Review: On its initial vinyl release earlier this year, our sister site Juno Records described this mini-album from electrofunk and synth-boogie revivalist E-Live as, "stunning". We have to agree. As they pointed out, if you have an expansive knowledge of 1980s electronic funk, you'll hear tons of subtle nods towards tons of original era artists and tracks throughout the set's superb original compositions. For proof, check the Fonda Rae style richness of "Boogie For Life", the Herbie Hancock-inspired "Sunny Side Up", the D-Train-ish dancefloor heat of "Rollin' Steady", which also boasts some killer jazz guitar action, and talkbox-sporting P-funk specialist Roger Troutman ("Case of the Shakes"). Simply essential.
Review: Given the impressive track records of both Giovanni Damico - a hard-working producer with a swathe of superb singles to his name - and boogie revivalists Star Creature, you'd expect this two-tracker to be rather tidy. It is, of course, with virtual A-side "Another DJ" delivering a near perfect skip through mid-80s boogie pastures full to bursting with heavily accented vocals, fluid bass guitar, clipped guitars and kaleidoscopic synthesizer sounds. The smoother, warmer and sunnier "Last Chance" is if anything even better, with Damico doffing a cap towards Maze and Loose Ends in spectacular fashion. Delicious!
Review: Star Creature Universal Vibrations out of Chicago, Illinois: Beaming modern funk and disco from Chicago to the stars. South Korean funkmeister Mogwaa appears next with a debut six tracker. This is the epitome of the instrumental modern funk sound. Heavy analog synths and drum machines for days, composed and played by a classically trained musician. It's a well-rounded instrumental EP across the loner funk/outsider boogie spectrum, picking off where Liquid Pegasus, Sky Tony and Venus Express II left off.