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[review] 6ix Toys – Sisters of Soul, Brothers of Funk (Greg Wilson Version) [FW32]

October 2nd, 2009 . by zephirnl

Not too long ago, Liverpool funk monsters 6ix Toys released their first 12″ ever, bringing their total release count up to three (previous releases are the Voodoo People 7″ & the 6ix Toys CD album), all on First Word Records.

FW32 Greg Wilson SpindleThis *NEW* 12″ features three tracks, but only one of them is new(-ish). For the A-side, Greg Wilson delivers 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.

6 Oct 2009 20:00
Rainforest Foundation UK 20th Anniversary @ Proud Camden, London
15 Oct 2009 22:30
Alma de Cuba Liverpool
18 Oct 2009 20:00
Alma de Cuba Liverpool
22 Oct 2009 20:00
Merleyn Nijmegen, Holland
23 Oct 2009 20:00
SJU Utrecht, Holland
29 Oct 2009 22:30
Alma de Cuba Liverpool
5 Nov 2009 20:00
Start The Bus – Supporting The Apples Bristol
12 Nov 2009 22:30
Alma de Cuba Liverpool
14 Nov 2009 20:00
The Yardbird Birmingham
15 Nov 2009 22:00
Sunday Joint @ HiFi Club Leeds
15 Dec 2009 20:00
Tuesday Club (Xmas Special with Ronnie Size) Sheffield
12 Feb 2010 20:00
The Cavern Exeter
13 Feb 2010 20:00
Mr Wolf’s Bristol
4 Jun 2010 20:00
The Sellar Oxford
5 Jun 2010 20:00
Big Chill House London

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