Review: International Afrofunk fusion troupe The Beta Club gets the treatment from one of the Paris DJs' most reliable version-masters Grant Phabao. Paying full respect to the instrumentation and arrangement of the original, Grant has inserted a rich warm skank spine into the body of the track, giving it instant soundsystem appeal. Essential party business.
Review: The Beta Club are a new international crew intent on "bringing library, funk, psych, Afrobeat, Latin, soul, dub, jazz, breaks, trip hop & lo-fi grooves in all their various flavors to like minded souls". This initial offering sets the bar pretty high too - "Brassa Nova" is a remarkable fusion of loungey Latin beats and moody synth-pop: surely a hybrid yet to ever be conceived before? "Freak Beat (cinematic mix)" on the other hand, is the kind of moody low-slung grindhouse funk heard in a Tarantino flick. Superb.
Never Play Me (Grant Phabao remix) - (6:03) 90 BPM
Review: Here we have two tracks by Irish-French musician Doctor L (nee Liam Farrell) both remixed in impressive fashion by Grant Phabao. "Sweet Live" is a spacey, gentle reggae anthem of sorts, featuring an emotive vocal. While "Never Play Me" is stunning hushed acoustic soul that occasionally touches on John Barry territory.
Review: Paris DJs earned themselves a serious reputation as kings of the compilation with their online mixes notching up 3.7 million (or so they say) downloads. This popularity led to them releasing many official and fully licensed themed comps. However although they've previously explored Afro tropical, psychedelic, jazz and hip-hop themes, they've never touched on funk and soul...until now. They've dug deep here too, providing 15 very different interpretations of these styles including the eerie electro-funk of "Brassa Nova", the chilled out funky hip-hop of "Return Of The Dig-Fu" and the retro analogue shuffle of "Thinkin Back".
Review: Paris DJs are a Paris-based production team featuring the likes of Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito and featuring guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. This is a great compilation showing off the state off things in their collective at the present time.. and it's impressive! Starting off with funk soul jam of Connie Price & The Keystones - "El Nino" which sounds like something from the film Shaft. QASB's "Jaguar" channels the spirit of Curtis Mayfield on this equally brilliant seventies inspired soul jam. It's a mixed bag on here; take for instance the rhythm and blues jam by Stepak Takraw, "Phat Fat Jackson" or the sultry urban R&B j of Baby Jaymes' "21 Questions" that would make R. Kelly stand up and notice! Our favourites are the smoky, latin love balled by The Echocentrics ("Has Regresado Viejo" feat Natalia Clavier) and Whitefield Soundz- "Safari Strut" which summons the spirit of the late, great Jimi Hendrix of this fuzzy, psychedelic rock excursion.