Mashin' Missy again
Just when it seemed like the whole mash-up thing was played out, the fourth volume of the Satanic Mash-ups series turns out to the best yet. Ever wonder what Missy Elliott would sound like if Timbaland were from Düsseldorf? The Inhumanz crew summon up the answer by dropping Missy's Pass That Dutch onto Can 's proto-hiphop joint Vitamin C for the houserockin' Pass That Can. They also cause wreck with an unholy alliance between Tool and Jay-Z on Dirt Off Your Sober, but the stoopid genius move here is laying Stand Up by Ludacris over the Red Hot Chili Peppers ' Suck My Kiss groove for Suck Up. Devilishly good.
Boffo Birds and Brass
The lounge crowd will be delighted to know that the UK-based Earful label has just released two divinely styled 10-inch EPs in their Soundsational comp series boasting vintage E-Z funk classics by the likes of Sam Sklair , the Pete Moore Orchestra , Chris Karen and the Brass Buttons . Topping the roll-out of kooky swingers is the unhinged Fritzy Baby by the Birds and Brass , while the typically sedate Harry Stoneham Quintet turns momentarily raunchy for The Raver. It may be a tad too fiendishly flaky for cocktail hour.
So far the continuing Femmes de Paris (Anthologys/FGL) CD series documenting Gallic girl groovers from the 60s golden age of yé-yé has been a disappointment, particularly considering the quality and scope of material offered by the Ultra Chicks series. Volume 3 offers some familiar tracks by Liz Brady , Christine Pilzer , Pussy Cat and Clothilde but at least digs a bit deeper to uncover Cherie 's Je Ne Suis Qu'une Rose arranged by Hervé Roy and Isabelle 's La Journée D'Isabelle (directed by Mickey Baker ). The best of the bunch is Virginie Rodin 's take on Peter Thomas 's Space Patrol theme, Commando Spatial, orchestrated by the great Jacques Denjean . Sweet.
Funkin' up the Midwest
Ever since the bar for funk compilations was raised high by the Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw) comp put together by Eothen "Egon" Alapatt - who's spinning rare funk Wednesday (April 7) at Revival before Madvillain - competing reissue labels have been scrambling to keep up. The fabulous two-LP Midwest Funk (Jazzman) collection threatens to top it by not only presenting a killer selection of insanely rare non-hit wonders, but digger deluxe Dante Carfagna also annotates each track with deep biographical info, and they complete the gorgeous package with label pics and artist photos. A stellar archival set destined to become the new benchmark.