Review: It makes perfect sense that the Resense imprint would call upon Andy Taylor for a new release, as it's exactly this man's style of tribal downtempo that they have always been keen to dig out. However, number 44 in the game isn't your topical 'chiller'; instead we're launched head first into a hypnotic groove of organic percussion and bossanova sounds on "Kitschy Jungle", a sure winner up in the dancehall...if played at exactly the right moment! "Broken Flute" is easier to suss out, banging its breaks away amid a sea of trumpets, and just the right sorts of sounds for an utterly winning party. All you need is drums...
Review: This thirty eighth release by Resense is actually a split EP, divided between Switzerland's Bandura who fly in Trinidad's The Duke for their first 'calypso mash-up', "Calypso Invasion" and the label's own Sono Rhizmo who updates that cool 50s voodoo jazz sound on the appropriately named "Voodoo". Hot stuff!
Review: The Bas Lexter Ensample is a project by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Bas Lexter who combines a love of jazz, big band music, reggae, funk and of course sampling to create a unique multi-genre sonic world of his own. This eight-track mini album features a multitude of sampled jazz breaks, ragga and hip-hop MC flows, all married to tight funk grooves and reggae skanks. Party starting stuff!
Review: Belgian producer Buscemi has been around the block a few times over the years, during a career that started out during the mid 1990s. This two tracker for Resense sees him in full on party mode. Lead cut "It Aint Right No No" fuses samples from a classic swing-era jazz cut with hard bossa beats and growling bass stabs for guaranteed party thrills. Even better is "Blame It On The Bossa Boogie", an impeccable mash-up of sweaty jazz breaks, bossa percussion, cowbells and select samples from, you guessed it, the Jacksons' "Blame It On The Boogie". Really, it should be a mess, but it's actually rather good - and guaranteed to get 'em going out on the 'floor.
Review: Italian breaks rejigger The Captain returns with two new excellent mash-ups on the latest Resense release - with "We Will Rock You" melding stadium rock with a canny Latin bassline, while Earth Wind & Fire's "Can't Hide Love" gets a similarly slow and South American makeover on "You Can't Hide".
Review: Count Skylarkin is a producer from Oxford who makes accessible covers of classics in a Mark Ronson-style. "Dub Of A Preacherman" is yep, you guessed it, a cover of Dusty Springfield's 1960s staple, here given an up-tempo ska workover. "Freak U Higher" is more of a bootleg mash-up, splicing Missy Elliot's vocals from get "Ur Freak On" to Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher".
Review: On this 26th release from Resence, Dedy Dread shows his credentials with two deep-friend nuggets of fuzzy, summery funk. "Psychedelic Cloud" opens proceedings, delivering a loose, chunky take on funk that harks back to the days of '60s garage rock, Rare Earth and psychedelic funk. It's good fun, layering his Lyrics Born-ish vocals over a grainy broken funk rhythm. "Safari Life" sees him join forces with bootleg type Mr Bird for a shaker-and-whistle heavy slice of carnival-inspired laziness. Think parping trumpets, jolly acoustic guitars and hand picked spoken word samples. In summary: deliciously summery.
Review: Resense have declared that they intend to stave off winter with these two new tropical party jams. They might just do it too, with the hip shakin' gyrations of sizzling Cuban/reggae hybrid "Mambo Perez", and the guttural flow of Audry Funk on the hot-blooded cha-cha joint "Ego".
Review: Argentina's Doctor Stereo has been quiet for a few months now, but he's resurfaced with this, his first release of the year. He's clearly been working hard on his productions as his two new tracks "Zangano" and "Angelitos Negros" display a real maturity to his retro Latin sound; the former fusing familiar sounding brass with shuffling beats and 1960s organ licks, the latter a South American classic given a more percussive rejig. Good to have him back.
Review: Party orientated producer Doctor Stereo is back with a new two-tracker on Agogo that captures the raucous spirit of vintage mayhem updated with today's productions secrets. Meanwhile "Joe Says" is a brassy and bold updated funk belter. Get your soot suit - you're pulled!
Review: And now for something completely different; Don Rogall and Earl Zinger's new live-focussed outfit is all about the original rhythm and blues flavours with a heavy emphasis on fun and fuzzy lo-fi production techniques. "Give Me Your Number" is a raunchy plea to the laydees with a sleazy bass groove and rocksteady backbeat. "Blablabla" is more an upbeat swing deal that wouldn't have sounded amiss in any decade from the 50s onwards. Authentically timeless and audaciously funky, this needs your full attention.
Review: Ree Keen is the latest artist to rubs shoulders with the likes of Mo' Horizons, The Juju Orchestra and Savages y Suefo on acclaimed soul/jazz/whatever label Agogo. These two tracks featured here serve as a good introduction to the Ree Keen sound, with the sleepy cumbia shuffle of "La Pollera Colora" contrasting nicely with the raucous mambo rumble of "Mambacita
Review: Resense serve up two tracks that owe a clear debt to party-style hip-hop from the 90s: think A Tribe Called Quest, Arrested Development or more specifically Jurassic 5, whose vocal from 'In The House' forms the basis for Lord Funk & Moar's 'Hip Hop Control' (even if that track did come out in 2006), with the original's electrofunk backdrop replaced by a jazzier groove complete with breathy flutes. Gelatine Thugs' 'Do The Don't Stop' then takes us into jazzier pastures still, while biting a snatch of vocal from a certain Mr M. Jackson. Floors that move to the likes of The Allergies or Speedometer will lap these two cuts up.
Review: Panamian re-edit label Resense serve up more of their party-startin' funk-hop grooves. Mad Doc is up first with 'Turn It Up', which takes a ska organ riff and tops it with chunks of the vocal from Anderson Paak's 'Come Down', while adding a chorus that exhorts you to "turn it up on me, girl". Sono Rhizmo's accompanying '3 Miles Down' revisits the 1978 track of the same name by the Godfather of Rap himself, Gil Scott-Heron. With the former decrying police brutality while the latter laments the condition of the working man, this is re-edit culture with a political conscience for our woke times!
Review: Powerful funk fire from Bristol's serial editors Mako & Mr Bristow as they hit number three in their Stank Soul Edits series. Backed by a strong gospel vibe and raw gutsy female vocals across both sides, it's another sure-fire heater: the soaring sentiments of Ann Peebles command the A with an empowering ode to the allure of love's sweet sensation while the B is dedicated to the stirring prowess of Shirley Brown. Both crafted and beat-licked in M&MB's inimitable floor-warming style, and already galvanised on the airwaves by funk professor Craig Charles, it's another stank showdown that cannot be denied.
Review: The second of two big break edit releases from Resense: World champion monkey boxer Mako and decorated turntablist Mr Bristow get real with two more funk obscurities. "Breaks All Tight" struts with a classic Motown feeling and a vocal power that's not dissimilar to Lee Fields. "Mama's Little Breakbeat" keeps it real with a swinging twist on Kris Peterson's "Mama's Little Baby". Both absolutely tickle the dance. Vinyl only, too.
Review: The first of two big edit releases from Resense: Titanic Bristol funk from the infrequent partnership of Monkey Boxing's Mako and serial editor Mr Bristow: "King Soul-omon's Mine" takes a cover of heavily-sampled, well-known Lee Dorsey/Allen Toussaint gem and adds a subtle contemporary swing. Flip for a full band breakdown over a pristine break as "Sock It Silly" strips down the science of every funk tune ever. Vinyl-only; this one's a keeper.
Review: Having previously dropped a brilliant reggae refix of Adele and a Latin remake of Kelly Rowland, this pair of rootsy producers reunite on the Resense label for an excellent covers project. Mario's Tuna hooks up with Miles Reverse to deliver a stellar version of Smokey Robinson And The Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey", featuring driving, raw drums and sweet Rhodes action. Suonho matches him with a bouncy new take on Joe Bataan's boogaloo classic "Gypsy Woman" that comes reloaded with some crisp claps and plenty of pep in its step. Check it!
Review: An extremely chilled and laidback Adele refix from Mario's Tuna, as the "Rolling In The Deep" acapella is blended with some sublime, Toots-esque funky reggae on "Skanking In The Deep". Perfect for the change of the season, there's more mash-up warmth courtesy of Sono Rhizmo's "Forever & A Day".
Review: Mystery surrounds this eccentric release from Berlin, offering a musical collage of influences from The Doors and Santana to Latin grooves and classic drum and bass sounds. More likely to be heard drifting from a nearby open air bar on the sunny shores of some paradisical Greek island or Croatian coastline than on the sticky floors and darkened interiors of your downtown club, interestingly, they're said to be offering up an LP later this summer with zero odd sampling involved. A pair to keep an eye on over the next 12 months!
Review: Resense are on a roll of late with new releases coming left, right and centre. Here we have more old-meets-new-skool frivolity, with two incendiary dancefloors excursions. Mambo is certainly the order of the day here, with "My Zindi" featuring 1940s-style crooners over a tight shuffling beat. "Regulate Your Aperitif" is insanely catchy, with a cool hip-house rap delivered over a backing that recalls "My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style".
Review: With this, their latest split release, Resence Records prove that there's always love for a party-focused mash-up. First up, "Feelin' Roll" sees Panama Cardoon mash up Mr Scruff and Wayne Marshall to create what they claim to be 'a guaranteed hands-in-the-air, boom-bap bounce drenched in organ riffs and island vibes', and who are we to argue? "Do Your Stuff" meanwhile is only part mash-up, with Resence's very own Sono Rhizmo reworking Miami funk-soul dude Mr Perculator (aka Perk Badger) for a trumpets-and-back-beat vintage-modern party sound.
Review: Two beautifully crafted breakbeat funk jams from party veterans Renegades Of Jazz. "Green Leaf Woman" takes a pinch of sixties psychedelia and blends it smoothly with Fatboy and Riva style big beat breaks. "Verano Del Corazon", meanwhile, looks to Cuba for inspiration. With warm vocal refrains, hip-shakingly loose percussion and a lovely lolloping double bass lick, it's ideal for any outdoor daytime bashes you've got lined up this season.
Review: Some 13 years after setting up shop, Agogo offshoot Resense has almost notched up a half century of releases. "45" number 48 comes courtesy of Soulbrigada, a German duo who were last seen frolicking on Matasuna Records back in 2016. They hit the ground running with A-side workout "Help (Edit)", a deliciously dancefloor-focused re-edit of a righteous Northern Soul staple by a relatively obscure Midwestern band. Low-slung, weighty, sweaty and horn-heavy with a Wilson Pickett style lead vocal, it's the kind of cut that causes pandemonium when dropped at the right time. If anything, flipside "Love U Baby" is even heavier. It's a formidable and funky affair, with Soulbrigada toughening it up via the use of additional drums and floor-friendly loops of key instrumental passages.
Review: Another brace of funk re-edits from Panama's Resense stable, this time coming courtesy of German duo Alex D and Fabio V, better known as Soulbrigada. 'Do Your Thing' reworks the 1971 Isaac Hayes cut of the same name (taken from the 'Shaft' soundtrack), while the accompanying 'Grab Dis Thing' digs back a little further in time and takes on The Mar-Keys' 'Grab This Thing' from 1965, a Stax deep funk jam that comes fully loaded with sizzling Hammonds, mucho sax parpery and just a handful of shouts, whoops n' hollers by way of a vocal. Either/both will do the damage on funk floors without a doubt.