Review: One man party rocker and mash-up king D Funk returns to Grits N Gravy with three new treats. "Nothing But Money" sees an '80s rock classic slowed down and layered with some tweaked bass and drums, "That Glitch Thing" updates a Lauren Hill classic with a cavalcade of synths and live drum fills and perhaps best of all, William DeVaughan's evergreen "Be Thankful For What You've Got" gets a subtle update on the excellent "Oh Be Thankful".
Review: Quench your floor thirst with these juicy nu-funk nuggets from Aussie UK ex-pat D Funk. Operating around the cool mid-tempo range, it's all about the low-swung b-boy attitude. "Back In Love" takes LL Cool J's "Headsprung" and adds a sleazy bassline and an alphabet of cheeky trumpets. "Sicker Than You", meanwhile, takes Biggie and lays him down flat over a bed of bulbous bass and tight wah wah funk guitar licks. "You Don't Hear Me" pumps with more of an '80s boogie vibe while "Hot Heating Up" flips the switch with a Steve Miller "Abracadabra" rub with additional instantly recognisable vocal snippets - see how many you can identify!
Review: From breaks-heavy mash-up label Grits 'N' Gravy, this trio of new tunes from D-Funk and Philly Blunt are guaranteed to please. "All Good" sees the De La Soul acapella of the same name layered over a new, bassed-up electro beat, while "Time To Move" is a nu-funk beauty which welds together live drums, bass and brass with classy studio tricks. "Big Kids" goes back to the bass though, creating a new, squelchy breaks/dubstep beat for Big Daddy Kane's "Set It Off" acapella. Heavy, head-nodding stuff.
Review: Ex-pat boogie peddler Doug Masters (now based in Australia) has been doing his thing as D-Funk for well over a decade, releasing popular party tunes through his two labels (Upstart Music and Grits N Gravy), and here is his latest release. The Funk Jammer EP features three new tunes that, if not being straight up covers, all reference famous tunes. "Get Up & Jam" doffs its cap to classic p-funk and boasts a mighty hand waving anthemic spirit, "Bumper Jam" is classic party breaks fodder with nods to Grace Jones and "Dope Jam" looks to both daisy age hip-hop and Barry Gibb's Grease for inspiration.