Fresh, Rudimental, Wilkinson and now Sigma have all managed it, but it’s a tricky balancing act, juggling authenticity with accessibility. What’s the magic formula for creating that radio favourite that also smashes the dancefloor? 'Is This Love' nearly has it nailed, but it misses the post slightly. The vocal is perfect for the job, but the drum pattern is too poppy for the floor. Good effort, and disregarding the radio/floor formula balance, an enjoyable track.
Germany's Marten Hørger drops a bruising slice of roughhouse carnival bass music, this one heading straight for the dancefloor with booming kicks, techy percussion, searing, glitched-out fx and that tribal 'Baduka' war cry. On the flip, Beatslappaz remix Hørger's previous Punks release 'Oh Girl', plumping for a slightly-too-trappy 808 bass reworking that also finds time for a rather incongruous funky sampled break interlude.
Colossal disco-not-disco number, pulled from The Emperor Machine’s 2014 album ‘Like A Machine’, sees an additional disco-tech makeover from NY’s Jacques Renault. ‘Pop the Lid’, perhaps in reference to Loose Joints’ no-wave classic, ‘Pop Your Funk’, is a superb, white-boy funk jam loaded with spiky guitar licks and a bassline loaded with punk attitude. It's the kind of tune that would have sat comfortably amongst the catalogues of 99 or Y records, as much as it does here. Ace.
With a nod to the likes of Nina Simone, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the stark acoustic, spiritual jazz of yesteryear, this minimal, stripped-back track from McFarlane is the last to be lifted from her most recent LP ‘If You Knew Her’. Taking her version to an entirely new place and, in turn, an entirely new audience, Kjell Anderson’s excellent up-tempo rework alternatively offers a nod to contemporary remix masterminds like Jazzanova, Kaidi Tatham and Seiji.