Review: Sheffield's Thatmanmonkz returns with the Feels Trip To The District EP, where he teams up with his good pal Martin Miguel. The record is inspired by several trips to dope parties in the District of Columbia, home of the quickly rising label Better Listen Records. Starting off with the the lo-slung disco deepness of "Sweetiez Fresh", it's a dusty and looped up jam that will appeal to fans of the Robsoul sound. On the flip, things take a well funkier and more soulful turn with that familiar vocal on "The Assassinator" and finally things end on a groovy and sun kissed note with the slo-mo/hip-hop inspired boogie of "XDC". Real name Scott Moncrieff, he's appeared previously on a who's who of labels such as Delusions Of Grandeur, Kolour LTD and Classic in recent times.
Review: The most impressive thing about Thatmanmonkz debut album, 2016's "Columbusing" on Delusions Of Grandeur, was the Sheffield-based producer's seemingly innate ability to fuse elements of deep house, jazz, hip-hop, Detroit techno and broken beat. That distinctive grasp of dusty, soul-fired fusion once again comes to the fore on this belated follow-up. There's much to enjoy from start to finish, with highlights including the jazzy, sax and organ-heavy deep house of "Easy Still (with A Brother Is)", the raw and off-kilter acid insanity of "Chai Tea", the samba-house soul of Ms Fae hook-up "Them Thangs", the dancefloor jazz-funk bounce of "WhatUThinkIDo" and the Moodymann style Malik Ameer collaboration, "Thee Others".
Review: A double dose of goodness here, as Whiskey Disco regulars Pontchartrain and thatmanmonkz serve up two tasty new re-edits apiece. It's the former who handles side A. He begins with the breezy, tropical-sounding disco stomp of "La Magie" - all punchy horns, classic disco bass, fizzing synth lines and glassy-eyed female vocals - before brilliantly reworking a suitably obscure disco/jazz-funk instrumental (the suitably spacey "Hey Mariposa"). Arguably even better is "Luh Me On Mi Celly", the low-slung, stretched-out dub disco revision that counts as thatmanmonkz's first contribution to the EP. His second, "Radiation Steppa", is a fizzing, synth-heavy disco-boogie number blessed with passionate male group vocals.