Review: The heart warming sleeve notes that accompany this collection of old Dam Funk tracks from Peanut Butter Wolf demonstrate the levels of trust and belief that run through the label. It becomes apparent that Dam has been making music for as long as anyone can remember and his complete trust in PBW to filter through his weighty archive of material is matched by the Stones Throw boss's sense of giddiness at how exciting it is. The end results features here on Adolescent Funk, where across two slabs of vinyl your senses are treated to fourteen tracks of raw 80s funk. Some of them are somewhat lacking in finesse and subtlety, but the sheer talent and panache for production inherent throughout more than compensates for this, with tracks such as the beatdown brilliance of "The Telephone Call" and proto lo-fi electro of "I Love Life" leaving a lasting impression in particular. Additional words of praise go to the brilliant cover art on another fine release from the Stones Throw crew.
Review: Madvillain is the collaboration of the most dynamic duo from today's hip-hop underground, MF Doom and Madlib. "Madvillainy" has witty, mental lyrics combined with rugged beats fashioned from every possible source material, resulting in a truly unique album pointing the way to hip-hop's future.
Review: Los Angeles' beat-maker Ringgo Achetta has released some fine music under the MNDSGN moniker, including solid sets for Leaving Records and Fresh Selects. Body Wash marks his return to Stones Throw after a two year absense, and is every bit as vibrant and colourful as you'd expect. Rooted in a particularly psychedelic take on hip-hop, soul and jazz, the album's 16 tracks flit between acid-fried boogie, sumptuous slow jams, head-nodding jazz-funk instrumentals, jazzy interludes, and spaced-out, soft-touch songs whose lyrics reference love and space in equal measure. There's no doubt that Achetta has a unique musical voice - think Dam Funk, Nilsson and Madlib jamming in space - and this comes through loud and clear on Body Wash.