Dig Mag - Feature

27 Aug 2020
The British Magazine Dig Mag sent us an inquiry a while ago on a feature for their Boogie Funk Special Issue. For those that have not heard of this Zine, DIG Mag is a CD-sized magazine that celebrates the musical discoveries of some of the best diggers out there. We contributed a review of Lonnie Jordan’s Song „Fine Foxy Lady

Lonnie Jordan is known for being a founding member, keyboard player and lead singer of the Funk band WAR.
In 1982, he released the second of his three solo LPs called „The Affair“. The album offers a nice variety of Jordans skills as a composer. From dance to sweet Soul and Jazz Funk. It's all in there.
The album contains the song „Fine Foxy Lady“ on the B side which is funk banger and really stands out. A dance floor filler with that good feeling vibe which make you want to dance straight away.
The song is a good example for the Funk sound of the early 80s which has a different approach compared to the late 70s Disco era. The combination and use of well-chosen instruments results a balanced mix and make it pleasant to listen to it.
The real drums give you that natural feeling layered with drum machine clap sound and its big reverb tail which is characteristic for the 80s sound production.
The interaction between the synth bass and the accentuation of the slapped E-bass really defines the term FUNK if you ask us how to describe this genre. The rhythm guitar supports the groove and it is only played where is needed.
The use of the Prophet 5 synthesizer sounds are a nice contrast to the rhodes piano especially int the chorus part where the hard sounding lead sound played over the mellow chord progression. Lonnies outstanding voice is well layered with the ideal reverb amount and make it sit in the mix perfectly.
Glad to have found this LP two years ago in a record store in Berlin and hope to discover more treasures like this in the future.

The Magazine is finally out and you can get your copy at a local Record Shop or order online. Here you can even listen to the Mix of all Songs, that have been reviewed for the Magazine.

Hot Stuff 8 - Feature

17 Jul 2020
We really love underground Zines since we were young. At the time it was more Graffiti related, but we always keep our eyes open for the development of this great Medium.
When Dutch Digger, Rare Acetate Collector and DJ Disco Patrick asked us if we want to contribute to his own Magazine-Project named „Hot Stuff“ we were happy to do so.
We selected 10 Songs from multiple artists and created Reviews for it. Read the entire Magazine here and let us know what You think.

Live at No Joke Radio Heidelberg

20 Jun 2020
Summer 2020 is finally here and many things are different. With the recent development we experience more placements on Radio Stations then the usual Club DJ Gigs. Here is a Set for the freshly founded German-Italian Station named No Joke Radio.
The Mix is even available on SoundCloud. Let us know what You think!

Track List:
01 - B. BRAVO - la nights (interlude)
02 - DENNIS BROWN - love has found its way
03 - JOHNNY OSBOURNE - we need love
04 - NU GUINEA - ddoje facce
05 - SYLVESTER - i need somebody to love tonight
06 - GARFIELD FLEMING - don't send me away
07 - LINDA CLIFFORD - don't give up
08 - FIRST TOUCH & BYBO FUNK - stardust
09 - JOY FLEMING - heut nacht
10 - SKI OAKENFULL - new orleans under attack
12 - GILBERTO GIL - palco
13 - LOS CHARLY'S ORCHESTRA FT. OMAR - history (john morales m+m main mix)
14 - OOFT - this sound
15 - SYLVESTER - give it up, don't make me wait
16 - ANDY HART & MAX GRAEF - dem young jabronis
17 - CAMARAO ORKESTRA - nacao africa (patchworks late night dub)
18 - PINO D'ANGIO - okay okay (sleazy mcqueen & vinyladdicted edit)
19 - THE JONES GIRLS - you can't have my love
20 - MR. GIVEN RAW - jam all nite
21 - CHANGE - love 4 love (joey negro extended mix)
22 - EQUATION - domm domm, yeah, mm hmm (basement remix)
23 - FOUK - stuff your dad liked
24 - RAW SILK - do it to the music (dr packer multi track mix)
25 - FIRST TOUCH - upwind
26 - ALAIN HO & ALEX ARNOUT - your love (john daly remix)
27 - DOGG MASTER & BUSTA BROWN - body therapy (original version)
28 - TODD TERJE - strandbar
29 - PEGGY GOU - it makes you forget (itgehane)
30 - BILL CONTI - philadelphia morning


Sofea EP: Streaming and Digital

17 Apr 2020
After the Vinyl-Release in January, we are happy to announce that our Sofea EP is now available for You on Streaming and Digital Platforms. Check the Links below and read the Review by Juno:
"Since debuting on Highsteppin' way back in 2009, German three-piece First Touch has delivered some of the finest revivalist Boogie, Electrofunk and Proto-House around. Here they return to Italian imprint Mother Tongue with another essential EP of synth-powered goodness. The A-side is all about "Do You Really Wanna Dance", a clap-happy synth-funk masterpiece that's also given a tougher, funkier and more bass-heavy tweak by DJ Spinna. Flipside opener "Skyhigh" is a breezy, piano-heavy Boogie-era Disco-Funk affair that reminded us of Randy Muller(Skyy) and New York, while "Upwind" is a deep Electrofunk shuffler blessed with effortlessly emotive piano solos."

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New Directions in Funk

4 Mar 2020
Up next is a great 7" Vinyl-only Release on Soul Clap Records: New Directions in Funk Volume 6
It is a Collaboration with Boston-based Vocalist Saucy Lady and you will find the Tune "Check Me Out" as Vocal and Instrumental Versions. It comes along on Pink Color Vinyl as Limited Edition. Do not sleep on this one!
Availabilities: North America/Fatbeats and Europe/RedEye
Fatbeats Review:
"Mannheim meets Boston with First Touch & Saucy Lady teaming up for New Direction In Funk's sixth outing on 7". Collaboratively, 'Check Me Out' proves to be a modern funk bomb led by the infectious vocals of Saucy, and bassline wizardry from First Touch."

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