Reviews part 2

Reviews

Danito & Athina – Really Like – Deep Inside Your Love EP – Jeudi Records

http://www.traxsource.com/track/1480480/really-like

Some tracks put a smile on your face. This one certainly does that, along with a piano riff that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Its a soulful, deep (in the traditional emotional sense, rather than the reincarnated UK Garage deep stuff), and has a laid back quality which keeps things grooving along. The rest of the ep is more of a deeper vein, but is of equal quality. Got to say, this is the first time I’ve heard any tracks on Jeudi Records. I’ll be checking them out in future.

 

Kraak & Smaak featuring John Turrell – Back Again – Jalapeno Records

http://www.traxsource.com/track/1355723/back-again

Really been feeling the slower more soulful vibes of late, and this one has a great balance of bleep, funk, soul and groove. Got a real Crazy P/Ron Basejam/Hot Toddy feel to it which I’m really feeling. Definitely worth checking out.

 

Ninelives – All This Love (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)- Vendition

http://www.traxsource.com/track/1485461/all-this-love-drop-out-orchestra-remix

I’ve been playing the last few Ninelives tracks for a while now. They are always well constructed, funking groovers of the highest order. So when I spotted that Drop Out Orchestra had remixed one of their releases, it REALLY flagged my interest. The Drop Out boys make bass that sounds like no other – fat, low slung and properly dirty. They are properly among my favourite remixers out there at the moment and anyone who can make Rick Astley into dubby disco, and then make it sound great, has got to be worth listening to.

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LLAMA025: More Luck Than Judgement: 25 Releases from Llama Farm

Global Release Date: 01/04/2014

Remixes release weekly exclusives from 11/02/2014

Featuring:

1. Bang Bang – Still Got Feelings (Arco Remix)
2. Ken Venom – Caribbean Nights (Corduroy Mavericks Remix)
3. Bang Bang – Freaky Love (Tom Special Interest Remix)
4. Tourist – Ticket to Ride (The Boogie) (Little Man Big Remix)
5. Bang Bang – Still Got Feelings (Jon Delerious Deep N’ Dub Remix)
6. Tourist – Ticket to Ride (The Boogie) (Freaky Behaviour Remix)
7. Bang Bang – Still Got Feelings (Demarkus Lewis Remix)

 

Well, after 7 years, 2 distros, at least 17 different artists and what can only be described as a sporadic release schedule, Llama Farm has made it to the quarter century of releases. We started out not knowing what we were doing, and eventually we learnt not to worry about it all and go on instinct.

So to celebrate this landmark achievement (well for us, anyway, since most labels don’t do one of these till release 50 or 100), we got together some friends and asked them to take a gem from our back catalogue, update, tweak, caress, and fondle it, and then send it back.

Thankfully, everyone pulled a blinder. So in this package of fondly remembered earworms, we have retouches from the likes of Demarkus Lewis, Freaky Behaviour, Jon Delerious, Little Man Big, Corduroy Mavericks, Tom Special Interest , and Arco.

There maybe even something else on the way from one of our mates too, but why open all the presents before your birthday?

So here it is. Enjoy. And here’s to at least another 25 releases where we made what we liked in the headphones come out the big speakers.

Cheers

Pete Le Freq
Llama Farm Recordings

Special Thanks go to Dimitri @ CMS for the Mastering, and Joe Savoy for his fantastic artwork.

Its release review time………

Been thinking for a while I should do some reviews of music that either just come out or I’ve been sent as promos. For the sake of angst and avoiding being negative, Im only going to pick the stuff I’ve been REALLY impressed with.

So, here we go….

 Nico K – Love Dust EP – Black Cherry

http://www.traxsource.com/title/214199/love-dust-ep

 

 

Now Dj Heather’s label doesn’t release that often (in fact even less often than Llama Farm, and I’m slack when it comes to putting things out), but man, when they release something, its always worth listening to.

Nico K isn’t a name I’ve seen around much before, but the ep produced has a really nice balance across the five tracks. There’s something for pretty much everyone here who likes shades of jack.

The ep opener “Back together” has a deep soulful vibe – kind of a jacked up version of the soulful stuff Large used to put out. The vocal is crisp and theres a smoothness to the whole thing, which just just helps the whole track glide. Its probably my pick off the ep, simply due to smile it puts on my face.

The other cut of note on here is “Got It Bad”, which has a James Brown cut up feel to it – never giving away exactly what its sampled through an obvious breakdown, having the right level of funk to keep things going.

The ep also includes a South of Rooslevelt remix of Back Together, and two other originals in Zombie and Welcome to the Party.

Rating: 4 ½ Llamas out of 5

 

Random Soul and Joshua Heath – Time To Funk – Random Soul Recordings

http://www.traxsource.com/title/213160/time-to-funk

 

 

A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with two thirds of the producers of this track (namely Husky and Joshua). They are names I always keep an eye out for and this track, when I saw the title made me start salivating. Now, I know Josh knows the funk (just listen to any bassline in any track he’s ever had ANYTHING to do with an you’ll know what I mean), and Yogi and Husky just bring their bumpin soul to table and the whole thing sticks together like some big funky cookie dough that you can’t resist.

My two picks off the ep are the the Random Soul Dub and the original extended version. I was surprised when I heard it was Josh doing the vocals – (then I twigged his flow was first heard on the re-release of his “Wanna Dance” a few years back). Josh’s lyrics are amusing and very apt and fits the RSR boys bleepy bouncy soul perfectly.

The two versions are picked for different times in the night – the extended original is more of a nu-disco feel to it, and the dub is a more straight up house version. Either way, it kicks ass.

Rating: 4 Llamas out of 5