Review: It's been a while since we last heard from genre-straddling DJ/producer Sadhar Bahar, who first rose to prominence via two volumes of the Chicken Wing Edits series back in the late 2000s. Here he dishes up two more sneaky reworks, this time for Bochum-based Kala Kuta Soul. You're unlikely to find a more gorgeously sunny, summery rework than the bouncy jazz-funk-meets-disco soul flex of A-side "Tik-Tok". It's loose and groovy, of course, but just loopy and bouncy enough to interest house heads as well as disco-soul diggers. Flip for "At The Concert", a deliciously stretched-out chunk of instrumental soul-jazz business that comes complete with some seriously heavy trumpet solos.
Review: Southern Italian sort Giovanni Damico has been in a good run of form of late, as anyone who picked up his recent EP on Lumberjacks in Hell with confirm. This retro-futurist three-track excursion is rather fine, too, with the White Rabbit Recordings founder brilliantly joining the dots between jaunty Afrobeat, rubbery boogie and spacey electrofunk. All three tracks boast classic Afro-funk guitars, with killer A-side "To Fela's People (featuring Villy)" also boasting punchy horns, tactile synth bass and some life-affirming hip-hop rhymes. Over on the flip, "Baba" is a more traditional Afrobeat workout - albeit with the addition of some mind-altering analogue bass and vintage synth flourishes - while "Afro Stomp" is a bouncy, Baldelli-inspired chunk of Afro-cosmic disco.
Review: German trio Homewreckers have always been tricky to pin down. Over the course of the last two decades, their occasional releases have bounced between jazz, blues, soul, house, techno and all points in between. This latest EP begins with a typically hard-to-pigeonhole chunk of humid, tropical soul ("Confusion", featuring the honeyed vocals of Dennis LeGree), before the Ruhr collective offers a thrillingly odd and dubbed-out chunk of jazz/experimental hip-hop fusion in the shape of "Rotthausen". Flip the disc and you'll find the gentle, organic-meets-electronic nu-jazz shuffle of "If I Should Lose You" and the fuzzy, off-kilter, broken beat soul of Cornelius Harris hook-up "Guestlist".
Review: Scalpel-wielding record dealer turned producer the Mighty Zaf is the man at the controls on this inspired 12". It sees the LoveVinyl co-founder rearrange a couple of vintage cuts from Brazilian musician Ed Motta. On the A-side he tackles "Ja!", an exquisite chunk of carnival-friendly jazz-funk/disco fusion that was first featured on the artist's 1993 album Ao Vivo. Zaf's edit is naturally sympathetic to Motta's original, subtly extending it in all the right places while removing a few bits and pieces here and there. Flip for the big man's fine rework of the arguably even more loved-up 1988 cut "Paradas de Lucas", where starry synths and passionate vocals ride delay-laden drum machine hits and a killer jazz-funk bassline. The sound of summer, without a doubt.