Friday, June 4, 2010

Funky Friday Round-Up

It's the scene that never lets up and we've got the cream of NuFunk releases for you this week. Fresh cuts from Fort Knox Five, See-I, Philly Blunt and a hot mix from DJ Yoda.

Fort Knox Five - The New Gold Standard 2 - Remixed EP 2

The second remix EP from FK5's mighty 'New Gold Standard 2' album is a sun-soaked affair full of dubby basslines, beautiful Latin vibes, strong instrumentation, danceable beats and catchy hooks.

The Nikodemus remix of 'Cumbia' opens the release, fusing ska riddems with amazing Latin pianos to amazing effect. A grooving, rolling monster is created from these disparate influences, but a monster with a smile on its face.

DJ Sabo and Dario Boente take on 'Sabor Tropical' and bring more bass heavy jazz styles. The vocal on this track is amazing, and used to devastating effect. Some badass subs and a couple of beautifully executed breakdowns and tempo shifts complete this blinding remix. The second drop will mash up dancefloors - expect to hear this in sets from Mr Scruff & Giles Peterson.

'Sabor Tropical' gets another rinsing, this time from Nappy Riddem, who again focus on the incredible vocal, but this time adding relentless breaks and  chugging bass. This one turns the phatness to 11!

J. Boogie's remix of 'One World Sovereignty' completes the package, with Asheru's catchy raps flowing over filtered horns and earth-shaking bass. Another track with serious cross-genre appeal: hip-hop meets dancehall meets breaks meets funk uptown for a sonic orgy!

Another incredible release from the Knox, no release date set yet, but keep an eye on your favourite record store to bag your copy.

See-I - How Could You

See-I up next with 'How Could You', which brings soulful reggae vibes to the dance.

Great keys and tight bass underpin an amazing vocal performance with strong hooks and chorus. There's an instrumental on this too, but for me the real fire is found in Rodney Hunter's remix.

Adding a hip-hop flavour to the original, skankin' beats, floating filter grooves and a bouncing bassline make Hunter's remix an instant anthem. But don't take our word for it, listen below and buy on Beatport.

Philly Blunt - The Body Rocker EP

New on DJ Kid Stretch's Warriorz label, this phatty from Philly Blunt pulls no punches with its electro funkin' hip-hop assault.

With catchy vocal samples, squelchy, bouncing bass and raw funky instrumentation, this is a pure party banger.

Rising star Lebrosk comes with an unexpected Latin shuffle, which keeps the house rocking with grooving percussion, tight guitar slices and piano flourishes.

Niko adds some intense drops and breakdowns to the mix along with frisky horns, distorted acid touches and a big bassline, while remaining true to the banging source material.

Finally label boss Kid Stretch adds his take to close the package with an anthemic, hands-up, piano-driven slice of disco funk.

Listen to the tracks below and buy your copy on Juno.

Philly Blunt - The Body Rocker by Philly Blunt

Philly Blunt - The Body Rocker (Kid Stretch remix) by DJ Kid Stretch

Philly Blunt - Body Rocker (Niko remix) PREVIEW by Niko

Philly Blunt - The Body Rocker (Lebrosk Remix) by Lebrosk

DJ Yoda - Besti-Mix
Finally this week, just a heads-up on DJ Yoda's Besti-Mix to promote Bestival. Some serious skills on display here as he cuts his way through tracks by The Bamboos, Stevie Wonder, Zinc and more.

Listen to it below and head over to the Besti-Mix page to hear more fat mixes from the Sundays Best crew.

Until next week, keep your promos, press releases and info coming to

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