Review: Po-faced disco and boogie purists should probably steer clear of this five-tracker from the Tru Funk crew. For the rest of us, there's plenty to enjoy. The action is typically floor-friendly, offering party hearty thrills with just enough purist flavour to impress. Agent 86 drops a deliciously synth-heavy stepper in the form of "Sticky Funk", while Jamie Ruz closes his eyes and lets the jazzual guitar solos flow on the soft focus boogie-soul jam "Lovers Delight". Yomakomba's "Hold You" should inspire a few "moments" on the dancefloor with its sinewy combination of '80s soul and Balearic house chug, while Trotter's "40 Degrees" is a slamming chunk of slap bass-heavy disco house.
Review: Such is the ambition of disco edit label Katakana that their mission statement proclaims them to release 'music made on earth', like they're aiming for success beyond the stars. It's a pretty stellar line-up they've got too with French edit wonder Morlack getting two appearances both on the Miami Sound Machine-esque Latin electro-funk of "Feel Alright" and on a muscled up version of James Brown's "Living In America". Elsewhere we get early '90s hip-house vibes from Trotter on "Loco Trill" and slinky '80s slow boogie on "Bottoms Up". If that don't get the aliens dancing, nothing will.
Review: Given the EP's title, you'd expect this latest split EP from the Royal Soul camp to be full of the kind of fun-time fare that makes you want to shake your ample assets. Happily, that's exactly what's on offer. P-Sol gets things rolling via the bouncy disco-funk-goes-house shenanigans of "Shape Up's", before fellow experienced producer Trotter expertly throws together samples from all manner of familiar tunes on the party-starting funk breaks explosion of "Trotter vs Sahntisan & Foo". Zel's tasty midtempo shuffler "Disco Speech" - all undulating disco bass, punchy ska horns and lolloping drums - offers a pleasingly groovy alternative to the full-throttle fare elsewhere on the EP, while Cupcake Project steals the show via the rubbery P-funk re-edit action of "Hey Baby". In summary: rock solid party jams.
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'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: Latin-obsessed Viennese radio DJ Herbert Bachofer, aka Shantisan, presented us with his single Avenida Atlantica back in March. Now he's back with full-length debut LP, Conexao, boasting 19 tracks to sink your teeth into. It covers a wide breadth of global styles and influences - including Bachofer's own bossa nova horn-fest remix of "Control Of Your Mind" by Carlos Reisch, his Chic-esque rework of "Favela Funk" and the summery party vibes of "Meninas & Meninos" which boasts the additional talents of Micheline Cardoso, Luiz Antonio Gomes and Stefan Obermaier. An impressive debut.
Review: As the matter-of-fact title suggests, Mixing & Remixing gathers together a selection of the finest reworks from hard-working Grecian producer Angelos "Timewarp" Stoumpos. He stamps his now familiar 'nu-disco meets deep house' style over tracks from Quiet Fire, Noetic Nega and Gabriel Rocca, occasionally diverting to pay tribute to funk-fuelled hip-hop (the slick, synth-heavy old skool revivalism of his take on Morlack's "Let's Go Jamming"), and lay down some tougher, more obviously house-centric reworks. Of these, it's his version of "Hr Tichy" by Shanti Roots and Scheibosan - a dubby tech-house chugger full of exotic, Middle Eastern strings - that really hits the spot.
Review: Roll up, roll up! Get your cheeky re-edits here! Yep Brazil's answer to Del Boy has set up stall to shift his latest retweaks. "It's Only Disco" is a raucous funky jam with Senor Oz doing his best to channel those live celebratory vibes a la Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up". DJ Smash also provides a remix that is all about the percussive breaks, while "Eclipse" on the other hand is more your 4/4 melodic electro-house with an extra sprinkling of funk, which is turned into some half time synthy off-kilter funk by Audit.
Review: Brazil's favourite purveyor of re-edits that fell off the back of a lorry, Trotter, is back after a long hiatus with another example of the kind of light hearted party fodder that he's best known for. Yes "Let it Rock" features feet shuffling rolling beats with a poolside aura and tropical lilting guitar. E1sabr delivers a more contemporary mix with melodic electronic disco melodies and emotion, Ursula 1000 also provides some dream-like sun kissed electrohouse vibes and finally P-Sol gets nice and deep, with a Balearic-style smoochy wonder that's teased out over the duration of six minutes. Pure summer sounds.
Review: Brazil's finest independent trader, Trotter serves up a juicy p-funk joint of perfect party proportions. Loaded with just the right amount of sun-kissed instrumentation, the guitars glisten while the occasional horn parp adds groove efficiency. Plus there's the small matter of a cheeky JB's vocal, which always goes down a treat. Remixes are all major league, too; Qdup gets a crazed slow filtered funk vibe going on, Niles Philips ekes the tempo down further with a warping glitch trip and Kreap takes things on a bumpy jacking adventure. Go on... give it YOUR best!
Review: Brazil's premier re-edit guy Trotter hasn't been as prolific of late as he used to be. However he's treated us here to a stop gap one-track, suitably-tilted "One". The track is classic Trotter, being over five minutes of party breaks, rolling basslines, cheery brass and hippy-era voice samples. Remix-wise Pilots On Dope deliver a super chilled out Latin-tinged dubby incarnation of the tune, whilst Badboe ups the vibes for a party-friendly go-go style romp with added lashings of electro-funk fun.
Review: Although it can't be confirmed that he tours his native Brazil in a battered yellow Reliant three-wheeler, this Trotter also specialises in shifting slightly dodgy second hand goods. Although rather than peddle stuff off the back of a lorry, this guy peddles retweaked old classics. Here KC & The Sunshine Band's Get Down Tonight gets a honky tonk breakbeat work over, Will Smith's Boom Shake The Room is turned into a chunky funkster and a lean, instrumental rework of a Sweet Charles' classic wraps things up nicely.
Review: When it comes to serving up cheery, funk-fuelled dancefloor workouts, Trotter has an exemplary track record. The prolific producer is at it again here, joining forces with San Francisco-based DJ/producer Duserock for a single-track missive that's worth its weight in gold. Underpinned by warm bass and rolling mid-tempo beats, "Hashbury" grooves along on waves of cosmic synthesizer chords, hazy male vocal samples ("this is disco punk...this is disco rock and roll") and the kind of crunchy funk guitar riffs that were once a staple of San Francisco's bustling 1970s music scene. The whole thing is beautifully imagined and executed, delivering a near perfect balance between glassy-eyed goodness and club-ready heaviness.
Review: Rodrigo Ulson "a.k.a. Trotter", one of the leading name on the Brazilian groove scene is joining force with compatriot Marcelo V.O.R to celebrate Royal Soul's 70th release. They dug their crates and came up with this fresh, tropical, yet nostalgic groove to keep your summer on
Review: "Killer Tits" eh? One shudders at the thought. Luckily there's not a brutal bosom in sight as Neighbour and Trotter remix "I Told You" with breakbeat class. Adding just a touch of UKG sophistication, and oodles of reverb on the insistent snare drum, it's the perfect fit for Julia's breathy vocal work. "Together Always", meanwhile, sees the pair taking the refrain from Oakey's "Electric Dreams" and giving it a cheeky electro filter treatment.
Review: Royal Soul Records is the First 100% Brazilian based nu-jazz/funk and downbeat label since 2006. Pioneer NYC DJ Soul Slinger and legendary drum player from Trio Mocoto Joao Parahyba meets Trotter in the studio in Sao Paulo Brazil and the soulful bossa breaks of "SOL" is the result. Featuring remixes by the North American Izzy Wizzy Wise - whose rendition gets deep and jazzy, the Austrian Shantisan gives it a sexy deep house makeover on his club mix and the Brazilian Tahira takes the track down a traditional route.
Review: Swiss booty dealers Tremendo launch a new series and the title says it all. The label's established funk sound is still in abundance, but it rolls with a heavier bass twist. In some places the low end urgency is more obvious than others - DJ Soo and Tim Livingstone's earworm bassline rips through "Boom!" with true musical mischief while Father Funk's "Feel The Beat Y'All" is less dirty and more cheeky with its classic swing motifs and occasional wobbles. Elsewhere we hear Jayl Funk pay homage to classic 60s funk, Trotters and Telephunken munching on raw squidgy bass and El Bomba getting all slinky and sexy. Get dirty.
Review: It is over to Trotter & Zel from Sao Paulo, Brazil. This dynamite duo have been performing at every Burning Man for the last seven years and have released on Timewarp, Tru:Funk and Fort Knox Recordings to name but a few. Returning on Royal Soul with the sweet and sultry G-funk influenced R&B of "My Path" featuring some sexy skills on the microphone by the one and only Awoke & Smoothie. This one is going to we well received during the festival season: just like everything else they do so keep your ears peeled!
Review: Nu-funk barons Tru Funk commission 15 brand new blends for your party pleasure. Calling up familiar friends and new faces alike, it's yet another reminder of the Polish imprint's clout. Highlights abound but be sure to digest the slap-bass fusion of Funkanomic's Marvin Gaye homage "One More Headache", Morlack's '80s synth smelting of Zhane's "Groove Thang" and Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" and Roy Hoy / Unknown DJ's mindblowing cauldron of Fatboy Slim, James Brown and Public Enemy on "Xpress Your Big Stuff". Serious floor fire, Tru Funk always deliver.
Review: Brazilian DJ Trotter runs his Royal Soul label with a total passion for Latin sounds - often looking as far afield as Austria to find those perfect red blooded vibes. Here he combs South America for the freshest sounds around, which here can range from the reggae-tinged to the jazzier side of things. Highlights include the loungey guitar and drum machine jam "Meu Esquema" by Mundo Livre SA & DJ Bruno, Trotter's laser dubby funk collab with Greek producer Basement Freaks, "Hang Out & Hustle With My Friends" and Otis Tiro's "Azuma", a live, meandering 15-minute laconic wander through jazzy late night clubsville.
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: 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".