Review: DJ DSK has released some heavyweight seven-inch singles over the years, with his 2016 45 "Laminate" - an original slab of funk made in cahoots with the previously unheralded "Lost Soul Collective". Here he gathers together the band once more for a follow-up four years in the making. "Lost Soul" is a two-part affair in keeping with the funk tradition. The A-side is an infectious vocal number that sits somewhere between Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the more psychedelic flavour associated with turn-of-the-70s San Francisco soul. As you'd expect, the flipside "Part 2" version strips out most of the vocals to allow the band's warm and heady instrumentation room to breathe.
Review: These two tracks were originally featured on Funky Bijou's 2014 album The Soundtrack, but arguably got a little overlooked first time round. That's certainly what the Dinked 45 crew thinks, because they've decided to release them on a 7" single for the very first time. A-side "What The World", featuring vocalist Mafe, is a fantastically vibrant chunk of summery funk complete with stabbing Hammond organ riffs, sun-kissed guitars and layered, Latin-inspired hand percussion. The duo's Latin influences are further explored on flipside "Por Favor", a kind of hybrid Cuban/Brazil affair that peppers a long-slung mambo groove with jaunty piano riffs, bustling bass and rising horns.