THE FUNDAMENTALS:  Thing [RATING: 5] Top of your funk essentials list for January (and probably your funk edits list for a long time to come, no doubt) should be The Fundamentals’ monster edit of Dyke & The Blazers’ monster version of the Isley Brothers’ It’s Your Thing. With the title now appropriately reduced to simply a single menacing word Thing, the pair (consisting of X-Ray Ted and B-Side) eschew the temptation of the wobble completely in favour of plain and simple phatness. The vocals get a trim, the tempo goes up, and the beat now broadly resembles both Skull Snaps’ New Day and Melvin Bliss’s Synthetic Substitution for an absolute behemoth of a cut that will sit perfectly in funk, hip-hop and breaks sets. Sadly, a digi-only release but we all know what happens when enough people speak out! Surely to god this warrants a 45…
(Out 22 January on Juno/ 29 January globally on Bombstrikes)

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