Review: Honkey Phonk founder Jayl Funk outta Germany brings his cards to the table with this Four Aces EP, turning to disco as an inspiration for the most part with a sweet touch of samba in "Together". With a rocksteady groove and blaxploitation funk backing the horns, vocals and extra piano rolls of "Feel The Heat", it's the filtered strings of life and roller disco decadence of "Something" that accompanies the '80s-pop elements, spaced-out vocoders, and undeniable dancefloor vibe of "Fantastic Sunshine". Four of a kind.
Review: A very classy set of instant party starters from the Tru Funk stable, with BMD getting wild with the Isley Brothers' classic "It's Your Thing". Warson & Chudy deliver some serious hip-hop wobble on "Find The Funk" and drop the Slim Shady beat over "Ghetto Bounce". The real gem, however, is Jayl Funk's "Funky Song" - riding a classic call/response soul sample over a rock solid nu-funk beat.
Review: German nu-funk/funk breaks stalwart Jayl Funk comes with a two-track release on his own Honkey Phonk label, and it's very much a game of two halves, Brian. 'Miracle' opens with some geetar screeching ? la 'When Doves Cry', before breaking out into an exuberant, happy-clappy soul stomper, complete with gospel choir, that's surely missed its true destiny - to soundtrack the wedding party scene in a Whoopi Goldberg rom-com. But for dirtier, rawer funk thrills head for the brass-parpin' 'Let Me', which comes on like a long lost Ike & Tina jam from the early 70s.
Review: We've not heard from Nuremberg's soul sermoniser, Jayl Funk, all year. He's clearly conscious of the absence of block rockin' Bavarian beats that he's created in the world, and so we have this stopgap jam to keep us dancing. Having traded his wares on labels such as Bombastic Jam, Timewarp and Breakbeat Paradise, Easy Summertime arrives courtesy of Honkey Phonk. The track itself sees him explore his funky breaks leanings, being a three and a half minutes of Gershwin's most covered Summertime, reworked in a perky vintage staccato 60s soul fashion. Obvious but effective.
Review: Based in Nuremberg, Germany, Jayl Funk is a DJ/producer whose work, in his own words, spans "funk, soul, breakbeat and nu-disco". Here, he teams up with French vocalist Lucy Lune Gillespie on a cut that bridges the gap between neo-soul and 'new old' funk ? la The Dap Kings, Haggis Horns, Lack Of Afro et al. 'Take My Hand' has a summery, midtempo but still uplifting feel and a singalong "take me from the dancefloor to the bandstand," and just begs to be heard live at a festival on a sunny day, while if you're not a fan of vocals there's also a NonVoice Version supplied to suit your needs.
Review: As far as breakbeat goes, there aren't as many who can boast as much consistency as N?rnberg's own JayL Funk who here presents us with the 15th complete edition of his Honkey Phonk compilation series. From start to finish we are treated to delicious lashings of soulful samples and funky feeling, especially on tracks such as the latin inspired 'Easy Summertime' and the super groovy 'Lowdown Funk'. Other highlights definitely include the sunny sounds of 'Supernatural Babe' and of course 'Dynamite Funk' which fuses punchy drum selections with soulful choruses and funkadelic riffs.
Review: Block rocking Bavarian breaks for only the most happening block parties here courtesy of Nuremberg's Jayl Funk. He collaborates with Leeds' Tarzan Bros on "Shake It" which features four versions on offer. The original features some catchy hands in the air vocals and soul guitar licks, backed by funky breaks and bass and even a brass section! The AGFA remix is more of an electronic, nu-skool breaks sound for the club. London's Skeewiff gets the perfect combination of both previous versions, injecting a fierce breakbeat for added dancefloor dynamics, but keeping the organic feel of the original. Finally Yamaha Eletrico inject an electro beat and a razor sharp bassline into it, which will appeal to fans of Whirlpool Productions, Laidback or newcomers like Will Clarke.
Review: For this latest Chopshop release, label boss DJ Butcher has decided to present a smorgasbord of his roster, the prime cuts if you will. Ill Advised presents the fast n' furious raw vintage funk of "Save Me", Leon Sweet's "Wasn't I Your Friend" is slower, more sensual and guitar-led, "Burn It Up" is straight outta the mid 80s with a digital sheen and linn drums aplenty and things wind up nicely with The Silver Rider's eccentric chant of "Baboon".
Review: The Tru Funk label is a consistently strong destination for funky mash-ups and breaks-heavy bootlegs, and they've outdone themselves this time on this latest volume of their "Party Breaks". Some highlights include Naughty By Nature getting layered over a silky disco/hip hop hybrid beat on "Clap Your Hands", while '70s Scottish funk stars The Average White Band get their tight sound rejigged by Jayl Funk on "Honk The Funk".
Review: Polish DJ BMD hooks up with Jayl Funk and Warson to drop a trunk o' funk with this first volume of breakbeat-flavoured mash-ups. The recently unearthed "Wonderwall" acapella gets sped up and fleshed out with a bouncy bass beat, while Jimmy Bo Horne's stone-cold funk classic "Dance Across The Floor" gets filtered and chopped to perfection on Jayl Funk's "Let's Dance".
Review: Nuremberg's Jurgen Ludwig, aka Jayl Funk, knows his soul music inside and out and here he delivers four fresh new jams via Goodgroove. They're all pretty high quality scalpel jobs, as per usual. "SixxThree Aight" is all heavy breaks and tight licks, "Piece Of Mine" is some classy disco funk, "Supernatural Babe" is some excellent low down boogie and "Still Together" is a hands-in-the-air 70s soul gem.
Review: There's funk and then there's Phonk. This here EP is most certainly the latter, with Honkey Phonk deliver two raucous slices of delirious party-fuelled phonk. "Party People" pairs good time brass, bass and beats with some old skool hip hop MCing. "Dirty" is a low-slung joint with serious Stevie Wonder vibes.
Review: Jayl Funk is a leading German producer closely associated with Quincy Jointz and the Timewarp crew. Here he releases a one-off tune, "Hold That Groove" for Honkey Phonk. At just under four minutes, it's short, smoothly-produced slice of breakbeat funk that's impossible to remain seated around. If, somehow, limbs and torso's aren't moving then Zamali and Apedroid are on hand to deliver a harder, faster, funkier rocked-out version. Dancefloor gold!
Review: JayL Funk's delightful approach to edits and vintage reincarnations has just got a new groove on thanks to this little beauty of a two-tracker for the Honkey Phonk imprint, and it's hard to have a smile on your face when listening to this gear on a Friday morning. Featuring the Tarzan Bros, "Funkin Your Soul" offers a chunky boogie bass that drops like a mother****** on the speakers, leaving absolutely no laggers standing awkwardly in the corners. Trotter mix is a little more elegant in its approach, but still carries the original's tight groove, hummable vocals and utterly funked-out bass.
Review: Nuremberg's Jayl Funk is becoming one of the most important producers and DJs in the funky breaks scene. He returns on his own Honkey Phonk label with "Across The Sea (Club version)" a soul funk excursion in the vein of Teddy Pendergrass or Chic but hey don't ask us, ask the DJ or keep diggin' Daddy O! There's also two killer remixes at hand; first up is Funkonomics with a rendition which goes for a more stripped and '80s sound with synth funk bass, 808 hi-hats and vocoded vocals. Finally DJ Love's remix is definitely the party starter on here, with its hip-hop inspired block rocking' beats.
Review: Supreme boogie business from longstanding German beat operator Jayl Funk; taking a classic Herbie Hancock/WAR style bassline, laying it gracefully over a series of bolshy big beats and massaging it with flutes, cowbells, horns and party noises, it's an instant party starter that people will recognise without ever hearing it previously. Looking for more of a 80s electro boogie twist with subtle shards of early Guy Called Gerald? Jump on Caz's version. You got the funk!
Review: Two smouldering slabs of unashamed party funk, Jayl Funk is kicking major booties right here. "Lowdown Funk" takes a Stargard classic and stretches out the groove so every element sparkles; bold, warm bass, bright tight guitar licks and a groove so overwhelming and juicy it could feed a family of five for a month. "Rising" flips the vibe with uptempo cheekiness. Nodding at the Motown legacy, everything about the production screams big: from the hedonistic groove to the alluring falsettos. File under: vibes.
Review: Swiss booty dealers Tremendo launch a new series and the title says it all. The label's established funk sound is still in abundance, but it rolls with a heavier bass twist. In some places the low end urgency is more obvious than others - DJ Soo and Tim Livingstone's earworm bassline rips through "Boom!" with true musical mischief while Father Funk's "Feel The Beat Y'All" is less dirty and more cheeky with its classic swing motifs and occasional wobbles. Elsewhere we hear Jayl Funk pay homage to classic 60s funk, Trotters and Telephunken munching on raw squidgy bass and El Bomba getting all slinky and sexy. Get dirty.
Review: When we dive into the Breakbeat Paradise catalogue, it's clear to see that they are one of the real leaders across the breakbeat genre, with this latest powerhouse drop from Nasa Funk being a perfect example of why. The original of 'Gonna Work It' is a super wonky creation, slapping together quirky vocal lines with stuttered live drum rhythms and an overall funkadelic feel. The remixes however are what bring this release to life, with four impeccable recreations being brought forward. Prosper & Stabfinger give the track a vibrant 4x4 lick of paint, alongside JayL Funk's smooth hip hop recreation and Mount Ten's spacy overhaul. Finally Cayetano sends the track down a crunchy halftime route to round us off in style.
Review: Breakbeat Paradise first released the various artists EP 'Funk Originals' back in April 2017; now, nearly three years later, it's back with a new set of remixes. The EP as a whole is very much the proverbial game of two halves: the four original tracks are aimed fair and square at lovers of "new old" funk and soul (think Speedometer, Dap Kings, etc), while the three remixes ('Stand Up' doesn't get one, oddly, but its P-funk/Zapp-isms will delight funkateers nonetheless) are altogether more squelchy and electronic-sounding, and as such will be better suited to broken beat or funk-breaks sets.
Review: On previous outings, SR De Funk has joined forces with the brilliantly named Quincy Jointz. Here he goes solo, offering a clavinet-heavy chunk of toe-tapping breakbeat that somehow manages to fuse vocals pinched from Inner City's "Good Love" with a clavinet-heavy groove laden with live instrumentation. The aforementioned Quincy Jointz delivers an off-kilter remix that turns the jumpy original into a flamenco-meets-acid house head-nodder, while Jayl Funk provides the obligatory wobbly bassline breaks re-cut. There's also an excellent jazz-breaks rework by Los Cuanos Del Funk that re-casts the original as a loose-limbed chunk of Rhodes-heavy broken beat. A pleasingly diverse package.
Review: Tru Funk are bona fide bringers of beats to soundtrack any good house party and this Essential Selection of Nu Party Break brings together a complete playlist for Saturday night. A whole load of scratching, sampling and cutting comes from DJs AKA, Axe, Kid Stretch and Rudd and Skandi, while it ain't only new school with more traditional funk jams coming from BMD's "Bad Man". There's also some Daft Punk-meets-DJ Shadow-meets-Stevie Wonder action on Funkanomics "One More Headache", while Funky Boogie Brothers bring back the big beat fun with "Street Jam" - and that's not even the half of it!
Review: Grub's up! Tru Funk's finest chefs gather and cook up a wholesome funk feast. Green Jesus tucks into the squidgiest synths with an Apache Indian boogie joint while Warson gets tipsy with The Alkaholiks over a loose drum swing. Dessert comes by way of Jayl's super-sweet piano-sprinkled disco funk cake and Kid Stretch's epic string soul sample-soaked shock out. Yummers.
Review: Tru Funk unleash yet another spotless funk collection on Tasty Beats Vol 1. Boasting premium party nuggets from some of their most distinctive contributors, it's a non-stop session of genre-fusion and raw funk. Highlights include Funk Efemdzemov's cheeky Rick James and Bootsy Collins references on "1,2,3, Yeah You Got It", Phunk Sinatra's ode to the one and only James Brown and Zamali's insanely obese, horn-heavy workout "Pervitine Groove". Full flavoured goodness throughout, this lives up to its tasty title.
Review: It's a great sign of the state of music when the tenth installment of Tru Funk's Tasty Beats series, which normally features about five tunes, boasts 21 fresh new cuts! It's a veritable feast of party mash-up bangers, with something for everyone. Highlights include the funky Khia/Snoop blend of "Gangsta Lick", the cut-up electro-funk of "Golden Ass" and the hands-in-the-air Stevie Wonder madness of "Party Like We Do".
Review: There's no-stopping the Tru Funk crew this year; be it booties or original funk cuts, the collective have been dishing out some fine styles of late. This compilation is the current zenith of their achievements; 10 fresh tracks from the likes of Chudy, Jayl Funk, DJ Axe, Dastardly Kuts, Warson, Sammy Senior and more. Low swung slo-mo ghetto is the flavour of the day with dashes of disco, funk, hip-hop and booty bass liberally splashed throughout. Highlights include Nynfus Corporation's ragga-bassline bomb "Weekend In Budapest" (featuring classic Freestylers lyrics if we're not mistaken) and Robinson Grooves' eighties-tastic slap-bass heavy "Bounce". If you've not yet joined the Tru Funk club, now's the time to sign up.
Review: The clue's in the title - Essential Selection. Tru Funk's repertoire is so large it now stretches all the way to the sun and back, but this is the label at their most selective, digging deep into their two year history for the very best party gems. Highlights across the 20 track compendium include the psychedelic twangs and infectious hooks of "Mambo No 14", the squishy early-Plump DJs style funk of "Funky Ass Beat" and BMD's ace version of Jamie Lidell's "Little Bit Of Feelgood". No party will be complete without this collection; dancefloor shenanigans guaranteed.
Review: Upbeat, unpretentious nu-disco and disco-house are the order of the day here, much along the lines of Hed Kandi's mid-noughties Disco Kandi/Disco Heaven comps. With 14 tracks to choose from there's plenty of dancefloor bang for your disco buck, and while there's undoubtedly a whiff of fromage in the air in places (Badboe's rap-vocalled, Sister Sledge/InDeep-referencing 'Best Of My Beats', for instance, isn't a million miles from a Will Smith production) there are also slightly deeper pleasures awaiting those who are prepared to dig around a bit - see, for instance, the raw disco-funk of 'Miss Broadway' or Joy Legend's Hammond-sporting 'Pass It On'.
Review: A ridiculously fun remix package of Danish breakbeat guru Badboe. For the uninitiated, Badboe has developed a style that has clear echoes of 60s and 70s funk yet still fits seamlessly into the modern musical landscape. This man has dipped his toe in almost any genre you care to name - from house to trance; hardcore to trip-hop. On Break The Funk we see his superlative breakbeat jams remixed by the genre's cognoscenti, with the insouciant Fuzzbox Inc remix of "Lose Your Funky Self" and the junkyard percussion on the Pulp Fusion reshape of "Funky Intro" among the many highlights on offer here.
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: More regularly found on the Pig Balls label, Pulpfusion here releases Funk Never Sleeps via BPR. The title track is a slap bass funk rock spectacular featuring Morris Chestnut, Lorenzo Medici and someone called Jim. Remixer Jayl Funk also rocks up to take the tune downtown to cool, retro New York block party. Elsewhere "The Beat Inside My Soul" is steamy, rolling 60s mod funk jam, given a party friendly electro-swing makeover by DJ Maars and turned into party breaks territory by Rory Hoy. Extra party breaks ammo can also be found in bonus cuts "Beat The Clock" and "Feeling The Blues".