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14 Jan 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Jakpot, Fort Knox Five, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris, Funk And Filth, Mo' Matic
Review: Not already checked out Featurecast's album? Go and sit on the naughty chair and really think about the booty-shaking, rump-wriggling time you've missed out on. Done? Good... Now come and get up to speed with this impeccable remix set. JPOD takes the raw vocal soul stomper "Soul Children" into sexy boogie pastures, B-Side adds a hip-hop swagger to the riff-heavy "Jump", CMC and Silenta get all retrofunky on "Got That Fire", Dreadsquad turn "Get Lovely" into an authentic dub joint and Featurecast finishes the set with his own technicolour D&B remix of "Ego Tripping". What a package!
25 Jun 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Gazeebo, Faze Action, Superbreak, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Tasun, Del Strange
Review: Although famous for straight-up house productions, Joey Negro's Z Records has spent the last few years cosying up to the nu-disco crowd. Here, many of the label's most disco-centric releases get a new lease of life, on a collection that gleefully joins the dots between nu-disco, disco-flecked house, boogie and electrofunk revivalism. There's another chance to check the Revenge's excellent edit of Chapter 3's "Smurf Trek", remixes from Faze Action, Tornado Wallace and The Idjut Boys, a smattering of classic re-edits from Onur Engin and Red Greg, and plenty of original material from Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee under a multitude of aliases. Oh, and a sparkling 60-minute bonus DJ mix from Faze Action.
02 Dec 11
Black Science Orchestra & Alison David - "Sunshine" (Farley & Heller's Faith On A Sunday vocal) - (9:08) 125 BPM
Blaze presents UDA - "Most Precious Love" (feat Barbara Tucker - Copyright Spiritual club mix) - (10:00) 126 BPM
Soul Central - "Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own)" (feat Kathy Brown - Danny Krivit re-edit) - (8:42) 125 BPM
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 Apr 13
Played by: Simon Dunmore
20 Apr 13
Drum And Bass
Review: You don't get much more junglistic than Ed Solo and on this latest release from Jungle Cakes, you've guessed it, some sticky, sweet jungle is the order or the day. "Smoke The Weed" is a classic jungle mashup, and with Canadian bass master Stickybuds on hand to provide some serious breaks it quickly escalates to an all-out skanking session. Before you can pass it on, "Joker Smoker" adds retro brass and guitar to build the reggae funk as the track fragments into not one but two different breakdowns providing the basis for some serious dancefloor workouts. Don't sleep on this.
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").
18 Mar 13
17 Oct 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Silo Da Funk, Bmd, DJ Stex, Chudy, Badboe, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Zenit Incompatible, Warson, Tosses & Varvez, Mashed Up Funk
Review: The Tru Funk label is a consistently strong destination for funky mash-ups and breaks-heavy bootlegs, and they've outdone themselves this time on this latest volume of their "Party Breaks". Some highlights include Naughty By Nature getting layered over a silky disco/hip hop hybrid beat on "Clap Your Hands", while '70s Scottish funk stars The Average White Band get their tight sound rejigged by Jayl Funk on "Honk The Funk".
14 Jan 13
Played by: Ross Couch, Olivier Desmet, Fingerman, Borgie, Juno Recommends Deep House, Chris Coco, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, Fredeverything, Anja Schneider, Monkey Boots
Review: Cynics will tell you that remix albums are a bit of a con - an exercise in repackaging previously released reworks - but occasionally they're worth picking up. This collection of recent and vintage reworks of Crazy P tracks thankfully falls into the latter category, delivering a mix of classic re-cuts, previously unheard tweaks and previously promo-only mixes. Some of the more Balearic and quietly downtempo tweaks stand out, not least Appleblim's woozily soulful touch-up of "Changes" and Wolf + Lamb's deliciously wide-eyed, downtempo take on "Wecanonlybewhoweare". There's also a chance to revisit some Grade-A club re-fixes from Still Going (whose tough-but-grandiose nu-disco take on "Caught Up" still sounds fresh), Huxley and Bonar Bradberry.
15 Apr 13
Review: After making a brief splash with an appearance on International Deejay Gigolos back in 2006, Brazilian duo Digitaria are back in action and this time buffed and polished for a strut on the Hot Creations catwalk. There's plenty of electro-pop moves being played out over lead track "Shine", setting up Morgan Geist for a sure shot remix that panders to his love of bombast a la Storm Queen and yet still comes off as a more minimal end result. "Mystic Flow" has a slightly more moody dancefloor tone, although still on the lighter end of the production spectrum, while Waff gets busy with a remix of "Shine" that does a safe and steady job of working the original into a deep house track.
08 Feb 13
Played by: Jask, Eric Powa B, Husky (Random Soul), Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, John Digweed, Tocadisco, M.a.n.d.y., Resident Advisor, Tocacabana, Umut Akalin
Review: This UK DJ has put out music on some leading labels, so it's no surprise that he has signed tracks to German imprint Get Physical. "Like You" is a tribal affair, powered by incessant filters and a buzzing bass. Just when the listener (or DJ) feels that it is getting too intense, it leads into a dreamy break down. However, it can't compare to the title track; again, Hot Since 82 uses a powerful, throbbing bass as the foundation - the key difference is that this time, he is using it as an anchor for emotive vocals and swirling synth lines.
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.
20 May 13
Review: Dubbed "future techno" by the ever vigilant genre officials over at Radio 1, Der Ausgang is a curiosity. Tasty, crisp, even efficient though it is, its creators look at each track as an accoutrement to a set rather than it's memorable peak. What sort of musicians want to become the scene setting though? On reading their bio, it becomes very simple to understand; musicians who know what they want. They describe the collection as: "All of the impact - none of the vulgar, desperate crap." From the names of the tracks (they are actually people's names) to the tasteful combination of lo-fi and hi-fi sounds, there's plenty of impact too. Each is a beautifully crafted slice of perfectly minimal techno, and if you like techno, what's not to love about that?
05 May 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Drumsound and Bassline Smith's mainstream D&B assault is well worth watching. Applying catchy pop sensibilities to their tonked-out bottom-heavy technique, they're nipping at Fresh and Sub Focus's heels with real determination. Remix-wise we see Northern Lights throwing down a big dubstep vibe that sizzles and snarls with metallic menace while Tantrum Desire switches up for a speedy spliced and diced technicolour D&B version. Big.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick, Joseph Capriati, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Pan-Pot, Brisboys, Jay Lumen, Karotte, Tom Wax
Review: Paganini drops a heavy, functional EP for Sven Vath's label. The title track sets the tone for the release, a dark, slamming affair characterised by heavy, concrete beats and hissing percussion. A similar approach applies on "Fire In My Arms", but here the central riff drones like a strike craft moving in to drop its deadly payload.
"Polyester" is more straightforward, as a rolling groove drops and builds again, powered by metallic drums. "Hot" sees Paganini revisit the approach on the title track with insistent vocal samples littered in the arrangement, while "Parallel" features a vocal snippet intoning "I'm stretched" over a belching acid line.
24 Oct 12
Played by: Jimmythetwin, Fingerman, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech, Kid Color, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Mosaik, Kono Vidovic
Review: Having been in the game since 1996, Portsmouth-based nu-disco DJ Gregg Holmes knows a thing or two about slick disco re-edits. Here, under his Fingerman alias, he treats us to five vintage reworks. "2 Remember" takes good old Shalamar, stretches them out and wraps them in disco swishes, with more claps than a standing ovation. Elsewhere, Teena Marie's "I Need Your Lovin'" gets gently teased and filtered on "Just A Little Luv". Bloodstone get extra electronic percussion on "Stronger Love" and The Chi-Lites get a dirty house workover on "Move That Bottom".
15 Mar 13
Review: With the ripples emanating from their bass music concoctions spreading ever wider, dynamic trio Dark Sky make the move to Tectonic to nudge that very label's remit into new territory. With their previous form on 50 Weapons and Black Acre amongst others, "Confunktion" sounds like a logical next step in limber but deadly accurate electro stylings. They don't lean on obvious tropes of the genre, bringing a more modern bass music slant to the synths and fully employing studio skills to make for an addictive, head-snapping beast of a track. "Double U" heads into a freakier domain defined by globulous synth drops and a tribal groove as fruity as it is funky.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick
Review: Teaming up for the first time on Hypercolour LTD, Bristolian beat heads Arkist and Komon bring their considerable studio prowess to bear on two cuts that slip neatly between the cracks of contemporary electronic music. "Brookfield" shuffles and shimmies with live drums and warm, fulsome bass, never afraid of embracing bold and emotive melodies to throw down on a crisp groove and maintaining a dynamic sense of progression throughout. "Kitchen Monks" goes for a more propulsive groove but maintains the fluid, melodic funk of the lead track, working some displaced vocal into the mix, a sink-full of found sound percussion and crafty layers of different synths, keeping laid back just as much as it kicks it.
23 May 13
18 Feb 13
Played by: This Is A Recording, Dicky Trisco, Gazeebo, Discomendments, Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Pete Herbert, Lusty Zanzibar, Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Sccucci Manucci, Cc:disco!, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Inigo, Faux Métier, Dixfisical
Review: In a 2010 interview, Tornado Wallace explained the inspiration behind his distinctive title as "something between a deep south blues artist or a logger from Nebraska". In subsequent years the Australian has seemingly swapped the south blues artist for something southern Italo, keeping the Nebraskan edge with his logger's beard. This is demonstrated in wondrous fashion on the water-coloured artwork to Thinking Aloud, his debut EP for Lovefingers' ESP Institute. Heavy bass plods switch to a walking bassline in "Bit One", as motorised and starry arpeggios weave between breathy vocals that are as much human as they are synthesised. This is complemented by "Cloud Country" which lowers in BPM with more Italo inspired arpeggios, pulsating toms and sprinklings of Latin sounding synths. The title track slowly reveals itself to be a Balearic burner of the highest calibre, opening with an analogous kick-snare combo and a "higher-self" spoken word spiel that's reminiscent of Will Powers legendary "Adventures In Success". Peaks come; troughs go as the track builds sublimely before dovetailing back to its original form. Welcome back sir!
04 Feb 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Voodoocuts, Hammond Classics, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Cayetano, Miles Reverse, Superpendejos
Review: For their latest release, Greek electro-swing label Carnibal don their best man from Del Monte hat and jet (well, use a propeller plane) over to Havana for some vintage Latino thrills. Here Carnibal regulars Palov and Panama Cardoon team up for the lazy, steel drums and trumpet romp of "Vamos", Moetrik conjures up the Three Amigos on the traditional sounding "El Carino!", it's a cumbia-samba hybrid on Hammond Classics' "Cumbiamba" and Senor Griff rounds things up with the more modern, cumbia/moobahton-style roller "Cerro Rico".
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Review: Normally, producers can spend years building up to recording their first full-length. Usually, there'll be a string of singles, EPs and remixes inbetween. Belgian producer Kristof Hilde Hugo Michiels, aka King DJ, has decided to do it differently. Having previously only released two very low-key EPs for Bear Funk (in 2010 and 2012 respectively), he's now delivered his debut album. While that's a surprise, what's even more shocking is how good it is. Presumably sample-heavy, it's a veritable romp through electro-funk, P-funk, disco-funk and Italo, with audible nods and winks to off-beat funk-rock, '80s electro, Afrobeat and punk-funk. Heavy, entertaining and occasionally tongue-in-cheek, it's a rip-roaring debut that entertains from start to finish.
20 Apr 12
08 Apr 13
Review: Hot on the heels of Swedish producer Ture Sjolberg's recent single "Fire & Pain" comes a special remix from the mighty Los Grandes boss Dynamicron. His signature nu-disco sound is put to great effect here, with the original being turned into a seven minute adventure into 80s darkrooms, full of dry ice and carrying the distinct whiff of amyl nitrate. Fuelled by an arpeggiated bassline and a hunger for decadence this electro-disco banger would make the great Patrick Cowley very proud.
08 Feb 13
Played by: Alkalino, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Carl Cox, Rodriguez Jr, Stacey Pullen, Spektral, Hermanez, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, American DJ, Resident Advisor, Roger Sanchez, Loco Dice
Review: It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.
02 Jul 12
07 May 13
Review: Balls is Wink's first single in many, many years, and it sounds like he is playing homage to his pure techno roots. The "Big Mix" is as its title suggests, a jacking, wiry rhythm festooned with analogue yelps, trancey - with a small 't' - riffs and a grinding, aggressive swing. The 'Groove' version is also inspired by older sounds, with a ravey siren riff and rolling percussion, reminiscent of Masa's "Basscharger", prevailing. The third version - "Groove mix - No Synth" - calls to mind the recent Function reshape of Planetary Assault Systems, with its crashing snares and epic riffs, while the confusingly titled "Big Mix - Radio Edit" revolves around a noisy, acid-soaked breakdown that would indeed require balls to be played on daytime radio.
18 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Mise En Place Pt. 2 is a showcase for some of the most innovative talents in drum and bass today. Ingredients Records certainly know how to stockpile an enviable portfolio of tracks, and some of these beauties have been on the backburner for a while. First track "Rainy City Music" by Dub Phizix has added lingering, hopeful ambiance to the end of sets for a good long while now, but with a proper release, headphones everywhere can experience its full cinematic glow. Villem's "Splinter In Your Mind" gets a fractious and bassy makeover by the elusive Break, puling switches and swapping rhythms like a mad professor in a thunderstorm. Skeptical, the go-to man for dark, minimal drum and bass provides a VIP version of cold-hearted killer "Blue Eyes", where beautiful samples are stamped and warped by high-pressure bass and intricate percussion, adding faster-moving tension to an already sterling track. Finally dRamatic & dbAudio's icy roller "No Return" is soaked in icy atmospherics, with bass that looms terrifyingly out of the mist. Four incredible tracks from producers punching well above the median.
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.
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Drum And Bass
Played by: Drumsound & Bassline Smith
06 May 13
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Although hailing from Russia, this young producer's heart defiantly resides in the UK. All aspects of UK underground, from The Chemicals to UKF, are his chief musical influences and it really shows in his productions. "Love 4 U" is all UK garage swing and perky house stabs. "My Baby" takes those stabs even further and mixes in some 2-step for a back in the day Ayia Napa feel. Remix-wise it's all about the cheap drum machine assault of Lojt's 4x4 version.
28 Mar 13
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20 May 13
Played by: Joachim Spieth (Affin)
Review: Following Psyk's excellent label debut for Mote Evolver in the shape of Distane, the producer returns for another EP of robust, yet minimalistic techno. The title track is as tripped back as they come, utilising simply a stomping kick drum and metallic bell tones to create a devastating techno tool; "Surface" is similarly sparse, but trades earth shaking qualities for an idiosyncratic combination of irregular claps which are thrown into the mix alongside slender synth stabs. "Intern" meanwhile takes things on a funkier tip, where distant snare rolls and marimba-like tones combine to create a deceptively simple techno tool; it's a stark contrast to "Somewhere" which is significantly brighter in its approach, accenting Psyk's fierce rhythms and dub chords with a colourful cluster of house-inspired stabs.