Friday, July 07, 2006

Funky Friday Shapes

I recently picked up the lastest compilation from jazzy downtempo label Tru Thoughts called Shapes Compilation. It is a collection of tracks highlighting it's own acts like Quantic, Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77 and Diesler, and then some of the acts on it's hip hop imprint Zebra Traffic. It was an impulse buy that has turned out pretty well as I am digging it's blend of jazzy downtempo, hip hop, disco and funk.

Nirobi & Barakas - Bungee Jump Against Racism (Diesler Remix)
Nirobi & Barakas is a collabo between Tru Thoughts co-owner/A&R guy Robert Luis and Simon Green, AKA Bonobo (who released his early records on Tru Thoughts before moving to NinjaTune). A killer track of Bollywood inspired funk, it features some ace horns, nice uptempo shuffle-y beats, sweet vocal snippets from some Hindi songstress, and did I mention the kiler horns?

TM Juke - Playground Games (Maddslinky Vs Askew Mix)
This is some sweet midtempo disco. It builds up gently over warm keys and burbling percussion, adds scatting vocalese, wah wah guitar and then full on disco drums. Blissful.

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