Along with its sister imprint Fluid Electronics - dedicated to all things more muscularly 4x4 oriented, from house to techno via ambient, Fluid Funk will offer a platform of choice for creators and lovers of soulful house, hip-hop, jazz, funk, disco et al. The goal of the label is to bring a community of like-minded people together, cleared from the complexities that sometimes hamper the good course of the label-artist relationship.
First to grace Fluid Funk’s dance floor-ready grooves is Rotterdam-based emerging talent Beau Zwart. Fresh off a choice inaugural sortie on INI Movements that hit the streets a few weeks ago, Beau steps in with his debut 12”, ‘Beyond Two Souls’ - an infectiously smooth and solar-powered six-track platter featuring Dutch duo Fouk on remix duty.
Expect lavishly orchestrated cascades of ankle-twisting breaks, prismatic synthwork and summer-flavoured melodies to wrap your ears around as your feet and body give in to the power of that funky bass. Brewing elements of fuzzy pop, pixelated soul and tropicalised rhythms, Beau Zwart’s sound takes us on a wildly enjoyable ride across luxuriantly flowered scapes and fluttering cosmic-house horizons. Interlaced with sugary Rhodes stabs and 8-bit harmonics a la ‘Floating Points’, Sykes’ warm vox intonations shows us the way into a pulsating heart of wonky, bop-infused boogie.
Expanding to further out-there, club-optimised bravura, Fouk’s take on the title-track is the kind of track that’ll make an impact in the sweatbox as well as in a more cabaret- like setting. Pulling out the weirdo harmonics and left-of-centre jazz aerobatics, ‘Ixodus’ lets its free-spirited sense of playfulness take over completely. Flip sides and here’s ‘Marble Book’ unbolts the spacious pads and whirling alien riffs as a sturdy sub- bass and gut-churning kicks beat time onto further estranged dimensions.
A slightly more muscular but thoroughly sensuous workout, ‘Bustin Out’ fuses classical two-step-indebted breaks with lascivious ‘P-Funk’ tropes into one compelling club heater, before the EP’s sluggish closer ‘Illustrate My Way’ sends us into orbit for good with its slowed-down romanticism and otherworldly piano fantasy.