Release Info: AIFF - Afro Soul System
The Dutch have always had a good handle on the funkier side of music, with acts like Pete Philly and Perquisite, Lefties Soul Connection and the Soul Snatchers. Fans of the latter will be pleased to know that the bassist, Ton van der Kolk has teamed up with DJ/producer Phil Martin and a host of musicians to create the fantastic Afro Influenced Funk Federation (or AIFF for short). As the name implies, afro-funk is the dish of the day here, and it smells good.Featuring eleven tracks in total it has been in heavy rotation since it's release in September this year and it's easy to see why. With tracks such as 'Circles' and 'Let It Roll' the album has real dance floor potential. In my experience, both tracks on the 7" smashed any dance floor, so there inclusion here is handy if you missed the single. The album explores the well trodden path Fela pioneered, but does it extremely well and experiments with arrangements and influences, such as the disco vibe of 'the Seduction' or the dub-wise bass in 'Afro Riddim'.