Hot off Randall's Mac 2 label, Pieces is a ludicrous collection of behemoth tunes found, remixed or simply well-placed in no particular order. Why? Because he's good to us like that. Featuring a stellar line-up of OGs and freshly hooked-up newcomers, this is 18 tracks of pure drum and bass energy ready to make a mess of your cochlea. Special mentions for the DRamatic remix of Lenni Dee Ice's "We Are IE" and Trex's massive stomper "Sudden Impact" which should currently be tearing up the dancefloor in your nearest darkened warehouse with a soundsystem. Instant purchase.
Burn Like Fire (feat Alicia King) - (5:07) 175 BPM
Improved - (4:31) 178 BPM
Head Shot - (2:20) 140 BPM
L Bass - (4:40) 178 BPM
Clikz - (5:03) 177 BPM
Blackout - (4:26) 175 BPM
Ice Cold (feat Impact MC) - (4:26) 175 BPM
Orbit - (4:08) 175 BPM
Tokyo - (6:36) 175 BPM
Rhode Island - (5:35) 175 BPM
Danger Zone - (4:28) 58 BPM
Sidewinder - (4:46) 175 BPM
Snowflakes - (5:11) 58 BPM
Far Away - (7:01) 58 BPM
Get ready for some decent, sub-rattling jump-up. That's not to say this isn't special - it's an LP packed with surprises - all we're saying is that sometimes what you want is a good old fashioned brock out. And that's what Flat T has provided, by the kilo. From rapid fire amen breaks, to washed out techy synth riffs, each one of these 17 tracks on this mega release is a different trip into this Suffolk-based producer's collection of influences.
Champion's Formula fam come correct on this expertly curated 15-track exploration into the future realms of bottom heavy music. With exclusive cuts and versions firing from all the label's most consistent contributors, it covers all relative corners creatively; from Killjoy's gameshow grime "Turnt Ones VIP" to the chiselled, sinewy two-steps of Terror Danjah & Zed Bias's "Telepathy" via the sheet metal snares on Flava D's "Break", this collection goes further than representing a forward-thinking imprint but also documents exactly where bass music is heading in the future. Grand prix business.
To mark reaching fifty releases, Editorial has decided to push the boat out a little, unleashing an album's worth of edits, reworks, re-imaginings and sample-heavy cut-ups from regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. There are few surprises, but plenty of floor-focused groovers and breezy summer jams, in a range of tempos, that variously touch on funk, soul, disco-funk and boogie. It will almost certainly take you a while to really get your head round it all, but it's worth the effort; the fluttering, slap bass-propelled "Phunkosphere" and rip-snorting funk rework "Sho Nuff" are amongst the strongest things they've done to date.
Destination 60s as Beatnik City follow up last year's breakthrough compendium "The Rio District" with an exploration of pop roots, contemporised by swinging breakbeats and premium party signatures. Instantly recognisable jams include the ill behaviour of Ree Keen's take on "Louie Louie" and the ongoing beat mischief of Fab Samperi's homage to Sonny & Cher but the slightly less obvious versions shouldn't be overlooked either... The frenetic harmonica-snapping of Leygo's "Loose Wheel" and the lounge-writhing slipper jazz of Mad Doc's "Nori's Gem". Authentic big beat business.
The long-standing Editorial stable have welcomed many choice boogie and disco heads to do the honours in reviving classic gems from the seemingly endless mine of 70s and 80s wares, and they're at it once again with the Good Fot Get Down collection. Regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee keep things lightly shuffling and laid back on "Let U Go" while The Owl gets into a more stripped and stiff floor-focused funk. The Funk District have more clear intentions in getting the party started with "Disco Dynamite", while Spankie Hazard gets a little jazzy on "Party". Whatever your funky needs, Editorial have it all and more.
Leading London funk enthusiasts Jalapeno bring the heat with another annual collection. Uniting recent highlights with killer exclusives, it's a detailed document that sheds light on the spicy imprint's many directions... Flexing from the gutsy soul of Aldo Vanucci's instant 60s "What Happened" and Ephemerals' emotional white-flag-waving "You Made Us Change" to booty-shaking boogie such as Basement Freaks' "Ain't Got Nobody" and Supasoul's "Funky Hot Grits" via Kraak & Smaak's lush, lolloping synth-laden cruiser "Drunken Master", it's a fitting testament to one of UK dance music's most authentic, dedicated imprints. Get funky.
The Benny Gordon & The Soul Bros - "What Is Soul" - (2:46) 98 BPM
Dennis Bryant - "Soul Man" - (3:11) 101 BPM
James Brown - "World Of Soul" - (5:46) 108 BPM
Ricky Williams - "Discotheque Soul" - (4:35) 63 BPM
Miguek Salerno - "Astrokat" - (3:27) 109 BPM
Yamto Samad - "Burnning Bridges" - (3:07) 107 BPM
Rigth On Soul Hits - "You Said A Bad Word" - (2:27) 104 BPM
Stainless Soul - "Stainless Soul" - (4:21) 97 BPM
Brent Dowe - "Put Your Hand In The Hand" - (3:10) 91 BPM
D C - "Theme From Black Belt Jones" - (1:20) 123 BPM
Gaston - "Clap Song" - (10:01) 112 BPM
The Moonstucks - "Do The Funky Penquin" - (3:13) 103 BPM
Soul Expedition - "Night Life" - (5:40) 112 BPM
The Aliis - "Finale" - (4:54) 108 BPM
Gary Byrd - "Soul Travelin" - (3:23) 98 BPM
Johnny Frigo - "Do Whatever Sets You Free" - (5:40) 131 BPM
Tony Luisi - "Drumtrack One" - (1:04) 67 BPM
More vintage sampled classics from the crew who do it best, Strictly Breaks. This time round they're concentrating on obscure '70s soul joints that all ended up being sampled left, right and centre. As always these albums work simply as solid collections of good songs too, highlights including the Otis Redding-style Southern RnB jam of "I Tried It And I Liked It", the brassy cop show swagger of "Butter Nut" and the amazingly-titled "Fondle Rock".
You'd struggle to find a more passionate champion of the nu-disco and re-edits scene than Yam Who. His edit-focused Midnight Riot label does a great job in spotting and showcasing talent. Somewhat predictably, this eighth installment in the label's self-titled compilation series is another winner. It features some 31 tracks, plus a bonus mix from the Dead Rose Music Company, and bristles with the kind of floor-friendly material that blurs the boundaries between electrofunk, nu-disco, house, funk, soul and, of course, straight-up disco. Given the sheer scale of the collection, picking highlights is tough, but look out for some urgent boogie business from Rayko, a dose of spinetingling, sax-laden sweetness from Goldboy, and a live bass and vintage synthesizer rinse-out from Fran Deeper and James Rod.
Graeme "The Revenge" Clark has come a long way since his first full length, the 2011 re-edits meets original production set Reekin'structions. He's spent the last few years moving away from that style, instead focusing on indulging his passion for making original house productions, most of which have come out on his Roar Groove imprint. Here he continues that process with Love That Will Not Die, an all-action house set that should be classed as his debut album proper. Informed by various strains of classic house - Morales' Red Zone dubs, feel good Italian house, US deep house and more Balearic offerings - it's a typically evocative and intoxicating set, with tactile melodies, vintage sounds and shuffling drum machine rhythms throughout.
Tonbe is keeping himself busy. This fifth volume in the Serious Edits series, credited to his alternative Loshmi alias, comes hot on the heels of the fourth. As usual, it's an expansive collection, delivering tidily put together reworks that get the right balance between the original material and the needs of contemporary dancefloors. Kicking off with the fluid disco-funk of "Evil Girls", the Serbian producer variously touches on swinging, blue-eyed soul ("George The Man"), hot-to-trot disco hustlers ("Goodbye", "Her Shine"), Solar Records style '80s vocal disco ("I Wanna Be Ready"), and filter-heavy versions of radio-friendly disco anthems ("This Is The Night"). Best of all, though, is "Secret Game", a breathy, sleazy exercise in Rhodes-laden disco sweatiness.
Hailing from unlikely new bass capital Denver, Colorado, Ultra Bass have already made quite an impression internationally and to mark their 10th release they have unveiled another label compilation. Boasting '19 monster house and garage tracks straight from underground scenes across the globe', this collection really does perfectly capture the temperature of the scene right now. Highlights include the merciless big bass house steamroller "Feel It", the tropical doom-house tip of "2015 Crew 4 Real" and the bonkers hypo-step of "Magical".
Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant - "Big What" (Matta remix) - (4:38) 140 BPM
RUF & RDG - "Funky Moped" - (5:36) 140 BPM
Matta - "Oracle" - (5:08) 142 BPM
Currently celebrating their tenth birthday, fearless Dubstep label Boka unveils a new series, which collates the best releases from their Tank series. Here on Volume 1 we get 14 killer tracks that still stand strong now, highlights include the menacing machine gun bass attack of "Big What" by Niveau Zero & Tambour Battant, the heavy whiplash crunch of Matta's "Terminus" and the spacey mechanical dub of "Stop Riddim". Watch out for volume two!
Being misled is rarely as excellent as this, as Spearhead share not ten but twenty five absolute bangers for no reason other than to be jolly nice folks. Oh, and to celebrate their ten year anniversary, of course. This digitised version of the hugely successful pre-release coloured vinyl pressing contains all the most requested tracks from the back catalogue that are no longer available as 12" singles as according the the Spearhead crew, all remastered and spick and span for 2015. Ten sets itself apart from the host of retrospectives out there by also containing tracks specially selected from the DJs and producers that have supported the label over the last decade, helping to complete a complete and super varied collection of flawless tunes. Add this to your list now.
V Recordings sister label Chronic steps up to give us volume 2 of their Rollers series, featuring 16 exclusive tracks from the freshest talent and the most exciting names currently holding down the underground scene. The label was reborn in 2013 with the mantra of presenting the world with no frills dance floor Drum and Bass and judging from this latest offering they certainly seem to be fulfilling their mission. From the rolling jungle sounds of Bladerunner's epic "Lock Off VIP" to the distorted growls of Command Strange's "Riots" if you are looking to get the dance floor bouncing, then Chronic have you covered.
This latest offering from the shady Katakana Edits crew makes their previous offerings seem positively anemic by comparison. Boasting a whopping 22 tracks, it's almost certainly guaranteed to provide decent ammo for every house party imaginable. Highlights include the chugging electro dub sing-along "Shakka Boom" by DJ Clairvo, the p-funk meets disco of vibes of "Miami Freaks" by Lee Zamah and Timewrap's pumped up version of The Velvettes's perennial Motown classic, "He Was Really Sayin' Something".
It's no surprise to see Amsterdam man Fritz Wentink issuing his debut album through Wolf Music, as the London label have been staunch supporters of his work with two 12" contributions over the past two years. The wonderfully named Rarely Pure, Never Simple adds to Wolf Music's growing artist album profile following long players from main men Medlar and Greymatter and further develops the all encompassing production style Wentink has displayed so eloquently for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings and others. He seems most impressive on the more downbeat tracks done in collaboration with Loes Jongerling who possesses a quite astounding vocal delivery, though those craving some proper house will totally dig on cuts like "The Excitement Happens At Page 320".
Antipodean disco dabbler, Dr Packer, will see you now. He's now reopened his surgery and this fifth volume is simply bursting with stuff that's good for you. There are eight new jams in total including the cheeky pop ragga of "Sensi", the well-oiled bass machine "Get Down" and electro-funk squelcher "One For Me". A fine remedy for any disco related ailment!
For deep house diggers, Soichi Terada has long been a source of inspiration. While he's still active, it's the early '90s material he released on the Far East Recordings label - an imprint he founded soon after his graduation in 1990 - that most excites. Following the 2014 re-release of his sublime hook-up with Nami Shimada, "Sunshower", Rush Hour has decided to put together this excellent retrospective. Compiled by self-confessed fan Hunee, Sounds From The Far East contains a mixture of hard-to-find Terada originals, collaborations, and tracks by fellow Far East Recordings artist Shinichiro Yokota, all in the label's trademark melody-rich, evocative deep house style.