One of our favourite labels on the planet, Jalapeno Records, is celebrating its 20th birthday and to celebrate such an honourable milestone, it presents one of its finest compilation albums of them all Jalapeno Records: Two Decades of Funk Fire.
Over the last 20 years, Jalapeno Records has risen from a label that was created by Skeewiff to release their music on, to a label that is respected worldwide with a roster that boasts some of the most talented and creative artists on the planet who have gone on to release chart-topping albums and received national radio plays on countless occasions. It has clocked up a massive 350 releases since its inception, so it’s fair to say that selecting the music for its celebratory offering would have been quite a mission, but 20 tracks have been chosen and you can’t argue with the placement of any of them on the album.
The chart-topping and Northern Soul loving duo Smoove & Turrell make their appearance on the album with two of their biggest hits Slow Down and Could’ve Been A Lady while The Allergies also appear twice with their beat-breaking party-machines Felony and Rock Rock feat. Andy Cooper. Featurecast‘s brilliant Evil Eye feat Greg Blackman can also be found alongside the equally impressive Northern Comfort by Dr Rubberfunk feat John Turrell and Dimitri From Paris‘ spirit-raising edit of I Want Magic by the incredible Izo Fitzroy. The greatness continues with classic cuts from Skeewiff with the fun-filled and frivolous Soul Bossanova, Soopasoul‘s full-blown party-rocker If It Ain’t Funky, Ikon‘s heavenly The Dove and Alexia Coley‘s sugarcoated Drive Me Wild. With so much more to listen to from even more great artists, we suggest making a brew, getting comfy and letting this album play out.
Because of the magnitude of Jalapeno’s birthday, it has put together a rather tasty bundle over on Bandcamp that includes a limited 7″ vinyl box set, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Jalapeno Records: Two Decades of Funk Fire graphic, a high-quality sticker pack and digital download of the album. There are also options to buy the vinyl box set on its own and to buy the album on CD, both of which come with digital downloads also. Go check it all out and see which one’s for you and while you’re there, check out new music by Skaggs and The Allergies because that’s reet good too!
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