Review: A cool cat within the ranks of Sound Exhibitions, and known cohort with other labels like Kraak, Timewarp and Legofunk - Vito Lalinga returns as Vi Mode Inc Project! Music for some sweltering nights of funk to come, Lalinga throws down something hot and heavy, chunky and groovy in "No Money", followed by a stripped back yet beefy and effervescent jazz cafe number, "This World". With some howling midnight lounge funk in "Passion Train", Lalinga loops his guitar riffs with extra summertime guitars and a steady groove holding it down in "Party Love." With a golden sound of '90s jazz motifs, as if lifted from Miami beach marinas or the inner city's hidden swing clubs, horns blaze with fanfare in "Passion Train" next to the big band jams, broken beats and extravagant solo instrumentals of "Freestyle".
Review: With 24 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this latest collection from Italy's Sound Exhibitions camp, which features multiple contributions from label regulars C Da Afro, DJ Moy and Vito Lalinga. 'Nu disco', in this instance, tends to refer to tracks that faithfully reproduce 70s stylings - you won't find much here in the way of Italo-inspired synth workouts, for instance - but there's the odd excursion into housier/more electronic territory, such as on the Afro Acid Dub of Lalinga's 'Hard Core', while soul lovers will enjoy cuts like Goodge's 'Step Forward'.
Review: Italy's ever-prolific Vito Lalinga brings us eight contemporary funk jams here. Opener 'Disaster In The World' marries a reggae bassline to fluttering Spanish geetar and sampled, spoken vocal snips, 'Happy Feeling' nods to 70s barrio funk, 'Ice Stuff' brings the Blaxploitation soundtrack vibes with its mournful trumpet and looping bass before getting a more uptempo Leg Warmers Remix from Santoro, 'Uitdaging' will play well in the hip-hop 'n' funk spots, 'Swart Mense' adds a little Afro flava, and so it goes on... there's perhaps no one standout cut that demands instant attention but any/all of 'em should keep funk-friendly floors grooving nicely.