Review: Electro Wayne's mid 80s-focused Circuitry project get busy on Peoples Potential Unlimited with two starlit synth boogie originals; "She's Just That Type Of Girl" is a playful east coast funk flex with a slight freestyle touch to it. Harmonies, light touches on the keys and exceptional drum production, it's a sassy slice that will warm-up any floor. "Under Pressure" lowers the tempo but thrusts up the sensual urgency with great percussion and come-to-bed spoken word. Authentically done.
Review: Those who keep a keen eye on the revivalist electrofunk scene should be well aware of Brian Ellis. The synthesizer-obsessed multi-instrumentalist has been responsible for a string of killer singles in recent years, including a brilliant, all-synthesizer cover of Steely Dan's "Peg". Mirror Mirror is the prolific Californian's eight solo album and sees him fuse his usual analogue synth movements with the laidback grooves of 1970s West Coast rock. It's a hugely appealing combination, with standout tracks such as "High", the Steely Dan-with-synths bliss of "Love Burn Out" and instrumental yacht rock brilliance of "Keep it Passionate" evoking images of sun-kissed daytime drives up the Pacific highway.
Review: The Magic Forest dwelling record collectors better known as Psychemagik return to Claremont56 offshoot Leng with a new compilation Magik Sunrise which is essentially a vinyl shaped sequel to last year's well received Magik Cyrkles. Though equally well presented as that compilation, Psychemagik refreshingly adopt a different sonic direction here, trading in the obscure Balearica and funk in favour of a wonderfully enlightening blend of African reggae, jazz-funk, prog rock, folk and New Age curios. Think David Holmes classic Essential Mix then crank up the weird factor to eleven and you'll have a good idea of what to expect from this fifteen track selection. The sensual twilight boogie of "The Juggler" by Fox is a particular highlight.
Review: Long-serving funk breaks hero Danny "Soopasoul" Bennett has been showing off his scalpel skills of late, turning his back on original productions in favour of DJ-friendly revisions of classic funk and soul cuts. Here he bucks the trend, serving up freshly tweaked revisions of two of his most potent original cuts of old. A-side "Ya Lookin' Tight" has long been a staple of his DJ sets and never fails to get the floor moving, with crowds instinctively responding to the cut's killer blend of heavy horns, James Brown style vocals and even heavier funk grooves. On the flip Bennett cuts down and tidies up his original calling card: the riotous fusion of punchy horns, dueling instrument solos and low-slung funk breaks that is "Soopsoul Theme".