Review: Funky Town reissue two tracks from Sound Factory Inc's 1977 long-player 'Night Shift'. 'The Limehouse Groover' opens with a resonating gong hit before revealing itself to be a sunny, carefree jazz-funk/jazz-fusion affair with a synthesized saxophone lead line - the likes of Spyro Gyra, Mezzoforte or Morrissey-Mullen would be useful reference points here - while 'The Funky Beauty' is a more uptempo number that leans towards Euro/Italo disco, with organic sax and trumpets counterpointing analogue synths that are very much of their time. It's all a bit "70s sitcom soundtrack", but leave your fromage-phobia at the door and just enjoy!
Review: A treat for lovers of soulful Latin grooves here, as Cape Verdean marno legend Cesaria Evora gets the remix treatment from three of New York's finest, nearly eight years after her death (at the age of 70) in 2011. Francois K & Joe Claussell's Body & Soul Mix is up first and is dripping in world and jazz flavas, with Evora's Portuguese-language vocal sitting alongside gentle piano chords, mournful trumpet and fluttering, flute-like synths, all underpinned by rolling house beats. Francois K & Eric Kupper's Main Pass uses less of the organic instruments and rides a more tribal rhythm, making it the pick for dancefloor play in less specialist clubs.