Review: Thorsten Walter (Jack) and Quincy Jointz (Jointz) successfully delivered their debut album Beaming With Delight in late 2016: A rainbow of grooves from start to finish. Now comes the obligatory remix package; Wuppertal collective Club Des Belugas add smooth jazzy haze to "Running Life", Jayl Funk boosts a little party rhythm in the touching Nina Simone cover "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", Diesler greases up "Flip" with a little disco sleaze while Ursula 1000 gives "Shy Girl" the smouldering synth-licked it deserves. Touching touches.
Review: Greece's Quincy Jointz selects the sixth volume of his concept Lime Sorbet compilation. Lime Sorbet was always the compilation series for open minded music fans and so is also volume six. From sunshine vibes, funky grooves and breakbeat through to house or downbeat. Once again Quincy selects a special mixture of unreleased music by well-known and upcoming artists. Block rockin' beats courtesy of Valique with "Long Journey" (Quincy Jointz remix) will sort you for deep funk, cheeky crooner Louie Austen is back since the electroclash days with the sleazy soul of of "Make You Move" (Quincy Jointz remix) and Stuttgart's Tobe Tronic serves up the deep, breaks driven nu-disco of "Night Drums".
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.
Review: German live ensemble, The Bahama Soul Club, recently released their 4th Long Player, Havana '58, where they paid homage to the 'tropical playground' that was Cuba in the 50s - a 'pleasure dome of sensual overload and rum-fuelled abandon' featuring wild showgirls, high stakes gambling and revellers including Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra and J.F.K". Now its time for the remixes, and there's 18 of them! Artists as diverse as Smoove, Opopolopo and Postive Flow all contribute by adding funk, house and soul to all the Latin Jazz, Bossa and Boogaloo vibes goin' on.
Review: "Since launching five years ago, Brazil's Royal Soul Records has provided party-minded DJs with a wealth of good grooves with which to entertain their crowds. Here, boss man Trotter marks a half-century of releases by gathering together some of his favourite musical moments from the imprint's bulging back catalogue. As the label has done from the beginning, Celebrating 50th Solid Grooves flits between shuffling breaks, nu-funk, disco-fuelled house and P-funk inclined nu-disco. Along the way, there's a chance to revisit Lyrics Born's heavyweight hook-up with Motion Potion ("Funky Hits Wrecked"), the spiraling dancefloor badness of Timewarp Inc's "To The Bone", and the revivalist P-funk-meets-breaks goodness of Quincy Jointz's "Cosmic Funk". Oh, and loads more besides."
Review: Ahoy Hoy! Following last year's album Who Needs Reality, young Rory returns with a fresh party cache for 2018. As always with Hoy, the focus is fixed firmly on the furious funk vibes as we slip, slide and slither through seven cuts, four of which are written with kindred funker Quincy Jointz. Highlights include the pitch-shifting vocal looping insanity of "Just So Fresh", the salubrious bass plucks on "Bounce If U Want 2", the sleazy guitar textures fretless bass runs of "Funk On Funk Off" and the heady blend of euphoria on "The Other Side Of Forever". See you on the other side!
Review: Last year Diesler raised eyebrows by releasing his 5th long player, Sounds Familiar, on A Little Something Recordings instead of his traditional home of Tru Thoughts. The switch did him good - producing a well-received album with a new sense of adventure. The latest single to be taken from the LP is "Human When We Dance": a sultry jazz-funk groove-a-thon that sounds like a house band providing the good vibes in a run down beach bar in some tropical location. Jack & Jointz meanwhile deliver a slinky rework that sounds like early Duran Duran on downers (a good thing btw).