Judging by his name, DJ DJ Booth certainly knows how to have a good time, and the folks over at Activia Benz have scouted yet another ace talent in the funky house domain. From deep to pumping, the EP is a certified floor-filler, with "Ur Wasting My Time" riding at the top and containing one hell of a bassline! All four tracks are ridiculously fun but "Heaven" is the one that'll turn some heads - broken garage beats and extraterrestrial sounds aplenty - and even contains a wonderful, straight-ahead remix by A G Cook.
'Tough-house' legends Jaymo and Andy George set up their Moda Black label to specifically cater for the dark and mysterious sounds of sweaty basements in the late, late hours. This time round they're taking the reigns themselves two provide a pair of quality bangers. "Tales From The Basement" is pure 21st century hip-house featuring a beefy rolling bassline and chopped up rhymes. "Henrys Treat", goes down the disco route with looped string samples soaring to dizzy heights above a skippy groove that's sure to get the whole club grinning in unison.
Planet Detroit - "Find The Way" (Soul Clap Smooth Jam Yumme Day Break Flute edit) - (5:16)
3rd Vision - "Girl Let Me" - (6:44)
Dub Syndicate Productions - "The Big Chill" - (5:12)
Strickly Dubz - "I Can't Stand" - (5:01)
Resonator - "I Just Can't Help Myself" (original version) - (5:17)
Ty Holden & James Reynolds - "Nobody Else" (Steppers Delight) - (6:26)
Jeremy Sylvester - "Got To Go" - (6:12)
Big Bird - "Flav" (original mix) - (6:08)
Industry Standard - "What You Want" (Soul Clap deep edit) - (4:57)
Richard Purser - "The Funk Daze" - (7:22)
Livin' Large - "Love Is What We Need" (radio edit) - (4:34)
24 Hour Experience - "Mantra" - (4:40)
Sherwood - "My Slave" - (4:58)
Reflex One - "I Need To Know" (main mix) - (6:46)
Sly - "Patiently 4 Love" (2 Step dub) - (5:12)
GOD - "Kissing Game" (feat Frankie Paul - Large Joint Slappy mix) - (5:56)
Various - "Nice 'N' Ripe All Stars" (continuous DJ mix by Soul Clap) - (1:11:41)
A new mix from perennial party faves Soul Clap is always a cause for celebration, but there's something extra-special about this particular exercise in dancefloor nostalgia. Nice 'N' Ripe Allstars sees them revisit the bulging back catalogue of Grant Nelson's Nice 'N' Ripe label, an imprint that has tracked the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of UK garage since its' birth in 1993. Soul Clap's mix - an action-packed 30-track affair featuring some of their own edits and remixes of classic cuts - does a great job in showcasing the best the label has to offer, flitting between early US garage style jams, loose soulful house, sturdy two-step, bass-heavy speed garage and the kind of long-lost jams which should be bitten by today's retro-minded house producers. In doing so, it offers an impeccable history lesson.