Review: 'The Brazilian Hipster' was first released as a single in 2004, with Jalapeno regulars Skeewiff's remix issued on a promo-only 12-inch the following year, and now here's another chance to acquire both versions digitally. The original's a midtempo, brass-toting Latino funk jam featuring some very fine Hammond work and subtle, lounge-y chanted vox, but it's Skeewiff's refix that's surely the star, opening with the vocal and bringing the Hammond further to the fore, augmented by a very familiar-sounding late 70s disco/jazz-funk riff. It's one for the hepcats rather than the hipsters, perhaps, but its party-starting chops are as assured as ever.
Review: Washington funksters Fort Knox Five have played a major role in the party breaks scene with such confidence and consistency it feels like they've been around for much longer than 10 years. Here we find their explorative, far-reaching range under the knife of their finest peers. 15 tracks in total, each one highlighting a different aspect of the FKF's repertoire: Krafty Kuts and Skillz add a UK booty-bass twist to "Radio Free DC", Rodney Hunter adds a sense of Vandross-level disco silk to "Uptown Tricks", Badboe emphasises the raw organic soul swing of "What Make Ya Dance" while Featurecast ramps up "Killa Soundboy" with P-funk naughtiness. And that's just the tip of this funky iceberg. A consummate celebration of a decade of bona fide party artistry, here's to the next 10 years.
Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.