Review: Discobeta bring us two very solid nu-funk workouts that are served up in a total of seven mixes to suit various tastes. 'Down The Block' itself foregrounds the classic 1979 Spoonie G "one for treble, two for the time" sample (as used by Grandmaster Flash on 'Adventures...' a few years later), and comes with re-rubs from Fort Knox Five (pacier and jazz-tastic) and Ross Go (cut-ups and scratches galore). As for 'Yoobie Doo', the first three rubs are mostly aimed at hip-hop/funk-hop floors, but if wigged-out funk with a hint of jazz is your bag, head straight for the Pecoe Remix - it's a killer.
Let Me Show You (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:05) 113 BPM
Call It What You Want (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (6:54) 120 BPM
If You're Lookin For A Night Of Fun (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:57) 116 BPM
Much Too Much (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:35) 126 BPM
Honey (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:28) 124 BPM
I Wanna Get With You (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:38) 118 BPM
Welcome To The Club (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (6:35) 118 BPM
Wild & Crazy (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (7:14) 120 BPM
Mighty Fine (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:47) 108 BPM
Throw It Down, Shake Your Body (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:02) 116 BPM
Call Me (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:27) 59 BPM
Say You Wanna (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:39) 118 BPM
Ray Of Sunshine (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:00) 120 BPM
Love Never Looked Better (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:42) 122 BPM
Pleasure Unit (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (7:46) 124 BPM
Make A Little Move (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (3:44) 118 BPM
Review: Rob Halgren is resident DJ at Denver nightclub Neon Baby, and as Funk Hunk specialises in repurposing vintage funk, disco and boogie grooves for contemporary dancefloors. With 22 tracks on offer, there's no space here to identify the source material for every one - it'd also be a fool's errand, because he's dug admirably deep and most would have us beat anyway! But what you end up with is a magazine full of fresh ammo for your funk machine gun, with the emphasis on fat-ass basslines and handclaps while the vocals range from sweet female harmonies to blues-y male growls. Worth investigating for sure.
Review: Hailing from Harderwijk in the Netherlands, Niles Philips specialises in "breakbeat music with funky elements", and this four-tracker could just as easily sit in our Downtempo or Balearic sections. You won't find many off-kilter rhythms or wonky time-signatures here - just some very fine hazy, stoned grooves reminiscent of the likes of Lemon Jelly or Bent, and lots of extended spoken vocal samples on the subject of UFOs, technology and, aptly enough right now, viruses. 'Antibody' also provides the EP's jazziest moment, featuring as it does some neat blues-y organ work - think Jimmy Smith in a particularly glum mood.