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Following the release of his debut album in 2013, Bear Funk are back with the second album from The Beat Broker. 

The Beat Broker or Ryan Bishop (to his close friends) was born and raised in southern California. With early production partner Ryan Fitzgerald they recorded as Broker/Dealer and releasing 12"s on Spectral, Traum and Sentrall. They ran a longstanding club night in SF called POP so Ryan began to make edits, new productions and remixes to integrate into the night. Starting out with slower sleazy cosmic jams for the beginning of the night, then up tempo synthesizer crowd pleasers for the early morning. These productions found their way onto records via labels like Flexx, Disques Sinthomme and more recently Adult Contemporary. Ryan also runs a well respected blog called Dream Chimney.

Ryan returns with his trademark fusion sounds. Disco, meets emotional electronic meets early 80s electro meets contemporary synth groove. But, as ever, all presented with a sheen of positivity and optimism. The album opens up with the ponderous but solid "Night Drive", a track that surely describes itself too well. "Groove Glide" gets things swinging with its driving drum machine, darting synth and luxurious arp riff.

"Living On The Edge" is next. This summer filled track. Here Ryan partners with fellow Bay area resident and all around Sultan of Chill Sorcerer (aka Dan Judd). Its swooning synth and sun-drenched Sorcerer guitar all the way. Next is "Flexxibility". Here the synths get chunky and the beats bigger for this dance fest. "New Business" is angular and mysterious and "After Touch" is bold and powerful. "Mystic Moods" swings high and slick. The LP rounds off with the dreamy, laid back synthfest that is "Infinite Wave".

As the name suggests, Oorutaichi hail from Japan and their original version of "Misen Gymnastics" is a unique Shibuya punk-funk-house hotchpotch that can't fail to raise a smile. Disparate elements such as dope percussion, weird tape effects, oriental melodies and some of the maddest vocals yet all seem to work in a way that they shouldn't! Picked up by Bear Funk, the Idjut Boys crack their remixing knuckles with a marginally less batty full length version and a dubby bonus deviation.


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