Aussie rare groove ensemble Kerbside Collection’s second album of instrumental funk and jazz grooves “Trash Or Treasure” (released May 2015) gets the remix, rework and re-use treatment with a variety of re-interpretations with everything from downtempo hip-hop/neo-soul and dusty analogue lounge beats, to fuzzy, balearic electronic club workouts and even some broken beat flavours.
Kicking off with Brisbane based (ex kiwi) multi instrumentalist (and Jordan Rakei’s guitarist) Street Rat’s modern neo- soul, jazzy, hip hop flavoured opening track ‘Walk The Talk’; adding extra piano, bass lines and a guitar solo for fans of Nujabes, Nicolay and The Foreign Exchange. JNBO (Cactus Channel/Frida bass player) adds his unique wonky, analogue and quirky touch to the title track for a fuzzed out, analogue electronics burner for fans of Floating Points, Cro Magnon, Dabrye and Dimlite (bounced to tape no-less for added bump!). Next up AV artist/DJ/Producer Sampology lights up the sitar disco vibes of ‘Strawberry Fields’ taking the track into sizzling balearic, club work-out territory with added afro percussion, squelchy wobbles and effects; perfect for summer festivals and hazy end-of-night vibes.
Kerbside’s drummer Paprika takes the coastal groove of ‘Bogangar’ to the afro side with his ‘Mountain Air Afro- dub’, recreating a low slung, Tony Allen styled afrobeat groove with added melodic movements and dub effects. Renegades of Jazz adds his trademark funky breaks and beats to the b-boy ready “Quicksilver”. Another local Brisbane producer TwoDee (who also appears on “Mind the Curb” remixed) delivers an eighties, electro break flavoured re-work of ‘Rabbit Hole’ whilst the Paprika re-rub of “Kojak The Frog”, conjures up some vintage Mr Scruff, Diesler and Quantic sounds.
Melbourne based Kallellak (bass player for The Seven Ups and Wvr Bvby) gives “Cypress” a crazy chopped up and stretched out rework for fans of DJ Krush, Amon Tobin and DJ Shadow. Paprika adds another remix taking “Trash Or Treasure” into future jazz/broken beat territory with added percussion, moog bass and a surprise heavy change up at the end, almost reflective of some classic Fat Freddy’s Drop!
The release closes with Vinnie Laduce’s cruisy vocoder and lo-fi indie beats reconstruction of “Shake ’n’ Bake” and a frenetic bongo breakbeat version of “Cypress” - to make up for a wide range and variety of flavours and re-approaches to the bands dusty jazz and funk stylings.