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21 Jan 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, The Funk Hunters, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tosses & Varvez, Double Yellow, Miles Reverse
Review: Those searching for formidable, funk-fuelled party fodder should be well aware of the Riddim Fruit label, one of the more reliable sources of mash-up madness. This EP from The Allergies - complete with heavy beats, scratches, borrowed rap vocals and funk breaks aplenty - should cause carnage in those clubs that still rock the breakbeat vibe. Lead cut "Heartbreaker" sets the tone by revisiting a little known funk stomper, while "Club Spillage" fuses bottom-heavy boom-bap beats with quality raps and slick Hammond organ licks. "Seven Days" spices up a string-laden funk-soul jam with some weighty breakbeat pressure, while "Ever Live" slows the tempo for some sweet soul-hop bumpiness. Predictably solid.
07 Jan 13
Played by: B-Jam, Slow It Down, Fingerman, Kid Who, Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Ramsey Hercules, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: If you're suffering from a post-Christmas slump and are keen to mix things up, this EP of varied edits from Berlin-based producer Alkalino could be right up your alley. Featuring six varied cuts that touch on electrofunk, P-funk, jazz and '80s electro, there's plenty of playable fodder for discerning DJs. Highlights include the talkbox funk and piano solo bizniz of "I Love It", the hustling disco-funk of "Silver Shot" (check the fabulous percussion break halfway through), the jazztime swing of "Janeiro" and the heavyweight Whodini re-cut "Something Funky". Also worth a look is the winding, cosmic oddness of "Warp" - a curious concoction that should appeal to those who like to drop a bit of leftfield disco.
11 Oct 12
Played by: Pete Dafeet, Homegroove Project, Dirty Channels, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Claudio Giordano, Audiojack, Pan-Pot, David Keno, Andhim, Jack Fell Down, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino, Nicola Brusegan, Seth Troxler, Lineki, Natural High
11 Mar 13
Played by: Alkalino, Chris Deepak, G&d, Juno Recommends Disco, Weedyman, Ramsey Hercules, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez continues to yo-yo between edits and original productions. Following some decent deep house outings for his own Audaz imprint, here he returns to the world of edits with a ten-track collection of impressively varied reworks. Predictably, he merrily switches between styles at will, touching on '80s AOR B-sides ("Shine On"), Italo (the excellent "Let's Give It A Try"), Balearica ("Secret Life", a rework of "City Lights"), disco-funk (the bumpin' "Untie Me Down"), art-disco (Arthur Russell rework "Keep On Doing") and industrial funk (the Nietzer Ebb-ish "New Beat"). Predictably, all sound like they'd do suitable damage on dancefloors.
09 May 13
Played by: Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Mark Knight, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), P A U L I E, Fredeverything, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Lesale, Disco Doubles
Review: The fantastically named A/Jus/Ted - veteran producers Justin Strauss and Eddie Mars on a collaborative tip - make their debut on Under The Shade. "A Brighter Light", featuring the treacle-thick soul vocals of Jeremy Glenn, sits somewhere between electro-soul, early Chicago house and Balearic nu-disco. As you'd probably expect from the soul-minded Strauss, the resultant track is effortlessly soulful, quietly uplifting and brilliantly produced. The same could be said of the more instrumental Re A/Jus/Ted remix, which blends skittering proto-house rhythms and electrofunk dub elements with woozy modern deep house. Like the original, it's excellent.
02 May 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Mooqee, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Radical Mixtape
Review: With all the amazing dubstep and D&B coming from the city, you could be fooled into thinking bass is Bristol's only fashion. Well it's not; there's also a thriving nu funk scene, and each of the four cats on this generous EP are leading the charge. The Allergies lay down an authentic Dap Kings style vibe on, Parker drops the tempo for a slow, sludgy and remarkably sexy bass bust-up, Mr 50 pays homage to one of the sweetest chocolates on the planet by way of shivering 8-bit bleepery, swampy bass and nifty accordion squeezes and Frenic completes the set with a crisp, dramatic ode to the big beat glory days. Call the fashion police, this shizzle is hot!
04 Feb 13
Review: Having already delivered some attention-grabbing techy UKF bombs on Deadplate and Rebirth, Bristol's Ryan Bronfield now finds himself on esteemed imprint Some Think Sounds. In keeping with the label's style, "The Way It Do" is housier: deep and sensual without being boring, and full of quirky, off kilter percussive elements and effects. "We Trapped" is deeper and weirder: sounding like the wheels could fall off this disco bus at anytime, and all the more fun because of it. Damu also remixes the title track in a dark techno fashion that wouldn't be out of place in a vintage DJ Hell set.
25 Apr 13
Review: Lino 'Alkalino' Rodriguez is getting straight to the point with the title of the latest release on his own Audaz label. The music featured also has a similar no-nonsense attitude, being all attention grabbing party starters. "Love That Funk" is an excellent electro-disco-boogie banger with an underlying hi-NRG feel. Ronnie Law's classic, "Always There", is subtly retweaked in sensitive fashion and likewise for Mystic Merlin's storming "Just Can't Give You Up".
04 Mar 13
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Discomendments, Fingerman, Pete Herbert, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Future Feelings, Monkey Boots, Lazy Kiss, Dixfisical
Review: Brighton's Alphabet City is clearly destined for the nu-disco premier league if he keeps dropping bombs like this! "Colder Boogie" is a gloriously mournful mid-tempo electro-house yearner that swaggers along in a melancholic stupor - evoking memories of awesome Noughties Belgian labels like Strobe or Suicide. Dicky Trisco meanwhile, steps in, puts an arm round its shoulder, says 'cheer up mate' and takes it out dancing where there's music and lights and lots of pretty girls. Pete Herbert also delivers a mix that's cleverly somewhere in between the previous two. Hot stuff!
01 Apr 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Anna Maria X, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Deep House, Husky (Random Soul), J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, 2 Good Souls, Distant People, Joey Negro, Alan De Laniere, Pagany
Review: When Joey Negro dons his Akabu guise, you know he's about to lay down a timeless house groove. He did it with "Sax My Bitch Up", he did it with "Life Is So Strange", and, with the help of Alex Mills' dulcet tones, he's doing it with this, too. Rolling with a classic analogue bassline and deep dreamy chords, the "Strip Mix" is an instant hip-wiggler with serious 'zone-out' potential while the "Warehouse Mix" adds more texture and a hollow harmony to the bass a la Robin S. Everybody wants something...and your dancefloor wants to hear this!
16 Jan 12
Review: A stellar partnership for this latest volume in Bombstrikes' series of funk 'n' breaks party weapons, which came about after Ali B called in on Nick Thayer during a recent Australian tour. The pair fuse together a wild set of influences and sounds, as on opener "Music" which evokes Cypress Hill, Jay Z and classic '60s soul whilst still staying true to their block-rocking breaks sound. "NE Way" dips into a riff made famous by Dillinger and pimps it out gloriously with heavy drums while "Back To You" samples a line from one of De La Soul's classics and adds a Moog-ish bassline and all manner of funky sampled breaks.
07 Jan 13
Review: One of the most consistent singers from reggae's formative roots, and certainly one of the most distinctive, this collection of superb reboots sees Horace allowing his voice to be guided through 50 shades of dub. The pilot team for this bubblesome journey largely consists of Bristol bass elder RSD and new face Oliver Frost, both of whom add their own characteristics and twists to a wide range of Horace standards: 80s classics ("Money Money") to mid noughties moments ("Skylarking"), we drift happily between the borders of dub, house and genreless bass bliss. A must for any dub heads.
18 Jan 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Spec., Dicky Trisco, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Sw, Borgie, Juno Recommends Disco, Drop Out Orchestra, Fab Mayday, Martin Brodin, Weedyman, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), DJ Ermi, Thomass Jackson, Philosophy Of Sound
Review: Named after an 80s French cartoon, this single is the product of Turkish producer Alico and his shady cohort, Cagri. The tune is a straight-up salad of vintage Eurodisco with lashings of Italo dressing. Evoking the likes of 'Droid' by Mito, Vangelis and anything by Hipnosis, this laconic sprawling synth-fest is saved from total retroville by a crisp modern electro-house bounce. Best of the remixes here are the more percussive Ray Mang mix and the slo-mo italo/Balearic workout of A Copycat and Martin Brodin's version.
23 May 13
17 Sep 12
Played by: Visti, Yukari Bb, Jamie 3:26, Los Charly's Orchestra, Flash Atkins, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Kono Vidovic
Review: At first glance, the pairing of Forest Hill resident Andrew Ashong and Sound Signature boss Theo Parrish would seem strange. But the duo have worked together previously with the Ghanaian born vocalist (and supposed owner of a vinyl collection that would make most record shops look like a car boot sale) lending his soulful tones to Parrish's excellent nine minute plus translation of the Hot Chip and Spiritualised affiliated About Group. Whereas that collaboration was more about Ashong's voice being just one element of a production that was undoubtedly Parrish, the three tracks present on the Flowers EP look to showcase what a talent the Londoner is. Those trademark dust filled stacatto rhythms are present in the opening title track, but they never swamp Ashong's killer vocal delivery, while "Take It Slow" is bonafide D funk of the highest order. After the brutal, divisive nature of Theo's kung fu experimentalism on the Any Other Styles EP, these three tracks show him in a wholly new light and hopefully Parrish and Ashong will be making much more music together.
14 Jan 13
Drum And Bass
Review: A well considered triplet of tracks here from long time industry heads Artificial Intelligence, the "Mind Control EP" is well worth a listen, regardless of what flavour of D&B you subscribe to. Kicking off with the dancefloor-damaging title track, it's all about the pounding drums, exuberant builds and grueling bass here. Next up, it's the Marky & SPY remix of "Let It Be", in all its blissed out Brazilian fusion with lilting breaks and mellifluous melodies. The EP closes with a collaboration with Command Strange "Won't Say Goodbye" which features the sweet syrupy tones of MC Tali.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Kavita, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), John Warren (Aural Graffiti), S22, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Tulioxi
Review: Given the title, you'd expect Ajello's latest to feature a prominent kalimba melody. Unsurprisingly, it does, alongside some African-inspired percussion and some seriously squelchy bottom-end in their typical dirty nu-disco style. The result is a track that isn't needlessly deep or overtly banging, instead playing its strengths by delivering the best of both words. Even better is Hardway Brothers' decidedly cosmic remix, which adds some voodoo magic and more than a little acid tweakery. Elsewhere, Verdo's darting remix is pleasingly Balearic in its wide-eyed approach, while Retrospective label bosses Ruben & Ra turn bonus track "Saturday Morning" into a rush inducing chunk of deep electrofunk.
13 Aug 12
Played by: Odiggity, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Richard Rossa, Alessandro Otiz, Fab Mayday, Martin Brodin, Nine Lives, Mr Doris, Adriangiordano
Review: Having recently impressed with a string of groovy house productions, Portuguese producer Alkalino returns to the world of the re-edit. There are six sturdy scalpel jobs up for grabs, with familiar favourites and lesser-known cuts getting the cut and paste treatment. Musically, it's surprisingly diverse, touching not just on classic disco ("What You're Doing"), but also soaring '60s soul ("Come Back Baby"), calypso-soul ("Always"), '80s soul ("Throw Your Head Back") and even a spot of Yello ("Moon Sun"). All six edits are impeccably produced, mostly offering the sort of subtle rearrangements that seem to have gone out of fashion of late. As a result, it's an excellent package.
24 Jun 11
14 Jan 13
Drum And Bass
25 Mar 13
Review: AMIT has never been a producer who rides with the tides. As one of the artists at the forefront of the half-step and minimal drum & bass scenes, his sets have become an urban legend, somewhere between old-style rave mentality and full-on hypnosis. "Acid Trip" is a techy exploration into the greater depths of electronic music, and being on pioneering dubstep label Tempa, he can afford to get a bit experimental. Fearless and bold, the title track holds tight as it plummets further and further into the abyss. On the flip, "Don't Forget Your Roots" hosts eerie Dia de Muertos organs playing out a reggae rhythm until a haunted, deconstructed dub bursts into the lower end. Spooky, almost comical sounds from a deadly serious producer. A lighter side to AMIT or are we being too aloof? We'll let you decide.
03 Mar 11
Played by: A.skillz , Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Mooqee, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Turntill, DJ S-Kreama, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: Hooking up with Aussie breaks titan Nick Thayer on the latest in this series of cheeky, hip-hop bootleg cuts, A-Skillz keeps things fresh over four new tracks - with the Fun Loving Criminal's getting jazzed up on "Booty Snax" and Kool & The Gang getting a thorough rerub on "Jungle Banger". Elsewhere, M.O.P's still-huge "Ante Up" gets looped, sped-up and generally effed with on "Yap That Fool, while Doug E. Fresh's seminal "The Show" acts as the basis for the sample-fest "Nothing Like A Bonus".
29 Oct 12
Played by: Joe Morris, Kid Who, Alexander Robotnick, Shadow Dancer, Pete Tong, In Flagranti, Kid Color, Willo Schubarth, Digitalism
Review: This young DJ /producer is one of 2012's most promising new artists - take one listen to Water Jump and it's clear why he is so hyped. "Reception" uses a mutant, noisy take on Chicago house basslines to brutal effect, while "Drone Logic" also revisits the past to create a new vision for the future. There, heavy drums roll in and an old school progressive house bassline - one that sounds more Guerilla than Digweed - is chewed to pieces by bursts of electronic feedback. But it's "A Quiet Life" that really stands out. Underpinned by a splurging bass, haunting angelic voices breeze in as psychedelic drums that have little bearing to traditional house / techno structures explode through the speakers.
01 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Deep House, Resident Advisor, Lesale, Jack Fell Down, Umut Akalin, Kolombo, Modern Math Recordings, Natural High
Review: Bringing one of those vocals that will be nagging in the noggin long after the lights have come up; Ali Love and Kali are in prime pop-picking mode with this new single on Crosstown Rebels. The structure of the track is still in keeping with the label's slick take on house music; while the vocals intone a message of massaged ego that translates smoothly to Waze & Odyssey's more brooding remix. Maceo Plex comes in with a more romantic vision for the track, laying out thick reams of synth in a seductive late night style that can bleed outwards to fill a space large or small.
04 Mar 13
Played by: Cloned In Vatican!, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Disco, Permanent Vacation, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Dixfisical
Review: Internasjonal pull a curveball with the delightful afro house stylings of "Tembezi" from the unheralded Ackin'. Featuring the poignant vocal talents of M. Akamatsu, there are multiple charms to "Tembezi" which brandishes the sort of richly textured rhythms and melancholic piano improvisations that can't help but encourage the movement of feet. This being an Internasjonal release there is an accompanying Prins Thomas remix that winds down the tempo to a more cosmic level without losing any of the original's tinkling delights, but our favourite thing about this release is the final remix from 3 Chairs originator Marcellus Pittman. Adopting a bumpier note, Pittman's talent for crafting emotive synth melodies and dubbed piano chords shines through with positively incandescent results.
29 Mar 13
01 Apr 13
Review: The Italian nu-disco dons Ajello are back on home ground following their recent foray into African sounds on the Kalimba Tune EP. Released on their much loved Demo Disc label, these three new tracks see them doing what they do best: "Soomee" begins things on a slow, head-nodding, quirky funk tip, "Sport" is the kind of accelerated slice of amazing hiNRG electro-disco not heard since the days of the late great Patrick Cowley, and "Joker" is a cool excursion into leftfield electronic disco, full of eccentric twists and turns that lead to a bonkers Italo crescendo.
12 Nov 12
Review: The latest instalment of Crosstown Rebels' long-running Get Lost series comes from odd German deep house/tech house fusionist Acid Pauli, a man who looks more like a hairy Open University geology lecturer than a top-flight DJ. Reflecting Pauli's own style, the compilation's 41 unmixed tracks touch on shuffling, eyes-closed deepness, tactile techno, dream house and tongue-in-cheek silliness (the brilliant space-pop of "In My Spaceship" by Jan Turkenburg. More impressively, there are a string of previously unseen exclusives, including excellent tracks from Nicolas Jaar, Nu and Acid Pauli himself.
02 Dec 12
Played by: Alkalino, Eric Powa B, Juno Recommends Deep House, Audiojack, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), Resident Advisor, Mr Phonic
Review: Mainstays of 20:20 Vision, Audiojack return with a full-bodied three tracker of tech house delights, starting with aplomb on the peak-time belter "No Equal Sides". There's a sugary-sweet melodic hook that rises and falls in the comparatively dark mix of raw drum hits and throbbing sub bass to create an alluring nocturnal blend which begs for you to raise your hands in appreciation. Changing shape as the track ploughs on, the brief moments of daylight make this an unstoppable club smasher. On "Tunnel Vision" the pair enlist Stee Downes for some assistance and opt for a more mellow, broken beat affair, while "In Principle" embraces that broken flavour further with another restrained but devoutly cheeky party juicer.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues
Review: While waiting for new material from Canada's Afternoons in Stereo, Timewarp decided to commission a quartet of remixes of his most recent single, 2012's "Soul Sugar". The remixes, now gathered together on this tasty EP, flip between deep funk breaks, bongo-laden sax sleaziness and baggy dancefloor grooves, rearranging AiS's original pieces impressively. While it's Zamali who delivers the strongest straight-up dancefloor remix - think punchy breaks, hip-hop samples and bold pianos - it's Leon's more atmospheric rub that really stands out. Making the most of the original's snaking horns and Hammond organ licks, he offers up a version that gets the perfect balance between laid-back sweetness and sweaty hedonism.
10 May 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Techno, Fredeverything, Enclave, Joseph Terruel, Forest Echo One, Joefarr
Review: The ever-correct Prime Numbers series is still going strong, this time bringing together a thoroughly eclectic range of producers to lay down some solid club fodder. Adesse adopts the tenderest approach, bringing a soft African lilt to a subtle arrangement of light drums and poignant chords. Truss is certainly in no mood to chill on "Redbrook", going for a big room techno flavour that favours rigid beats, acid parps and epic swathes of organ. Massimo Di Lena is on a far more twitchy tip, with a snagging assortment of percussion and some woozy synths that leave one feeling wonderfully dizzy.
10 May 12
Played by: Busta, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ursula 1000, The Funk Hunters, Stereo Beatz, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
Review: More from undisputed breaks mash-up king A Skillz, whose impressive productivity shows no signs of slowing down. As with previous outings in the Insane Bangers series, there's much to admire - not least A Skillz' usual blend of classic old skool breaks, wobbly basslines and familiar samples. "Express Yourself" blends elements of Charles Wright's "Express Yourself" with rump-shaking '80s breaks and some serious wobble. "Get Up (Sex Machine)" meanwhile, puts The Godfather of Soul through the ringer, inserting a rocket up the backside of one of his greatest hits via pulverising bass and breakbeats so sharp you could cut a steak with 'em.
14 Jan 13
Played by: Chudy, Trotter, Spilt Milk, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Spilt Milk, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: Spanish producer Angel Funke has been on our radar for about a year now. This, his latest release, sees him join forces with established nu-disco imprint, Super Hi Fi and it's a marriage made in heaven. The original version of "Disco Nights" features a killer sleazy bassline and almost hip-hop beats, all sewn together with subtle layers of brass stabs and funk guitar licks. On remix duties we have the jazzy, organ-led workout of the DJ Kid Stretch mix, the big beat electro of Trotters mix, the electro-boogie of B-Team's mix and the cool, raw house mix by DJ Spiltmilk.
12 May 13
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Bristol's DJ Die has gone one better than signing Addison Groove to his Gutterfunk imprint, he's only gone and collaborated with him on both tracks here as well! The footwork-influenced side project of Headhunter, Addison Groove assumes charge of "Keyhole" - a stripped back excursion into sultry voodoo beats. Meanwhile on "Hydropump", DJ Die takes the lead steering this ship into breaky hip-house waters in the process.
18 Mar 13
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Veteran duo Andy Jay and S-Tee have come a long way from their garage roots, now choosing sizzling future-tropical vibes instead. "Gotta See You Move" is a joyous hands-in-the-air party bomb with bonkers percussion, a rousing vocal from Sophia Ellahee and a cheeky Reel 2 Reel-style synth riff. Akira sticks with the 90s for a Nightcrawlers-esque remix, Ednasky delivers a killer deep and jazzy 4/4 garage workout. Elsewhere Prospectors Stateside go all tech-housey, LK1 goes bouncey-house and there's also a cool wobbly dub house mix.
12 Mar 13
Review: Jack Of All Trades - It's the album that keeps on giving. Released this time last year it's undergone the full instrumental treatment and two remix EPs. Now this, the nu-funk piece de resistance: a floor-tickling collection of the previous remixes plus a whole load more. Highlights include Skeewif's Young MC-meets-Shaft-on-Mancini Avenue flavoured remix of "Time To Get Loose" and Dads On Display's Koan Sound style mix of smooth 80s b2b screaming midrange bass on "Closer To The Edge". But at 18 tracks that's the tip of this eclectic, open-all-hours party fest. It's all exceedingly good.
29 Jan 13
Played by: Pimpsoul, Fort Knox Five, DJ Self, Jazztronik (Ryota Nozaki), Trotter, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Radical Mixtape
Review: If you're talking ghetto-minded, dirty-assed nu funk then you must be talking Fort Knox. Responsible for some of the scene's biggest heaters, the imprint continues with this second remix package of the All Good Funk Alliance. Featurecast steps up first with an anthemic take on "Throw Down" that comes complete with a lovely synth-tom drum fill, Busta retaliates with a cheekier version that's armed with the juiciest p-funk bassline we've heard all week, Skeewif's take of "Time To Get Loose" is more a Shaft-style organic funk roller and Keith Mackenzie & DJ Fixx finish the set with darker, synth-heavy rub. It's all good... literally!
25 Feb 13
Drum And Bass
Review: The UK jungle legends that are Aries & Gold take to Playaz-owned Run Tingz to show the rest of 2013's jungle attempts how it's done. The original is tar-thick with dub and heavier than the Lion of Judah, flexing perfect jungle breaks alongside sick vocals courtesy of Cowboy Ranger. The Run Tingz Crew remix has far more radio appeal, building and dropping with the attitude of a drum and bass instant classic, bringing 2nice to the forefront and adding hype and energy with malicious rave-smashing intent. Two excellent takes on one of the jungle tracks of the year so far.
19 Mar 13
Review: There's something weirdly familiar about this collection of bass-heavy, warehouse-friendly stompers from Australian newcomer Abstract Now. Check, for example, the explosive 808 cowbells, rumbling bass, hectic beats and borrowed vocal of "Default Drub", or the rolling garage-meets-rave thump of "Evrythng" - both sound like the work of someone with a keen ear for bass music trends - see the colossal "Forever" and bate "The Way It Is" - while keeping his productions impressively on-point. A long and illustrious career awaits.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, The Funk Hunters, Turntill, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Hailing from Germany with strong links to the east, live funk act Al Jawala are renowned for their sizzling gypsy jazz messiness. Last year they gave us their fourth album Blast Your Ghetto, needless to say it rocked. As do these lovely remixes. CMC & Silenta's rubs are nu-funk gold; with a tight-knit bass, organ and percussion groove, there's ample room for the strong (not to mention catchy) vocal hook. Sumakari & Pellectronica's accordion-wheezing take on "Narodna International" is equally as satisfying. Perfect material to blast your street, blast your avenue AND blast your ghetto!
22 Apr 13
Played by: Alert
Review: With a discography that ranges from deep techno to tropical dubstep, Asylum's soundset has found favour with DJs as disparate as Hawtin to Marcus Vector. Listen to this mighty four-tracker and you'll understand why: "Bodyburn" is a percussive homage to classic house thanks to its insatiably diced and spliced vocal sample, while "Embryo" drives a much deeper message home thanks to its slurring beats and melancholy bass groans. "Blue Dream" doffs its cap to the early synth-shocking iciness of Detroit and mild teases of jazz, and "Germinate" completes the circle, taking us back to the visceral body-shocking rhythm of the EP opener. Dark, carnal and wholly tribal, it's no wonder he's found favour across the board with beat like this.
14 Mar 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: Afla Sackey is a man with a vision, and that vision is to fuse African rhythms with big band horn action. Now together with his new orchestra (Afrik Bawanta) the Londoner is realising this vision. This single boasts four excursions into the genre he's dubbed Afro-funk: the almost acid-jazz of the title track, the laid back 70s funk of "Life On The Street", the urgent and upbeat "Old Lady" and the gorgeously lilting "My Lady".
22 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Goodka From The Groovologists, Superbreak, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Martin Hayes (Rose Records)
Review: DJ Ionic's Finnish disco-boogie label Kojak Giant Sounds goes digital with this re-issue of a successful single from a few years back. "I'd Like To You" is some baddass electro-boogie with a heavy kick adding that extra thump needed. "Poyson" is a slow and tight Larry Levan-style funk jam, with extra-elastic bass and a tough talkin' diva to boot!
05 Nov 12
Played by: Julian Sanza, Boris Dlugosch, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Cloned In Vatican!, Venice Beach, Brett Johnson, Martin Brodin, Dirty Mckenzie, Dublin Aunts, La Royale, Nine Lives, Salon Acapulco, Kono Vidovic, Matt Love, Climbers
Review: Aeroplane's Vito De Luca teams up with Chicago house legend Jamie Principle to deliver a killer chunk of electro pop that sits somewhere between classic, '80s house and noughties nu-Balearica. It's a great move calling on Principle, whose angelic voice has lost none of its heart string-pulling power some two decades after he made his name. Mysterious loop-house Tiger & Woods do their usual bang-up job on remix duties, teasing snippets of vocal and cut-up synths over a tight boogie-house groove. The package also includes a pair of deliciously touchy-feely reworks from Louis La Roche (woozy nu-disco) and Chopstick & Jolyon (Larry Heard meets Alfredo vibes). Highly recommended.
14 May 12
Drum And Bass
07 Jan 13
Drum And Bass
Played by: Juno Recommends Drum & Bass
Review: If you liked Amoss' "Footloose" release on The Spectrum EP from 2011, then you'll be all over this awesome VIP, which comes to you once again on Neil Monteiro's Horizons Music imprint. Deep, minimal flavours with a dose of the darkness prevail for the main part, but Amoss twists things up and amplifies the original with a fresh new patina. This is killer stuff! Also make sure you check out "Lost Souls" which accompanies it - another excellent slice of deep D&B with pattering, tribal-influenced drums and deep, humming b-line, coupled with eerie atmospherics, this is an outstanding release.
01 Apr 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Jc - Here And Now Recordings, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Slam Mode
Review: Colin Baldry is hardly a well-known name, despite spending the last 20 years composing music for TV, film and adverts. Here, he steps out of the shadows to deliver the first single from his brand new 'orchestral jazz' project, Ambient Jazz Ensemble. His own rework of forthcoming album cut "Jazz Face", which opens proceedings, sets the tone, delivering a luscious slice of brilliantly played and impressively produced nu-jazz. Kirk Degiorgio delivers a warm, hip-hop influenced uptempo rework, all scattergun beats and cosy chords, before Simbad steals the show with two excellent spiritual jazz-house versions. Of the two, it's the deeper Rainy Remix that most impresses.
04 Feb 13
Review: Ruled by Passion, Destroyed by Lust marks the fine debut of The Asphodells, Andrew Weatherall's latest collaboration with close friend and creative foil Timothy J Fairplay. Their compatibility shines through, taking their shared interests and inspirations and playfully tosses them together to create a stylish, coherent whole. The album displays its dark underbelly proudly, but there are more than enough shards of light to inspire those salivating after the bold melodies of Two Lone Swordsmen or the naive, child-like bagginess of Weatherall's Screamadelica era work. At times reminiscent of New Order and others cripplingly paranoia inducing, this ten track set concludes in sublime fashion with the duo's dreamy, cosmic disco-era cover of A.R. Kane's "A Love From Out Of Space".