The Traffic - Fire / Bangarang

Written on 29 July 2015

This release from Melbourne Australia comes through unstoppable like a freight train. Calling this 45 heavy is an understatement! The Traffic are a band made up of various musicians working in Melbourne's lively funk scene. With members from The Bamboos and Cookin On 3 Burners you know that these guys have a good handle on what makes a good funk record - and this release certainly does not disappoint.

The A Side sees the band cover a classic Jimi Hendrix song. Fire is big, brash and rocking. The drums propel the the band in a furious fashion, landing at three and half minutes of dancefloor perfection - But the real surprise is the B Side where the band cover a tune by EDM superstar Skrillex. It's on Bangarang that the band really shine, taking all those signature Skrillex squelches and squeals and turning them into a banging funk monster complete with break beats, making this an essential release for the B Boys.

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Originally released as a 45 back in 2008 on Mocambo label, Pimp makes a very welcome return. The track covers the steel drum sampling tune of the same name by Fifty Cent. It's heavy, raw, authentic and infectious - And whilst I still have much love for this cover version, as soon as I heard the flip side (previosuly unreleased as a 45) I knew this was a no-brainer essential release. The B-side Laventille Road March hits all the right places. Killer dancefloor B Boy breaks for days. Double copies essential!

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When I first heard about this forthcoming release I was very curious. Calibro 35 out of Italy have put out some astounding material. When I heard their first release in 2008, not knowing anything about the band I had to question how old it really was. They had that classic seventies psych funk and jazz down so well that their debut release could have easily passed as a long lost warehouse find from that era, which surely must be the biggest compliment you can give a band who cover this style so well. On this 45 they certainly havn't lost any of that appeal - Turning up the amps to 11 and knocking out a heavy fuzz funk soundtrack for one of the Beastie Boys more shouty songs from Ill Communication. If you're not a fan of the Beasties, you might appreciate the instrumental of the flip side.

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