Boomkat Product Review:
Funkineven’s label links Amsterdam garms makers Patta for a dope comp of raw synth soul and beatdown boogie by Ashtrejenkins, Brassfoot, J M S Khosah, System Olympia, and more
The label’s first various artists session, ‘Better Together’ finds strength in solidarity between far flung artists in London, Tokyo, LA and elsewhere, all linked by a mutually rude approach. Leading on from Jarren’s love note to London in 2021, this first Apron release of ’22 is typically all killer no filler not bothered by trends, more simply prizing classic bags of groove and textured electronic soul in their own, dare-to-differ ways.
On the downstroke, London’s System Olympia lock off the effortless electro-soul shimmy of ‘Passi Mai’ with its ear worming vox by Francesca Macri, while Ashtrejinkins supplies two ace bookends with the weightless glyde of ‘Passive Aggressive’ and rugged bumps of ‘Dashing Buttface’. For the rest it’s a party affair, dialling in the killer jazz-funk dancer ‘Candy Floss’ by Shy One (we just clocked she’s Trevor Nelson’s daughter!), plus the ragged speedway breaks of label boss Steven Julien on ‘E46’, while the nutter Brassfoot cuts loose on a percolated madness ‘Leven’, and his Tokyo-based spar J M S Khosah can be relied upon for the gauzy ghetto-disco rocket ‘Lessons’.