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.
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.
I’m always amazed how STANTON WARRIORS can consistently produce tunes that sound distinctly theirs yet progressive and relevant to what’s happening all around them. Without having any insight into their production techniques, the critical element (for me) of the Warriors’ tunes seems to be their mastery of the MPC and the 808. The kick drums and basslines always drive their beats with such rich and lush low end that can’t be found anywhere else. Both cuts in the Where’s the Beef? single, the title track and “MPC” are prime examples. Don’t believe me? Check out the videos by the DANCEFLOOR OUTLAWS below – Your ears won’t lie.
Oh, and you gotta check out their latest mix too. It’s a stripped down mix of bass & beats they made to compliment their new Stanton Sessions 4 compilation which is being released in various territories around the world this month. To be expected there’s the afformentioned 808 breaks, but there’s a some garage influences and some custom edits (that I’d give my left nut for) too.
Finally, if you missed these, for shame. Get on it. We’ll start with a free download, then the PLUMP DJs remix of “New York.”
It’s been way too long since we’ve posted anything the ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE. To remedy that we have this chilled-out collaboration that combines AGFA’s funky breaks with COPYCAT‘s dancefloor vibes. The project came to light when AGFA toured Australia in January and made a visit to Copycat’s studio in Melbourne. It’s a perfect combo inspired from Grand Puba’s golden era hip-hop classic.
For their release on Jungle Cakes, ED SOLO teamed up with the maestro of all things funky, STICKYBUDS for a two-track EP for a blunt celebration of weed culture. Of course it comes out on 4/20.
First up “Smoke The Weed” combines super phat rolling basslines, ragga style stabs and atmospherics, and a wicked steppy break. The two join forces again for the second track, Joker Smoker, which is a sublime slice of funky, jazzy business. It’s all there, stompin’ beats, ragga/dub elements, big chunky bass, incredibly catchy horns and “Joker Smoker” vocals on the hook and they come together beautifully to produce an absolute winner of a tune all round.
We have brand new bootleg from KRAFTY KUTS. If you haven’t heard, Mr. Kuts, aka Martin Reeves, broke his legs on the slopes at the Snowbombing Festival two weeks ago. Apparently not much can keep this man down – he’s also making his way across Canada for his Canadian tour where the tune has been smashing dance floors. Sadly, he’s not making a stop in Winnipeg this time around.
GROUND LEVEL are on a roll in 2013. They’ve had a busy schedule this year with the some chart-topping numbers. Their latest is from JOE C, which marks his fourth release on the UK-based label. The four-track EP explores the crusty side of breaks – it’s dirty and heavy – with enough swaggering bass to knock your jaw to the floor.