Review: Though known mostly for jazz- and swing-infused grooves, French producer Minimatic takes a detour into hip-hop pastures here, albeit there are also noticeable bossa/lounge influences in play. 'That Golden Bossa Hop' brings to mind the output of Bristol crew The Allergies, 'Drop It Like It's Hot' reworks the Snoop Dogg classic of the same name in a Latin jazz stylee, 'Cognac Wanksta' is a laidback, blunted affair, 'De La Bossa' recalls vintage Galliano from the early 90s, and bonus cut 'Ladi Dadi Doo' has a rawer, demo-like feel. If you love both golden age hip-hop and jazz, you'll dig this EP for sure.
Review: It's been three years since five-part collective JazzProfilactika released their debut Tick Tock LP and they return to Timewarp with a very much welcomed take on stylish nu jazz and funk orientated beats! Given an electronic touch and sampling boost, "Ah Yeah" goes deep on the rhodes and phat on the phunk alongside the more jazz and brass orientated "Funky". Remixes come from band member Chillov (Tsvetan Momchilov) and good friend ilko (Ilin Grivishki) who adds a deeper shade with extra keys to his remix. Get down.
Review: Nothing cheap about the complier of the latest installment of Katakana Edits series. Cheapedits has lined up a sizzling selection of party-orientated scalpel jobs, and gives The Supremes a thorough early 90s hip-house makeover on "Stopin". Inxs get a sleazy big beat facelift on "Tonight", and it's all about the vintage 60s shuffle on "Blacktel". "Buyer" provides some poppy ska and "Qui Qui" wraps things up with closing-time-at-a-tequila-bar vibe.
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: Beatnik City is one of the chief exponents of the Northern Soul sound and its crate digging culture. Here they present what they dub "BarBeat", which is a good way to describe the non-purist approach of the edits featured - perfect fodder for bars rather than big room clubs. Perfect examples of this approach include "Finti Cents" where In Da Club gets taken back into time to a shimmying Motown backing groove or the 90s-hip-hop-goes-retro-big-beat vibes of "Jurassic Jive".
Review: It's time to get into party mode as we see Spin Kringle make a highly anticipated appearance on Scour to showcase some of the smoothest breakbeat originals we have heard in quite some time. The project begins with 'Float', alongside Sam Klassik, an incredibly bouncy piece of turbofunk, filled with twisted melodic expression and grizzly synthesizer movement. The goofy chord structures of the title track 'Parade' follow, before more synth units are set to run wild over hard hitting drum punches in 'Turn Out'. Finally, the groove intensifies as 'Stampede' combines funky horn work with smooth 4x4 rhythms and a constantly evolving lead bassline. Awesome!
Review: The electro-swing bug has caught on in Greece judging by this fledgling Hellenic label's sixth release. Palov is a veteran DJ from Athens, and here he flexes his production muscles over four tracks. "Moving Next Door" takes an old Louis Prima-style trumpet sample and teases it out over four and a half minutes to great effect. "Bandido" is more upbeat and features sassy vocals from Monique Maion, "Captain Pandelis" displays a more hip-hop groove and features the voice of an old-skool crooner. Lastly "Waste Of The Time" manages to successfully fuse vintage swing band sounds with reggae!
Review: Get to really know the Four Tet you know now with this Misnomer EP, originally released back in '99. Dating back to a time when Four Tet was more of a side project for Hebden than his prevailing alias - thanks to Trevor Jackson's Output label - these four tracks are thrown back into the spotlight and may come as a shock to some in the way they dive deep into noise music and experimental sound sourcing. Most overtly heard in the wild jazz of "Fume", there's something easier to handle in the title-track. With eastern themed motifs gracing "Charm" and "Aying" too - allow yourself to revel in the early days of Four Tet, when trip hop, big beat and post rock was a thing.
Review: Jazzy Vibes EP from Marinacci's family with years of dedication to Jazz and improvisation. In this EP we have few vibes coming from them. The intro mix gives you right away the feel of this single taking you into a Jazzy Sax atmosphere with sexy voices. The second song it's a Dub experience with ambient chill vibes that take you to the next terra nostra ( our land ) starjazz with intense flute vibes taking you into Italian summer. Last but not the list Suite Latin Ft. Paolo Pavan takes you to the sunrise atmosphere.
Review: For the uninitiated, The Gaff is a Canada-based DJ, producer and prodigious maker of "party breaks" - shorthand for re-edits and reworks that should appeal for those DJs for whom loose rhythms are of more interest than a straight 4/4 pulse. This first contribution to the digital-only Katakana Edits series is full of funk and soul-laden jams with heavy but snappy drums. There's a global feel, too, with excellent forays into afro-funk ("High Life") and Latin beats ("Mambo Number 5"). While all four tracks are carefully tuned to the needs of dancefloors, the afro-flecked disco-funk grooves of "Funny Saga" stands out.
Review: DJ/producer duo Troo Luv and Charlie Loud aka Heartbreak Sound have a great knack of re energising hip-hop acapellas and dropping some of the finest mash-up material out there at the moment. This latest release on GAMM is an essential purchase which comes in four pieces - with D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" given a slow, nu-Philly groove, Jeru Tha Damaja's late-period hit "El Presidente" treated to a thematically-correct Cuban remake, Mos Def's "Ms Fat Booty" redone with a new, DJ Spinna-esque set of beats, and Common's classic "The Light" given a gritty make-over.
Review: GAMM welcome a new face into the fold in the shape of Stockholm's Seegweed, who aptly demonstrates his panache for the edit on some classic jams. First up, Seegweed drops a subtle take on Angela Bofill's Stylistics cover, clearly not wanting to mess with a classic like "People Make The World Go Round". Deft percussive touches and some bottom end embellishment are added to the core which takes full effect on the midpoint break. Up next, the jazz funk break delight of Ben Sidran's "About Love" gets the subtle Seegweed treatment, and he does a neat job of extending out the sweetness that is Sly & The Family Stone's "Family Affair".
Review: Who wants normal drums when you can have magic ones? Certainly not this bonkers 20-piece outfit from Dorset, no sirree, this lot conjure up all kinds of raucous spirits with their wall of percussion style. This latest EP for Tru Thoughts features five slices of their samba, funk, hip-hop drum & bass and Afrobeat fusion that regularly slays audiences at festivals across the land.
Review: Omar's Sing If You Want It album, re-issued to much acclaim on Tru Thoughts in July, gets its second single release in the form of the It's So EP, featuring one of its undoubted highlights, the infectious "It's So". It's the diverse remixes that make this EP a must have; Zed Bias' remix of "It's So" turns the original into a bass-driven dancehall inspired bomb, whiles Scratch Professor's remix takes the pace right down, adding a soulful trumpet line which takes the somewhat bumping original into much mellower territory. The EP is rounded off by Mark De Clive-Lowe's neon tinted funk reworking of "Your Mess" which channels the spirit of Prince's 80s material through its fluorescent lens.
Review: Italian producer Vito Lalinga presents his debut EP on Greek label Timewarp, bringing five hot tracks on his fresh Afrodisiac EP. Your fix of nu-funk, combined with broken beats and a touch of African vibes - as heard on the spiritual and life affirming "Fela Mania". Likewise, "Move Your Body In Africa" features a cinematic touch with a soulful style that Vito Lalinga always brings. This is a collaboration with his mates Angelo Dattuomo and Giancarlo Coppola as Vi Mode Inc. Project and we sure can't wait to hear what is in store next from this hot trio.