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Breakbeat Paradise is very good at satisfying our funky needs, never failing to come through with some blissful, sample-heavy party bangers for all walks of life. It's a mixed bag, as per usual, and this will surely appeal to DJs with wider sound palettes, from the hip-hop heads to the disco junkies. Coming across almost like edits, the sounds of peeps like B Side and DJ Maars manage to incorporate so many elements of dance music into single arrangements, and these tunes are surely what is needed to get the dancefloor going; whether it's your bag or not, you won't be able to resist their funky touch.
Lego Edit is Italian Diego Lelli, who has been in overdrive the last year: hammering out a few dozen releases already. Does this guy ever sleep between all the edits and DJing? What's your secret pal? On Dancefloor Edits Hot Barbecue, hear that inspirational Martin Luther King Jr speech over an uplifting lo-slung disco groove that is "Billy Groove" (Lego dub 5 AM). Next up, hear the drummer get wicked on the funk explosion of "Hot Stone" (Lego ReFunk) and finally just to provide some variety: we have got some good ol' fashioned funky R&B in the form of a right classic (spliced to perfection!) for modern audiences on "Link Ollins" (Lego dub). All killer no filler right here kids!
Over the years, The Haggis Horns have gone through many iterations and deviations, but the current line-up is made up of: Malcolm Strachan (trumpet), Atholl Ransome (tenor saxophone, flute), Rob Mitchell (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone), Ben Barker (guitar), Kenny Higgins (bass), Erroll Rollins (drums), George Cooper (keyboards) and, last but not least, Lucinda Slim on vocals. This new EP for their own Haggis imprint, World Gone Crazy, is another one of their funky soul ballads, wrapped up in their modern take on the style - this is with the help of a masterful backing band, we should stress! Remixes are in abundance, too, with Lack Of Afro, Smoove and Sam Redmore all going for the sleeker edit formats.
Previously unearthed and delivered to the world by Kenny Dope on his Kay-Dee imprint, the school band-turned-funkateers Mel-O-Madnezz self-released this energetic "45 in 1977. Usually passing hands for over $1000, Tramp have now democratised it for us all. Two raw, driving cuts with full instrumentation and harmonies, you can feel the room they were recorded in and feel the momentum of the live recording. "What You Getting High On" has more of push to it that builds up to a strong horn lead while "Beautiful Day" touches on more of a jazzy tone with a big chorus and some fantastic slap bass action. It doesn't get more authentic than this.
Little is known about obscure Seattle combo Mr Clean & The Cleansers, other than that they release one single, "Karate", on a label called Camelot sometime in the mid 1960s. The single has previously been included on a couple of similarly obscure CD compilations put together by crate digging DJs, but this is the first time it has been given a worldwide release on digital. "Karate (Part 1)" sets the tone, delivering a fiendishly fuzzy, martial arts themed chunk of Detroit style seemingly inspired by Stevie Wonder classic "Uptight". "Part 2" version is a little looser, with improvised, freestyle vocals and even more righteous horn lines.
Exclusives
MAJID BEKKAS - Soudani Manayou (Banana Hill) - exclusive 08-08-2017
THE HAGGIS HORNS feat LUCINDA SLIM - World Gone Crazy (Haggis)
VARIOUS - Soul Jazz Records Presents Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots Of Rap 1968-79 (Soul Jazz)
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