Raph Dumas - The Best Funk Of Your Life (Enjoy Recordings)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 (Indéks Music)
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