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06 May 13
Review: Making their debut on Hot N Heavy, Motif & Ramu show themselves to be more than capable of creating bass heavy yet lightweight music for the floor; "Just You" is an effervescent combination of 90s house stylings and swung garage beats, with the kind of fizzy melodics worthy of a Jacques Greene production, while "See The Future" is a considerably darker number, pitching its vocals right down into a dub infused, bass filled soundscape which is nevertheless primed for maximum dancefloor effect.
13 May 13
Review: More from Visionquest regulars and rising stars Footprintz, whose decidedly touchy-feely approach epitomises the label's vision. "Uncertain Change" actually sounds like a Benoit & Sergio track, all woozy vocals, atmospheric pads, new wave-influenced grooves and casual synth-pop charm. Maceo Plex provides the first remix, upping the energy levels thanks to some bolder beats, big builds and lovingly played chords. The real standout, though, is the Audio rework - Matthew Dear's first under the guise for sometime. Wonky, strange, atmospheric and eerie, it turns the shuffling original into a stunning chunk of afterparty oddness.
06 May 13
Review: From deep beneath the bowels of Munich come Friedrich "Rhode" Trede and Michael "Brown" Braun, purveyors of slick, garage-influenced deep house. This EP for Toytonics, their third in total, begins with a slinky chunk of breezy garage goodness, "Under Your Spell". It's the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on Local Talk, but with an added contemporary sheen. "Joyride' offers more anthemic deep house/garage fusion - all screaming female vocal samples, big riffs and hip-wigglin' beats - while "Floating Figures" laces some delicious old skool pianos over a suitably deep and groovesome backing. Best of all, though, is Kyondai's remix of "Joyride", which throws some fantastic jazz drums into the mix for added percussive impact.
06 May 13
Review: Having previously appeared on Grizzly with the decidedly tough and breathless "Work That", Odysseus pops up on Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint with three tracks of sultry, late night house. "Hit It Again" kicks off proceedings by offering bold, grandiose electronic chords, cut-up vocal samples, garage-influenced drums and more drops than your average game of rugby in the middle of winter. The loose and languid "Over You" - all military drums, hypnotic stabs and spinetingling chords - offers a deeper alternative, while the brilliantly titled "Drug Fool" is six minutes of revivalist '90s Belgian techno disguised as 21st century rave. Which, in our book at least, is a very good thing.
07 May 13
Review: No other label can rep dubstep like Tempa. Many would argue it was the first label to truly herald and nourish the sound. Here they explore their vaults and dust off some of the most genre-defining, idiosyncratic tracks that have helped shape the phenomenon we know today. From SPMC's paranoid murker from 2008 "Trust Nobody" to a whole series of Skream sessions such as "WTF", "Wibbler" and "Vacillate", the collection is a reminder of how influential Tempa has been, how talented their roster has always been and, most importantly, how slamming and stimulating dubstep can be when nourished and developed by the right label. Recognise.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Scott Fell, Earl Grey, Nowakowski, Dusty / Jazz & Milk, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Techno, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Posthuman, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Simonlebon, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Ben Pearce
Review: Ahead of a forthcoming new album for Brainfeeder, Martyn drops this killer induction into Steffi's recently established Dolly Dubs imprint. The offshoot launched in relatively low key fashion late last year, with Swedish producer Staffan Lindberg at the helm. The addition of Steffi's compatriot Martyn is however big news, with the three track Newspeak EP the Dutchman's first proper release since Hello Darkness, the single that bookended his album for Brainfeeder in March of last year. Long term devotees of the 3024 boss's output should be familiar with the sub heavy snap of the title track which featured on his Essential Mix for Radio 1 last Spring, whilst lead track "Oceania" is a rolling, broken treat.
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Review: With Hot Creations hurtling towards global dancefloor domination at a furious pace, it's down to their Hot Waves label to serve up more intriguing underground treats. This fourth collection of previously unreleased odds and ends features some contributions from well-known names - see Buckley's party-hearty, ragga-tinged "Back To The Tower" and the strobe light shuffle of Simon Baker and Robert James' "Get Up High" - but mostly impresses with its support of new and little-known talent. Few, for example, will have heard of Human Life & Annabel Englund (whose "Falling" is a synth-pop flavoured deep house delight) or Denny (check the thrilling, cowbell-powered "Shake The Club"), but their unheralded contributions stand out. If you're after hot new house, look no further.
08 Apr 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Prolific Parisian producer Naibu has a history of experimentation. This is his latest masterpiece released on Horizons, a label he's built a strong bond with since he first emerged on the drum and bass scene. It's a brilliant play on light and shadow of D&B - between the resonant depths of sub pressure and the glimmers of beauty in his expressive use of instruments and exotic samples that show snippets of life. Rivalling the likes of Break and Calibre with his affinity for creating full bodies of work rather than a succession of singles, Naibu is one of the few producers out there still interested in playing out soundscapes and stories; playing with structure and telling a tale. A gorgeous LP that stands out against the best.
07 May 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Utilising drum & bass siren Riya's silken vocals on a bass release might be this year's best idea yet. Weaving in and out of that house and dubstep and garage and footwork sound we're all so keen on right now, technical beats and lush atmospherics keep harsh synth stabs in check in the title track, while "Absense" and "Ruff" shake off their Mr Whippy soft sweetness and launch into an icy world of techy house and cool sampling perfect for late night dancefloors filled with long-haired girls and pastel strobes. For extra pop-quiz cool points, Kiri's remix of "Mindgames" was recently played in a Disclosure mix for Rinse FM. You're in with the Eton Messy crowd now, guys.
27 Feb 13
Played by: Eelke Kleijn
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Review: North Welsh producer Feonix is pushing dubstep to its very extremes with this wonderfully dynamic ode to archaic bone-bashing riddims. Clicking and whistling through myriad found sounds, this is truly unique (a term that really can't be used very often in such an over crowded scene). "Night Creatures" is equally as immersive with breathy pads, heartbeat kicks and spacious clicks that build into an abyss-level sub drop and funky - if a little warped - two-step. One (Jurassic) step beyond...
18 Mar 13
Review: Tessela has been one of the multi-headed UK bass scene's most interesting talents since he first appeared in 2011; following in the footsteps of many of his peers he's started a new label entitled as Poly Kicks, and this first release comes from the producer himself, featuring a track that shows a clear development of his signature sub-heavy sound that references classic breakbeat and jungle. "Hackney Parrot" has been much anticipated since it appeared via a Jackmaster and Loefah Boiler Room session last November, and is characterised by its stuttering vocal and tunnelling subs, guaranteed to cause dancefloor confusion and mayhem in equal measure.
22 Apr 13
Review: It's been a bit quiet from the Venice Beach camp of late - the Parisian discoteers have been hibernating it appears, but with a name like theirs it's clear they only do sunkissed vibes anyway. With this latest EP of re-edits, they've made up for their absence by cramming in four newies - the loungey disco-house of "Cruisin', the sultry rubbery bass-isms of "Hot", the trippy, breaky funk loops of "It's Party" and the upbeat space disco of "Oh Oh Disco".
22 Apr 13
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Roberto Rodriguez, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House
Review: The fourth Faux Metier release serves up a range of influences. "Unstoppable" is based on a stepping, metallic rhythm, its spiky beats underpinning a foreboding bass and menacing robo vocals as well as psychedelic chords and rasping cowbells. It takes the esoteric elements of Detroit techno and unites them with classic deep house. "Slab" is more moody thanks to its slithering bassline and rasping percussion, while "See It Feelingly" features noisy broken beats. But the underlying narrative here is a deep, hypnotic sensibility, as heard on the dreamy "NP". There, lush synths and rickety percussion play host to the most seductive flutes since Bobby Konders.
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Played by: Prosper, Philly Blunt, DJ Kid Stretch, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Purple Rabbit, Badboe, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Quincy Jointz, Chamber, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Turntill, Stereo Beatz, D-Funk, Rhythm People, Djs: Most Charted, The Dancefloor Outlaws, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Radical Mixtape
Review: Back with their second release, Disco Cakes assemble a talented mix of breaks producers of all different styles and collect them on this new, funk-fuelled set. Tom Drummond and JMC have fun with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on "Again & Again & Again", while big soulful vocals can be found on The Dancefloor Outlaws "Get Your Boogie Down" and Delimentary's "Why Can't There Be Love". Slynk and Ed Solo meanwhile update Skee Lo's evergreen "I Wish" in a whole new breaks-tinted way.
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04 Feb 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Pimpsoul, DJ Self, Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape, Funk And Filth
Review: Bomb Strikes ain't playing around these days. Once an irregular outlet for cheeky party nuggets, now a serious mover and shaker in the nu-funk movement, their output has been exemplary of late - and Neon Steve's leading from the front. Following his Feeling EP, a set of sizzling originals, comes these two tonked up bass gems. "Tell Me Who" takes an old George Thoroughgood rock n' roll ditty about having chimneys made of human skull and gives it a luscious low-end seeing to while "I Got Tha Faith" blends Led Zepp with Depeche Mode. The result? Inspired. Two bombs of the rudest distinction.
02 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Minimatic, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Basement Freaks, Hero Records, Smoove, Brendon P
Review: A destination label for fans of classy disco and funk edits, GAMM introduce The Reflex to their roster with these new additions to their "ReVisions" series. Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain" gets a subtle boost to the beats and bottom end, while on a similar Northern Soul vibe, The Reflex treats "Rehab" with a new set of drums and a few added strings and stiff guitar chanks. Best of all, the beatless instrumental of Marvin's seminal "What's Going On" is reconnected with the original acapella in a superbly tasteful mixdown that shows off every nuance of that incredible recording.
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Review: Bulgarian chanteuse Rachel Row's "Follow The Step", an intricate, jazz-flecked chunk of off-beat downtempo goodness, first appeared last year on Catz N Dogz' Pets Recordings. Here, it gets a welcome re-release on Defected. All of the original mixes from the Pets Recordings 12" are present - including KiNK's two fine deep-ish house reworks - alongside a brand new interpretation from Justin Martin. He adds a little garage wiggle (think vocal edits, organs etc), while retaining the effortless soulfulness of Row's original version. It's a fine remix, and one that you'll no doubt be hearing much more of over the next few months.
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15 Feb 13
Various - "Best Of Street Jam" (continuous DJ mix part 1 by DJ Funky Monkey: free with album only) - (1:08:07)
13 May 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Given their history of flitting between funk-tinged grooves, downtempo beats and rousing, party-starting fodder, it's a little surprising to see Jalepeno diving headfirst into the world of US garage-influenced deep house with an EP from Nottingham-based producer Animist. There's much to enjoy, from the summery liquidity of admirably melodic bonus cut "Neutral Bay", to the chopped-up yelps, woozy chords and classic house grooves of lead track "Tin Head Bump". Best of all, though, is Marcus Jakes' remix of "Tin Head", which beefs up the bottom end and adds some irresistible shuffle to Animist's garage-influenced groove.
22 Oct 12
The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Take Your Time, Change Your Mind" (feat Alice Russell) - (6:45) 74 BPM
Played by: DJ Drm (Bastard Jazz / Bstrd Boots), Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Barrio Jazz Gang, Mr Doris, Double Yellow, Superpendejos
Review: Tru Thoughts have been around since the late 90s, championing all things modern with a soul, jazz and funk edge. Now their A&R dude Robert Luis has decided to compile their best disco-style releases, and why not? The Quantic Soul Orchestra's "Pushin On" is cinematic foot music built around an infectious loop, Zed Bias revisits 1980s Minneapolis with the help of Toddla T on the downright nasty groove of "Koolade", Bonobo remixes Nostalgia 77's "Quiet Dawn" in a downtempo jazzy style, Hint's "Aliens Enter" is as close you can get to 80s synth-soul without a time machine and Natural Self's "In The Morning" is a killer, off kilter jazz-meets-funk-and-dubby-house oddity.
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.
14 Apr 13
Drum And Bass
Review: Shogun Audio's Alix Perez is one of the scene's most interesting producers, providing a genuine buzz for each new track he puts out there. Featuring storming remixes from artists across the full spectrum of dance music, the hip hop inspired beats of "Annie's Song" is first given the jungle treatment from Hospital Records don S.P.Y before Shadow Child rips up the stylesheet and presses on with a full-on garage bouncer. Maddslinky, Zed Bias' UK funky alter-ego chops up the original to hit the dancefloor with a blast from the past and finally "We Could Have Been" rounds up the release with a trip down more familiar rolling Alix Perez territory. So many styles, so many talents, it's a must have yet again from one of D&B's big guns.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Zamali, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Basement Freaks, Cayetano, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Miles Reverse, Superpendejos
Review: Although hailing from Germany, DJ Umbo is now running his disco breaks empire from Croatia. Having developed a cult following with a series of remixes on labels like Goodgroove, now he appears to have settled with Greece's Timewarp. His latest release for the Hellenic funk crew features two tracks - the funky sax workout "Sunday Jam" and the urgent groove attack of "Keep That Beat On". Basement Freaks remix the former into a pulsating disco banger, while on the latter Caytaro deliver a sizzling live jam version.
26 Nov 12
Review: Dave Lister, sorry Craig Charles, isn't holding back when he says that his new compilation 'contains 19 rip snorting tunes guaranteed to tear the roof off any venue festival or house party in the known universe'. He's not far wrong either as, much like his popular 6Music show of the same name, he delivers a booty-shaking selection of vintage and modern, soul, funk and blues music. Highlights include The Bamboos' high energy banger, "Amen Brother", the everybody-knows-it "Clap Hands Song", Nostalgia 77's remarkable take on "7 Nation Army" and Al Wilson's beguiling "The Snake".
22 Mar 13
Played by: Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Gazeebo, Fingerman, Juno Recommends Deep House, John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Cc:disco!, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green, Monkey Boots
Review: Colorado label Gazeebo International has cut a steady path through the dance world over the last few years with their unique blend of erotically charged slo-mo disco. Label stalwart DJ Steef provides their latest release, which features five slice of quirky leftfield dance. "Source Bal" is total stoned-on-a-beach cosmic disco joy, "Music Of The Hot" is heavily compressed electro-disco, "Satisfied V1" is loopy minimal tech-house with a surprise blues vocal sample, "Tiger Lady" is more your Italo-disco fare and finally "Satisfied V2" goes deeper than original for some afterhours vibes.
25 Feb 13
Played by: Justin Winks (Casio Social Club)
22 Apr 13
Played by: Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, 2 Good Souls, Jack Fell Down, B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green
Review: This Local Talk three-tracker from Dale Howard is seemingly inspired by too many late nights spent listening to old Mood II Swing jams; "Throwback (Dub)" is tough, bassy, authentically produced and unsurprisingly effective. That it sounds fresh, despite its vintage sounds and inspiration, is testament to the quality of Howard's production. The bouncier "In Out" throws more classic UKG influence in the pot alongside the basement-bothering NJ garage sounds, resulting in a formidable peaktime banger.
18 Feb 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Tulioxi
Review: Ever eaten a Riddim Fruit? Rich in funk flavour and so many party nutrients they don't just hit your five a day, they're your floor-flipping 50 a day. Speaking of which, Brizzle's Mr 50 has delivered one of the label's freshest crops to date. "Low King" takes common glitch techniques on more of a cut n' paste skank vibe with some lovely horn action to boot. "Fifty 50 Funk" is more a guttural groover with a wheezing bassline and weeping synth lines a la Compton 20 years back. Finally, "Nightcrawler" leaves us wanting more thanks to its p-funk cheekiness, 8-bit trills and high-end bass zaps on the fills. Fruity!
05 Feb 13
07 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Empresarios - El Video Killer
Review: New Zealand's Alias is hip-hop to the very bone. In a previous chapter of his career he was part of the Fast Crew, supporting the likes of D12 and Busta Rhymes whenever they toured in New Zealand or Australia. And while he's shifted focus to a more explicit, nu-funk / bass sound, it still beats with a hip-hop riddim. Each of the four cuts on here ride with a raw, low-swung swagger. From the jangly shakers and headnod heroics of "Funkrion", to the snarling "New Lows" - where sluggish glitch-bass tugs stoically against the emotional synths - there's a confident and alluring attitude about the entire release.