Various Artists - Friends And Family, Mixed by The Nextmen
Mon 22nd Jan, 2007 Music Reviewsin
The Nextmen are one of my favourite live acts, and their onstage energy is infectious and fun. Family & Friends unfortunately doesn’t seem to capture this vibe too well, being much more of a studio mix, but it’s the perfect summer album, full of funky, laid back, head bobbing sounds. Great for a Sunday arvo recovery.
Starting with a superbly edited funky intro, the album cruises along nicely as beats from Madlib, Mr Scruff, People Under The Stairs, Tipper and more are expertly mixed together, with accapellas from artists such as Soulson and Rodney P peppered throughout. The smooth sounds continue from the funk of Quantic Soul Orchestra and Kid Named Miles, to the reggae dub of Lee Perry and Bob Marley. The Nextmen also throw in some of their own material in the form of a remix of Spin It Round, plus they lend their hand to remixes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Atlantic Conveyor.
I must admit that I am a little disappointed with Family & Friends. Although I’d like to hear something that better captures the Nextmen’s live performance, we can’t always get what we want, and I do enjoy the smooth sounds represented on this mix, it’s just not what I was expecting. That being said, I’ve listened to this many times whilst relaxing in the sun after a big weekend, and it goes down a treat.