Julien Dyne - TealSoundway
Multi-instrumentalist Julien Dyne has consistently delivered soulful mid-tempo beats for over a decade now. With his latest release "Teal" he's shifted gears towards a more up-tempo groove inspired sound. He starts off with the deep house grooves of "Design". The infectious rhythm and soulful drums will ignite listeners instantly. "Hours" has more of a laid back up-tempo groove but still satisfying. It also features gorgeous vocals from Ladi 6. "Steady" has a boogie funk vibe and features Mara TK on vocals. "Teal" has the grooves to either dance to or simply nod your head to. Dyne always has a gem or two that you can't stop listening to and this disc is no exception.
Reg Dancy, 12/18
Jumbonics - Talk To The AnimalsTru Thoughts Recordings
Rob Mac and Matt Smooth are back and showing no end to their talents, after their excellent Gum Drop and Speeka projects. The track you've probably heard of here is their funk re-working of The Strokes "Last Nite": I was rather surprised that I knew the track and when playing out, it's certainly a crowd pleaser. What made this album really special for me was vocalist Norman Anderson, who just blew me away. It seems whatever style Rob and Matt throw at him, Norman's wonderful voice excels on every tune. To top it off, just like the Gum Drop album, they've brought in violinist Lucy Wilkins to add to the beautiful arrangements. A must!!
Simon Harrison, 03/07
Jungle Fire - JambuNacional
"Jambu" is the second full length LP from the Los Angeles based band known as Jungle Fire. The ten member group's scorching sound spans Afrobeat and Latin rhythms layered over gritty funk. They started out by gathering for occasional jam sessions for b-boy acts before morphing into a full time unit. Those jam sessions would eventually lead to a record deal with the acclaimed North Hollywood California based Nacional Records. "Jambu features a mix of fiery up-tempo bangers as well as some mild mid-tempo grooves. "LA Kossa" is infectious Latin funk with blistering horns. "Efori" has a mellow groove with a light touch of percussion. "Bele Bele" is complemented by electric guitar licks and funky horns. Jungle Fire's brand of "Tropi-Funk" ensures you're gonna have a funky good time.
Reg Dancy, 04/17