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26 Jun 12
Euro Dance/Pop Dance
20 Dec 12
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, B.visible, Ellboss, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, Badboe, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Radical Mixtape, Mr Doris
Review: This label recently launched by DJ Spinforth (and pals) as a next step extension to his biweekly column for the Ghetto Funk blog called 'The Scour', to highlight and showcase the unsigned talent that he encounters while 'scouring' Soundcloud. The next logical step was to actually release this stuff, so here's the impressive debut compilation snappily called Scoured Cream. Originally intended to showcase just five tunes, its now boasts eight including the stop-start blues-hop of "Sun No Shine", the wobble-soul of "Hell Yeah" and some electro-swing courtesy of Hong Kong Ping Pong.
14 Mar 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Spinforth, Featurecast, Bmd, Roast Beatz, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, Trotter, Nick Hollywood, Voodoocuts, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Radical Mixtape
Review: Welcome to the mid-2000s. A few years before Jalapeno took him on and developed him into the nu-funk guru he is today, but after he'd scored international kudos by syncing to an Apple advert "Channel Surfing", Featurecast was one of the biggest bootleg barons on the scene. 21st century big-beat and turbo-hip-hop, Goodgroove released some of the cheekiest sample-heavy tunes of his early career. And here they are in all their remastered glory. Highlights include the Wild Cherry sampling bootie shaker "Funky White Brother" and the Vandross-DMX love-in "Get It On The Floor". If you weren't around the first time, now's your chance to catch up.
21 Mar 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Spinforth, Bmd, Roast Beatz, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, Turntill, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Spinforth's quest for freshness continues as he follows up the debut December Scour dispatch with another generous selection of chunky-jacksy bass joints. With gnarly fingers probing every party pie, across the collection we're treated to dubstep-meets-classic-Brooklyn ("Time To Rock"), 23rd century electro wobbles ("Boss DAT!") and VERY cheeky Cypress Hill booty business ("Insane Brains"... obviously!) And that's only three examples. Get Scouring.
27 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Prosper, DJ Goodka From The Groovologists, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Djp, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, B-Dub, Dastardly Kuts, Killer Funk Records Usa, Badboe, Rory Hoy, Morlack, Telephunken, Hero Records, Tosses & Varvez, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, K. Sabroso
Review: The tenth release from the Manmade staple sees their crew of excellent NuFunk producers and remixers eager to please, with CMC & Silenta dropping a very tasteful edit of Mariam Makeba's classic calypso-funk gem "Pata Pata", Badboe & Prosper giving the Wu Tang a radical funk overhaul, while Cat Nip Tuck slams in the classics on the schizo-boogie of "Cat Nip Tuck".
24 Jan 12
Played by: Timewarp, Jamie 3:26, Paul Deighton, Juno Recommends Disco, John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Neil Diablo, Karim, Eddie Matos, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Juno Best Sellers 2012, Tulioxi
Review: Anyone who decides to dedicate a fair chunk of his debut edits release to scalpel cuts of tracks from Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and Stevie Wonder must have gonads the size of watermelons. Sitting down could be an uncomfortable proposition, then, for the mysterious V, whose seven-track debut EP also includes chunky, floor-friendly re-tweaks of The Kinks and Sly & The Family Stone (as well as a couple of stonking disco bangers). While some would argue that much of the material here didn't need messing with, he's done an excellent job. The Dub of "Whole Lotta Love", for example, is pitched just right, offering much more bang and exactly the right amount of disco dubbiness.
22 Oct 12
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Haze, King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Dicky Trisco, Andrea Rucci, Gazeebo, Sleazy Mcqueen, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Hot Toddy, Alkalino, Spilt Milk, Venice Beach, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Alessandro Otiz, Freddy Love, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Kid Color, D-Funk, Vladislav Moustache Love, Vicmoren, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Bufi, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Ramsey Hercules, Willo Schubarth, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots
Review: This release reads like a re-edit producer's convention, with four different artists all delivering their own unique takes on selections from disco's past. "Hitney Wouston" is Deep & Disco's funky tech-house take on "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by you know who. It's an enthralling version that competes with Girls On Top's all-time reworking from back in the day. Alkalino's "Ruff N' Stuff" is a killer blend of throbbing bass, cowbells and a retro rap. Debonair's "Mellow Mellow" features a mesmerising, heavily filtered string loop and lots of disco lasers. Retro-house don Jonewaynes wraps things up with the looped slice of shimmering Balearica that is "Number 1".
18 Feb 13
Played by: Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Electro House, Badboe, Euphonique, Run Riot, Ragga Scum, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, S Man
Review: Bang! There'd been hushed tones of this opus for well over a year, and at a whopping 29 tracks, it's been well worth the wait. Showcasing their widest repertoire, within the first trio of tracks we're already treated to Latino swing breaks, new jungle jiggery and dramatic dubstep. This wide-eared vibe embracement runs throughout consistently; "Hey Mr DJ" rattles a few electro-hop cages, "Countdown" is quintessential booty-bass heaven complete with delectable UK hip-hop rhymage, while "You Can Be My Night" shoots us up to planet D&B on a floaty carpet of rave heritage. A solid calling card to every party in town, it's time to get bouncing...
06 May 13
Played by: B-Jam, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Dicky Trisco, Fingerman, Yam Who?, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Downtown Party Network, The Funk Hunters, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Al Kent, Moonoton, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Weedyman, Caserta, Peza, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lesale, B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green
Review: Arriving at a fourth Midnight Riot label compilation in little over a year is no mean feat for Yam Who?'s ISM operation, and the key to their success lies in the diversity of sounds you can include within the overarching theme of nocturnal grooves. And of course the high standard of artists that contribute, with this bumper 23 track selection no different as Yam Who? call on some respected names to contribute; seeing the likes of Joey Negro, Ilya Santana, Rakyo and LTJ Experience puts you at ease as you know you are in good hands - the Negro edit of Yambee's Ballistic Brothers classic "Blacker" is a notable highlight. Yet the fact these established names don't overshadow the contributions of lesser known Midnight Riot newcomers such as Dan Butler and Caserta - indeed the latter Boston based producer provides perhaps the best example of a 'nocturnal groove' with his slow burning, beat down house cut "Get Down".
21 Jan 13
Played by: Spec., DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Los Charly's Orchestra, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Disco, Alessandro Otiz, Dionigi, Cc:disco!, Dirty Mckenzie, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Future Feelings, Philosophy Of Sound, Kono Vidovic, Nu Disco Fever
Review: These guys have been flying the flag for quality amongst the disco re-edit community for a while now. This new two-tracker is being hailed as one of their best yet, with the title track being a lean, super-perky chopped up floor filler with infectious female vocals and a just-go-with-it Euro-rap. The second track is from the other side of the tracks: it's the type of slow n sleazy new wave-disco tune you can imagine in a dark early 80s New York fleapit, where the cast of Liquid Sky hang and dance in a beautifully nonchalant manner.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Miles Reverse, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this latest EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Gazeebo, Rudy's Midnight Machine, Sleazy Mcqueen, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Jayl Funk, Maurice Aymard, Venice Beach, Juno Recommends Disco, S22, Alessandro Otiz, Freddy Love, Disco B, Cc:disco!, Thomass Jackson, Willo Schubarth, B.g. Baarregaard, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted, Faux Métier
Review: Beards. Where'd they come from, eh? One minute it was all asymmetrical haircuts and 80s electro-pop, then the beards & disco brigade arrived. Well successful re-edit imprint Whiskey Disco proves that beards are still big and happening. YSE has a shady house music history but here displays his love of disco with four quality reworks. "Freeze Frame" is a vocoder-led slow building chant-a-long, "I Own The Boogie" is a deep and intense disco funker with killer basslines (both electronic and live), "Warm Wind Brewing" is a Fantasy Island/Love Boat romantic journey and "Here I Come Again" ends things with some raw disco seduction.
04 Feb 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe
Review: Masters of the crafty art of bootlegism and funk edits, the not-so-pseudonymous Defkline and Red Polo get busy on four classics with crucial party-boosting results. "Space Cowboy" takes the Steve Miller classic and coats it with a whole slew of classic rhymers from ODB to Fiddy. "Turn The Beat Around" takes the disco classic of the same name and reboots it with chunky house 4/4. "It Ain't No Good", meanwhile, takes De La Soul and Chaka Khan's soul-blistered ballad and gives it just a cheeky mild skank. "Shystie's Disco" brings us to a fitting climax with ripples of glitterball-twisting electro boogie vibes.
14 Feb 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Bmd, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, B-Dub, Ez Icarus
Review: Cypress Hill getting mashed up and personal with Led Zeppelin, Biggy getting busy over The 45 Kings, an electro-skank remix of Sister Nancy... these are just three of the super-cheeky bootleg treats on offer right here. Booties can go one way or the other; poorly pitched cut n' shut or clever, witty and complementary. These definitely fall in the latter. From furry flute bliss ("Dr Fluteski") to Busta Rhymes on a major skank-up ("Kingston Bounce"), this ticks all the right party boxes.
18 Feb 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Redsoul, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Martin Solveig, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Kid Kenobi, Alan De Laniere, Kono Vidovic
Review: This powerhouse duo - a collaboration between none other than Foamo and Rack N Ruin - dropped their killer debut EP last year and since then things have been ominously quiet. Well, now they're back with a stonking great new release that fully explores the pair's interest in all things deep and groovy. "Real" features the vocal talents of rising star Yasmin and manages to be both an exotic pop anthem and a sparse, 4/4 bass head-nodder. "Thor" is nasty dark basement fodder, "Athena" is a lithe, tropical acrobat of a tune and "10 Below" is a sinister house-meets-garage monster.
01 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Andy Warburton, Homegroove Project, Franz, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Disco, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, Nu Disco Fever
Review: With a sly wink and a beckoning wave of the hand, Chopshop invite us into their boudoir for another seductive trip into slinky rework territory. As usual, many bases are covered. Captain Futuro kicks things off with "Love Me Crazy", a slo-mo disco-flecked hip-hop head-nodder. Label supremo DJ Butcher turns Dave Gerard's "Twisted Message" (a sneaky bootleg version of the Furious Five classic) into a disco funk-breaks smasher, before laying down some revivalist rare groove fun in the shape of his own "However Do You Want Me" (a rework of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life"). A decidedly sensual package is completed by the misty-eyed headiness of Ill Advised "Superstition" (yep, a remake of that "Superstitition").
05 Apr 13
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - "Glad To Know You" (Ray Mang's Flying dub) - (10:52) 116 BPM
11 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, Chudy, DJ Self, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Dusty Tonez
Review: Wide-armed sounds abound on the latest Boogie Boutique offering. More hip-hop than nu-funk in places, there's great casual confidence about each of these rubs. The label's Finnish faves Rollomatik are on board for two horn-heavy joints; the p-funk block rocker "Frying Pan" and the roof raising peak time "Soul Power". Label newcomers Jimi Needles and WBBL, opt for jazzier keys and a bassline that gradually evolves into quite the glitchy gem. Jacksonville jive merchant John Farruggio finishes the set with a waltz through 80s electro, mid noughties house and late 90s big beat. Swashbuckling stuff.
24 Dec 12
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.
22 Mar 13
Review: Following the success of the first three volumes of his AOR-tinged V's Edits series, Russian producer Valique (best known under his usual pseudonym for disco-flecked funk breaks) unleashes another EP of scalpel jobs. This time, the sources are a little more obscure (the silly artist names offer clues), but the party-starting remit remains. So, we get some chunky low-slung, Fleetwood Mac-ish rock ("Because"), a dash of hustling disco-funk ("Up"), a sprinkling of synth-bass laden funk-rock ("Soul Francisco"), a thickset house version of a soul classic ("Good Or Bad") and a big chunk of '90s US garage silliness ("Love You Too") - all tweaked and teased with an eye on dancefloor devastation.
29 May 12
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Homegroove Project, Timewarp, Valique, Superbreak, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, O De Lanzac, Disco Tech (Discodat), Richard Rossa, B-Dub, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Moonoton, Hero Records, Dirty Mckenzie, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Brazil Aka Lono Brazil, Get Down Edits, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Miles Reverse
Review: The mysterious V has got some balls. You see, it's common practice in re-edit circles to steer clear of certain big tunes and artists. V clearly didn't get the memo, because this second volume of party-hearty, floor-filling reworks contains sneaky dubs of tracks by Steve Miller (a smile-inducing version of "Fly Like An Eagle"), the Sex Pistols (a filter-heavy tweak of "Anarchy In The UK"), The Lovin' Spoonful ("Summer In The City") and The Beach Boys ("Good Vibrations", which gets a weirdly breaksy Balearic rework). Better, though, are the versions of the more disco and funk-inclined material. His Betty Wright rework ("Slip & Do It") is particularly magical.
17 Dec 12
Played by: Superbreak, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Tosses & Varvez, Jona Saucedo, Kono Vidovic, Vinyladdicted
Review: DiscoDat continue on their quest to retweak every song from the 1970s charts with another EP, this time by Vinyladdicted; and why not? Sometimes it can actually improve on the original, as in the case of Dr Hook's mid 70s mustachioed romp, "Sexy Eyes", which gets looped and beefed up here. "Don't Break My Heart" soups a little known 1980 anthem by Tonee & Bill Collins, "Miss Ya" is sweet holiday funk but it's a hypnotic reworking of Hot Chocolate's "Stay With Me" that really hits the spot.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Spinforth, Ellboss, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez, Jiggyjoe
Review: There's something rather funky in the fresh Canadian air right now, and native imprint ReSoul are breathing in six lung-fulls by the second. "The Plan" is utter horn heaven as we bump and grind to a beefy swing hook that's peppered with just the right amount of hip-hop snippets. "Whole Lotta Drop", meanwhile, takes The Dynamics' wicked reggae cover of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and drives it straight into D&B town. Skiitour's "Filthy Laundry" finishes the set with a boogified 80s rock stomp. What a package.
11 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Gazeebo, Fingerman, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Disco B, Joseph Terruel, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted, Albacore
Review: Nope, this ain't the return of mulleted 80s duo Black Lace, it's the latest comp from Dynamicron's Latino-centric nu-disco label Los Grandes. Once again they've searched high and low to gather the hottest re-edits. Highlights this time include Brevil's sultry sweaty "Sexy", Vinyladdicted's shocking percussion-led rework of 'cough', Jimmy Nail's "Ain't No Doubt", PCJ's baddass 70s disco rock freakout "I Like The Sound", DJ Butcher's faithful take on Mister Flaggio's Italo disco masterpiece "Take A Chance", and Craxi Disco's seductive and proggy synth-disco epic "Jerusalem".
15 Oct 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Straightoffthefloors.com, Los Charly's Orchestra, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Sard Boogie, Danny Massure, Hidden Riddim, Sol Power All-Stars, Venice Beach, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Karim, Ez Icarus, Nick Bike, Dirty Mckenzie, Get Down Edits, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Mr Doris, Nu Disco Fever, Manjah
Review: For the uninitiated, The Gaff is a Canada-based DJ, producer and prodigious maker of "party breaks" - shorthand for re-edits and reworks that should appeal for those DJs for whom loose rhythms are of more interest than a straight 4/4 pulse. This first contribution to the digital-only Katakana Edits series is full of funk and soul-laden jams with heavy but snappy drums. There's a global feel, too, with excellent forays into afro-funk ("High Life") and Latin beats ("Mambo Number 5"). While all four tracks are carefully tuned to the needs of dancefloors, the afro-flecked disco-funk grooves of "Funny Saga" stands out.
21 Dec 12
Played by: B-Jam, Fingerman, Superbreak, Spilt Milk, Chris Deepak, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, In Flagranti, Ramskank, Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Karim, Dirty Mckenzie, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Thomass Jackson, Willo Schubarth, Lazy Kiss
11 Apr 12
11 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Badboe, DJ Axe, Ez Icarus
Review: Toxic bootleg action! Spill one splash of these fruity mashes on the dancefloor and your groovers will bump and grind like mutated fools. The title track takes Royksopp's "Eple", adds a smidgeon of Marvin and a dash of electro while "Shake It Out" fuses Cassius with a killer lick from The Supremes. Elsewhere we find Edie Brickel, Eminem, Fugees and The Wiseguys get wobbly over a glitch-step hook ("Say Ooh") and Sly & The Family Stone get a classic hip-hop schooling. You heard the man...get it on!
11 Feb 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Timewarp, Zamali, Trotter, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, The Funk Hunters, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Tulioxi, Vinyladdicted
Review: Timewarp have been putting out bangers since 2005 on their own Timewarp Music, a Greek label dedicated to only the most alluring electronic sounds. This is their new LP and it's choc-a-bloc with surprises for you; starting from the opener "Bullshit", an irresistibly hip-swanking trip-hop number, it goes all the way through "Disco Frisco" featuring the one like Leon for a smooth but rough-ready house roller, and ends up in places never expected like "Latin Cookies", a track so joyful and packed with good vibes that it can't be properly catalogued into one genre...it has one hell of a bass line though - much like everything else on this sweet full-length from the boys at Timewarp.
21 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, B.visible, Ellboss, Badboe, Hammond Classics, Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez, Mr Doris
Review: It's more than ten years since the phenomenon of the bootleg mash-up became 'a thing' thanks to the likes of Richard X and yet people still come up with fresh interpretations of the genre. People like Booty Fruits, who have now reached number five in their ongoing series of booty compilations. We get four sizzling tracks here including the cut and scratch ragga-hop of "The Dopest", and 'Minnie', which sees Lone Drum following in Jean Jacques Smoothie's famous footsteps by utilizing Minnie Ripperton's "Inside My Love".
19 Feb 13
Played by: Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Hot Toddy, Juno Recommends Disco, The Funk Hunters, Cc:disco!, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Vinyladdicted
Review: There's something admirable about the no-nonsense approach of the Editorial camp. While steeped in a deep love of the disco sound and the genre's deep history, the edits and reworks they release are first and foremost tried-and-tested dancefloor bumpers. The four cuts here are a great case in point. Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee's "Do It One More Time" is a hustlin', low-slung treat (recasting Harvey Mason's "Groovin You" as a sweaty chugger), while Rabo & Snob's "Camel Filter" romps along on a formidable disco-funk flex. The biggest surprise, though is Vinyladdicted's "Alright", a rush-inducing chunk of Balearic disco.
15 May 13
Played by: Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tulioxi
Review: Mooqee's label Bombstrikes is doing all right for itself. So much so in fact that they've reached that milestone - a label's first compilation album. Here Mooqee has selected 25 sizzling bangers new and old that do it for him, and hopefully will do it for you too. Highlights include the compressed electro steamroller that is "Back To School", the crunch synth funky freakout of "Come On Bounce" and the devastating bass that's eaten all the pies of "Let's Do It Right Now". Heavy!
07 Jan 13
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Ya Dun Know, Superbreak, Chris Coco, Sw, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Chris Coco, Freddy Love, Tura, Sccucci Manucci, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Shox, Tee Circus, Groove Armada, Jack Fell Down, Scuola Furano, Jakobin&domino
Review: Arriving at a fifteenth release in little more than three years is no mean feat, and the Wolf Music crew have retained a standard of quality throughout that a few other labels could learn from. Once again switching the emphasis from artist release to a quartet of contributors, WOLF 15 opens with a killer Ron Basejam refix of recent Wolf anthem "Nowt" by James Welsh. Originally a louche slice of beatdown, "Nowt" stays at an even tempo in the hands of the Crazy P artist though there are all new levels of seductive funk added. Complementing this are three label debuts of varying style but equal quality, with Squarehead & Mella Dee (one half of Mista Men no less) opting for a brazen concoction of ruffed up garage rhythms and deep house emotions on "Get Together". Next up, breakout house duo Waze & Odyssey add Wolf to their growing CV with the effervescent cut up house rowdiness of "Feel My Voices" whilst South African producer Terrence Pearce might just steal our affections with the skippy, smudged delights of "Magic".
13 Jan 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Fort Knox Five, Mat Cant, Nic Fanciulli, Matta, Tee Circus, Rack N Ruin, Coco Cole, Lucent
Review: Despite only unveiling themselves to the public in 2010, Black Butter Records have already ascended to some impressive heights with a string of hugely popular bass/UKF releases. This first 'proper' label comp features five names from their roster, remixed by many more. It's literally fizzing and popping with retro-futuristic ideas and sounds: from the B-more drum machine orgy of "Be More (3hrs & Woz mix), to Matta's accelerated electro version of Kidnap Kid's classic "Vehl" and Vince Clarke's elasticated tech-house version of "Lazarus Taxon", to the scuzzy, rave-inflected house of Codec's "What You Need", the thoroughly ominous bass tones of "Hackney Heat" by Racknruin via the eccentric end-of the world beats of "Trick Green" by Hostage.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Spec., Henderick Aka Thelonious Funk, Shadow Dancer, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Techno, Slam, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Simonlebon, Deetron, Menorah, Resident Advisor, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Larssen, Jt86, Eats Everything, Ibiza Sonica, Dapayk Solo
Review: The Boddika-helmed Nonplus unveil Think & Change, the label's first compilation and what a way to mark such an event. Calling on a cast of the great and the good of contemporary techno and bass music, Think & Change arrives sporting some thirteen tracks, a statement of how far Nonplus has come since its emergence in 2009 as an outlet for the Autonomic family of artists, gradually mutating into a more wide ranging approach, with material from Actress, Kassem Mosse and Basic Soul Unit ensuring a reputation as one of the most respected labels in the bass music diaspora. The highlights on this compilation are many, but you should be checking Four Tet's contribution "For These Times" (easily his best, least fussy club track to date) "Bad Chicago" from Martyn, and Kassem Mosse's excellent "Broken Patterns".
03 Dec 12
20 May 13
Played by: Jm Jackmaster, Dicky Trisco, Michael Mckenna (Keep Schtum), Fingerman, Martin Virgin, Cloned In Vatican!, Venice Beach, Disco Tech (Discodat), Juno Recommends Disco, Freddy Love, Disco B, 78 Edits, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lesale, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted
Review: It seems that the nu-disco trend of re-edits is one that just keeps growing. Everyone from Siberia to Greece is doing it, and now the fever has spread to Ireland too in the form of the Get Down Edits label. Thankfully these guys don't (usually) pick the obvious stuff - Fingerman samples Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much" on "Too Much" so they lose points for that, but generally it's all good jazzy, funky retro jams.
02 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, DJ Goodka From The Groovologists, Minimatic, Voodoocuts, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Tim Livingstone, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Nappy Riddem, D-Funk, Basement Freaks, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: It's a mark of the quality of Mad Mats' A&R skills that GAMM has managed to notch up almost a decade of releases without really resorting to releasing the sort of stinky cheese that usually plagues bootleg and mash-up imprints. This EP from newcomers The Reflex continues that record, offering two excellent, funk-laden bangers that get just the right balance between anthemic pomp and heads-down stomp. First up is "ABC", a stretched-out re-take of The Jackson 5's most famous hit that boasts a completely different (but very good) musical backing. "I Feel Good" is even better, turning a loose funk classic into a tight dancefloor bumper thanks to snappy new beats.
28 Sep 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Homegroove Project, Chubb Nice (Hoglodytes/Marisco), Los Charly's Orchestra, Mr.dero, Jayl Funk, Roberto Rodriguez, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Vladislav Moustache Love, Mr Doris
Review: Gamm is an established re-edit and mash-up label that's managed to repeatedly dig up new-old gems since the early Noughties. Having previously tackled Marvin Gaye's back catalogue, The Reflex return with a new EP and this time they've gone Stevie Wonder crazy; providing re-workings of three of the great man's tunes. First up is "I Wish", a nine minute elaboration of the one people think is called 'Sneakin' Out The Back Door...' and one which does a lot to reverse the damage done by Will Smith on his "Wild Wild West" tune. "Higher Ground" is teased out and into a more DJ-friendly format and finally things on high with "Sir Duke" (the one everyone thinks is called 'You Can Feel It All Over'), which gets embellished with a subtle 4/4 beat and big, splashy and celebratory cymbals.
30 Nov 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Sol Power All-Stars, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Manjah
Review: Fresh-faced funkateer Manjah steps up to the party-hardy Katakana series, and does so with distinction. It's a game of two halves as the first two cuts are dedicated to chanteuses Smokey Robinson and Donna Hightower. Both powered by swashbuckling 60s funk riffs, these are authentic edits done with true creativity. Later on in the EP we head West to the Caribbean as Manjah gets his skank on with Dancehall Queen. Those with a penchant for Greek taverna flavours should hold tight for the rustic groove on "Orienta Patria". Nice work.