This *NEW* 12″ features three tracks, but only one of them is new(-ish). For the A-side, Greg Wilsondelivers his take on the 6ix Toys‘ brand of raw funk by re-stirring the album track ‘Paint the Toon’ into a mid tempo roller with some disco influences. The track begins with drums and percussion, slowly strolling along and adding layer by layer of the original track’s samples. It’s quite eloquently done, actually. When I say it has disco influences, I don’t mean ‘scream-out-loud-and-stretch-you-glitter-catsuit’ disco. I mean ‘hey-this-is-really-groovy’ disco. And because the base material is so raw, nothing can go wrong. Add this to you DJ mix and it will certainly not ruin the dance floor, but I expect it not to immediately fill the dance flooreither, because it builds up so gradually. The end result is typical mid-mix material of A-grade quality. As Connie Lush so soulfully exclaims: ‘Give it Soul’ and shake it to these ‘Brothers of Funk’.
The B side features two album cuts: ‘Paint the Toon (feat. Connie Lush)‘ and ‘Wanna Ride (feat. Yarah Bravo)‘. Both cuts are excellent tracks, the Connie Lush featured one being one of my favourite cuts off the album. This might also be why I am not overly enthused by the Greg Wilson version. The original is so raw and so funky and so much anchored in my ears that a new version has to really do something very different to hold my attention.
6ix Toys are known to be working on new material (just follow them on twitter to stay in the loop). I am highly curious about this because of the quality of their previous releases and talk of vintage gear used in the recording.
It is also mandatory to go see this band live, as this recent recording at Craig Charles proves, so here’s a tour schedule. For a current version see the 6ix Toys Myspace and to be extra prepared see more excellent live material on YooToob. Obviously, Mama’s Funky Flow and friends will be standing in the front row at the Utrecht gig on october 23rd, which is also the first in a series of Fudge Special nights, bringing you the funkiest bands straight from Utrecht’s greatest little Jazz basement.