Five Alarm Funk - Widowmaker / Freight Train (Remixed) [Selekta Recordings]

Selekta Recordings returns with the serious grooves of Five Alarm Funk, an 8 piece ‘gypsy-rock, afro-funk, latin’ band from Vancouver. With six fiery albums under their belt, the band lends two rousing cuts — “Freight Train” and “Widowmaker” — to the label for late night remix treatments.

The two original songs confirm the talent, die-hard rhythms, and wall of sound that Five Alarm Funk are known for. Loads of percussion, in-your-face horns, and slinky bass and guitar beam these sounds straight into the boogie zone. And then — the quality remixes come fast and furious. Italian producer and sound engineer Max Paparella delivers a suave nu-disco version of “Widowmaker,” rolling at a glorious spacey pace to add class anywhere it’s played. Selekta mainstay Statedlife surprises with a breakbeat mix of “Freight Train,” giving the dance-floor b-boys a reason for freaky footwork. And NYC house music veteran Dirty Dan totally turns the tables on “Freight Train,” dropping a deep and chuggy four-on-the-floor remix that’s perfect for 4 AM warehouse moments. Feel the funk!

BMD (Timewarp Music) – “Great funkiness on this release guys! Love it. 5 Stars.”
Nightmares On Wax (Wax da Box / Ibiza Sonica Radio) – “All about the max mix for me.”
Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “Groovy!”
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) - (Funk Weapons) – “Funky stuff. Not easy remixes to pull off and I think everyone did a good job.”
Trotter (Royal Soul Records) – “Wow! This is pure gold. Love it!”
Phunktastike (Spirit Soul Music) – “Yeah! Some funky action here.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really fun release with plenty of funky goodness.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Some tasty joints in here.”
The Funk Hunters (Westwood Recordings) – “Funkin Dope!”
Quincy Joints (Ibiza Global Radio) – “Max Paparella Remix is dope.”

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Rory Hoy feat. Ashley Slater - Gettin' Home (Super Hi-Fi Recordings)

Super Hi-Fi Recordings welcomes the return of Rory Hoy (Skint, Howlin’ Records, Breakbeat Paradise) in cahoots with Ashley Slater (Freakpower, Loose Tubes) as the duo drops the future soul classic “Gettin’ Home”. It’s a catchy uptempo tune with retro elements like big horns, gritty organ, and plucked bass guitar mixed with squelchy synth lines and floor-filling effects. On top of all this is Ashley’s silky trademark voice, which pleads, “somebody please get me home!” As expected from the team at Super Hi-FI, included are a slew of fine remixes taking the track into distinctive dance floor directions. This elite teams of remixers consists of Skeewiff (who has had hits under the name Shaft and remixed artists like Amy Winehouse), Freddy Fresh (US big beat legend known for working with Fatboy Slim and remixing artists like Eminem), funky breaks master Qdup, and brilliant future star in the making Mr. Moustache. Dig in and work those feet!

Kid Loco (Flor / Tromolo Records) – “Classic. This is a killer.”
Djouls (Paris DJs) – “Quite irresistible, well done Guys!”
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show) – “Super release. I love the Skeewiff Remix and the Original. Full support guaranteed!”
Shantisan (Salted Soul / One Note Samba Radio Show) - “A great package of remixes. All very different, all well done.”
Lebrosk (Mixmag) – “So Funky!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “Slides along and down like a very greasy hamburger after a long night absolutely delicious!”
BadboE (Breakbeat Paradise / Baffin Island) – “Groovy original and classy remixes.”
BMD (XLNT / Tru:Funk) – “Excellent release! I love the Original and Skeewiff remixes, but Qdup is my definite favorite.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show) – “Mr. Moustache remix is brilliant. Well played.”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Boom. B-Boy Style! Funky fresh & super dope!”

Available Now From: Juno Download, Beatport, iTunes, And Spotify.

Mister T. - The Return Of The Classic (Cold Busted)

The Return Of The Classic is the return of Greek beat-master Mister T. to the Cold Busted label, and he certainly explores a classic sound. Based in Athens, Greece, Mister T. has long been transmitting the jazzier side of downtempo hip hop, with top notch jams that are soulful, swinging, and undeniably funky. This album is the latest in a string of Mister T. collections on Cold Busted … as prolific as Mister T. is, his quality never falters and the tunes don’t disappoint. The Return Of The Classic contains a multitude of magical dance floor moments, including the bluesy skank of “Break My Back”, the breakdance funk of “Put The Needle On”, the high energy horn section groove of “Elephant”, and the title track’s shuffling big beat and stew of crafty samples. The Return Of The Classic has beats and funk for days, with Mister T. delivering a beloved old school sound to today’s jazzbos. Hold on tight!

Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “Soulful and funky with a deep down retro feel.”
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show) – “Really good funky EP by Mister T. Dig it!”
Morphosis (The Hong Kong Ping Pong Club) – “Fan..frikkin…tastic!”
Jon Paul Green (The Blend radio show) – “Solid Hip Hop beats with a twist of Funk and Soul. What’s not to love?”
Danny Massure (Spring Strut) – “Funky and soulful. Boomin’ and bappin’.”
Rory Hoy (Howlin’ Records) – “Awesome - I pity the fool who dosen't like this release!”
Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) – “Very good groovy and funky vibes. Perfect for next summer on the Greek island.”
Snooba (Radio Panik) – “Great funky tracks and infectious breaks!”
Ben Mono (Undertones Gang) – “Lovely stuff. Will definitely play on my radio show.”
Simon G (Deep South Audio) – “Mister T always on fire. Succulent beats that make your feet think.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, And Spotify.

Funky Destination - Funkadelic Stereo Adventures (Cold Busted)

Funky Destination is an exciting retro-styled funk project formed by Vladimir Sivc, also known as Mr. Louie. Hailing from the town of Osijek in eastern Croatia, early on Louie honed his guitar skills and started developing the funk foundation that would guide his sound. A move across Croatia to near the Adriatic Sea introduced Louie to new friends and encounters with turntables and DJ’ing. All of this came together to create Funky Destination, a full-on ‘party time’ project fusing live, organic instrumentation alongside classic-sounding beats, sending the dance floor into a nostalgic frenzy.

Funkadelic Stereo Adventures is the latest Funky Destination album for Cold Busted and it fulfills on the evocative title’s promise. The set includes ten blazing tunes that bubble with choppy, wah-wah guitar, swinging drums and percussion, delicious horns and bass lines, and, occasionally, stirring vocals of the soulful persuasion. The album’s opener, “The Ocean Of My Mind”, is a prime example … lovely island-influenced vocals, disco strings, latin-influenced horns, and booming drums all combine for some serious heat. Other highlights include the ’70s soundtrack-worthy “Sweet Of Love”, the hip hop flavor of “The Game Of Shades”, and the gritty high speed chase of “Where Are The Blues Brothers”. Groove no further … you’ve reached your destination.

Kid Loco (Flor / Tromolo Records) – “Yes, please! Funky as hell, this is dope.”
Robert Jan Meyer (Compost / Stereo Deluxe) – “Funky with a slight Barry White touch.”
Tom Strauch (Ancient Astronauts) – “Very nice, love the raw funk vibe here!”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show / Radio X) – “Yep, here we go! Dope FUNKY Styles!”
Belabouche (Midnight Riot / DiscoDat) – “Really cool!”
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records / Super Hi-Fi) - “This is such a good release - I'm so honored to have had this record sent to me!”
Marc Lacasse (sHIFT Radio on UMFM 101.5) – “Phenomenal sweet soul and jazzed up grooves everywhere.”
Morphosis (The Hong Kong Ping Pong Club) – “Superbly funky!”
SimonG (Volcano Radio / Ofm) – “Oh yeah baby, this is gold. Cold Busted on the money!”
Jamie Topham (CD Pool | JT Music Media Man) – “This is the kind of quality release Cold Busted has built their reputation on ... full on & funky, absolutely love this sampler!”

Available Now from: Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, and Spotify.