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Denver-based disco and funk re-edit specialists Handshakes have been releasing the grooviest cuts since 2013. Originally started by Matthew Loui, and now run by Rob Halgren aka Funk Hunk, the label has so far twanged out tunes from artists such as: Funk Hunk, Black Amex, SanFranDisko, Oliver Cheatham, B-Jam, T Connection, D-Train, Felipe Avelar and more. Cue up Funk Hunk’s ‘Funkier Than That’ to get a flavour of what Handshakes is all about.
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Solid Gold Edits Vol 6
If You're In A Hurry - (5:13) 118 BPM Hot
Your Good Loving - (5:12) 112 BPM
Come On Connect - (4:51) 119 BPM
Wake Up In The Night - (5:00) 117 BPM
Try Love - (4:11) 124 BPM
Take Some Time Out - (5:46) 106 BPM
You Can't Stop - (4:45) 117 BPM
You Can't Hide - (4:57) 116 BPM
High Hope - (4:46) 119 BPM
Ride On The Rhythm - (5:52) 120 BPM
Up & Away - (5:09) 124 BPM
Let Your Body - (5:31) 116 BPM
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HS 024
09 Feb 24
Solid Gold Edits Vol 5
Yum-Yum (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (7:01) 114 BPM
Pick Me Up (I'll Dance) (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (7:29) 127 BPM
Blind (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:45) 123 BPM
One Night In Bankok (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:57) 116 BPM Hot
What You See (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:52) 120 BPM
Played by: Andy Buchan
Review: Five solid re-edits here from modestly-monikered Denver, Colorado native Funk Hunk. First in line for the razorblade and Scotch tape treatment is Nile Rodgers' 'Yum-Yum' from 1983, followed by Melba Moore's 'Pick Me Up I'll Dance' from 1978, which gets a fairly radical instrumental makeover. The Hunkster then jumps forward in time to Hercules & Love Affair's 'Blind' from 2008, before blasting us in the face with some full-on 80s nostalgia in the form of Murray Head's 'One Night In Bangkok' and then revisiting Total's chipmunk vox from Ma$e's 1997 hip-hop jam 'What You Want'.
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HS 023
29 Jul 23
Back Together
Back Together (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:46) 122 BPM
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HS 022
06 Jun 23
Let's Do It Again (Funk Hunk Re-edit)
Let's Do It Again (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:04) 122 BPM
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HS 020
07 Apr 23
Solid Gold Edits Vol 4
We Got Each Other (re-edit) - (5:36) 115 BPM Hot
You Did It Again (re-edit) - (5:46) 111 BPM
I've Got My Game Plan Working (re-edit) - (7:04) 108 BPM
Here I Go Again (re-edit) - (4:48) 112 BPM
Just Be Good To Me (re-edit) - (6:16) 103 BPM
Spend My Life With You (re-edit) - (4:38) 110 BPM
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HS 021
20 Mar 23
Down By The River (Funk Hunk Re-edit)
Down By The River (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:55) 112 BPM
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HS 019
15 Jul 22
Everything I Ever Dreamt Of
Everything I Ever Dreamt Of - (3:51) 116 BPM
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HS 018
13 May 22
If You Were Here With Me
If You Were Here With Me - (5:11) 118 BPM
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HS 017
01 Feb 22
Catch Yourself
Catch Yourself (original mix) - (5:48) 122 BPM
Catch Yourself (C. Da Afro re-edit) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Come Get It - (4:02) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Opening with some proficient slap bass, 'Catch Yourself' finds Denver's Funk Hunk paying tribute to the sounds of the 70s with an unusual cocktail of raw funk bass and reedy analogue synths that have something of a kitsch-y, sitcom theme kinda feel. C Da Afro's remix concentrates on the second half of that equation while injecting just a hint of tropical/Latin vibes, before the EP's completed by bonus cut 'Come Get It', a no-nonsense dancefloor workout made up primarily of two fluttering funk geetars playing in a 'call and response' pattern - it's a simple affair, but that riff doesn't half get stuck in your head...
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HS 016
19 Nov 21
Solid Gold Edits Vol 3
The Deacon (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:10) 110 BPM Hot
Under The Influence (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:40) 120 BPM
ShakIt (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (6:20) 120 BPM
Hit On You (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:17) 119 BPM
Uptown Kind Of Lover (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (8:12) 116 BPM
Love Fever (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:52) 110 BPM
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.
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HS 015
11 Jun 21
Solid Gold Edits Vol 2
For Tonight - (4:41) 116 BPM
Could Be Tonight - (5:06) 120 BPM Hot
Jungle Music - (4:11) 122 BPM
She's Got To Be - (6:24) 120 BPM
I Choose You - (5:52) 117 BPM
Plastic Saddle - (5:27) 117 BPM
Big Street (Do Or Die) - (4:11) 111 BPM
She's A Star - (5:50) 126 BPM
Just Like Dreamin - (4:15) 109 BPM
Review: A second 'Solid Gold Edits' collection here from Funk Hunk, and the Denver, Colorado native has done a great job of avoiding any obvious sources: 'She's Got To Be' bites Jerry Knight's 1982 jazz-funk/boogie gem 'She's Got To Be (A Dancer)' but that's about as much as we can tell you! Across the album's eight tracks, boogie and white-socked 80s soul have clearly provided the most obvious inspiration, but there's room, too, for excursions into rawer funk territory on cuts like 'Plastic Saddle' and 'Jungle Music'. 'I Choose You', with its phat 80s bassline and Janet Jackson-like vocal, is particularly worthy of your attention.
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HS 014
20 Nov 20
Solid Gold Edits
You Know How To Love Me (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:13) 118 BPM
It's Good For The Soul (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (3:18) 126 BPM
Love Massage (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:20) 132 BPM
Accidental Lover (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:44) 136 BPM
African Love Song (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:43) 126 BPM
Get On The Funk Train (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (3:31) 127 BPM
Double Dutch Bus (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:20) 120 BPM Hot
Get Lucky (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (4:30) 118 BPM
This Beat Is Mine (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (3:20) 116 BPM
Review: There's no shortage of disco re-edit collections on the market right now, so props to Funk Hunk for doing things a little differently! Where most re-editors will simply loop up a track's most familiar sections and whack a 4/4 kick underneath, Funk Hunk takes almost the opposite approach, often all but abandoning the original vocal and teasing out the instrumental sections instead. What you end up with are nine cuts that, in many cases, are naggingly familiar before you've quite realised why, with sources including Phyllis Hyman, Frankie Smith, Love & Kisses, Gepy & Gepy, Vicky D and, coming right up to date, Daft Punk. A welcome break from the re-edit norm.
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HS 013
02 Oct 20
Baby It's You
Baby It's You (re edit) - (4:04) 110 BPM
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HS 012
22 May 20
Try My Love
Try My Love - (4:19) 116 BPM
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HS 011
28 Dec 18
Should Have Known Better
FUNK HUNK - "Should Have Known Better" - (4:03) 124 BPM
FUNK HUNK - "Wear It Out" - (6:05) 126 BPM
FELIPE AVELAR - "Lovely" - (6:48) 124 BPM Hot
FELIPE AVELAR & DaFunkeeTomato - "Falling In Love" - (6:11) 124 BPM
Review: For their latest foray into party-starting re-edit territory, Handshakes has turned to label stalwart fiend Funk Hunk (he's so dreamy) and Ammo Recordings regular Felipe Avalar. The hunky one steps up first, first doffing a cap to stab-heavy late '90s disco-house and the sparkling "Should Have Known Better", before surging even further towards peak-time territory via the sharp edits, bumping disco loops and Chic style guitar passages of "Wear It Out". As for Felipe Avelar, he serves up the beefed-up, arpeggio-heavy disco-funk of "Lovely" (seemingly a rework of a particularly cool and fresh, early '80s anthem), before joining forces with Dafunkeetomato to turn a Salsoul synth-disco classic into a bumping chunk of cheery house goodness.
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HS 010
23 Feb 18
Walk On By
T Connection - "Time Is Short" (Funk Hunk Re edit) - (5:17) 118 BPM Hot
Junior - "Too Late" (Funk Hunk Re edit) - (4:53) 104 BPM
Raydio - "Until The Morning Comes" (Funk Hunk Re edit) - (5:51) 116 BPM
D-Train - "Walk On By" (Funk Hunk Re edit) - (4:49) 116 BPM
Review: Denver's Funk Hunk may not be the hardest-working man in the re-edit scene, though he's certainly amongst the most productive. Happily, it seems that regardless of the frequency of his releases, the producer's famed high quality threshold remains intact. Certainly, this latest EP contains some real dancefloor bombs. Particularly impressive is his affectionately stuttering, heavily chopped-up tweak of T-Connection disco-funk shuffler "Time is Short", which revolves around the manipulation of a wealth of short, sweet samples. Elsewhere, Raydio's decidedly Balearic, sun-kissed boogie-funk jam "Until The Morning Comes" gets transformed into a rolling chunk of midtempo disco-house, while D-Train's sweet cover of all-time classic "Walk On By" is given a strings-and-synth heavy makeover that wisely emphasizes Hubert Eaves III's original instrumentation.
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HS 009
19 Oct 17
Funkier Than That
Funkier Than That - (4:56) 58 BPM Hot
Pushin On - (5:18) 104 BPM
Making Love - (4:58) 123 BPM
YYT Shake (Funk Hunk remix) - (4:36) 59 BPM
Played by: Dario Piana, Limpodisco
Review: As we've learned in the past the Funk Hunk likes muscle, lots of disco muscle. His edits are never weak. So it's business as usual on Funkier Than That, his latest selection of edits. There are four cuts here to get up and down to. "Funkier Than That" is a snappy, Minneapolis-style majestic funker, "Pushin' On" is perky synth-pop and "Making Love" is fast, sweaty and a thrill a minute. Lastly "YYT Shake (Funk Hunk remix)" is a cool slice of vintage B-Boy hip-hop.
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HS 008
07 Jun 17
Feelin' Hot
Feelin' Hot (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (8:08) 119 BPM
Don't Stop Believin' (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (5:44) 123 BPM
It's Friday Night (Funk Hunk re-edit) - (6:08) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Despite the name Funk Hunk is displaying some pretty foxy legs on the sleeve of "Feelin Hot". In fact he's rustled up some seriously sassy sounds here too. Three servings of prime late-70s and early-80s boogie is the order of the day, starting with the Rick James-esque title track, which tightens up the original ever so slightly by adding a few sharper edits and loops. Next "Don't' Stop Believin'" is smooth as a gnat's chuff disco-soul of the highest order and finally "It's Friday Night" wraps things up perfectly with the Junior-style sharp UK funk vibes. Slick!
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HS 007
05 Aug 16
Time To Get Down
On Your Knees (Funk Hunk Re-edit) - (6:11) 124 BPM Hot
Your Love Is Heaven And Hell (Funk Hunk Re-edit) - (6:29) 108 BPM
Played by: Ziggy Phunk
Review: Re-edit specialists Handshakes are back with more surefire disco arsenal. This time presenting Denver's Funk Hunk (again!) another one to watch on the disco re-edit front of late. He lends his midas touch to Grace Jones' 1979 classic "On Your Knees" giving it a good and proper thumping revision for modern dancefloors. There is also another familiar classic that needs no introduction that's given an ergonomic re-rub on "Your Love Is Heaven And Hell (Funk Hunk Re-edit)". Lovers of Late Nite Tuff Guy or Gay Marvine should definitely take notice of this guy.
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HS 006
04 Dec 15
With A Twist Vol 1
Strategy (Dopeshoes edit) - (6:02) 107 BPM
Groove On (IMFROMULL edit) - (6:41) 105 BPM
You Wanna Get Up (Dr Packer Funkout) - (6:24) 112 BPM
A Get Off (Mr Absolutt edit) - (6:53) 115 BPM
Jam Master - Party Lights - (6:17) 116 BPM
Back To Love (Alan Mooney edit) - (7:47) 112 BPM
Shoot Your Shot (Bachteen Reboogie) - (6:56) 113 BPM
Can You Handle It (DJ Broadhurst edit) - (7:55) 110 BPM
Black Amex - "Right Here With Me" - (10:33) 120 BPM
Time Traveler (Funk Hunk edit) - (5:38) 122 BPM
Looking Up To You (Breixo edit) - (5:13) 118 BPM
B-Jam - "Last Night" - (5:26) 125 BPM
She's A Bad Mama Jama (JR Dynamites Disco Rework) - (5:21) 115 BPM
Punches (The Silver Rider edit) - (7:05) 110 BPM
Over You! (SanFranDisko edit) - (7:08) 110 BPM Hot
Coconut Groove (Cookie Dough edit) - (6:53) 113 BPM
TV (Chewy Rubs edit) - (5:25) 118 BPM
Joy & Pain (Marathon edit) - (11:32) 105 BPM
Message In Our Music (CBS edit) - (4:17) 127 BPM
Review: All re-edit labels have their own twist on things and Handshakes' thing is classic funk. After messing around with singles for a while, they've bitten the bullet and delivered a long player. It's been worth the wait too as there's a whopping 19 tracks to choose from featuring a mix of names both familiar and new. Highlights include the touchy-feely throb of "Groove On (IMFROMULL edit)", the grey leather slip on electro-funk of "You Wanna Get Up (Dr Packer Funkout)" and the raw, slap-bass heaven of Jam Master's "Party Lights".
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HS 005
25 Jul 14
Groovin' You
Groovin' You (Funk Hunk edit) - (3:56) 124 BPM
Gimme That Funk (Funk Hunk edit) - (3:21) 124 BPM Hot
Found A Cure (Funk Hunk edit) - (4:25) 123 BPM
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HS 004
14 Jan 14
You've Been Replaced
Black Amex - "You've Been Replaced" - (6:40) 108 BPM
Funk Hunk - "Wake Up" - (3:04) 112 BPM Hot
Played by: Richard Rossa
Review: It's a real battle here for the winner of the 'slickest name award' with re-edit act Black Amex giving it a commendable shot. However, it's gotta be the Funk Hunk who bags the prize for sheer daftness alone. The music's the real winner though, a draw to be precise, with the tough-love electro boogie of "You've Been Replaced" perfectly complementing the quirky funk of "Wake Up". A win-win situation.
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HS 003
28 Oct 13
If I Do
If I Do (vocal) - (4:57) 116 BPM
If I Do (instrumental) - (4:57) 116 BPM Hot
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HS 002
11 Jun 13
Charming I'm Sure
X-Rated (Can You Handle It?) - (4:12) 114 BPM
Shy Time - (5:34) 120 BPM
Pitch Black City - (5:35) 119 BPM Hot
Up With Love - (3:31) 111 BPM
Oliver Cheatham - "Get Down Saturday Night" (Black Amex dub) - (5:30) 117 BPM
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HS 001
16 Apr 13
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