Review: A warm welcome back to the Funk District, a label-hopping re-editor and producer who's previous solo single dropped way back in 2018 on Masterworks Music. He begins his first Furious Mandrill outing with "Stuck On The Line", a loopy chunk of warm, sun-kissed disco house rich in jazzy piano solos, bluesy vocal samples and chunky, bass-heavy grooves. He breaks up the bits a bit more on "Melas" - think heavily chopped and looped Mexican disco-funk samples, rolling disco beats and heavy organ riffs - before joining forces with Sokur on the beefed-up tropical disco-funk of "The Horn". Finally, the Cancun-based artist reaches for the dub delays on a warm and woozy disco-house excursion rich in elongated pads, clipped guitars and bustling beats ("Abstract Love").
Review: A cross-border collaboration here as Austin, Texas-based nu disco producer The Silver Rider joins forces with his Mexican counterpart Fernando Mendoza, AKA The Funk District, for a split EP on Whiskey Disco. The Silver Rider brings us 'Woman', a pacey, looping funk groove with a neat line in rasping bass and spoken, Euro-style vox, and 'Hustle Up', which comes on like a Blaxploitation funk jam. Then it's over to The Funk Rider for 'Imaki Ra Reo', a lively, Latin-leaning affair with a hefty bottom end and some truly wild sax blasts, and 'The Root Of Evil', which like 'Hustle Up' has an understated, soundtrack-y feel.
Review: Fresh from an impressive contribution to a recent multi-artist EP on Editorial, Cancun's Fernando Mendoza once again dons the Funk District alias and serves up some more funky dancefloor heat. First up is the bounding Afro-disco/Afro-funk fusion of "Freaky Stuff", a rubbery but decidedly heavy version of a familiar favourite, quickly followed by the filter-sporting Afro disco-funk bounce of "Do It Right". Arguably even better is "Soul Vibration", a booming, full throttle, house-friendly tweak of a slamming disco-funk belter. Bets of all, though, is closing cut "Tin Lin Non", where subtle house beats underpin a rearranged version of a steamy Afro-funk/Afro-disco cut rich in glistening guitars and undulating bass.
Review: Hold tight for more boozy dancefloor excess from the Editorial crew, a collective of re-editors whose musical output is always worth a listen. The seven-track missive begins with a chunk of electric piano-laden samba/jazz-funk magic courtesy of Nik M, before sometime Hot Digits and Midnight Riot man Frank Virgillio offers a more piano and percussion-laden chunk of sun-kissed Brazilian magic. Labor of Love gets the disco juices flowing via the cowbell-heavy shuffle of disco funker "Like I Do", The Funk District reach for the Clavinets on hazy roller "Baby Got It" and I Gemin smothers a tasty groove in liquid synths and deep house flourishes on "Oh Baby". To round things off, C Da Afro rearranges a warm and groovy electrofunk jam and Rica lays down some colourful nu-disco deepness.
Review: Mexican party-starter Fernando Mendoza AKA The Funk District has been in a rich vein of form since making his debut on Hotbox Boogie back in 2015. Two years and umpteen releases later, he pops up on the Fingerman-helmed Hot Digits Music for the very first time. He kicks things off with the bumping, hip-hop style funk breakbeats, wild harmonica and guttural male vocals of swamp funk rework "Get Up! Get Back!", before underpinning a sleazy disco-funk gem with bustling house beats on "Close to the Ground". 'Shacked", meanwhile, is a stomping, filter-heavy rearrangement of one of the best-loved, break-driven disco-funk slammers (later covered by A Certain Ratio, fact fans) and "Rock On" is a no nonsense, tooled-up disco-rock banger.
Review: The Funk District is Fernando Mendoza from Cancun, Mexico. This is funk on steroids basically: respectful edits of fresh and funky grooves, that are made to move people all around the world. Following up hot releases for Editorial and Hot Digits: this guy is certainly one to watch! From that distillation of a very familiar groove on "Love To Fly" which takes some slo-mo boggie action of a certain classic to new heights, or the neon-lit funk attack of "The Spaceship" (which propels into the stratosphere) or the soulful love action of "Come On Get Up" that lights up the dancefloor: it is clear that that Central America has it really going on at the moment.
Review: Editorial are back everyone: look out! Our favourite edits label now presents us with The Funk District, who is Fernando Mendoza based out of Cancun, Mexico. There's some smooth and soulful disco edited for your convenience on "Groove Me", any guesses who he's taken the razor to on this one? On "Give It To You" we're loving the sultry vibes he's accentuating from the original and "Summer Breeze" takes us back for another glorious ride on the soul train assisted by some nice filtered and loopy build ups that'd make even The Noodleman stand up and notice!
Review: The long-standing Editorial stable have welcomed many choice boogie and disco heads to do the honours in reviving classic gems from the seemingly endless mine of 70s and 80s wares, and they're at it once again with the Good Fot Get Down collection. Regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee keep things lightly shuffling and laid back on "Let U Go" while The Owl gets into a more stripped and stiff floor-focused funk. The Funk District have more clear intentions in getting the party started with "Disco Dynamite", while Spankie Hazard gets a little jazzy on "Party". Whatever your funky needs, Editorial have it all and more.
Review: Hailing from Mexico, The Funk Disco District are on a mission to spread good vibes courtesy of impossibly slick 'sample based music...made to move people all around the world". Here, through Hotbox Records, they deliver their three latest jams - the deliciously fluid and jazzy Latin-disco-isms of "I'm Gonna Get You Baby", the uber slick, spacey disco-cocktail-house of "Get On Down" and the sumptuously languid Balearica of "Feelin' Alright". Smart!
Review: This fourth audio missive from the Wonderful Times stable has been picking up plays from some of the digital re-edit scene's most revered names. Given that all four tracks are tried-and-tested disco-house treats, it's easy to see why the EP has proved popular thus far. Highlights include the sexy sax cut-ups, colossal builds, swirling effects and bumping beats of Rafael Fernandez's "Ode To A.J", the fuzzy electronics, densely layered percussion and whistling melody lines of Sould Out's "Doctor Kongas", and the celebratory disco-funk rush of The Funk District's "Time Will Tell". Hotmood's loopy but essential opener, "In A Disco", is also well worth regular rotations.
Review: So who misses early '80s tinfoil suited, high heeled, neon electro-boogie? Of course you do, who doesn't? Certainly not Parisian producer Lord Funk, that's for sure: the Retouch EP is a sleek exploration of the hazy sound from a boombox on a New York street corner somewhere around 1982. It's a four-track smorgasbord of slap-bass, icy synths, Linn drums, slo-jam vibes and soulful vocals. Rick James would be proud.