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26 Nov 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Nick Hollywood, Qdup Foundation, Jayl Funk, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
10 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Chudy, Badboe, Qdup Foundation, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Badboe, Quincy Jointz, DJ Axe, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe
Review: Boe "Badboe" Pedersen has always been one of he more reliable sources of floor friendly, funk-laden breaks jams. While his style sticks to the tried-and-tested, there's a quality present that's often lacking in similar breakbeat productions. Pump Up The Funk, his second full length, has plenty of dancefloor chops. It features a range of cuts created using snappy rhythms, familiar hip-hop samples (Missy Elliot and Redman are both notable inclusions) and fat funk grooves. There's a casual swing and groove to the material that's endearing, too - something that can't be said about many of his competitors' creations. If breakbeat is your bag, this comes highly recommended.
08 Mar 13
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Fingerman, Art Of Tones, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Weedyman, Al Macario, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots
Review: Continuing their forays into the world of yesteryear grooves unabated, those pesky hell-dwelling Lumberjacks are at it again, this time drafting in O Boogie and Red Greg for some disco funk finesse for the smoothest get-downs. O Boogie is up first, leaning heavy on a rich piano hook that hammers lower register chords over an incessant disco tick, while evergreen track "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" gets re-versioned in such a floor-burning fashion you'll need asbestos boots just to get out alive. Red Greg's "Inner Rhythm" plies familiar tropes into a sweet instrumental groove that makes all the right moves.
16 Apr 13
Played by: Low Slung, Eric Sharp, Mat Cant, S-File, Diplo, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Carl Cox, Xpress 2, Trevor Vichas, 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Caserta, Groove Armada, Resident Advisor, Nice7, Tocacabana, DJ Hell, Sister Bliss, Phuturelabs, Umut Akalin, Ntfo
Review: Ben Westbeach's Breach alter ego continues to frolic wildly in the lush pastures of low-end house music with "Jack". The bassline swings like an acid house pendulum while the beats shuffle nonchalantly in the background and a sultry staccato vocal delivers concise instructions on how to unleash the sexual potency of the groove. "Let's Get Hot" continues the timeless less-is-more jack magic but does so with much more of a techno twist. Getting hot is not an order... It's a promise.
09 Dec 11
Played by: Badboe, Omegaman, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Chris Awesome, Hayz
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from bootleg specialists Bombstrikes - tried-and-tested mash-ups underpinned by floor-friendly breakbeats. This latest instalment comes from rising breaks star Badboe, who offers two soul-flecked groovers. Both are slightly less hectic and full-throttle than previous Bombstrikes releases, but that's no bad thing. "Shine Like A Halo" fuses a bouncing, midtempo break with wobbly (but surprisingly subtle) bass, the obligatory hip-hop samples and a dash "Son of a Preacher Man". "Masterpiece", meanwhile, takes a similarly soulful approach, contrasting Jurassic 5 raps with sweet soul vocal snatches at a dancefloor hip-hop tempo. The most cultured Bombstrikes release for some time - and that's a compliment.
21 Mar 13
Played by: Visti, Gazeebo, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Ramsey Hercules, B.g. Baarregaard, Future Feelings, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: It's been a while since we've had contact with Beaten Space Probe, but presumably his probe is still operational because here we have a follow up to last year's debut. Once again this Japanese producer (aka Shota Tanaka) is in party mood with four authentically 70s sounding slices of disco. "Boogie Rice" marries Philly strings with a killer funk riff and "In Your Soul" is a tour de force of female belters; "Feel Like Dancing" is the standout with a Nightfever funk that'll make you strut like Travolta, although "River Magic" come a close second with its emotional orchestration and tight guitar licks.
01 Jul 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Santero, Grant Nelson, Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Tom Central, Moony, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Brisa, Toyboy & Robin, Flash Atkins, Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Lakosa, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Mark Knight, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Rodriguez Jr, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Kissy Sell Out, The Littlemen, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Cyantific, Black Jack, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Deepski, Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Nine Lives, Resident Advisor, Joey Negro, Electronic Youth, Allmostt, Black Butter Records, Joyce Brooke, Soaka, Matt Love, Filthy Rich (Toolroom/Great Stuff)
Review: Broadwalk Records, the new label from Bristol house producer Julio Bashmore launches in fine style with the eminently classy Au Seve. Young Bashmore has an obvious talent for productions dripping in hooky qualities (see his still slay em jam "Battle For Middle You" as well as production credits for "Youth Soul" icon Jessie Ware) and "Au Seve" totally belongs in this canon, slipping carnival ready melodic touches and simple vocal loops over a dusted house mainframe dominated by rasping kicks and a killer rising bass line.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Andy Warburton, DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Homegroove Project, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Maurice Aymard, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Freddy Love, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Vladislav Moustache Love, Cc:disco!, Mario Basanov, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever, Disco Doubles
Review: Super-shimmering vibes from Lithuanian producer Basanov on this release: "More For Less" is a purring piece of disco that doesn't sound too far away from fellow Eastern European electro boogie peddler Illija Rudman. Coated with Canadian vocalist Jeremy Glenn's emphatic vocal, it's an instant soul smoocher. Remix-wise Mario provides his own more stripped back underground house twist, Pablo and Maurice serve up a subtle early Get Physical style Euro version and Michael J Collins presses the 'weird' button as we drift in a laidback Mushroom Jazz style groove. Beautiful.
30 Jan 13
Played by: Spec., Julian Sanza, Fingerman, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Alessandro Otiz, Bufi, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, Thomass Jackson, Nine Lives, Tulioxi, Inigo, Future Feelings, Monkey Boots
Review: Along with the likes of Daniel Maloso, Bufi and La Royale are leading a very healthy Mexican scene that's heavily indebted to 80s disco and proto-house. This isn't the first time these two have collaborated and you can hear why - they have a genuine chemistry that results in some excellent retro dance bangers. "Paris" sees lean, mean, neon bass notes lock over 4/4 nu-disco drums in an intense mechanical groove. Hazy vocals and heavy breathing jostle for position with high drama cosmic synthlines in what's basically a dubbed-out Italo winner.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Diplo, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Greenmoney, Deetron, Shox, Guy Gerber, Eats Everything, Super Flu
Review: Joining forces with Dark Sky for a pair of forthright bangers, Ben Westbeech's Breach project goes from strength to strength with its adventures into house jams with a rough, bruk flavour and oodles of sub-testing frequencies built for proper soundsystem battering. "The Click" keeps things lean and mean, letting a sizzling hat ring out while a solitary clap trucks away underneath. This track is all about subtle sound design and that head-crushing bass line, with no need for any distractions. "Fallout" on the flip is much livelier, laying down some slick vocal snippets and rounding out a more friendly sort of bassline for safer dancefloor play.
05 May 13
Played by: The Groovers
Review: Given his encyclopedic knowledge of music, you'd expect any compilation put together by Bill Brewster to be full of unlikely gems and lesser-known anthems. That's certainly the case with After Dark, the first in a new DJ-focused series from the Late Night Tales camp. From start to finish, Brewster's selections are spot on, from the lowdown, slo-mo disco oddness of Sheffield chanteuse Marti Caine's "Love The Way You Love Me" and wide-eyed, acid-laden kosmiche of Coober Peder University Band's "Moon Plain", to the dirty electrofunk of Zed Bias's "Koolade" (featuring Toddla T, of all people) and mid'80s percussion fest of Martin Kershaw's "Keep On Pokin". If that wasn't enough, Brewster has also unearthed a decent Jamiroquai record. The wonders never cease.
10 Dec 12
Drum And Bass
Review: Benny Page seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. Here he teams up with old partner in crime Zero G, Solo Banton, Topcat, Mr Williamz and Ms Bratt across the first volume of the "High Culture Compilation". Lo and behold, there are 21st century jungle vibes in abundance with an upbeat and infectious vibe, as well as some dubstep and much more. Kicking off with Benny Page & Solo Banton's "Dangerous" its all pattering beats, sing-a-long ragga jungle lyrics and dancefloor directed energy. Elsewhere check out the aggressive swagger of "Sound Fi Dead (feat. Topcat)" as well as "Body Pumpin" and the wicked Zero G remix of "Tear Down" which concludes the album.
07 Jan 13
Played by: Bmd, DJ Stex, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Got your freak flag? Well fly it high, baby, Tru Funk are kicking off the year with five slick and simple nu funk nuggets that ooze sample magic while riding with their own original flavour. Label newcomer Bezum ignites proceedings with a fruity flute jam while Father Funk follows in hot pursuit on a smoother west coast style attitude and a very sneaky vocal sample. Funkanizer provide the halftime sounds with a wah-wah guitar-snapping block party joint while Robinson Groove and Telephunken bring up the rear, the former boasting a flute-fuelled p-funk homage, the latter a brazen Hammond basher. Each one of them will set your floor off in style.
06 Jul 12
Played by: Bedmo Disco, Aliooft (Foto Rec.), Jimmythetwin, Dicky Trisco, Valique, Mannmade Music, Fingerman, Yam Who?, Venice Beach, Disco Tech, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Kid Color, Dirty Mckenzie, La Royale, Get Down Edits, Heion
Review: After impressing with a series of decent contributions to re-edit EPs from Chopshop and Man made music, Japan's Beaten Space Probe (AKA producer Shota Tanaka) strikes out on his own. The mood throughout Beaten Space Probe 01 is celebratory, as Tanaka subtly extends, tweaks and improves a string of groove-heavy disco jams. The four-track menu includes a particularly tasty extension of Loletta Holloway's "Love Sensation" and the deliciously optimistic "Nine Lives", a sugary sweet but surprisingly meaty edit that builds to a blistering climax. Best of all, though, is opener "Boogie Prancin", which is as addictive as it is cheery. That's very, by the way.
22 Mar 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
18 Mar 13
Played by: Bmd, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Killer Funk Records Usa, Badboe, Turntill, Ez Icarus, Warson, Essex Groove
Review: Tru Funk have taken the nu-funk ball and run so far with it they're in a stadium four towns over. This debut full lengther from fellow Polish party starter BMD is a fine example; a collection of his previous buzz-rubs and a few newies thrown in for good measure, it's all about the booties and beef-ups. All presented in a bulbous mid-tempo breaks style, highlights include a respectfully muscular reboot of Jamie Lidell's "Feels Good", a heads-down 80s synth funk shuffle ("Off The Catwalk") and a salacious twist on Scissor Sisters with Bootsy-level slap bass freakiness ("Yo Mama").
11 Feb 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Nowakowski, Diplo, Juno Recommends Techno, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Rivet, Trevor Benz, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: The first of two samplers heralding the forthcoming Nonplus label compilation Think and Change arrives bearing two heavy hitting tracks not to be found on the compilation proper. First up, Boddika & Joy Orbison's Sunklo hit "Mercy" gets the VIP treatment from Boddika; the result is a peak time tool which strips the original down to its barest components but still maintains the juggernaut-like quality of the original. It's joined by a fresh Kassem Mosse track in the form of "Broken Patterns", a typically tough production from the Bosse which combines and endlessly stomping 4/4 rhythm with cascading string plucks and rattling synth textures.
06 Jan 13
Review: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Buku is currently making waves with his take on the bass phenomenon. Here we get a three tracker that contains more ideas than a Charles Saatchi brainstorming session. "Janky" is a booty bass anthem with hints of trap and some heavy keyboard drama. "All Deez" goes deep on the sleazy drum patterns before unexpectedly evolving into a big trancey synth epic. Last but not least, "Prowl" is all about the digital riddims and plucked synth strings glamour.
20 Sep 09
04 Apr 11
Played by: DJ Kid Stretch, Chudy, Mooqee, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, B-Dub, Rhythm People, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: Two masters of bootleg-style, hip-hop/funk mash ups team up for this latest instalment in Bombstrikes' series of party rocking tuneage. A Skillz and Beatvandals play a blinder on "Sunshine" - speeding up Roy Ayres' bonafide classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" with a tight beat layered underneath and chopped up respectfully. "Slapdance" however sees the pair take the beat from NERD's debut single "Lapdance" and cover it in well-crafted acapella cuts to make it a heavy-hitting floor filler.
29 Oct 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Agroprom
Review: A bold and brilliant release here from B Side which brings in the talents of MC Kyla for a seriously sick couple of tracks on the Ghetto Funk imprint. First up is the eponymous track of the EP "Throwing It Wild" which blends a dubstep sensibility with live, urban lyrics adding a jovial patter and grouchy mid range bellows. The B Side D&B remix is a nice addition to the package; adding some 175bpm badness to the original and increasing the pace, whilst the Tonic remix is pure funked up sickness aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
15 Feb 13
09 Jan 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Darren James, Bonar Bradberry, Giom, Peter Edison, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), DJ Friction (Germany), Superbreak, DJ Steef, Inland Knights, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Bruno Browning, Neil Diablo, Freddy Love, Djuma Soundsystem, Questionmarq, Space Ranger, Martin Brodin, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Ian Metty, Gitchell Moore, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Don Crisp, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Resident Advisor, Andre Vii
Review: With remixes from Crosstown Rebels man Maceo Flex and Hot Creations type Danny Daze, Ellum Audio are clearly aiming high with their second release. Bazar's original version of "Hard To Find" is pretty tasty, though, sounding like a delightful high-octane fusion of touchy-feely E-house, off-kilter electronic disco and 80s synth frippery (check the "Blue Monday" syn-voice chords). Plex delivers an even more wide-eyed version, dipping the tempo slightly and contrasting rubbery funk basslines with typically blissful builds. Danny Daze, meanwhile, works a spooky, low-slung groove before throwing in some twinkling pianos and washes of sleazy synths.
04 Feb 13
Review: For a new-ish label, Lo Note UK have begun with some hot property on their humble roster: first we had Bristol's My Nu Leng and now its hotly tipped Londoner Boxwork. This eponymous release is one of his first 'proper' ones and he's not holding anything back! It's a calling card to display the breadth of his talents, which he does over four tracks. "Specifics" is like Orbital and X-Press 2's Lazy having a love-in, "Bartom" is tropical bass-meets-juke, "Leak" is deep n dark voodoo-bass and things wrap up with the jazzy shuffle-beats of "You Only". One to watch!
14 Dec 09
21 Jan 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
22 Oct 12
Drum And Bass
Review: Benny Page continues his trail of destruction with Mz Bratt in tow on the High Culture imprint. Needless to say "Tear Down" is an incendiary urban banger with razor sharp delivery from Mz Bratt and brash, jump up beats and a playful swagger from Benny Page. Gritty bass is paired with furious drum rolls, tumultuous builds and drops and whomping mid range. It's super fun, party music for the modern generation. Accompanying the original is a remix by Zero G which takes things on a less rambunctious tip, as well as "One More Time" which sees more bashy beats and blaring synths from Benny Page.
11 Jun 12
Dough-Ray-Mi (feat Lionel Hampton - George Vala & Audioprophecy Trip to Sahara remix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
04 Feb 13
Played by: Sirmo, Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: Straight outta Cardiff, Bodhi is a house-obsessed duo whose particular blend of deep minimal house riff's off the sounds of 90s in a quite discreet way (ok, well apart from remixing Marky Mark & The Funky bunch!). This new EP for Grizzly is full to the brim with personality and ideas. They accurately describe their sound as 'groove bass' - "Culture" features clippty-clop beats and retro piano stabs, while ""Deliquesce" features sparse speed garage-isms and floating synths and vocals. Bambounou provides a stomping minimal mix of the former and Ifan Dafydd goes all dreamy tropical RnB when remixing the latter.
10 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Badboe, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Treading the fine line between authentic old school homage while offering something original is a hard challenge... Thankfully Basement Freaks and Timothy Wisdom have nailed it. Conjuring up the spirit of Two Live Crew, Young MC and Sugar Hill, Timothy delivers with true clarity and character over BF's superfly slap-bass riff. It's a match made in funk heaven. The remix line-up is more than healthy with all styles catered. Highlights include the percussion ripples on Jayl Funk's re-rub and the smoochy sonics on Slynk's deeper remake.
22 Feb 13
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Spiller, Bottin, Flash Atkins, Juno Recommends Disco, Richard Rossa, John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Salon Acapulco, Tulioxi, Inigo, Lazy Kiss
Review: If you were to pick two Italian producers to spearhead an Italo-disco revival, it would be Bottin and Rodion. While there productions are rarely Italo in the old-fashioned sense, they share the same wide-eyed love of life and exotic synthesizers as their 1980s forebears. "One For All", their latest collaboration, blends the best of new school Italo (restless appreggios, cosmic synths), vintage punk funk (see the thunderously elastic bassline) and original disco (clipped guitars), whilst managing to sound suitably fresh. The original version features a murky vocal, but in truth it's not needed; the accompanying instrumental version is undoubtedly the EP's standout moment.
25 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Known by many in the drum & bass scene as one of the most important seminal albums in the history of modern D&B, This Too Shall Pass was released in 2006 on Bassbin to widespread critical acclaim, followed by a slow-burning reverence from fans new and old over the years. The tracklist is dotted with tunes many bassheads would class as up there with the greatest: from the dubby lilt of "Lead Me On" and the intricate driving Amens and synthy static of "Morning Star" to the washed out swing jazz of "Unireverse" and the beautifully mournful reverb of "Black Sunshine", this is a re-release that's been a long time coming. RIP Bassbin, and thank you Rohan for making masterpieces such as this available to the buying public once more.
11 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
Played by: Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Ragga Scum, Pier, Run Tingz Cru
Review: Jamaican-born Brummie David Boomah has one of the smoothest voices in the game at the moment. "Pure Intentions" features the flawless flows of Harry Shotta; it's a strong but beautifully lucid love song with a heart of pure gold R&B. DJ Chap's remix follows the title track, instantly switching the focus from doting melodies to dark drum and bass rhythms. A totally different spin on the original, it shows how versatile both Shotta and Boomah's vocals really are. Thirdly, DJ Chap goes in once again, this time with a deep remix of "Pure Intentions", bringing out the hidden depths of the track with huge bass and skittish D&B percussion. The final track is Aeries' remix of "Sound Ago Dead", a release that has been threatening to drop for over a year now. Tweaked junglist stylings with a clean crisp drum and bass edge, it's got everything it needs to take dancefloors by storm. David Boomah continues his takeover.
11 Feb 13
Review: Biome's on a serious roll right now. Countering his recent grumpy, techno-minded EP Black Widow with three shimmering sonic gems, Deep Heads Vol 10 is a triumph of versatility. "Light" shuffles us through a sweet, deep dream, whispering sweet waspy bass nothings in our ears. "Havana VIP" flips the VIP cliche and instead of making it ruder and stronger, it takes his 2011 trouble-wobbler into a much more sub-aquatic, contemplative pasture. "Nightscape" finishes the set on a naked, mystic note with occasional splashes of crystal pianos. Classic Biome.
26 Nov 12
10 Dec 12
Played by: Owain Kimber (Owain K), Boris Dlugosch, Kid Who, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, In Flagranti, Steve Bug, Fab Mayday, M.a.n.d.y., Tulioxi, Salvatore Freda
Review: Veteran German house producer Dlugosch shows the new guard that he still has the magic touch. The title track is a forceful but feisty club groove, its warbling synths set to a backdrop of gurgling acid and crashing cymbals as an unknown vocalist promises sweet nothings. "Sweet Talk" is even more seductive; this time an old school ooh ooh vocal snippet is fused with swirling filters and a limber low-end rhythm. Admittedly, the remixes are of a high quality; Show B drops a deeper version of "Knalldrang", Nico Lahs swathes the arrangement in tranced out melodic layers that sweep in across his stepping rhythm and In Flagranti drops a version that pulses and jacks in all the right places.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Actual Sounds, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Ramskank, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Fancy a barrel full of bootleg badness? Well you're having some, courtesy of the mysterious Big M. "Watchtower" takes Jimi to places he never even knew existed with swaggering breaks and a squelchy acid line, "Love Loves", meanwhile, takes 60s honey Lulu to racy pastures on the back of a Fatboy shaped truck. Another highlight is the Shirley Ellis stroking "Soultime". Like playing air trumpet? Then you'll love playing this!
21 Jan 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Bungle delivers a couple of deep, atmospheric cuts here which will no doubt go down a treat with fans of the more minimal and experimental end of the spectrum. Getting things started is title track "Aura", with its humming bassline, cautious ticking beats and hollow clip clop tones. Eerie and rather unnerving, this one is super stripped back, with a rising instrumental mid way breakdown adding a dash of interest. "Astral Travel", ups the ante a little with spaced out SFX, a more upbeat atmosphere and tripping beats which set the pace and tone for the piece. A quirky release here but well worth a listen.
03 Dec 12
Drum And Bass
18 Feb 11
Review: This batch of Beatvandals floor fillers initially surfaced 7 years ago on wax and has been long deleted on the format. It finally gets a digital release as a 3 track download which gathers the vocals and rhythms of the first lady of freaked out hip hop, a certain infamous rock band who just called it quits, the Bussa Bus and even a Toots tried & trusted classic all to be reworked with Beatvandals mash up treatment .It ultimately delivers a fun release that is basically a no brainer for a packed dancefloor.
07 Jan 13
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Liondub, Ted Ganung
Review: Vietnam VS Jamaica on Irish Moss. Could this EP possibly BE more international? The vibes meet the air miles: Blunty's laid down the crudest of dub bounce arrangements and it's the perfect match for Blackout's throaty spittage. Remix-wise we hear the Dirty Dubsters ride high on a well-known reggae riff, Liondub take things back to 94 with a rudeboy jungle lick and J-Bostron take things back to 97 with a crisp n' bashy jump-up session. Massive.
18 Feb 13
Review: After releases on Spectral Sound, Visionquest and DFA; Benoit & Sergio debut on Hot Creations with the A Bridge So Far EP. Harnessing their synth pop sensibilities, the title track opens with a DJ friendly beat in, subtle white noise fizzes and cut up vocals which give way for an up-beat and dominating bassline, extended vocals and sunshine synths for a freezing European winter. The brooding bassline of "$100 Bill" in comparison makes up the track's centerpiece, flanked by shorter and sultrier vocals, danceable melodies and post crescendo claps that cut right through the mix.
14 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
22 Apr 13
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Juno Recommends Deep House, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Fredeverything, Lesale, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Two Charming Men
Review: The Black Madonna has been responsible for some superb, Chicago-influenced music over the last 18 months, not least Home Taping debut "Alright This Morning". Here he returns to the Glasgow-based imprint with arguably his strongest cut to date - the formidably stripped back "We Still Believe". Sitting somewhere between early '90s trackiness, sparse '80s acid and British bleep, with melodies and acid tweaks inspired by Orbital style 'intelligent dance music', it's near perfect in its dancefloor simplicity. The Revenge provides a near anthemic, hands-in-the-air inducing rework (check out the ridiculously heavy bassline), while bonus cut "Say My Name" sounds like Maurice Fulton after a skipload of downers.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Sol Power All-Stars, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, DJ Oli Garch, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Superpendejos
Review: Belgian producer Buscemi has been around the block a few times over the years, during a career that started out during the mid 1990s. This two tracker for Resense sees him in full on party mode. Lead cut "It Aint Right No No" fuses samples from a classic swing-era jazz cut with hard bossa beats and growling bass stabs for guaranteed party thrills. Even better is "Blame It On The Bossa Boogie", an impeccable mash-up of sweaty jazz breaks, bossa percussion, cowbells and select samples from, you guessed it, the Jacksons' "Blame It On The Boogie". Really, it should be a mess, but it's actually rather good - and guaranteed to get 'em going out on the 'floor.
21 Jan 13
Review: More commonly found throwing down dubstep variations, Biome indulges his techno side on this appearance for adventurous Manchester imprint Mindset. "Spawned" is a minimal cut of the most stripped order, focusing on finely honed layers of relentless rhythm that sport a depth that belies the producer's dubstep roots. "Driveway" is more animated, working snatches of melody, bass grind and haunting pads into a dextrous mixture, while "Conscience" heads into a more mellow territory with a half step beat and lingering melodics of a more soundtrack-friendly persuasion. It's a diverse EP that displays the versatility this accomplished artist has under his command.