TASTER SOUNDS FROM THE FUNKY UNDERGROUND VOLUME 2 140 minutes! 2XCDS) A beautifully eclectic double CD compilation from UK label Chocolate Fireguard, chosen as one of only 8 imports in "Best Of British" Virgin Megastores USA. Check out www.myspace.com/chocolatefireguardmusic and www.chocolatefireguard.com for more info..................
ALLMUSIC.COM "Tucked deep in the wilds of Yorkshire, England, nestled between the edge of a National Park and the southern tip of the Pennines mountain range, lays Huddersfield, home to Chocolate Fireguard record label. Although only established in 2000, the imprint marked out an enviable roster of talent very quickly, aided by label manager Pat Fulgoni's work as an agent for live bands. The genre trouncing Taster compilations offer a snap shot of the label at the time of their release, with this second album holding court to over 20 acts, the majority of whom have already enjoyed considerable success on the European live circuit. With Fulgoni's own work with upbeat dance act Kava Kava it is little surprise to find much of the music orientated around
funk, with even the hip hop of Cantaloop and the drum and bass of Acetate underpinned by Bootsy-licious bass work and tumbling breakbeats. The labels core artists, comprising oft-maudlin breakbeat soul Bluefoot Project, the aforementioned Kava Kava and French seven piece hip hop outfit La Cedille steal the show however, with the latter's Autonome demonstrating much promise for an album due in 2004 on the same label"
sit back, listen and taste the truth. a funky chill all mashed up, and full of soul! F**K ALL CAUTION! here's over two and a quarter hours of tuff, unadulterated, underground sounds from the cream of the live club scene. if you want to know what's really going on, do yourself a favour and check these cosmic funky minds, regularly ripping it up live in sweaty clubs and festivals across europe, from full on sixties flavoured jazz funk to french speaking hip hop to experimental dance vibes from Norway.
building on the underground success and acclaim of the first, chocolate fireguard hits back with a bargain double selection featuring: markoni (the egg), jesus haystax, headbound, the bluefoot project, cienna, capri, cantaloop, kava kava, germander speedwell (zion train), diesel bug, acetate, xploding plastix, d'booga, shod, slowburn, quattro, ça (la cedille!), ism, chillinuts, yakboy, astrovibe, laserkid, bootis, carbon city, world gov't, neeb, ashfelt, suspect package.
A few highlights:
recognize Shod's chilled vocals?....it's Rachel from Ibiza smash "21st Century" by the Weekend Players (an Andy Cato/Groove Armada project) caught here in her natural environment.
check out the Germander Speedwell (Zion Train) mix of Kava Kava's "Beats for Cheats"........continuous support from the likes of Freddy Fresh "funky as hell kids"
Again "Maui" showcases Kava Kava's soulful singer Pat Fulgoni from Subliminal Soul J Haystax smash "Still In Luv With You' but here with Kava Kava in his natural environment
check out Markoni's "Think Dirty" ..... a classic offshoot from infamous festival outfit The Egg
check out two beautiful offerings from The Bluefoot Project featuring the crucial vocals of Rachel Modest.
"where Russ Meyer's Ultra Vixens come to dance" Flux
"a storming soundtrack to sweaty dance floor action or a pass the rizla chillout session, this is the perfect solution to superclub overkill" 7 magazine (compilation of the week)
"hand over the entire Ministry of Culture to the folks from Chocolate Fireguard" Big Issue
"the rawest, roughest, beat-filled, chilled, ripped, twisted, funky dance and experimental vibes around....Chocolate Fireguard prove that there is vibrant life in the music industry" 4.5/5 Express
"The second compilation from arguably Britains coolest record label is a deafening wake up call for anyone who thought that original British dance music was dead." Yorkshire Evening Post (album of the week)
"enjoyable quirky cuts 4/5 " Blues and Soul
"Quality....Yorkshire independent Chocolate Fireguard, seem to be carving a sweet little niche for themselves" Record Collector
"deep, funky and very underground...an essential album for those who like a cutting edge sound" Penthouse
"forget the Ibiza style compilations, this is the real deal" The Belfast Telegraph (ALBUM OF THE WEEK )
"one of the best compilations I have heard for a while" SNOOP Magazine