Review: Jazz, funk, house, disco, soul, afrobeat, swing, techno and broken rhythms: Vito Lalinga outta Italy does it all in this eight-track swipe at Kraak records. Bringing sweet Spanish guitar to numbers like "Khartum" or some undeniable jazz-funk to "Murder In Casablanca", you'll find a heavier riff and rhythm tracks in "In The Jungle". With a subtle touch of dub added to the walking bassline of "Sax Street", filter house without the filter makes it into "Scream & Shout" next to something overtly electronic and '90s lounge style in "Traveling At Night". Sweet broken beat numbers in "Suspense Time" too. Check it out!
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: 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: 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: The ever reliable balearic, downtempo, deep house and acoustic ambiance connoisseurs Kraak outta Greece deliver Downtempo Vol 4! Standout tracks include the shake and crackle percussion of Stiko's remix to MCurtis, to the dubbed-out, uptempo and piano driven ambient house of "Galaxy Groove". Pablo Mat delivers two slower, cool electro-jazz and guitar sessions with some Afro-inspirations coming from the vocal loops and polyrhythms of Timewarp's 'Iboga Ritual". Look to Medras' "Sound In My Head" for some extra guitars and folk elements alongside two slow burning disco numbers from Vito Lalinga (Vi Mode Inc. Project). Snap, Krakkle 'n' pop.
Review: Prolific Italian producer Vito Lalinga brings us a musical tribute to The Big Apple here. In its Original form, 'New York City' opens with a fluttering acoustic guitar riff and a spoken, heavily accented female vocal, before introducing a second, sung vocal that's then cut up over a backing which blends disco, jazz-funk and garage influences into an irresistibly shimmering dancefloor concoction. The Dancefloor Remix ups the tempo slightly and adds house-y pianos and sax parps; the Squerzanti Silvan beefs things up another notch or two, while the EP's completed by the western-infused 'Beat' with its harmonica wails and Spanish-language vox.
Review: Like its predecessors, the third volume in Sound Exhibitions' "Africa Soul" series offers up a pleasingly listenable - and largely floor-friendly - mixture of fresh Afro-centric productions, re-edits, sneaky reworks and sample-heavy workouts. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the deep, disco-tinged Afro-house warmth of DJ Moy's "Afro-Dancing" and the bassline-driven Afro-boogie funkiness of TJ Edit's "Baby Camon", to the wonderfully woozy and sun-kissed heaviness of Vito Lalinga's undeniably summery - and hard to pigeonhole - "New York City" and the sludgy, off-beat jazz-funk/deep disco fusion of M.A.D.Y's "Tipical". As the old clich? goes, this is genuinely "all killer, no filler".
Review: With an EP title like that, and tracks called things like 'Afro Lions', 'Afro Afraid' and 'Afrolicious', we're not giving out any lollipops for guessing the overall musical mood here! Part IV in the series finds Lalinga and friends serving up eight more cuts (or rather, seven more plus a remix) that basically pastiche African funk of the 70s extremely faithfully - though there's room, too, for a hint of Latin influences (see 'Ipanema Funk'), a dash of 60s boogaloo ('The Frequency') and straight-up funk (Squerzanti Silvan's closing 'Road Trip', which is also given a more Afro-tastic makeover on the VI Mode Inc. Project Rework).