28 October 2010

October in Tribal House (Part 2)

Raph Dumas - The Best Funk Of Your Life (Enjoy Recordings)
Raph Dumas, Best Funk of Your Life, review
Straight from one of the most original producers in electronic music is an album by talented Frenchman Raph Dumas. TBFOYL is a complete breath of fresh air - showing how to give sample-based music soul to boot use live-elements to perfection. Played across 19 tracks ranging from jammy Chicago style house to chillout jams Dumas showcases his funk/soul/jazz-inspired attitude to DJing and live performing with his band La Colba Mil.Lenaria. 'O'Spell' is a funk/jazz dancehall effort which pays heavy tribute to American gospel music while 'Umbalahh' hits the big-beat groove reminiscent of early Fatboy Slim with the cheese turned down a notch. The absolutely standout 'Afraid Of Changes' is Dimitri From Paris meets Brand New Heavies in a saxophone-led dance floor destroyer which is packed full of elements but skilfully avoids getting cluttered. At the other end of the spectrum is 'She Drinks Champagne', a downtempo house groove with a cut-up vocal sample and an old-school Chicago sort of cheekiness to it. Raph Dumas' album is A-class from start to finish and recommended listening no matter what you're into. Listen to/Buy 'The Best Funk Of Your Life'

Antoine Caesar & Timur Valiev - Le Mag / Immunity (Ind├ęks Music)
Antoine Cesar, Hans Bouffmyhre, Le Mag
The usual techy madness from Indeks begins with the massive Hans Bouffmyhre remix of 'Le Mag' (listen) which is as dark as tech-house gets these days rolling with a dubby drum-line, a sinister sub bass and some expertly placed and delayed samples. 'Immunity' (listen) ramps up the madness even more adding a vocal and distorted drums and glitch samples. Quality stuff all round. Indeks Music at Juno Download

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