Review: Big Asha brings us a four-tracker that shows working within well-established styles doesn't HAVE to mean simply aping the past. All four tracks featured here can safely be filed under the 'funk' umbrella, but only 'Salinas' and 'Panagra' would sound recognisable to 70s ears: elsewhere, 'What's Cooking?' blends funk and deep house influences to very impressive effect, while 'Sounds At 20 Fathoms' ploughs a much more wonky furrow and actually wouldn't have sounded out of place on Basement Jaxx's 'Remedy'. But it's 'Salinas' that takes the gold - check out those jazzy keys and that squelchy bassline.
Review: Four contemporary funkers here from Tj Edit that, although no doubt embracing the odd cheeky sample or two, are probably more fairly considered as original productions. The standout for this reviewer is opener 'Siti', which sports a positively FILTHY rock-tinged funk guitar hook from the Wild Cherry school of thought, which it marries to Hammonds and a chanted female vocal. Elsewhere on the EP, 'Spax' is a lively little workout with Mission Control-style sampled vox, 'Funk Evolutions #16' is a hazy, druggy chugger with some naggingly familiar-sounding piano vamps, and 'Brik' plays us out on a slightly more sophisticated soulful/jazzy tip.
Review: DJ Moy clearly didn't spend too long stressing over track titles when he was putting this EP together! Perhaps he should've spent a bit longer, because there's nothing basic about 'Basic Funk' at all: yes, it's a simple sleazy funk groove but 'basic' implies something DJ tool/filler-ish and 'Basic Funk', with its added electronic edge, is anything but. In fact, its air of synth-y, new beat-style menace makes it a real attention-getter, even if the indie-ish vocal's a tad less convincing. 'Distant Funk' is another low-slung groover with two competing vocals, a male (slightly NSFW) rap and a boogie-esque female chorus.
Review: With 24 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this latest collection from Italy's Sound Exhibitions camp, which features multiple contributions from label regulars C Da Afro, DJ Moy and Vito Lalinga. 'Nu disco', in this instance, tends to refer to tracks that faithfully reproduce 70s stylings - you won't find much here in the way of Italo-inspired synth workouts, for instance - but there's the odd excursion into housier/more electronic territory, such as on the Afro Acid Dub of Lalinga's 'Hard Core', while soul lovers will enjoy cuts like Goodge's 'Step Forward'.