Review: Next up from the Bona Fido camp, we find ourselves indulging in a very tasty creation indeed, as they welcome back the sounds of Bush Doctors for a wicked new pair of remixes for 'The Spell'. We begin firstly with Jem Stone's recreation, as we are greeted by a hard hitting link up of grizzly drum textures and delicate percussive plucks, with a steadily progressing compositional feel woven throughout. We are also given the Rennie Pilgrem remix, which takes a much more stripped back approach, focussing on drifting chord progressions and subtle vocal additions, all adding the overall feel of this vibrant two tracker.
Review: If you're ready to get down to some super smooth future funk, look no further than this bag of grooves from Fuselage. As a single, 'Three Seasons' does everything you want a new school breakbeat recording to do, with its crunchy melodies, hoppy organ patterns and natural organic drum loops. We are also blessed with a supersonic revamp from Jem Stone, who's 'Cigar & Bourbon' edit reforms the track's structure into a laid back, almost disco-style creation.
Review: Over the past year or so, Jem 'Fingerlickin' Records' Panufnik's newly minted Bona Fido label has been releasing a string of fat-bottomed funk/breaks despatches from the mysterious Midnight Heist, who are the anonymous remnants of a Detroit crew famous for their debauched late 80s parties at the city's long-gone Silver Kly-Maxx Factory. This latest missive is made up of 'Deep Thrust' itself, a sleazy, lo-slung groove with something of a Plumps-ish feel, and the spaced-out remix 'Deeper Thrust', which with its cavernous bass and trippy FX will sound fantastic on a big system during those 3am, head-gone-astray moments.
Review: Since donning the Jem Stone alias a few years back, former Soul of Man member and Finger Lickin' Records co-fouder Jem Panufnik has delighted at showcasing his musical dexterity. Having previously touched on everything from hazy house, Balearica, funk and dusty downtempo beats, "Black Magic" sees him exploring the world of mind-altering nu-disco. Of course, echoes of his breakbeat-driven past are plentiful on the EP opening "Extended Mix", where scratchy hip-hop samples and punchy horn stabs charge in and out of a low-slung disco-funk groove. The accompanying "Dub Mix" is rather tasty, too, with Panufnik wisely giving greater prominence to the restless bassline, funk-fuelled lead line and trippy, head-mangling special effects.
Turn It On (feat Heather McCallum) - (6:44) 120 BPM
Turn It Out - (7:23) 120 BPM
Review: Funk specialists Bona Fido believe that it's 'back to the funk and all that junk!' Their next missive comes courtesy of Bush Doctors, the collaboration between two of the main players in breaks from the last decade: TCR founder Rennie Pilgrem and Finger Lickin' Records co-founder/Soul of Man's Jem Panufnik. "Turn It On" features the sweltering vocals of Heather McCallum on this lo-slung afrofunk jam, that gets deep down and dirty. There's also a handy dub instrumental up next in the form of "Turn It Out".
Review: It's about time Fuselage made a touchdown on Bona Fido and they've done so in serious style with this uber funky re-release of a classic by the name of 'Seize The Time'. From start to finish we are tuned in to big drum breaks and guitar leads, when you then couple these with subtle rave atmospherics and precise vocal slicings you are in for a real treat. This projects comes complete with three official remixes also, as Jem Stone reworks the track into a housey monster, Dirty Barry shakes things up with his fidget overhaul and the Sol Brothers revert back to the 80's with their Electric Boogie remix.
No Business For A Lady (original mix) - (4:47) 112 BPM
Sweetpea (original mix) - (10:45) 78 BPM
Hotdog Supreme (original mix) - (3:34) 74 BPM
Storm In A Teacup (original mix) - (6:11) 64 BPM
Penshala (original mix) - (9:11) 75 BPM
You Are Nothing Without Me (original mix) - (5:30) 114 BPM
Fake Ghost (original mix) - (3:00) 120 BPM
The Final Curtain (original mix) - (4:07) 74 BPM
Stone Grooves, Vol 1 (continuous DJ mix) - (1:03:11) 112 BPM
Review: Given that Jem Stone AKA Jem Panufnik was once the driving force behind the Finger Lickin' label, you'd expect this debut full-length to be crammed full of party-starting treats. It is, of course, though Panufnik wisely chooses not to go for the jugular straight away, instead showcasing a string of shuffling, mid-tempo grooves that gleefully join the dots between hazy house, hip-hop, blues, Balearica (the delicious "Sweatpea") and pitched-down funk breaks ("Hotdog Supreme"). When the up-tempo workouts come, they're predictably tasty, with the wild breakbeat house thrust of "Storm in a Teacup" and creepy and dense tech-house throb-job "Fake Ghost" standing out. Best of all, though, is the trippy, string-drenched downtempo soundscape "The Final Curtain".