Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
Review: Canadian nu-funk imprint ReSoul are known for their hip-hop laced, groove-based releases. Here though, they've excelled themselves with a more south of the border-style release. The duo of Cervendos and Freakvent Flote have a unique sound, different to their own individual styles. It's more 'a little bit of everything' washed down with some tequila. "Downtown Groove" is exactly that: a crunked up groove fest brimming with brass, while "Influence" takes retro jazz-soul keys and marries 'em to 21st century post dubstep beats, which results in a bizarre, but successful, funk-out.
Review: ReSoul releases score highly on every nu-funker's wish list but the liquor-lashed Defunk doesn't just take the biscuit, he takes the whole barrel. "Good To Me" rumps on a salubrious electric bassline before breaking into a classic En Vogue hit while "Make It Swing" takes wisps of 1920s scat and swing without letting the tune wallow in over-saturated retro. Elsewhere we find ourselves getting all glitchy and sexy on "Dirty Dirty Disco" and we end on "Show Me The Love". It begins as a deeper, more reflective piece of wriggle-funk before breaking into a sharp staccato midrange bass riff that guarantees chaos.
Review: Swimming in support from spinners such as the Dub Pistols, JFB, Pimpsoul and Omegaman, Canadian funk duo TFH have hooked up with fellow breaks-head L&C for this exhilarating four-tracker. "The Ritz" makes brilliant use of '80s synth oddity "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco, while "Slippery Addict" busts out some classic '70s funk guitars and filter fun. Best of all though is the tweaked bass of midtempo banger "Fly Robin", which makes canny use of silky soul samples over a thumping bass beat.
Review: If anyone ever tells you The Four Seasons' disco bomb "Oh What A Night" can't be 'badboy'd up, you are legally allowed to slap them in the face with a pair of headphones. "Wild For The Night" takes said classic (and one or two other cheeky samples) bang into the future with booty shaking glee. Elsewhere we find the equally glittering "Ghetto Disco". Loaded with a vibrant horn and organ hook and a bassline that splutters funk juice every which way but loose, it's yet another slice of guaranteed dancefloor dynamite from The Funk Hunters.
Review: There's something rather funky in the fresh Canadian air right now, and native imprint ReSoul are breathing in six lung-fulls by the second. "The Plan" is utter horn heaven as we bump and grind to a beefy swing hook that's peppered with just the right amount of hip-hop snippets. "Whole Lotta Drop", meanwhile, takes The Dynamics' wicked reggae cover of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and drives it straight into D&B town. Skiitour's "Filthy Laundry" finishes the set with a boogified 80s rock stomp. What a package.
Review: Two smouldering slabs of unashamed party funk, Jayl Funk is kicking major booties right here. "Lowdown Funk" takes a Stargard classic and stretches out the groove so every element sparkles; bold, warm bass, bright tight guitar licks and a groove so overwhelming and juicy it could feed a family of five for a month. "Rising" flips the vibe with uptempo cheekiness. Nodding at the Motown legacy, everything about the production screams big: from the hedonistic groove to the alluring falsettos. File under: vibes.
Review: Canadian breaks addicts ReSoul welcome the talent that is Timothy Wisdom to their impressive roster of sample kings and outright funk masters. The kid has been up to some interesting stuff, but "On My Mind" is probably his best of the lot, featuring smart sampling techniques and a rebooted funk beat. "Put The Stereo On" is slower and more ragged, and focuses on a hip-hop swing. Gorgeous, party-time instrumentation and infectious vocals make this a tune that could be liked by just about everyone.
Review: Canadian Timothy Wisdom is a modern hip-hop influenced producer with a deep love of disco's golden age. These two tracks could be a perfect soundbite of the block rockin' party sound of the late 70s early 80s. ""Get On Up" evokes images of Bootsy Collins jamming with Nile Rodgers with Grandmaster Flash on the decks, while "Up N Down" adds slap bass, lots of brass and some almost evangelical vocals to complete the party in fine style.
Review: Three tremendous floor-boosters from Canadian funk crew Wood N Soo: the title track comes complete with swashbuckling guitar blasts, a dreamy breakdown and peaky bass trills influenced by dubstep while retaining more of a nu-funk warmth and character. Elsewhere the pair play ping-pong with well-known vocal cuts on "Party Song" and get all P-funk on our jacksies with the hype-heaved "The Hots". No party playlist should be considered without them.