Selekta Recordings returns with the serious grooves of Five Alarm Funk, an 8 piece ‘gypsy-rock, afro-funk, latin’ band from Vancouver. With six fiery albums under their belt, the band lends two rousing cuts — “Freight Train” and “Widowmaker” — to the label for late night remix treatments.
The two original songs confirm the talent, die-hard rhythms, and wall of sound that Five Alarm Funk are known for. Loads of percussion, in-your-face horns, and slinky bass and guitar beam these sounds straight into the boogie zone. And then — the quality remixes come fast and furious. Italian producer and sound engineer Max Paparella delivers a suave nu-disco version of “Widowmaker,” rolling at a glorious spacey pace to add class anywhere it’s played. Selekta mainstay Statedlife surprises with a breakbeat mix of “Freight Train,” giving the dance-floor b-boys a reason for freaky footwork. And NYC house music veteran Dirty Dan totally turns the tables on “Freight Train,” dropping a deep and chuggy four-on-the-floor remix that’s perfect for 4 AM warehouse moments. Feel the funk!
BMD (Timewarp Music) – “Great funkiness on this release guys! Love it. 5 Stars.”
Nightmares On Wax (Wax da Box / Ibiza Sonica Radio) – “All about the max mix for me.”
Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “Groovy!”
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) – (Funk Weapons) – “Funky stuff. Not easy remixes to pull off and I think everyone did a good job.”
Trotter (Royal Soul Records) – “Wow! This is pure gold. Love it!”
Phunktastike (Spirit Soul Music) – “Yeah! Some funky action here.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really fun release with plenty of funky goodness.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Some tasty joints in here.”
The Funk Hunters (Westwood Recordings) – “Funkin Dope!”
Quincy Joints (Ibiza Global Radio) – “Max Paparella Remix is dope.”