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30 Mar 98
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.
23 Jul 12
26 Sep 11
Played by: Sard Boogie
12 Dec 11
12 Dec 11
Review: An undoubted favourite from Zed Bias' recent "Blasonic Hotsauce" LP, "Night Lovers" features Skream/Magnetic Man vocalist Sam Frank fed through a mighty vocoder over a uncharacteristically slow, syrupy electro-funk beat that brims with post-midnight neon goodness. Greenmoney rework "Night Lovers" into a sped-up tropical banger, complete with lashings of Latin carnival percussion, while Rinse's Scratcha DVA keeps things warm and enormously future-funky thanks to some wavering synths and a deep set of kicks and hats. CRST also does wonders with the single, providing a Blawan-esque mix of percussion and soft synth stabs.
12 Mar 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b
Review: The first release on Tru Thoughts from actor and rapper Riz MC, "All of You" is a creepy and brilliantly disturbed tune that balances a backing mostly consisting of thick, distorted bass with a fresh vocal that rises and drops in volume and intensity at the drop of a hat, keeping the listener engaged for every second. Having recently ditched soul to get back in touch with his hip-hop roots, Plan B jumps on the remix, while dBridge supplies a remake that keeps itself equally sparse but adds some thumping kicks over the 100bpm tempo.
04 May 10
Played by: Poirier
10 Aug 10
08 Aug 10
05 Sep 11
Review: The icy demeanour of Emika's music finds another outlet with this single, and once again her deadpan vocals hover amidst ominous surroundings. Both original tracks have their own unique slant on contemporary beats, while the textures and melodies exude a Tim Burton kind of darkness. It's a seductive take on pop music that deserves a huge audience but would undoubtedly scare them off. On remix duties, Brandt Brauer Frick opt for a tracky 4/4 workout, while Kyle Hall omits the bass from his skippy effort. DJ Rashad and DJ BMT smack it hard with a footwork stomper that shows what the genre can do with interesting sound sources.
16 May 11
Review: Back on Hot Flush (having recently joined FaltyDL, dBridge and Boxcutter on their excellent Back and 4th compilation), UKF's king of kings is on fine form with these two huge beats. "Error Code" is simply incredible - a tune that only a man at the peak of his game could make. Simple yet mesmerising, it rocks four huge, rhythmic chords that wash over the track like a wave while his trademark beats add bounce. It's relentless stuff. "Abrupt" is a little more on the subtle side, with a fleshed out electro kit backing a wispy, haunting melody that'll melt your ears in the nicest way possible.
07 Nov 11
Review: As a prelude to their debut album, released in December, Sepalcure (the pairing of Braille and Machinedrum) drop this single containing "Pencil Pimp", one of the album's many highlights. "Pencil Pimp" is an uptempo track in the vein of Machinedrum's album from earlier this year, incorporating the rhythmic flex of footwork and insistent piano line with washed out textures and acoustic samples which recall labelmates Mount Kimbie. Up next is "I'm Alright", a track exclusive to the single release. If the A-Side seemed like Machinedrum was taking the lead, then this track is obviously much like Braille's recent EP on Hotflush. Combining broken beats with a housier tempo, the track is as rich as its counterpart, utilising its titular vocal sample to great effect, with razor sharp handclaps swimming in an ocean of aquatic synths.
27 Feb 12
Played by: Chris Coco, Lung, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bizt, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Rack N Ruin, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Jon Saigon, Mak & Pasteman, Tcts
Review: Where Scuba's earlier work was typified by the same metallic sheen and monochrome hue, it's noticeable on his third album Personality just how much more colour he's letting into the mix. Whether it's the crisp electro breaks of opener "Ignition Key" or the joyous pop chimes of "July", the mood is overall far sunnier than the Scuba of before. There's drum & bass explorations being made on "Cognitive Dissonance", chart-baiting hooks aplenty and a wealth of vocal action from speeches to divas. All in all it's another essential, multi-faceted evolutionary step for the Berlin-based producer.
26 Mar 12
16 Apr 12
17 Jun 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Platform, Physical Illusion, Syncopix, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Winter, S Man, Nsekt, Liz-E, Notion, Mikal, Protect Audio
Review: The ever-reliable Shogun Audio imprint, co-owned by DJ Friction and K-Tee, presents the next release in a slew of quality singles. This time the magic is brought to us by the Spectrasoul boys who team up with talented vocalist Tamara Blessa on the title track "Away With Me"; the result is a soulful slice of sexiness with white noise crackling beats and an enticing vocal driving things along. Calibre provides a lush interpretation with gentle, pattering drums and pulsing bass, underpinned by dreamy instrumentals, while dubstep darling Kito gives it the Rustie treatment with a bleepy kaleidoscope of sounds.
31 Aug 10
18 Oct 10
Played by: Chris Coco
07 Feb 11
Review: Four-headed UKF groove-merchants Funkystepz return with two new tunes on Hyperdub, both excellent and both giving off wildly different vibes. Title-tune "Fuller" is the colder of the two, with a minimal soca-step beat with echoed claps supporting a gnarly lead. "Hurricane Rhythm" on the other hand is overflowing with warm strings and pianos, with a huge arrangement that keeps the tune naturally bubbly and funky. Two different sides of UKF, but one great release none the less - Funkystepz keep their unblemished rep strong on this Hyperdub essential.
20 Jun 11
Review: Prodigious UK house producer Ossie follows up his excellent debut for Lightworks with a three track EP for Hyperdub. While the title track from the Lightworks release - "Tarantula" - had a gorgeous ravey sheen, "Set The Tone" pairs vocodered vocals and insouciant child-like cries of "ahhhh" - both of which float above a tough, percussive arrangement. Up next, "Power Of Love" takes on a more garage-esque hue, while the excellent "Moves" rounds off the release with a heady combination of neon-tinged HudMo style synths and panpot percussion. Big release from a big talent.
25 Jul 11
Review: On this sumptuous Juno Download exclusive, bearded soul boy Aroop Roy's smooth Nomadic Soul album gets a good going over from a wide range of like-minded artists. There's a variety of soul-flecked moods and grooves represented, from warm deep house, snappy nu-jazz and slick modern soul to wonky hip-hop, and speaker-bothering bruk. The standard of remixes is largely high throughout, with a smattering of real stand-outs. Check, in particular, the heavy late night dancefloor vibes of Greymatter's strutting mix of "I'd Die For You", the rolling, near-anthemic broken beats of Yellowtail and Simbad's sparkling efforts, and the Domu-ish wooziness of Cone's rub of "Lily".
28 Jun 10
Played by: Tom Edwards
Review: One of Hyperdub's many forward-thinking talents, Ikonika follows on from the exceptional Contact, Want, Love, Have album with four dancefloor-orientated versions of the album's highlights. Rejigged with DJs in mind, songs like "Look (Final Boss Stage)" are given longer intros for greater mixing potential, and they'll certainly create heavy dancefloor moments. Listen to the rollicking kwaito funk of "Psoriasis" if you don't believe us - that walking synthline has to be one of the highlights of the year!
16 Jul 12
Played by: Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: Hyperdub's year of excellence continues apace with the release of Playing Me, the long awaited debut album from Cooly G. Emerging as a key figure in the UK funky scene some four years ago via some highly prized Dub Organiser CDrs, Cooly's musical progression has been charted via a series of EPs for DVA Music and Hyperdub. On this thirteen track album what is most apparent is the confidence this South London producer has in her own singing, a voice that sounds dipped in pain and anguish at times. At others Cooly utilises her vocal delivery as an integral part of the music, which draws from all manner of UK music history of recent times whilst very much sounding part of her modern house template. Oh and there's a Coldplay cover to end the LP too...
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.
30 Apr 12
Review: On a slow and steady rise with a distinctive take on UK Funky, Ill Blu haven't given the people much to chew on with their career so far, but one can only assume the duo have been hunkering down honing their craft as this trumps their last outing on Numbers. "Clapper" is a brawny cut with a nagging mid-range squawk and tasty rolling brushes of snares on a milatiristic tip. Juke's man of the moment Traxman does a hefty chop up of the original with a stomping rave era cut that wouldn't sound out of place on The Prodigy's Experience.
16 Mar 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
14 Nov 11
Review: Ever the wild card, Scratcha DVA flips the script once again as he returns to Hyperdub with soulful crooner Vikter Duplaix in tow. "Madness" bursts into action on a bright and goofy, rising and falling arpeggio, while the beat splutters in a syncopated manner. It makes for an odd foil to the smooth tones of Duplaix, but the end result is something of a wonderfully futuristic pop track. "Polyphonic Dreams" is just about more straight up, riding a funky beat and a more direct synth line, but still Scratcha manages to twist things up with some maverick sampling.
03 Oct 11
Played by: Mental Overdrive, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bunny On Acid, Greenmoney, Kry Wolf, Diamond Bass
Review: After their massive single on Hyperdub earlier this year, Funkystepz return to the label for the Trouble EP. If you're familiar with their razor sharp UKF formula, then there won't be any surprises, but with production this tight there's no need for any kind of deviation from the norm. "Trouble" is the most stripped back, utilising tight drum rolls and rave whistles in combination with deep subs, while "Dirty Dutch" takes a less rhythm based approach, and fills its space with bleeps and squelching bass, with heady melodies brought into check with its inbuilt rewinds. Finally, "John Wayne" offers the most atmospheric track on the EP, taking a deeper techno bassline and melding it with a synth stab, elastic melody and emotive strings, whilst still retaining their insistent rhythmic power.
23 Jul 12
Review: Ahead of their hotly anticipated second album, LV are in rabble-rousing Kwaito mode on their new single for Hyperdub. Re-aligning with rowdy MC Okmalumkoolkat on the lead track "Sebenza", it's he who holds the song together with his assured flow while the groove splays manically around neon daubs of melody and hyperactive beats. "Get A Grip" pumps a cheeky trade in peak-time floor wrecking goodness, full of the crafty production that L.V. have made their name on, while "Zulu Compurar" cools things off for a brief stint in technological lyric references and a gentle Funky excursion. As ever the synths rule the day, buzzing and humming with an innate wonkiness that creates the very charm of this singular music.