Friday, August 13, 2010

Funky Friday Round-Up

After a week’s sabbatical, we’re back with a vengeance, and a crate full of serious funk for your trunk, with blazing joints from WARA, Hint, the Manmade crew, Badboe, Funk Burners and Rory Hoy.

WARA – Get Your Woman On The Floor EP

Three big tracks on Rebel Scream first, on this party-friendly release from WARA that’s already getting big support from Lebrosk, Kid Stretch and Jayl Funk.

The title track is where the serious gold is on this release - blending buzzing bass with disco groove and even a couple of Coolio snippets.

‘Banger Again’ takes a smooth flute sample and adds head-nodding hip-hop vibes. The Stakka Bo sample may be a touch too cheesy for some dancefloors though. ‘Unbelievable Banger’ takes the EMF classic and gives it a few subtle tweaks – not my thang, but if the crowd was in the mood, they’d love this one.

You can listen on the players below and grab it on Juno.

Wara - Get Your Woman On The Floor [Promo Sample] by Wara (Funkosol)

Wara - Banger Banger Again [Unmastered] by Wara (Funkosol)

Wara - Unbelievable Banger [Unmastered] by Wara (Funkosol)

Hint – Beryllium EP

Genre-defying beats from Tru Thoughts now, on an EP which opens with ‘Give It Up’ – an 80’s-influenced synth funk track with mad party vibes. Vocals come courtesy of Josie Stingray and 1-O.A.K, making this a wicked party starting tune.

‘Pretty Stable’ and ‘Gallop Track’ also feature lush synth sounds, but stray into peak-time ‘Crack House’ territory, with skittering beats and enough bouncy baselines to turn heads as you cruise past in your Vauxhall Nova.

The EP is out on August 30th from the Tru Thoughts shop, but in the meantime you can preview below.

Beryllium EP Preview Snippets by Hint

Various Artists – Manmade Feature Funk Vol. 9

The Feature Funk series is a kind of quality guarantee, in a scene where it’s sometimes hard to find the nuggets amid a sea of dodgy edits and boots and this ninth release in the series is no exception.

The EP opens in fine style with ‘Chainsaw Massacre’ by CMC & Silenta, a track which effortlessly blends what feels like dozens of different tracks into a single, dancefloor-devastating, raga-funk-soul-hop mash. If music was drugs, this would be a crack bong – INTENSE!

Moodbase is next up, with ‘Put Your Hands Up’, injecting a heavy Deep Purple riff (yes, that riff!) with growling bass and hype hip-hop vocals. Anthemic booty business.

Telephunken goes back, waaaaay back, with ‘Really Sayin’ Something’ and ‘It’s a Beautiful Day’ – both of which take crusty soul classics and update them for a modern dancefloor.

‘Hit The Road’ by Tom Drummond hits hard with crisp breaks and booming bass laced under the unmistakable Ray Charles anthem. Tom adds acidic bass tweaks and vocal scratches, to create some incredible party fodder.

Amazing stuff. Listen below to ‘Chainsaw Massacre’ and keep an eye on their Juno page for the release.

Chainsaw Massacre by manmade

Badboe – Shine Like A Halo/Masterpiece

Badboe is back in the house with some crazy party fire on Bomb Strikes. ‘Shine Like a Halo’ is a thumping hip-hop banger that gives Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ a new twist.

‘Masterpiece’ on the flip keeps the vibes going with Jurassic 5 flows over lowdown dirty bass.

Another great release! Listen and buy below. You can also watch the video over at YouTube.

Funk Burners – Electric In The Streets/Whatchya Got

Tough funk breaks and old skool electro vibes meet disco-hop groove on this 12” from new imprint Funk Burners.

‘Electric In The Streets’ takes Eddy Grant’s ‘Electric Avenue’ on a spin through funky town, with hard machine drums, electro bass and retro stabs.

‘Whatchya Got’ is a flowing funky disco joint with some wicked little touches of Q-Tip lyrics to add some bounce. With a couple of lush filtered breakdowns and an infectious groove, this is a seriously booty-shaking track.

Listen and buy below.

Rory Hoy – Baby Likes It Fat

Rory Hoy is on fire this year, and this album on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin’ label shows we’ve barely scratched the surface of his talents.

Ranging from hip-hop to breaks, bigbeat, house, chillout and even full-on 60s Northern Soul – this album combines musicality and pop sensibilities without compromising on underground credibility or danceability. No mean feat.

Highlights include the acid bigbeat madness of ‘On The Floor 1,2,3’ and the raw funk of ‘D Sez Yeah’ and the slow-mo disco flavours of ‘Nightflight’.

Really though, every track on this release is a blinder in its own right. Preview below and buy on Juno.

Rory Hoy - 'Baby Likes It Phat' by Rory Hoy

Rory Hoy & DJ Prosper – T-Rex Booty

As if the album wasn’t impressive enough, Rory is also behind this wicked party booty out on Big M.

The T-Rex track gets a total of three re-rubs, one from Hoy & Prosper, one from Big M and a third ‘Funky mix’, which is my pick of the bunch.

The unexpected gold for me though is on the flip – where ‘Saturday Night Routine’ drops incredible slinky disco flavour.

Another cracking release out now. Listen and but below.

Until next week, keep the promos, press releases and updates coming to

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