Quotes: An interesting and well-mixed compilation. De:Bug / Like stateside contemporaries Theo Parrish, Danny Krivit, and Joe Claussell, Keller challenges his listeners, spinning curious, even cultish records from the past that are still relevant to present-day clubbers. He favors records with rhythms to die for, especially of the funk, fusion, electro, hip-hop, and post-disco varieties. Every one of the 14 tracks on Partykeller is worthy of mention. All Music Guide
Info: Sons And Daughters! Round two. Just kind of – for being another selection of open minded Funk influenced sounds. This compilation was originally planned as another side project and is a collection of music from folks who made independently and wonderful interpretations from more recent years, being influenced by the first wave of Funk and Soul creators, but spanning it a bit wider than just the temporary Neo-Funk scene. To start with breaking the rules immediately – and to start again with a catchy Reggae tune, this charming version of the Chicago Soul Classic Am I The Same Girl from the 80′s just seems the perfect choice. Piece Of Mind is a perfectly heavy instrumental and the first track that was available only on vinyl 45 before (as Pan Atlantics and Orgone and 12″ as Sarah Winton and Discoconductor) The vocal version is included on the Baker Brothers album “With The Out-Crowd”. Serengeti Stroke by Pan Atlantics – another disguise/side project of the Poets Of Rhythm, features the fattest break ever done by the godfathers of new Funk.
On Party-Keller Vol.1 you heard the Giorgio Moroder original of Dj Shadow’s Organ Donor, here you get the mean and irresistible dutch treatment from Lefties Soul Connection. The L.A. based Orgone -who you might see on stage somewhere around backing the Hip Hop heroes Pharcyde- gave Funky Nassau a Afrobeat treatment, and they did it so damn well. Some seven years before that, With Bula, London’s Pnu Riff made this pioneer piece effort of new Afrobeat. What Raw Deal started in the mid 90′s, Brighton’s Keno 1 a.k.a. Natural Self continues, here with The Sound.
A perfect example how ‘retro’ develops forward into something new and exiting. In 2003 there was this outstanding 7″ from Sidewinder, Ego Riot, which never really left my dj-box – and that for a reason. Fully functional and indeed a great hommage to Disco Funk. One of my favourite accapellas to play around with in my sets is Vowel Movement by South London’s Hip Hop routineer Fabian Stephenson a.k.a.Travis Blaque, and so it came quite naturally to do this little Old School flavoured remix. Disco Rhythms is one of the many great edits / collages coming from Stockholm in the recent years – done by a suprisingly small group of persons with that monstrous list of aliases… I can’t tell why Sarah Winton’s 1993 and only, album got totally lost in the byways of obscurity since: it is a sheer masterpiece. Thinking Backwards one of the class-a tunes on “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down”.Around the same time Unconditional Love, a canadian 12″ came out, so deep and warm like nothing since the early seventies Terry Callier. Can’t miss here.