So it turns out George Fotiadis is a busy man. As the dood behind BASEMENT FREAKS (and THE SPANK!) he’s been one of the pioneers of ghetto funk. His wobbly, funk-infused, mid-tempo bits n bobs have been moving dance floors for over a hot minute, even winning a position on the Hollywood hills.
The latest Freaks’ long player, released on Jalapeno Records, takes off of where “Something Freaky” left. This album bypasses the big basslines, and instead wah wah wahs a mid-tempo break over some of the classiest P-Funk this side of George Clinton. The album features some tried and true Freaks’ collaborators too, including Charlie Funk, MC Rayna, Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem, and of course Georges Perin.
Below are a few choice cuts. Feel free to sample a few then head to Juno for the download. To celebrate the album’s release though, we have this funky free download from the Freaks.
Here’s another massive release from OFF RECORDINGS. This three-track EP, features the Faceless Recordings founders of CLIMBERS, SILKY, and BARBER. Collectively their work stands on its own but together the tri-pack of house aficionados punch out a dichotomous day versus night paradigm that should leave you seeing stars, regardless of the time of day.
To top it off, JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE transport the beach side bike ride of “Frozen” into a black hole of swirling pads and peak hour darkness.
As always, if you’re not satisfied with the clips above, check the full-length videos below.
It’s all beginning to make sense now. A few months back we heard THE SPANK!‘s moombah stomper remix of Timothy Wisdom’s “Jiggle What You Got.” I remember thinking to myself, who is this fellow? Some new talent signed to BOMBASTIC JAM? At the time, I couldn’t find any info about him. Turns out he’s none other than the German funky breaks pioneer, BASEMENT FREAKS.
In this side project, The Spank! delves into the realms of bass music, jumping from moombahton, dancehall, and glitch-hop. This new freebee does just that. With a choice Grand Master Flash sample and a crushing moombah low end, this is a mid-tempo jam to be played loud and proud.
So, some mates and I are throwing our second swing party and it’s going down this Saturday. The first one (last November) was easily the most rammed, all-locals show I’ve seen and was definitely one of the best shows I’ve played, let alone partied at. We’re hoping the excitement continues, obviously.
You can grab the details in the poster above but if you need more check the facebook event here.
Manalogue is proud to promote a new remix competition for PARACHUTE YOUTH’s debut single “Can’t Get Better Than This.”
We teamed up with Warner Music and WAVO, the social network for music, for the competition in anticipation of Parachute Youth’s upcoming debut album. We’re challenging producers of all sorts to put forward their best remix of “Can’t Get Better Than This” which is already smashing charts globally.
The winner, judged by Parachute Youth and A&R scouts from Warner Music, will see their creation receive an official release on Warner Music accompanied by a proper servicing campaign, and marketed across the entire Wavo network. Listen to the track below as well as some of the awesome official remixes. For complete contest details, read on!
When I think of dj culture in Winnipeg, JOE SILVA is always at the top of the list. Joe’s been djing and producing in our small city for a long minute and is one of the pioneers of our deep and varied dj culture here. His live sets are incredible, in addition to twiddling way too many knobs to count, he also pounds on electronic drums.
Joe is also half of TONEPUSHERS (the other half being ALI KHAN) who are getting some massive hype for their rich and brooding productions.
Some Manalogue funk favourites hit a milestone this year. To commemorate their tenth year of sewing the seeds of Funk, the FORT KNOX FIVE reached into their vaults and selected 15 of their favorite originals for a massive compilation. Don’t call this a greatest hits collection – though every track is indeed a great hit – this is a selection straight from the heart of the four men who created it. Seasoned, eclectic, traveled and varied, here are songs that span the musical globe. Elements of reggae, dub, hip hop, techno, rock, R&B, swing, punk, bhangra and disco all tied together by the funky beats and bass that have made Fort Knox Five a staple on dance floors the world over.
10 Years of Fort Knox Five offers a glimpse into the prism of genre-jumping funk that Jon Horvath, Steve Raskin, Sid Barcelona and Rob Myers have been creating since 2003, a decade of musical growth and exploration that tantalizingly hints at what lays ahead for these musical pioneers. Incidentally, the band reserves the fifth member for collaborators, such as Afrika Bambaataa, Mustafa Akbar, Rootz & Zeebo, and Sleepy Wonder.