Anthem" mix of Funky Destination's "Down To The Music". Best of all, though, is the twisted 303 funk and piano solo madness of Valique's "Less Swing" remix of Emmanuel Bravo's "Little Swing".
Review: Few albums are so rich in funk and soul they can spawn two worthwhile remix albums, but few outfits run the groove gamut with the same authenticity and clout as Timewarp's in-house production team. Whisking the original off to far-away party pastures, each version brings a whole new lease of life to the originals. From the mesmerising percussion and sharp organ blasts of Soopasoul's take on "Ghetto Drunk" to MSdoS's jazz-flecked D&B twist on "Bullshit" via the deep space cosmic funk bubbles of Angel Funke's remix of "Hipsko", each of these resonates with quintessential remix science.
Review: We're not quite sure why this German funk meister is so enthralled by lime sorbet in particular (other than that it tastes nice), but that is what he has chosen to dub his popular mix series. This third installment packs in a hefty 18 tracks and is available both as a continuous mix and as individual tracks too. Highlights include the mini Moog workout of QZ's remix of James Beige, the high-energy riff-o-rama of "Monsterjam" and the effervescent disco-funk of "This Sound".
Review: Originally released back in February, "Ghetto Drunk" is an in-house album from renowned Athenian funk/nu-disco label Timewarp. The record covers a host of styles from trip-hop to house, and now the net is flung wider with a host of producers enlisted to remix it on this spin-off release. In addition to the previous styles, here we also get some sassy swing breakers ("Bullshit" Niles Phillips mix), electro-disco sizzlers ("Yuil Disco Breaks" Valique remix) and perplexing acid-funk on the 'acidisco' version of the title track.
Review: If it ain't broke don't fix it as they say, and this Euro party edits producer is certainly living by this maxim. Here we find the talented producer providing Greek label Timewarp with a selection of his reworks of disco obscurities. As usual it's hard to not want to get up dance to his infectious remixes including the pulsating, arpeggiated 80s night drive of "Yull Disco Breaks (instrumental)", the wah-wah heavy hip-house of "Blast" and the chaotic acid funk of "Nose Dive".
Review: Timewarp have been putting out bangers since 2005 on their own Timewarp Music, a Greek label dedicated to only the most alluring electronic sounds. This is their new LP and it's choc-a-bloc with surprises for you; starting from the opener "Bullshit", an irresistibly hip-swanking trip-hop number, it goes all the way through "Disco Frisco" featuring the one like Leon for a smooth but rough-ready house roller, and ends up in places never expected like "Latin Cookies", a track so joyful and packed with good vibes that it can't be properly catalogued into one genre...it has one hell of a bass line though - much like everything else on this sweet full-length from the boys at Timewarp.
Review: Canadian producer, Afternoons In Stereo, has been on hiatus since 2011, but it hasn't stopped his name appearing on a host of remixes of other acts ever since. Now the Athens-based Timewarp label has decided to collect the best of all these appearances in a one-stop-shop release. There are 11 top-notch tracks here. Some choice picks include the loungey bass grooves of "Growth Strategies", the reggae funk of "Jamaican", the retro ghetto stomp of "Step On", the almost electro-Bhangra of "Rose Of Ispahan" and the authentic disco workout "Funky Dog". A perfect stopgap release whilst we wait for this prolific producers new studio album, due 2013.
Review: Weighing in at a whopping 28 tracks, this follow up to Timewarp's hip-wigglingly funky debut compilation will take about four years to digest - as long as the follow up took to arrive. From bongo boogie-woogie ("Elpuma" - Afternoons In Stereo) and jazz-flavoured sunshine house (Trotter - "At The Pool") to low-swung sleazy breakbeat funk (Timewarp Inc - "Start With An A") and woozy Latin wig-outs (Auditors Domination - "Rempeto") this hefty party compendium more than makes up for the wait.