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Freethinker Funk Essence’s album The Traveler came out – oohh – over a month ago so I’d say it’s probably high time it got shown some love. The German producer has dropped a number of EPs on Mustbeat Records since they snapped him up a couple of years ago and these (like his Timewarp Music releases before that) have demonstrated our man’s penchant for breakbeat tunes frequently

FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Funk Folk Sessions (2016)

folk-funk-sessions-freethinker-funk-essenceIf ever a man with a name like Freethinker Funk Essence had a spiritual home, it would be in San Francisco – especially with a release named Funk Folk Sessions. Opener Haight Ashbury finds him sauntering through heavily syncopated beats while keys and guitars waft about in the background, Walk In The Park finds him giving time to rootsy drum breaks and almost tribal guitars while


Underground EP Freethinker Funk EssenceMustbeat signing Freethinker Funk Essence gets with the more organic sound for his new Underground EP by turns adding psychedelic, blaxploitation and afrobeat influences to his breaks. Too Drunk To Funk and Hot Sole Funk both employ wigged-out FX over hypnotic grooves – the latter adding in some 90s-style female soul vox – while closer Funky Bitch employs som

MR BIRD: Champignon Sound (2012)

The world of breakbeat seems to be awash with downtempo stuff this autumn and here’s some more in the shape of Mr Bird‘s Champignon Sound. Funk and hip-hop aficionados may well recognise the cowbell-toting break on which this rests, although as far as I’m aware it hasn’t previously been combined with minimal synth melancholia and wobbly bass. Ghetto downbeat anyone? On