UK label Chocolate Fireguard continues the exploration into all things musically excellent and leftfield with "Interesting Flavours" an astonishingly fresh collection of funky flavas. Its generating quite a few plays on KCRW....
This lush 80 minute flavours fest kicks of with aplomb and ultimate scratch n groove courtesy of Mr Freddy Fresh and his new track "The Real Pro". We land in Cape Town with gorgeous all girl South African Hip Hop crew Godessa's social commentaries and then up, up and away once more with an awayTEAM remix of The Bluefoot Project's "Little Miss Selfish" pushing Chocolate Fireguard's resident diva Rachel Modest up there where she deserves, with the likes of one time awayTEAM collaborator Shirley Bassey! Phew!
True to form Huddersfield's Kava Kava are keen to keep this celebration as diverse as possible, contributing the outrageously funky "Bank Job" (Boyz From The Hudd" remix) so full of energy as they tout their album "Maui". In fact it's Kava Kava member and Chocolate Fireguard honcho Pat Fulgoni who compiled this selection.
Things get serious with Jason Sparks' dramatic, cinematic breaks opus 'Left 2 Live 4' and the restless chill of Speedwell's "Red Light Go" (who's that singer?!) and then pretty downright sinister and psychedelic with Norway's Slowpho and Kava Kava's "Tic"!
Elsewhere The Bluefoot Project return to contribute distinctive urban flavas with "Try" from their wonderful and critically acclaimed Chocolate Fireguard debut album "Brave", we catch a glimpse from new signing French Hip Hop sensations La Cedille! (their debut album 'Vu Du Large' coming very soon) and Bentley Rhythm Ace kick out violins, xylophones, love and quirky grooves with their catchy number "Loop Of Love"
Anyone who missed the dreamy cosmic downtempo beauty of Freddy Fresh's "The Salesman" from his "Have Record Will Travel" album gets a second chance here and you also get the fluffy alien breaks of Aeriated, Skinny Sumo's groover "King Kong", more funked up South African Hip Hop from Moodphase5ive and Huddersfield's own young rap heroes Practical Headz make an appearance with "Smooth Vibe"
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WE'LL LEAVE IT TO DJ MAGAZINE TO DO THE TALKING.....
"This compilation flows so perfectly you'd be forgiven in thinking there was just one artist involved. But no, the names lined up to entertain are many; Freddy Fresh, The Bluefoot Project, Kava Kava, Jason Sparks, awayTeam, Slowpho, Skinny Sumo and Moodphase5ive to list a few. And the result? A sweet exploration into all things lushly leftfield. The beats are phat, the melody's enticing and be the groove scratched to hell, seductively saucy or diva enhanced you can't help but be impressed. This album is yet another must-pay-attention adventure from Yorkshire label Chocolate Fireguard. Yep this is as strong as the tea. And believe me you'll want a refill" (DJ Mag)
Also on chocolate fireguard:
"Maui" (cfa cd 006) full length album by Kava Kava "........should be on every funk and disco playlist, period!" DJ mag "essential summer listening" M8 ".....(the) inspired songwriting and impeccable production of "Maui" is a jaw-dropping phenomenon" Blues and Soul
"Brave" (cfa cd 005) full length album by The Bluefoot Project album of the week, Mary Anne Hobbs, Breezeblock, Radio One "soulful music with a breakbeat edge has never sounded so good" Knowledge "fans of Massive Attack and Grand Central your new favourite band is here" Muzik
For more info on the label and releases
visit website www.chocolatefireguard.co.uk.