Young Montana? is aspiring UK beatmaker, Jon Pritchard. On ‘Sacre Cool’ he takes the ubiquitous bass, synths and vocal samples of Chemise’s ‘She Can’t Love You’, and chops them up to great effect.
While I am sometimes underwhelmed when beatmakers take a classic old cut and loop it over and over again to a hip-hop beat, that is not the case with this:
Free download too. More info on Young Montana here.
Filed under Boogie, Hip-hop
Swedish producer Sasac has caught the attention of some tune spotters with his future funk sound. I like the beatless intro that forms part of his remix of Favorite Flava’s ‘VII’. Nice 80s r’n’b sounds. Better still, it’s a free download!
Filed under Boogie, Funk, Soul
French beatmaker, Onra, provides a sample of what’s in store for his forthcoming album. The preview track ‘L.O.V.E’ sees Onra continue down an irresistible path of 80s boogie-infused slow burning house, soul and hip-hop.
Check it – the bass is nasty:
I’ve always eagerly awaited the next DJ Tahira mix to be posted on his website. Tahira’s musical philosophy is much like my own – why stick to one or two genres in a set!
His DJ sets tend to cover everything from folk and brasilian classics, to funk, hip-hop and house. Anything may get a run, as long as it has soul. Anyway, you’ll find his April mix here.
Filed under Afro, Boogie, Brasil, Brokenbeat, Disco, Funk, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Latin, Soul
Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983, is a killer compilation of, well, Nigerian funk and boogie badness. The name’s appropriate. The compilation is the fruit of Nigerian music sage and all-round renaissance man, Uchenna Ikonne. Props to the man, he knows his stuff.
Brand New Wayo explores the plentiful output of Nigerian music towards the end of the 1970s and early ’80s that was inspired by America’s post-disco scene. Indeed, such was the influence that I read even the likes of Shalamar and Evelyn King performed in Lagos.
What’s interesting is all the little Nigerian touches that were added to the proven formula of American post-disco hits. So you’ve got calling-like choruses and afro touches layered over killer bass lines, tight percussion and pop synth sounds.
Anyway, too many killer tracks to list, so will provide just one – Amas’ ‘Slow Down’:
This LP is must have. Comb & Razor.
Boogie while you work? Well, it sounds like a good idea to me.
I have caught Rahaan live a couple of times now, and listened to many of the Rahaan mixes to be found online. This guy’s musical collection is deep, and spans boogie, funk, soul, disco, deep and jackin’ chicago house.
He got his start in the 80s as part of a crew attending early disco/house parties in Chicago, and listening to the likes of Ron Hardy and Co. It wasn’t long before he began DJing at some of the hottest venues in town.
When he started dabbling in his own re-edits and playing them out, people really stood up and took notice. He has released material on Stilove4music, Past Due and KAT Records.
So here is his ‘Boogie While You Work Mix’:
A compilation of his best re-edits ‘Rahaan Edits Vol 1’ was released earlier this year on Spacemachine. It is available from all the usual outlets including Juno, Rushhour, and Piccadilly.
Filed under Boogie, Disco, House
The resurgence of electro-boogie continues with Royalty’s debut self-titled EP. Following new material from the likes of Dam Funk, Onra, Krystal Klear and Jimmy Edgar in the last year, this movement shows no signs of slowing down.
‘Heat Ray’ will no doubt cause some serious heat on dance floors from Sydney to Shibuya:
Out on Five Easy Pieces, from all the usual places.
Filed under Boogie, Electro