It's been a while since we last heard from Friendly, and it would have been around 2000 during the release of Akimbo, his last long player - it received mixed reviews at the time, however it was a mash up of disco funk, cheeky samples and really twisted beats (check "Some Kind Of Love Song") that really gave the album some mainstream appeal. 3 years on and Andrew Kornweibel is now producing Fingerlickin' styled breaks and it comes as no surprise especially after seeing him bop around on the floor (the dancefloor that is) like a madman at both the Plump DJ's ad Krafty Kuts gigs at Sydney's Metro in 2001.
Side A. Glottal Stomp
Glottal Stomp is a jackin' party breaks track, sitting on a housey breakbeat not unlike the styles of the Plumps themselves. Added to the mix is a bottom heavy bassline, a jazzy piano line and some clever hooks including a vocal sample that just doesn't stop grunting. It's Funk For Two Feet for 2003!
Side B. Foot Rocker
On the flip, Foot Rocker uses one of the nastiest and fartiest basslines I've ever heard on a breaks tune. More percussive than Glottal Stomp, Foot Rocker draws it's influence from Lee Coombs production, sitting somewhere between tribal, breaks and acid. The track starts with the basic element - breaks and bass, then brings in a old skool breakdown in the middle and builds up the towards the end - loading up the bassline with acid squelches. Premature to say at this point, but so far it is my favourite of the two - a mix between The Hum, Work Ya Body and Two Men On A Trip in some ways.
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