Give Me Something Better (feat John McCallum) - (4:15) 89 BPM
It Ain't What You Got (feat John Turrell) - (5:14) 108 BPM
Keep It Tight - (4:12) 105 BPM
Digging In The Dirt - (7:03) 110 BPM
I Can't Stop The Feeling (feat Lucinda Slim) - (4:43) 107 BPM
Doin' It - (4:24) 103 BPM
Outta My Head (feat John McCallum) - (4:22) 120 BPM
You've Got To Keep On Bumpin' - (5:48) 110 BPM
Return Of The Haggis (X Rated) - (4:10) 110 BPM
Review: Scottish ensemble The Haggis Horns have blazed a trail in the music biz since 1999, playing for the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Martha Reeves, Jamiroquai and John Legend. They also regularly performed their own sensational gigs and released records too. Now, after a slight hiatus, they're back with a third long player, "What Comes To Mind" on their own Haggis record label. Boasting ten tracks that pay homage to their 70s heroes (Kool & The Gang, Donald Byrd, Earth Wind & Fire) and featuring appearances by John McCallum, Lucinda Slim and John Turrell, it's a welcome return indeed.
Review: As ever, the Bomb Strikes imprint delivers an awesome package to us with this brand new 25 track compilation entitled 'Funk N' Beats Vol. 5', To be honest, it's exactly what it says on the tin as The Allergies head up waves and waves of funkadelic rhythms and crunchy riffs. For us the highlights have to be the futuristic drum processing and subtle percussive movements of 'Loose Gardner' from Flevans, along with the classic breakbeat fusion of 'Fire' remixed by Smoove but originally produced by the Renegades Of Jazz. With the sheer depth of the project it's easy to get lost within the tracklisting, which is always a good sign on a large scale compilation.
Review: KAT's latest batch of hot-to-trot edits comes from Aussie DJ Stephen King under the freshly minted Virgo Type alias. He begins with "Can't Get it Out of My Head", a sublime soul rub full of slick, R&B style vocals, jaunty synth bass and shuffling, almost two-step style drums. On "Dancing Heart", King peppers a thrillingly low-slung dub disco/disco-funk groove with breathy vocal samples and early hip-hop style party "atmos", before subtly straightening out a classic chunk of vocal jazz on sublime, slow burning closer "Jazz Cigarette". All three cuts are brilliantly well put together and undoubtedly a cut above the maddening re-edit crowd.