Review: The All Good Funk Alliance, aka Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, are typically humble even down to the 'good' in their name (rather than say, 'amazing' or whatever). However in truth they are very great indeed having supported the late, great, James Brown, DJed all over the world, written songs for TV and film, and regularly appear on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. It's been a good while since we had a full release from them though, but now they're back with "Varied Funk" featuring five fresh slices of their idiosyncratic electro-funk. Hallelujah they're back!
Review: Longstanding funketeers AGFA lay down three disco-minded tracks based on the same elements and chords: "Dream Kilter" is a powerful synth boogie bust-up with really wide, juicy synths and a powerful vocal texture tying together the elements. "On Kilter" is more of a house-influenced gem where the synths surge and fluctuate in a way that's not dissimilar to a 2020 Soundsystem record. Finally we hit "Down Kilter". A slipper-shuffling, slower, deeper affair with sly whiffs of Jean Jacques Perry coded deep into the melodic structures. Silky, smooth and full of variation, this is a really cool concept.
Review: American duo Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, aka All Good Funk Alliance, recently dropped their fourth album, Jacks Of All Trades, which signaled a dramatic shift in style for the veteran funkateers. Here, however, we jump back in time a little and see earlier track, "Avance!" being reworked by acclaimed producer Basement Freaks (George Fotiadis). The result is a winner with the original's sassy vocals (courtesy of Merenia and Vincent) gliding over Fotiadis' urgent disco-funk breakbeats.
Review: Spanish producer Angel Funke has been on our radar for about a year now. This, his latest release, sees him join forces with established nu-disco imprint, Super Hi Fi and it's a marriage made in heaven. The original version of "Disco Nights" features a killer sleazy bassline and almost hip-hop beats, all sewn together with subtle layers of brass stabs and funk guitar licks. On remix duties we have the jazzy, organ-led workout of the DJ Kid Stretch mix, the big beat electro of Trotters mix, the electro-boogie of B-Team's mix and the cool, raw house mix by DJ Spiltmilk.
Review: It looks like All Good Funk Alliance's Super HiFi label has struck gold with this cheery, electrofunk influenced summer jam from Rory Hoy and former Freak Power vocalist Ashley Slater. The original, which benefits greatly from Slater's distinctive vocals, is the kind of cheery, Chic-influenced mid-tempo jam that sounds like it would cause commotion on festival dancefloors. The remix package is hefty, too. All Good Funk Alliance lead the way with a rubbery electrofunk-meets-nu disco slammer, while House of Phonk turn it into a French Touch influenced house banger. Best of all, though, is DJ Bone's rework, with re-casts the original as a choppy slab of slap bass-heavy P-funk revivalism.
Review: Astonishingly, this is Czech producer Mr Moustache's first release in eight years. It is, though, rather good, and features a quintet of cuts inspired by the peaks and troughs of relationships. He kicks things off with the sparkling, Daft Punk style summer-time disco revivalism of "Miss Starlight", where former Freak Power man Ashley Slater stars on the mic, before simmering things down for the seductive, boogie-laced R&B pop of "Night Delight" (which, incidentally, is also available in a the XXX-rated "Explicit Mix" form). Elsewhere, Lippi takes to the mic on the slow and groovy reggae-disco vibes of "Don't Say" and "Emocean" is a pristine chunk of tactile, loved-up soul-pop sweetness.
Review: A decade into his solo career, Super Hi-Fi regular Rory Hoy continues to serve up jaunty, party-hearty treats. "Flamingo At The Disco" is a tasty summer jam that fixes his usual hip-hop culture influences (choice vocal samples, scratches) to chunky nu-disco synths and the kind of filter-heavy groove more often found in old French Touch disco-house records. All Good Funk Alliance kicks off the expansive remix package with a D Train-influenced synth-funk revision, before Trotter underpins the celebratory action with a shuffling funk breakbeat. Elsewhere, Ursula 1000 serves up a bubbly, vocal-heavy New York freestyle take and Mr Moozit turns it into a "Fly Life"-era Basement Jaxx style piano house bumper. The party's this way, lads and lasses!
Review: Here's the latest from the trio of DJ Rory Hoy and Brighton's Kitten & The Hip aka Ashley Slater (Freakpower) and Scarlett Quinn. Their intention with this record is 'to funk up your summer" and with its perky 80s Latin funk vibes, think Kid Creole and ZE Records with some modern oomph, it's very likely that they will succeed. Remix-wise Ursula 1000 injects a little Blue Monday into the mix, Fort Knox Five drop the tempo for a more chilled out groove, Trotter adds more slap bass and finally Turntill teams up with Merlin for some edgier tropical bass action.