The supreme masters’ are back on vinyl as well as on DUB recordings. Complex beats, plenty of bass, as you would expect from the outstanding and untouchable Funckarma. A bit darker sounding this time around, but as with all their previous releases it is simply brilliant and it doesn’t get any better than this (well that’s my opinion anyhow.) Funckarma have done it again. Know this, you can’t touch them!
ON is on it again, the second and last release Anno Domino 2003 features the giants of the deep: Funckarma. They’re not newcomers to the ON label and have actually made contributions to three out of four releases so far. The fourth instalment on ON Records will be a four-track remix twelve-inch entitled “DemSongzByWe” and the remixees are: Ontayso, Céline, Kero and Slemper. Apart from Funckarma and ON, Ontayso is the know factor here, because I know for a fact that they’ve previously released on the excellent U-cover label. But, the other parameters are unknown at least to me, (well it seems like Slemper actually released a track on JIP, but since I havn’t heard it yet it doesn’t count) and that makes this EP even more intriguing, if possible. First up is the “Ontayso – Score of an Imaginary Island Iceland Remix”, based on jazz reference and a variety of layered brass instruments. All fused with that unmistakable Funckarma scientific beat programming, dark atmosphere and production skills. In one word: intense. A daring choice for the A1 track some might say, I say excellent choice! But be warned it is not for the fainthearted. Second in line is the “Céline – Here and Now Remix” overall sonic intensity turned down, just a notch, but the bass pressure strikes back instead, in full force and it’s accompanied by some heavily treated vocals. A steady beat drives the track forward to its undeniable logical end. In one word: heavy. Third up is the “Kero – Bent Remix” familiar territory, the intro building up complexity, laying on a steady and ultra-deep bass to hold on to and then those beats… break it down, breath man/woman, breath… there are those melodies and sounds you would kill for. In one word: majestic. Make any sense to you? No? Then get the record! “Slemper – Soccermummy Remix” displays harsher excellent broken beats, a quite hostile sonic environment and glass-like soundscapes. In one word: abusive. I imagine that the outcome of this review must have been keeping anyone who has entered the Electronic Desert before in unbearable suspense, what would the conclusion ultimately be? It’s no secret, that to my mind Funckarma stand in a league of their own and ON104 will most definitely not change that, this is as good as it gets! Musical versatility, beat complexity, bass pressure, emotion and production skills are displayed to the fullest and in a way that no one else musters. I’m getting the vinyl record the very second it is released.
Making a good hip hop track is not as easy as it may seem as this DUB release demonstrates. A good hip hop track is more than beats and lyrics, you also need a capable lyricist, however Funckarma makes the best of the situation on this 12-inch which is structured in a classical manner: original-, instrumental and acapella versions. It goes without saying that the instrumental versions are the best on this 12-inch which is a remix of a track originally released on the DUB compilation “Men with Boxes”.
After the blinding opening done by this relatively new label the plate number four offered by delikatessen is delivered by none other than Funckarma. The Bourbon 10″ contains four tracks and starts of with the previously released “Noir” and it’s crunchiness defined giving the track a hint of harshness however lush strings creates a soothing background. Apparently “Noir” is also included on a compilation on the label “Prospect Recordings” at the moment unfortunately unheard. The second track “Sphere” is filled with warmth, atmosphere, basslines, string and choir arrangements and the sweetest of melodies. It’s in all aspects a complete and beautiful composition and probably my personal favorite on plate4. The b-side offers “Velvet” a string filled and layered track with steady and solid beats. On the down-tempo side of things the haunting soundscapes creates atmosphere. The fourth and last track “Sparkzz” features more beats of the crunchy persuasion with an abundance of layering, powerful and beautiful melodies with more than a touch of melancholy. Classic stuff! To sum up, yet another fantastic piece of music signed Funckarma out on the label called delikatessen. Apart from the high quality artists releasing contributing to delikatessen’s 10″ series the packaging and artwork is also excellent and naturally the “Bourbon Sounds” 10″ is far from being an exception.
Complex beats, plenty of bass and the lushest sounding melodies, as you would expect from this outstanding group: Funckarma. They are releasing records in a furious tempo right now, and this, the fifth part in their parts’ series is simply brilliant. It doesn’t get any better than this (well that’s my opinion anyhow.) DUB recordings and Funckarma have done it again and this 4-track 12″ is most definetly a classic in the making!