DāM-FunK – Architecture III [SAFT23]

DAM FUNK - Architecture III

DāM-FunK brings his Architecture Trilogy on Saft to a close with a fantastic final EP. The series started in 2016, included the second volume in 2018, and now wraps up with a double 12” packed with heat from the legendary Californian beatmaker. DāM-FunK has been in a class of one since first emerging in 2008. He’s a definitive Stones Throw Records artist, musician and vocalist, boss of GlydeZone Recordings, a sometime Snoop Dogg collaborator and prolific producer of tens of EPs, 14 albums and a timeless entry to the DJ-kicks series.

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DāM-FunK – Architecture III [SAFT23]

VA – Cameroon Garage Funk [AALP092]

VARIOUS - Cameroon Garage Funk

Analog Africa presents their 32nd compilation, “Cameroon Garage Funk”, highlighting Yaounde’s 1970’s underground music scene. The quest to assemble the puzzle-pieces of what seemed to be a long lost underground scene took us to Camroon, Benin and further on to Togo and it was in the cities of Cotonou, Lome and Sotouboua that we managed to lay our hands on most of the songs presented in this compilation. Since there were no local labels, no producers, and almost nothing in way of infrastructure in Cameroon at that time, the artists had to be everything: musician, producer, executive producer, arranger, financier, promoter and sometimes even distributor. The sixteen tracks on Cameroon Garage Funk pulse with raw inspiration and sweat DYI mood uniting the featured diverse musicians around their willingness to do everything themselves in order to take a chance in the music scene.

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VA – Cameroon Garage Funk [AALP092]

Ivan Mamao Conti & Grassmass – A Mina / Caatinga [ND007]

CONTI, Ivan Mamao/GRASSMASS - A Mina

Legendary master drummer Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti teams up with Brazilian producer Grassmass on two experimental funk monsters of the highest order that perfectly illustrate the Azymuth founding member’s constant desire to push his signature sound towards the future. Recife born/São Paulo based bass player, producer and founder of experimental label UIVO Records Rodrigo Coelho aka grassmass is not only a long time collaborator with influential names like Naná Vasconcelos, Arto Lindsay and Ivan Conti “Mamão”, but also hosts projects with some of today’s brazilian edgiest talents Negro Leo and Thiago Nassif. Advanced Brazilian music on Rush Hour’s sister label New Dawn.

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Ivan Mamao Conti & Grassmass – A Mina / Caatinga [ND007]

Southern Energy Ensemble – Southern Energy [STRUT254]

SOUTHERN ENERGY ENSEMBLE - Southern Energy

Strut presents the first full international release for another lost classic from the Black Fire Records archives, ‘Southern Energy’, the only album recorded by R’n’B and jazz collective Southern Energy Ensemble in 1977.

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Southern Energy Ensemble – Southern Energy [STRUT254]

Glass Beams – Mirage [RREP07]

GLASS BEAMS - Mirage

Research Records indicate their inclination for cosmic instrumentation and kraut pervaded polyrhythms once again with an introduction to newcomer Glass Beams. Recorded at the beginning of 2020, Mirage is the first release from the artist, issuing four compositions that lend from a profusion of sounds and influences.

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Glass Beams – Mirage [RREP07]

The Popular People’s Front – Ammo 2 [PPFAMMO2]

POPULAR PEOPLE'S FRONT, The - Ammo 2

Reliable as ever, The Popular People’s Front return with a fresh batch of club-ready ammunition from their secret stash.
Something a little more than an edit, but still flirting dangerously between acceptable sampling & straight up sonic shop-lifting. Four more certified floor-fillers from the vaults.

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The Popular People’s Front – Ammo 2 [PPFAMMO2]

Unknown Artist – Light Touches 05 [LTR05]

LIGHT TOUCHES - Light Touches 05

Light Touches Records is devoted to shed a new light to hot rarities, unknown grooves as well as forgotten classics. The new 12” is a hot smoking one ready for the summer, that kicks off with “Things”, a dope sensuous groove paired with an enchanting and fierce voice. “Arigato” pushes the dance vibes in the jazz-funk territory with some killer groove and solos all the way thru. Closing the 12” is the stunning “Helpful”, a rich, uplifting philly instrumental of the best kind.

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Unknown Artist – Light Touches 05 [LTR05]

Model 11-29 – Wot Times [BSTX082]

MODEL 11 29 - Wot Times

Best Record Italy presents a reissue of Model 11-29’s “Wot Times,” a particularly inspired work by the legendary Sangy that transforms “Rapper’s Delight” into a slice of Italo-balearic ecstasy. On the vocal version, drums sit between disco and electro as they boogie down to a breakdance beat, with greasy funk basslines slapping and sliding in support. Solar dub chords pulsate through anthemic pattens, pads blow across the mix like a warming ocean breeze, synth leads sparkle in coral colorations, and those classic Sugar Hill Gang lyrical flows are reconfigured into an ebullient spoken word rap, which is then morphed by futuristic fx and interspersed with shouts, grunts, and call-and-response chants. On the flip, the instrumental version walks with more of a sexual disco strut, resulting in a summertime seaside cruiser overflowing with dazzling synthesizer displays, as organ chords generate mirage visions, gemstone leads shimmer through swells of tropical mist, and acid-laced Italo pulsations work the spirit into euphoric beach dance hypnosis.

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Model 11-29 – Wot Times [BSTX082]

East Coast Love Affair – Confrontations [AOTN12010]

EAST COAST LOVE AFFAIR - Confrontations

Athens Of The North get themselves in party mode with a fourth EP from East Coast Love Affair. There is some series fun to be had in these tracks, with side one. ‘Confrontations,’ being a rebuild of a rare disco funk 45 by Homegrown Syndrome. On the backside is ‘Shake’ which goes deeper but still has plenty of dance floor appear. It has tropical perc and whirring electronics that just scream ‘dance’ while the actual screaming vocal reminds of Moby classic ‘Go!’ These are hefty tunes, rare as you like, but immediately accessible and high impact.

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East Coast Love Affair – Confrontations [AOTN12010]

Kaidi Tatham – An Insight To All Minds [FW228]

TATHAM, Kaidi - An Insight To All Minds

First Word Records presents a brand new album from Kaidi Tatham. On ‘An Insight To All Minds’, Kaidi says it’s ”not about a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going. Nothing in this world can torment you as much as your own thoughts… We are all going through it. We can all feel what the next person is feeling, believe it or not. It’s learning how to tap into it”. The album is comprised of an assortment of Kaidi’s unique flavours – uptempo jazz-funk bruk, laced with rhodes, flutes, live bass and delicious percussion. Using that blueprint he moves effortlessly through latin and samba, half-step, deep afro house and a sprinkle of curveballs, all presented in Kaidi’s inimitable way.

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Kaidi Tatham – An Insight To All Minds [FW228]

Alex Figueira – Maracas / Music & Whisper [MWS014]

FIGUEIRA, Alex - Maracas

Two and a half frenetic minutes that sound like Aphex Twin and The Incredible Bongo Band dancing Capoeira in the early hours of an illegal rave, somewhere in the deep amazon forest. After the success of his first solo 45, Alex Figueira comes back to the aesthetics of the early Fumaça Preta, with an utterly bonkers 45 that can only be described as an “in-your-face acid macumba techno breakbeat funk freakout.

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Alex Figueira – Maracas / Music & Whisper [MWS014]

Sapria – Strain / Initiation [APDLT017]

SAPRIA - Strain

After a long lockdown break, Delights label returns with a 7inch debut by Sapria – a spontaneous meeting of creative minds from Berlin and Jerusalem: Sun Ra Bullock (X.A. Cute/Edelfaul Records) and Markey Funk (Group Modular/Delights) – on keys, Itai Anker (Hynom/Andarta/Raash Records) – on bass, and Yadin Katz (The Turbans/YMKA) – on drums. Captured in their only studio session back in late 2018 – and finalized by Markey Funk two years later, the collective’s first release is an edgy drum-heavy horror-funk double-sider, largely inspired by classic late 70’s video nasties.

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Sapria – Strain / Initiation [APDLT017]

Eleven76 – The Scarab’s Quest [451057]

Sci-Fi and library funk specialists Eleven76 return with an otherworldly breakdance double-sider. Their debut album ‘Space Voyage’ for Warner’s music library covered extra-terrestrial spheres and found its way into many films, TV programmes and documentaries. The scarce promo vinyl copies on Mocambo Records are already priced collector’s items among DJs. This 45s contains two hot slices of insect-themed outernational grooves with tropical and arabian flavours. Vintage synthesizers and hot tape-recorded drums continue to lead Eleven76’s mystique travels through unknown funk territories, all while frenzied percussion-heavy break beats keep b-girls and b-boys moving on the floor.

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Eleven76 – The Scarab’s Quest [451057]

Kaymany & Asestar – Kaymany & Asestar [DSND007]

KAYMANY/ASESTAR - Kaymany & Asestar

Kaymany & Asestar hail from Rome, a city where many musicians spend most of their days producing sounds for the television industry and even shopping malls. That’s part of the reason the country has such a reparation for great jazz-funk sounds and now adding to that cannon are Kaymany & Asestar. ‘Effimera’ is glossy and feel good disco with retro future chords, while ‘Digressione’ has a Bob James style energy to it with its high speed funky bass and incidental chords. ‘Capao’ closes in Latin fashion with manic keys and more plucked and funky bass slaps making you shake every limb.

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Kaymany & Asestar – Kaymany & Asestar [DSND007]

Roy Porter Sound Machine – Jessica [MJLP9095]

ROY PORTER SOUND MACHINE - Jessica (reissue)

By the late 1960s, drummer Roy Porter had already worked with some of jazz’s true greats (Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie included), spent time in prison and weened himself off heavy drugs. It was at this point that he founded Roy Porter Sound Machine, a heavyweight jazz-funk combo with a penchant for raw rhythm and blues. The band’s 1971 debut LP, Jessica, is one of the most magnificent sets in his vast discography. Featuring sweaty, floor-ready rhythms from Porter, beefy bass, wild electric piano licks, fuzzy guitars and some fine brass arrangements, the album is as good a collection of jazz-funk/funk fusion tracks as you’re ever likely to hear.

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Roy Porter Sound Machine – Jessica [MJLP9095]

Filippo Diana – Formula Abstracta [MR088]

Medical Records return to Italy to present the newest full-length album by Filippo Diana (alter ego of Joe Drive). Where as Joe Drive’s output is in the vein of techno, electro and house, Filippo Diana veers more in the direction of mutated library/soundtrack nu-disco. Consisting of eight tracks, join us on a journey as equally suited for progressive dance floors or the soundtrack to the deep recesses of the mind.

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Filippo Diana – Formula Abstracta [MR088]