Review: Funky, jazzy instrumental vibes with a hint of Latino influence are what we get from Timewarp Greece this time out. Soupasoul's remix (for such it is) comes in two parts, a nod to the days when that's how longer tracks were served up on vinyl. Part 1 foregrounds the muted trumpet part that serves as a lead line, underpinned by a resolutely funky b-line and augmented by a nagging keyboard riff. Part 2 opens with an extended percussive break, then revisits all the same parts but in a dubbier style, with the parping trumpet only really making an appearance towards the end.
Review: Funky Destination have been praising funky grooves since time immemorial (well, 2008 at least!) and they've usually been doing it for Athens imprint Timewarp. No change then for this new album, nor with the usual high quality either. After the almost Air-like mellow vibes of "Journey (intro)" things quickly step up a gear for the 70s blaxploitation style workouts of "The Inside Man" and "Such A Good Feeling" (a cover, of sorts, of Always There by Incognito). Elsewhere we encounter the elasticated noodling of the title track and the live-sounding "Gonna Roll You Over" and even Asian disco on "Hollywood-Jollywood".
Review: 'Funk' is what it says on the tin and funk is what you'll find inside it, as Timewarp serve up a 16-track best-of compilation paying homage to the squelchy, sleazy sounds of the 70s - tracks like Apedroid's 'Enter The Apedroid' or Basement Freaks' 'Soul Men' could have been lifted straight from the OST of some obscure Blaxploitation flick. Timewarp Inc's own 'Breakbit' is a car chase funk masterpiece, my reviewing notes for Leon's futuristic, sci-fi-ish 'Sexy Toy' read simply "aliens!", while special mention should be made of Koka Mass Jazz's opener 'Play The Game' - a new-old soul/funk jam par excellence, and a consent anthem for the post-#MeToo generation.
Review: It seems that Timewarp's rare funk compilations are like buses: you wait ages then three arrive at once. Well, not quite - the second instalment in this series arrived two years ago, precisely half the time between that and the first one. So by our calculations the next one should arrive in a year's time. That gives us just enough time to fully absorb all 31 bangers featured here, including the backbeat swagger of "Ghetto Drunk", the shimmering '70s glamour of "Soul Sugar" and the lush, luxury disco of Timewarp's own remix of "Afrofunk".
Review: Like the proverbial rolling stone, Jalapeno Records just keeps on going. The continued quality of the long-serving British label's releases is confirmed by this tenth edition of their digital-only "Jalapeno Funk" compilation series. There's naturally plenty of party-hearty peak-time fare to be found throughout, with highlights coming quick and fast. These include Supasoul's sun-bright rework of Funkysoul's trumpet-laden "The Inside Man", the leisurely breaks, Hammond solos and rich guitars of Dr Rubberfunk's "Pressure Cooker", the bustling funk/hip-hop fusion of Smoove's revision of the Allergies' "Run It Back" and the synth-bass propelled goodness of Basement Freaks' "Bring It back (feat Kamy)". It is, though, all pretty damn hot.
Review: Greek nu-funk label Timewarp Music's annual compilation series reaches Volume 7. Fans of the label will know what to expect, then, but for everyone else it's the perfect chance to get acquainted. Indeed, you'll struggle to find a better 15-track snapshot of the contemporary funk scene this month, with tracks spanning the spectrum from Hammond jams like Streamer's 'Mamma's Funky Life' to the sunny jazz-funk of Ivan Blanusa's 'Loungin', with detours into Afro-funk (Vito Lalinga's 'African United Rhythm' and 'Fela Mania'), Latin grooves (JazzProfilactika's 'Calle De Cubo'), acid jazz (Koka Mass Jazz's 'Play The Game') and more.