the driving force of the shaolin afronuats is ross mchenry, the aria nominated composer, bandleader, producer and bassist based in adelaide. alongside co collaborators lachlan ridge and dylan marshall, it is their opmbined wide ranging musical tastes, impeccable production and instrumental skills that always result in music that is original, thought provoking, unexpected and quite beautiful.
the simply stunning follow up to the highly acclaimed debut album press on, lack of afro combines his live musicianship, top notch studio production skills with rappers and vocalists into a skillful combination of compositions blending funk, hip hop and soul into a steamy stew of a breakbeat bonanza...
taken from the forthcoming self titled album, this stunning single ventures into the rock landscape as tia hunter leads the group through this rollocking reworking of the mc5s kick out the jams. as if that wasnt enough the flipside features shirley davis letting rip on this story of the worlds greatest superpower, folding, moolah, dosh, readies, greenbacks in other words cash!
taken from the bands new album soul messin, the new 45 this girl features renowned singer kylie auldist, who joins forces with the boys and provides the focus for this mellow, beautiful and incredibly catchy song, shimmering horns ride over this laid back, future deep soul classic which has summer hit written all over it. you can expect this song to be an anthem for 2009! the flipside four n twenty is an instrumental club killer, a deep groove you want want to climb out of.
formally ed meme & the forms, the impellers have charmed the pants off of bbc radio presenters craig charles and mark lamarr with their biting, crisp and brass heavy funky soul. their debut 45 showcases these elements in addition to the sultry sound of vocalist lady clair whose voice rides across the rhythms like a well greased surfboard on a treacle sea on how am i. dj legend ian wright has already compared the impellers to international big hitters baby charles and upstairs at harrys is an instrumental blockbuster that will give any contemporary funk group more than a run for their money. taken from the forthcoming freestyle album robot legs this 45 paves the way for the impellers to go global so watch this space!
there are very few contemporary groups who can boast a pedigree like the perceptions. with the main man snowboy driving from the front, ex members of the jtq and speedometer leader leigh gracie on guitar, and italian jazz super star sam gambarini on hammond organ, it is no surprise this group are tighter than a golf ball in a hose pipe. what is very special about this new 45, aside from the contribution on running the risk from funky horn master and ex jb mr fred wesley is that both these super funky numbers are exclusive and re recorded versions from those on the perceptions introducing debut album. so if totally fresh, soul jazz nuggets is your bag, this brand new 45 will be like all your birthdays and christmas rolled into one!
there are very few contemporary groups who can boast a pedigree like the perceptions. with the main man snowboy driving from the front, ex members of the jtq and speedometer leader leigh gracie on guitar, and italian jazz super star sam gambarini on hammond organ, it is no surpise this group are tighter than a golf ball in a hose pipe. this hard grooving 12 features exclusive, previously unreleased tracks that will further enhance their reputation ? especially snake hips johnson that features the one man legend that is fred wesley in a dream ticket combination that blends the finest points of prestige records style soul-jazz and tough jb style funk...add a live bbc 6 music session version of an aretha franklin classic and the end result is simply mouthwatering.
2009 has already seen ray camachos lets boogie 45 up dancefloors from southend to rio and the follow up 45 continues in the same tradition! si si puede is a latino funk monster where blaring horns and truckloads of percussion blend into a head mashing frenzy. if that wasnt enough the b side features a remix of the same track by freestyle top selling artist/producer/multi instrumentalist lack of afro who beefs up the groove even more with tooth rattling drums and organ. pure niceness! a double sided gem that will bring the wonderful sound of ray camacho to the worlds coolest dancefloors. this sought after 45 is taken from the new freestyle album: the best of ray camacho & the tear drops which has been lovingly compiled by dj/promotor and all round good egg pete isaac, the man responsible for jelly jazz, one of the uks longest running funk/soul/jazz/latin club nights of the last 20 years!
m swift, aka shouhei matsushita is the talented instrumentalist and producer who hails from hiroshima, japan but has lived in london and has been wide open to musical influences from around the world. as a fan of soul and jazz from a young age he has absorbed all the best elements of classic and contemporary black music and forged a singular identity that enables him to stand out in a musical landscape of sound a likes and copyists. this latest release feeling is a 5 track 12inch inch that is the precursor to his latest full length album evening sun which will be released on freestyle records in time for the summer û the album and this 12inch spotlights m swifts soulful, funky house and jazz inflected rnb combined with the spectacular talents of renowned performers such as eric roberson, tony momrelle, joy rose and vanessa haynes and 24 carat whose combined talents makes for an uptempo, feel good record, quality contemporary soul for real music lovers.
dj graham b has notched up some of the biggest selling singles on the freestyle label and has carved a niche for his own style of electronic infused samba and latin music - winning over fans such as gilles peterson, mr scruff and annie mac along the way. the latino/ska mash up of sao paolo skank should prompt well shone loafers to hit dance floors across the world as heads nod and fingers snap in time to this irresistible audio assault! also featured on this 12inch are tracks taken from the forthcoming full length album no room for chairs which widen further dj graham bs always eclectic sound scapes. check the latin drum and bass mash up that is oye mi ritmo or the irresistable samba rhythms on unidose then add the cavaquinho driven funky raggaton groover that is cavagogo and you have all the ingredients of yet another dancefloor monster! its a choon! funky....like a train! craig charles funk & soul show ? bbc 6 music...
norwichs finest export are back with this stomping remix 7inch. taken from four flights up, which has already been heralded as one of the finest funk albums to emerge in recent years, no man worries and the real me have been given the format treatment! these tracks were originally inspired by james brown and lyn collins, and format has taken them back to that source.
another slice of wax from the recently liberated library album from the sound stylistics. recorded in 2002 for bruton the album has weaved its way into funk folklore for collectors the world over, becoming a word of mouth phenomena and a collectors wet dream due to its failure to ever get a proper release. despite file sharers, bootleggers and back street dealers pushing illegitimate copies of the tracks, the legendary status of this lost album has not waned one bit. consisting of a whos who of the london funk scene the band consists of, amongst others, members of jtq, jamiroquai, brand new heavies, the new mastersounds, galliano and the herbaliser. the players theme evokes the classic memphis soul stew by king curtis, with its creeping bass and layered instrumentation. bringing the drums to the fore, this is another guaranteed dancefloor filler! over on the flip soul dynamite swaggers with a similar style to speedometers most recent work, with some heavy horn action. once again, the breaks come thick and fast to keep your dancers sweating!
released as a sampler for the forthcoming future soul compilation on freestyle records, these two tracks give a perfect example of what the cd is all about – sweet soul music given a futuristic or modern edge. first up, black gold massive, a group which consists of member of afro elements and down to the bone, deliver their glorious, previously unreleased take on princes soul melting sometimes it snows in april. giving it the all important rub for the clubs is mr gone, who adds a bit more bump and grind to the track...perfect for the dancefloor. over on the flip is another unreleased gem, this time from us soul sista trizonna mcclendon. found by freestyle a&r man adrian gibson whilst surfing myspace, this track has all the ingredients for a classic soul tune.
born in the same star sign as joey negros sunshine band project, the super phonics are all about invoking that classic soulful 70s disco sound, but to an updated house blueprint, with a little bit of soul and funkn thrown in for good measure. performed by a stirling group of live musicians, including session players for groove armada, incognito, us3, the james taylor quartet, the brand new heavies and the herbaliser, you know the tunes are gonna be good to go! first up is their cover of the linda williams classic elevate our minds - a timeless soul number that has graced the decks of many a southport weekender as well as being recently sampled on ben westbeechs drum and bass smoocher get closer. the super phonics take it back to the raw, with this soul drenched cover. over on the flip, is the bands own composition have a good time, a jumping and pumping disco groover that should find favour on most open minded dancefloors.
>too long< is a bossa-house ballad with a heart-warming vocal line and an irresistable groove that will pack any dance floor. with vocals, guitar and keys all recorded live by aroop himself, this track has an undeniable authenticity and soulfulness. on the flipside, >dirty groove< is a broken jazz funker with a killer beat, dirty bass and synth lines reminiscent of herbie hancock. already a massive response from djs such as dj spinna, rainer truby, recloose and simbad this is set to be one of the biggest tracks of the year
perfekt getimed, kehrt omar nun mit einem brandneuen album zurueck, von dem nicht wenige sagen, es sei ohne zweifel das stärkste seiner gesamten karriere. der wirbel, den bereits die veroeffentlichung des titeltracks the man als erste single ausloeste, bestaetigt, dass omar sich unbestreitbar auf der hoehe seine kunst befindet szene-groeßen wie gilles peterson (bbc 6), trevor nelson (radio 2) und jamie cullum haben sich zu recht fuer die nummer begeistert und sie als neuerlichen beweis seiner legendaeren faehigkeit gefeiert, umwerfend eingaengige melodien zu schreiben, der er auf diesem brandneuen, jetzt schon als klassiker zu bezeichnenden song, auch noch eine produktion verpasste, die funkier ist, als alles was man bisher von ihm kannte
adam gibbons (lack of afro) has amassed an extensive and varied body of work. from his own recordings, featuring his multi instrumental skills, to producing, dj-ing and of course, remixing tracks by a huge range of different artists.
sounds from the soul underground – seventeen slices of contemporary retro soul which taps into everything from boogaloo, to rnb (the mod sort not the pariah carey sort), afro-beat, funk and b-boy breaks