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Various – Jalapeno Funk 2 review

Following on from the initial Jalapeno Funk, the beat-centric label’s first foray into the world of compilations, comes its equally vital and zesty sequel. With label stars like Kraak and Smaak, Skeewif and Max Sedgley present and correct, as well as a host of others, it’s a pleasing mix of vibes and genres and quality the whole way through.

Opener “Whole Wide World” mixes and dices between beats and samples with a deft hand from the appropriately named Radio Trip. Dr Rubberfunk also rocks the samples, this time as a backing for some sassy and jazzy female vocals from Sitzka. Kraak and Smaak’s “Squeeze Me” gets a fun and fresh makeover from A Skillz, who scratches the vocals over a heavy bassline. Tape Loops’ single with Finley Quaye on vocals, “Never Do That,” gets its rocksteady rhythms bolstered by Parker on the remix, while Crazy P turns Smoove & Turrell’s “Beggarman” into a delicious nu-disco diamond.

While quality beats underpin everything from Jalapeno, the range of styles and genres is genuinely impressive. Look no further than the sitars on Skeewiff’s “Ruby’s Revenge” or the awesome 8-bit tech-funk of Neighbour’s “Pistachio Ride” as an example. With additional treats like an acapella of Doug Lazy’s “Let It Roll” on offer as well, Jalapeno Funk 2 is yet another hot hot treat.

Review: Oliver Keens