Thursday, July 8, 2010

Funky Friday Round-Up (One day early!)

Hot releases this week from the Tru Thoughts camp, Renegades of Jazz, Umbo & Balatz and DJ Mischief plus a feelgood feast of free funk from Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie.

We're dropping the reviews early this week so we have all day tomorrow to prepare for the launch party!

Natural Self - My Heart Beats (Remixes and Versions)

A bit of a mixed bag this one, but there are some gems on it.

The bass-heavy YULT remix of 'The Shock You Heard' is a moody, subby hip-hop shuffler with some amazing synth sounds and bass that could rupture organs if it fell into the wrong hands.

As the sunny weather continues and the outdoor gigs keep coming, everyone needs a nice stash of ska to keep the crowds smiling, and the Prince Fatty versions of 'Midnight Sun' deliver in spades. The awesome vocals are underpinned by groovy instrumentation and rolling percussion with a bouncy, irresistable vibe.

Natural Self's own remix of 'All Static' rolls along with great percussion grooves and some head-spinning glitchy sounds before dropping into a rich analogue bassline and crispy, almost Garage-esque drums.

As alway with Tru Toughts releases, this one laughs at pigeonholes and pushes boundaries. Maybe not peaktime material, but packed full of amazing music nonetheless.

We think this one's out in August, but to keep you grooving in the meantime, check out this free remix by Natural Self of 'Feelin' by Sweet Breeze.

<a href="">FEELIN- NATURAL SELF REMIX by Natural Self</a>

Renegades of Jazz - Karabine EP

Better known as one half of Mash & Munkee, David Hanke has injected some serious groove into this solo project.

Dusty, jazzy vibes, incredible keys and upright bass lines marry with frenetic brushed snares and dreamy horn lines on this EP, which features remixes from Dusty and The Uptown Felaz.

The title track is probably the strongest, but the tight drums and cheeky sampling on 'Apple Sauce' give it a hot flavour all of its own.

Listen below and buy here.

Karabine EP by Renegades Of Jazz

Umbo & Balatz

Pure party disco funk now from Umbo & Balatz.

The original is incredible, but there are some top reworks on this release too. Valique Boogie adds some rolling synth bass for that Italian vibe, while Zamali adds some epic breakdowns to build the party vibe.

DJ Kid Stretch's remix however, is pure FIRE. Strong breaks and blazing cowbells drive the track, while he creates a filtered disco vibe that reinforces the strengths of the original. Brilliant, brilliant track.

Listen to the original below and buy on Juno.

Umbo & Balatz - Disco Thang by Timewarp Music

DJ Mischief - Flaming Chestrug

Upping the tempo for a straight banger from DJ Mischief now, 'Flaming Chestrug' is a flute-driven funk workout with great soul squeals and horn stabs.

It's backed by the deeper, slower jazz-hop vibes of '1986'.

Listen and buy these great tracks on the Juno player below:

Saravah Soul - Cultura Impura

Blending Latin and Afrobeat influences into a heady cocktail of danceable, head-nodding funk - Saravah Soul's new album has to be heard to be believed.

Listening to this album feels like being a special guest at an incredible, exclusive gig. The band are tight, the grooves are strong and each track is a masterpiece in its own right.

Standout tunes include 'Milk & Mangoes', which blends cool funk instrumentation with the unusual, but infectious twanging sound of the Berimbau Viola.

'Se Da Do' opens with sweet African chants before dropping into a bass-driven groove that builds and builds under goregeous vocal performances from Matheus Nova.

If you're looking for a sun-soaked, upbeat album suitable for both barbecue soundtracks and sweaty, after-dark grooving then look no further - 'Cultura Impura' is it.

Have a listen to a couple of preview tracks below and buy over at Tru Thoughts.

Saravah Soul - Mussum by Tru Thoughts

Saravah Soul - Milk and Mangoes by sopedradamusical

Johnny Pluse - How Much For The Monkey

Just space to remind you that Johnny Pluse's album has dropped this week and he's about to embark on his promotional world tour.

Check an interview with a man himself here, our revie of the album here and see his tour dates below, kicking off with a set at our very own launch party tomorrow night at the Lost Angel:

July 2010
9th ………………Lost Angel, London, UK ( launch party).
23rd …………….The Secret Garden Party (The Remix Bubble), Huntington, UK.
31st …………….McCormack’s, Trim, Ireland (Album Launch Party Act 1).

August 2010
01st …………….Lynch’s Motor Bar, Trim, Ireland (Album Launch Party Act 2).

September 2010
04th ……………Brownstock Music Festival, Essex, UK.
18th ……………Funk Deluxe, San Diego, California, USA.

Mick Boogie & Jazzy Jeff - Summertime

An amazing freebie for you this week, from the crates of Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie, 'Summertime' is the perfect funky soundtrack to a sunny day.

Uplifting, feelgood music all the way, check out the tracklisting:

1. Summertime Intro

2. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness (Live Version)
3. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness
4. Quincy Jones: Summer In The City
5. Ahmad: Back In The Day
6. Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
7. Roy Ayers f/ Mary J Blige: Everybody Loves The Sunshine
8. Pharcyde: Passin’ Me By (Ffej Remix)
9. Jay-Z f/ Babyface: Sunshine
10. Ramsey Lewis: Sun Goddess
11. A Tribe Called Quest: Find A Way (Ffej String Edit)
12: Bush Babies f/ Mos Def: The Love Song
13. Jodeci: Get On Up
14. The Commodores: High On Sunshine
15. J Dilla f/ Dwele : Think Twice
16. Erick Sermon f/ Marvin Gaye: Music (Mick’s Marvapella Edit)
17. Bernard Wright: Who Do You Love
18. LL Cool J: Loungin’
19. A Tribe Called Quest: Hot Sex
20. Main Source: Live At The BBQ
21. Nuyorican Soul: Nautilus
22. Pharcyde & Sublime: Summertime
23. Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff: Summertime Remix
24. Michael Jackson: I Can’t Help It
25. De La Soul: Breakdawn
26. Musiq: Just Friends
27. Carl Thomas: Summer Rain
28. Faze-O: Riding High
29. Dionne Warwick: Walk On By
30. Skee-Lo: I Wish
31. Black Moon: Who Got The Props
32. Frankie Beverly and Maze: Before I Let Go
33. Nu Shooz: I Can’t Wait
34. Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It
35: The Roots f/ George Benson: Breezin’
36: Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff: Time To Chill
37. Biggie: Can’t You See
38. James Brown: The Payback
39. En Vogue: My Lovin’
40. Bobby McFerrin: Sunshine Of My Life
41. Fifth Dimension: Let The Sun Shine In
42. Mos Def: Sunshine
43. Nine: Whatcha Want
44. Otis Redding: Sittin’ On The Dock
45. 2Pac: I Get Around (Mick’s String Edit)
46. Zapp: Computer Love (Terry’s Mirage On The Water Mix)
47. Seals And Croft: Summer Breeze
48. Jay-Z: Dear Summer
49. Weldon Irvine: Morning Sunrise

So pour yourself a long glass of something cool and get your download on here or here.

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