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: Tru Funk's unstoppable 'Party Breaks' series returns with a banging six-pack of funk mash-up's and breaks party pieces for the discerning DJ, including Hardly Subtle's brass-filled cut 'n' paste gem "Brand New Funk", Timothy Wisdom's '90s slacker rock-reviving "Walking On The Sun" and Tonic's excellent bass-monster "The Funky Fish".
Review: Budapest beat conjurers MustBeat tether up 21 of the finest remixes they've commissioned over the past four years. The end result is a widescreen romp that explores - and consequently tickles - every nook, corner and cranny of funk's thick-shag underbelly. From the swampy glitch dub of Sammy Senior's remix of "Unreality" to the sunshine skanks and crisp nylon string plucks of Niles Philips' take on "Cop Dat Shit" via the midrange squiggles and sweaty swagger of Trotter's twist on "Supernature", there's a clear consistency and clarity on this package that's seldom seen on a remix collection. A neat testament to the label's toil and great opportunity to fill any gaps in your collection.
Review: This guy is an up and coming producer from Slovakia. Upon listening to his latest release on Hungarian label Mustbeat, it's clear that he's been sourcing inspiration from vintage '80s funk. "Superstar" is a rolling electro-funk workout, with tough beats and retro vocoder vibes. Zamali's remix is a mellow-ish break beat outing, while the Father Funk remix is a daisy age-style affair, complete with old skool trumpet samples, hip-house vocals and funky drummer beats. On a different tip however, Zenit Incompatible's remix is a cool and moody electro-house groover.
Review: Slovakia's Yomakomba is an up and coming Slovak producer who seems to be finding his feet nicely on global beats label Timewarp - following up his debut EP with this new six-tracker for the Greek label. Mixing styles perfectly, there really is something for everyone on Summer Stories - the breezy ska of "Sundance Groove" for example, or the hints of Latin swing on "After Sun", the jazzy hip-hop of "Love Of The Happiness" and even a dub-influenced closer, courtesy of "Evening Moon". A treat of an EP and a perfect crossover between sampled sequences and live virtuoso playing.