Various Raw Fusion Bass-ment Classics LP
As well as being a record label, Raw Fusion is Sweden’s most successful club night, and they have tried to repeat said accomplishment with this unmixed compilation of supposedly left-field tunes. Don’t let that description fool you though, this is certainly not that weird.
No, this is much more an attempt at bringing some funk to your world, albeit electronica/broken beat styled funk. And it manages to do so, although I personally found this all a little bit boring. It’s supposed to be clubbing music, but sounds to me more like something you might stick on when you get home from a club in an effort to continue the party whilst winding down. Basically, it’s not very upbeat at all, which is a shame. Even an appearance by Roots Manuva’s “Witness” fails to elicit the response it normally does, but this is because it’s the dub version, i.e. it’s the instrumental and a little slower than usual. In fact, most of the tunes here are instrumental, with Melo’s “Moody Melo” sounding like something Jamoroquai might make and with “The Jellyfish” by Danny Breaks being reminiscent of the “Flat Beat” song from a few years ago. In fact, probably the only tunes, other than possible the “Witness Dub”, that will be of interest to readers of this site are Dabrye’s “Game Over” which features Jay Dee, the sixth tune, which is the second appearance by J Dilla, this time being his “Take Dem Clothes Off” track featuring Frank-n-Dank, and finally Hearin’ Aid’s “Fwyip” where the lyrics take off Greg Nice’s verse on DWYCK.
Altogether, there’s a lot of squelchy bass which is reminiscent of G-funk and the production seems to be mostly keys based. As previously mentioned there’s also very little rapping, so this won’t appeal to your straight up hip hopper, but for anyone looking to expand their musical selection without being too adventurous, then this might be the perfect start.
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