Review: If you're looking for some funk bootleg action and can handle a light cheese topping then this four-track EP from Funk Fusion is well worth investigating. Cut & Shut's 'Hey Jimmy' mashes together Jimi Hendrix's 'Hey Joe' and Tupac's 'Troublesome', Ghetto Cats' 'Funky Smell It' is a simple re-edit of Parliament's 'Flashlight', Sticky Icky's 'Dollar Bill' pits Aloe Blacc's chart smash against the vocal from Wu-Tang Clan's 'C.R.E.A.M', while Cut & Shut return to close out the EP with 'Summer Freeze', a slo-mo nu-funk cover of the Isley Brothers complete with an uber-squelchy, bruk beat-style bassline.
Review: Italy's Sound Exhibitions bring us a three-tracker from the mysterious DJ Mister Funk. Given the artist name and EP title, you should already have a rough idea what to expect musically - and there are certainly no surprises on that score, with the three tracks coming on like forgotten nuggets from obscure Blaxploitation soundtracks. The slow-grindin', breakbeat-based 'Original Sound' is probably the pick for b-boys and funkateers, disco/house floors may find the pacier 'Vintage' more amenable, while 'Real Funk' is the one for the slap bass lovers. It's all pure pastiche, admittedly, but when it's done this well who's grumbling?
Review: One thing we are very proud to represent heavily here at JunoDownload.co.uk is breakbeat music, which has seen a major resurrection over the past few years. This latest five track rework extravaganza from Haynesy is a perfect example of that, kicking off with the vibrant drum chops and scratch heavy arrangement of 'Big Mouth'. Next, 'Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em' gives us a funkadelic vocal switchup, followed by the old school hip hop infusions of 'Root Down' and the more uptempo bass grooves of 'Set It Off'. Finally, DJ Jabbathakut arrives just in time to add some magic to 'I'll House You', a percussive explosion of tooting horns and sumptuous basslines, putting the perfect final touches on an excellent collection.
Review: When it comes to fresh, party-starting fusions of disco, boogie, funk and soul, few contemporary artists are quite as competent as Bomb Strikes regulars Shaka Loves You. Further proof arrives in the shape of the outfit's second single of the year, "Let's Move". In its original form, the track is energetic and exciting, offering a contemporary take on Clavinet-and-horn-heavy disco-funk rich in prominent bass guitar, Nile Rodgers style guitar riffs, rolling beats and looped vocal samples from a well-known 1970s dancefloor workout. The accompanying "SLY Disco Rub" is even heavier and more energetic, delivering a percussion-laden, bass-heavy romp that sits somewhere between dub disco and disco-house.
Review: Album number six here from the northeast of England's finest neo-soul combo Smoove & Turrell. Coming like all five of its predecessors on the mighty Jalapeno Records, 'Stratos Bleu' sees the Gateshead gang exploring a slightly wider range of musical territory: 'This Time', for instance, operates at a soulful house tempo, while 'E.P.' has an almost Underworld-ish, indie-dance kinda feel. Synths n' samples play a more prominent role than on previous albums, too - though John Turrell's distinctive tonsils remain front and centre at all times, so existing fans needn't worry too much!
Review: Longstanding Italian label, Record Kicks, outta Milan that's been specialising in all matter of funk since 2003, digs through its catalogue to surface with a compilation of obscure material and classics from the likes of James Brown to original soul diva Martha High. Across the 12 tracks presented here you'll find a bona fide cast of artists like Osaka Monaurail, Hannah Williams and Baby Charles to the explosive sound of Marta Ren, the Link Quartet and more! Record Kicks as always spearheading today's retro Soul movement for the better!