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06 Aug 12
Played by: Eric Sharp, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Da Goblinn /Remuted, Matt Love
Review: Can you imagine a more perfect mix - the innately soulful yet age-worn vocals of American singer Bobby Womack and the effervescent and vital bad-boy house of Julio Bashmore? XL really nail it with this remix release of this highlight from Womack's latest album, with the Bristolian house god spending a good couple of minutes teasing the track in as vocals are looped and basslines drill into your head, before unleashing a classy and sunny beat for full orgasmic revelry. Exemen do a great job with the tune too on their rerub - gearing up for the Notting Hill Carnival with a dubby 2-step remake.
11 May 08
Played by: Freq Nasty
01 Apr 13
Review: Don't worry, "Dappy" isn't an ode or homage to N-Dubz' ratty frontman. In fact it couldn't be further from Dappy's cheesy UK grime-lite if it tried. Romping away with a resonant warbling bass and unrelenting 4/4 stomp, it's an ultimate buzz cut that doesn't sound too far away from a Dirtybird record. Remix-wise Belgian ghetto-groover Kill Frenzy pitches down the vocal sample and adds much more of a haunted flavour to the groove. Either version is dark enough to send Dappy crying to his dear old mum.
01 Nov 10
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
04 Mar 12
Review: Out on James Holden's Border Community, Swiss singer and producer Kate Wax follows up her debut album for the label with this single release of the LP's title track. An uncluttered and noirish take on acid synths and Chicago rhythms, "Dust Collision" pits a midtempo beat with Wax's siren-like vocals (check out he accompanying acapella to explore further). Solvent contributes a rather stunning, pared-down mix that feeds Wax's vocals through a mild ring modulator, while Margot reduces "Dust Collison" even more into a warm and airless minimal rerub.
02 Jul 12
Played by: Smutlee, Da Autopsy [uttu], Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Greenmoney, Sounds Of Sumo, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew)
Review: New from Greenmoney Records - an unusual choice given that they're the brains behind the excellent UK bass label Sound of Sumo - UK duo Kry Wolf smash it with these two new cheeky electro-wonk beauties. "Off The Reel" is a quirky mix of straight and simple jacking house drums and some militant, Oizo-like bass stabs and cowbell rolls, while "Scream" goes a bit more maximal with some distorted bass and "Percolator"-style synth bubbles over a mean house beat. These strongly deserve a good few listens.
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Review: Sheffield's Walter Ego is causing a bit of a stir at the moment with the likes of Toddla T and Monki both supporting his recent releases. When Ego is not running his own record label, Bad Taste Records, he's perfecting his production techniques that incorporate intricate garage-influenced beats and elements of various bass genres. Title track "Shadows" is a leftfield banger in the vein of Actress featuring skewed 2 step rhythms and ghostly yet soulful male vocals. "Rebounds" is more peak time and, with its tribal beats and rave stabs, not unlike MJ Cole's recent output. "Shadows' also returns in a chill out remix by Inkarv.
28 May 12
Review: Fellow Sheffield producers Walter Ego and 2046 combine on Ego's Bad Taste label for two impressive fusions of tech, funky club and bass - with the excellent title song mixing a storm of dark keys stabs, while "Hand In My Hand" is a serious worker, using some familiar R&B vocals over a charged, genre-melting beat.
23 Apr 12
Review: On his Hyperdub debut last year, youngster Walton made a real impression on the Juno review ears, and we've been eager for more ever since. Once again surfacing on Kode 9's imperious label, the All Night EP finds Walton on equally impressive form, replicating the course of his debut with the title track being the most immediate production. "All The Night" is luridly colourful in the thick 8 bit textures that spill out over hyperactive vocal edits and buccaneering drum chops. Up next, "Mallet" does more with steel pans in the opening bars than Jammy xx ever did, before veering off into an eminently satisfying bleep heavy UKF flex, whilst "Kush" drops the tempo down to a heavily saturated, downtrodden shoulder lean.
06 Aug 12
Played by: Dusk + Blackdown, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mr. Mitch, Vorres - Juno, Diphasic, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Keysound bring together a gaggle of relatively fresh names to throw it down in a rowdy fashion. Walton rips into action under a hail of gunshots, deploying some deadly grime strings over a pulsing UK Funky rhythm. Gremino meanwhile has his own brand of virulent bass music to share, moving scattily through all manner of brutal synth notes before pulling off a shockingly long drop out, only to come back barking the same lurching mantra. Visionist is more dextrous with "Come In", scattering a manic array of vocal samples over a moody backbone. Vibezin rounds things off with possibly the most essential cut, catching a strange soundtrack vibe in the midst of a snapping found-sound beat that sounds as future as it gets right now.
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09 Jan 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Numa Crew, Jack Stat, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hostage, Sounds Of Sumo, Rack N Ruin, Diamond Bass
Review: Boasting a growing roster that includes P Money, Serocee, Rudimental, Hostage and more, London bass label Black Butter Records just keeps dropping essential bad boy material, like this latest from UK garage/grime/breaks producer Warrior One. Teamed up with singer Ayah Marar, he fuses together jungle beats running at 130bpm with nasty grime bass shots and swirling string textures on the dropouts. If you prefer an even tougher flex, Warrior One's own VIP mix in collaboration with Bojcat has got you covered, while mixes from Des Demure, Baxta and Io round off this stellar release.
08 Dec 09
Played by: T.r.o.
16 Oct 12
Review: It's probably best we deal with the strange title before we get chewing on this rather ace album. Heavenz 2 Murgatroyd was a saying made famous by Snagglepuss, a character often spotted in the original Yogi Bear cartoons. Now we know this we can listen to Wax Romeo's uncompromising variety of bass flavours without any distractions. Which is good because there's heaps to take in. From the deep, driving contemporary take on early Chicago house ("Minti") to savage, snarling dubstep ("Foxycutioner") to slo-mo butt-shaking booty-soul ("I Don't Need U") this is a consistent collection of vibrant bottom end styles delivered with funk, humour and expert production skills.
07 Nov 12
14 May 13
Review: We Are Nuts aren't exactly known for their deep, contemplative musings, but who needs that on a dancefloor at 3am anyway? "Bombaclat" is a blazin' 4x4 wobbly bass banger, and "Daily Dose" is like a housier UKF take on an already pretty eccentric baile funk stomper. Finally DJ Q steps in bringing a whole tonne of flabby wobble to add to the ravey keys. Messy, very messy.
20 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
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Review: The first in a series of releases, French UK funky firebrand Wearing Glasses is about to tell us what he has in his wardrobe. Starting from the head and working down to socks, this EP is all about his beloved baseball caps. It's not a bad homage to his hat, either - a tight fitting groove and hair-raising synth hook and a trippy ragga toast, this cap most certainly fits. And if it doesn't fit you, why not try one of the remixes on for size. Krueger's version is a very tasteful venture into icy, rhythmic pastures while Tommy Jacob takes us deeper into the darker dance with a half tempo D&B/dubstep flavour. Malja & Jerky's take is a sweet headnod to Todd Edwards style garage and The Quest finishes the set on a heartwarming abstract note. Looking forward to the follow up release about cravats...
11 Jan 13
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Played by: Shadow Dancer, Dirt Crew, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Riley Reinhold, West Norwood Cassette Library, Junoplus
Review: What has been markedly noticeable about all the WNCL output so far is that it doesn't make any daring leaps to re-invent the wheel, tackle trendy tempos or get all post-modern. Instead of using an old template of sounds as so many do today, it's actually a fearless old-skool give-a-fuck spirit that makes the WNCL output so addictive, so refreshing and so damn fun. On this release, a cheeky mid-nineties vibe is undeniably present, but somehow fuses Strictly Rhythm-style funk with a rolling break, hip-hop stabs and positively modern acid squelches. It's quite simply a party rocker, with a tongue-in-cheek lyrical spit of spiritual fulfilment. Karenn, the new production endeavour of Blawan and Pariah, took the call for remix duties and deliver a rough and chunky house reworking. Employing almost industrial hits which keep the melodics muffled and muted, their revision makes for tracky, functional house music as it should be made, as if the Berghain boys weren't taking everything so seriously all the time.
01 Jun 12
Review: Following his "All Werked Up" release on Well Rounded Individuals last year, Texan producer Wheez-ie cooks up an even more hardcore trip into '90s rave with "Remember The Score". Ghetto juke gets mixed with pitched-up rave pianos on the title tune, while "Fuck Yer Shit" rests on a slew of trancy and winding acid synths.
25 Apr 11
Review: Some Juno Download exclusive future garage business here from Whistla, released on his own L2S Recordings imprint. First up the Swivel promoter drops the deliciously fresh and crisp title track "Darlings Of The Tripstream" in which an old school garridge beat sits beneath a contemporary melange of clipped vocal elements and a seductive horn-led melody. The breakdown is particularly sublime! This is complemented by the tougher drums of "Take Me On" in which multiple vocals are again whipped up into a visceral stew. Tip!
30 Apr 12
Review: Following on from his The Swivel Sessions for Sub FM and releases like "Swivel Like You Mean It", L2S head honcho Whistla keeps spinning with this new full length album. A long-time exponent and champion of future-garage, Whistla shows off his slick 2-step chops straight from the off with the creeping beauty of "The Underground", while he really lets fly on brilliantly hyped tracks like the raw percussion-fest "Music In My Dreams", the blurry bass-punch of "Horny" and the charging stomp of "N35". Excellent work all round, Whistla's done a very tough thing in making such a consistent and surprising dance album.