Various - "Chronic Rollers, Vol. 2" (mixed by Ruffstuff) - (52:56) 178 BPM
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.
Johan Cederberg, or otherwise known as HNNY (and strictly pronounced "honey"!), is Sweden's new house don and he's been at the forefront of Local Talk's impressive run of form as of late. For this latest release, Local Talk has put together nine edits by the man himself, all loosely based around the old-school Chicago house sound. You got slick, modernised edits of none other than Dj Steak, DJ Duke, Purple Velvet and Lee Webster, among others. In a nutshell, this is simply a bundle of great dance floor tracks, effective as either DJ tools or as stand-alone songs. Large up!
Smoove & Turrell - "Will You Be Mine (Smoove Retouch)" - (5:47) 59 BPM
Skeewiff - "Interlude Dude" - (4:17) 129 BPM
Myles Sanko - "Forever Dreaming (Renegades Of Jazz Remix)" - (3:37) 67 BPM
Alexia Coley - "Beautiful Waste Of Time (Smoove Remix)" - (3:58) 60 BPM
Quasamodo & The Q Orchestra - "Keep Me Hangin' On" - (4:24) 126 BPM
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.
Zero T - "Go 4 Yours" (feat Icicle & Steo) - (5:36) 174 BPM
Break - "Dreader" - (5:40) 175 BPM
Digital - "Latest Request" - (6:28) 173 BPM
Total Science - "After Dark" - (6:05) 58 BPM
CIA are bringing out the big guns with this intense selection of stone cold classics and fresh new sounds. Not content with already leading one of the finest talent-led subgenre revolutions, Computer Integrated Audio have brought together some of the biggest names around to lay out the future of drum and bass for all to see. From Smyla & Script's massive floor destroyer "Stockpile" to the unforgettable "Soul Patrol" from the men themselves Total Science and featuring acts like Enei, Spy and Riya, Serum, Break, Digital and Nymfo along the way, it's a thing of wonder to behold. Don't get caught out.
Longstanding west coast jungle informer 6Blocc comes correct with an album of chunky edits. Complementing the lower-tempo "Gritty N Grimey" parallel release with whistle-stop 170 ruffage, each of the 21 cuts take the London template and bake it in classic Cali sunshine. Highlights include the super-freaky Adina Howard reference "Freak In The Jungle", a gun-toting Blackstreet cowboy cut "Diggity" and the Marky-esque soulful roller "Time Flies". Capturing ever deft move of 6Blocc's commitment to the US jungle movement, Cali Jungle is the ultimate document of where both he and his fellow 170BPM countrymen are at right now... And it's a great place to be.
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.
Not to be confused with the techno-minded Dutch label of the same name, this Deep Sense is based out of Mexico, they have a penchant for the funkier side of the dance and the cheekier side of edit culture. They proved it on their inaugural voyage in November 2014, and they're proving it once again right here... Kicking off with the sax-massaging jack-jam "The Road To Kalakuta" the whole album is an instant party full of sassy sonic surprises. Highlights include the dusty vinyl crackles and heaving harmonics of Rafael Fernandez's "Nothing's Changed", the epic synth-slapping cosmicity of Funk My Jesus "24K", the classic funk guitar squeezes of Chuggin Edits "We Got The Funk". And that's just a handful of party peals to be harvested from this 16-track heavy album. Bon voyage indeed!
Intrigue Music presents a brand new LP to mark 12 years of legendary club night Intrigue. Featuring exclusive tracks from genre-forming greats like Break, Randall, Zero T, Random Movement, Jaybee, Raw Q and label owner Ben Soundscape, the crew's support across the scene for this has been incredible. Whether you've been an Intrigue local over the past decade or you just love a good old fashioned roll-out, this compilation puts together some of the very best sounds from the label right now into one neat, but massive package.
Dealing strictly in extended collections, Funk Fusion continues its extensive work into 2015 with a 22-track compendium of killer edits, bootlegs and reversions. With an emphasis on fine-tuned, low-swung party jams; highlights include the subtle acid treatment of En Vogue ("Get It"), silky, synth-slapping disco boogie ("Mistery Island"), badass blue grass ("Bluesy Bounce"), Chic-style Public Enemy subversion ("Funky Enemy Number One") and smoke-stacked skank science ("Method Man"). Fusion by name, funky by nature: no party should be without this collection.
Japanese DJ/producer Kezokichi made quite an impression during his time in London. Now he's returned to Tokyo and launched his own record label, Blindetonation, dedicated to "the disco of randomness - Balearic, drug chug, slow motion and weird vibe". Here, he kicks it off with an expansive compilation featuring a range of well regarded and little-known artists. Naturally, there's much to enjoy, from the sweet, analogue bounce of Jamie Paton's "Keys For Your Keeper (Dub)" and the near psychedelic chug of Tronik Youth's "The Past", to the bubbling electronics and eyeliner-clad melodies of Kieran Holden's "Stubbies", and the twisted, slow motion acid of Duncan Gray's "Kickintrusion".
Dave Gerrard - "You Can't Hide Your Love" - (7:04) 115 BPM
Bruno Borlone & Boogie Mike - "Fly Robin Fly" - (3:46) 106 BPM
Funk Hunk - "Could Be Tonight" - (4:02) 120 BPM
Sino Goccio - "Dancer" - (6:12) 127 BPM
Bart Gori - "Body To Body Boogie" - (5:19) 108 BPM
Phil Disco - "Studio 54 A" - (4:38) 120 BPM
DJ Rubens - "Jam On The Groove Break" - (7:51) 111 BPM
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Moments Of My Life" - (6:38) 116 BPM
Dave Francis - "Africa" - (8:42) 112 BPM
Bendix Mihle - "Taboo" - (5:20) 116 BPM
DJ Nello - "Funny Brown" - (6:05) 100 BPM
For their latest compilation series, Sound Exhibitions aren't beating around the bush - from the telling-it-like-is title (Nu-Disco Volume1), to the extremely obvious choices of much of the source material. However these edits are made for dancing and if there isn't even one track that gets your dancefloor moving amongst these 11 sizzlers here, we'll eat our hats. Highlights include the soulful proto-house of "You Can't Hide Your Love", the searing high-energy funk of "Could Be Tonight" (by the amazingly-titled Funk Hunk), and the lean and twitchy "Body Boogie".
Having been asked to put together a double-disc mix to celebrate Strictly Rhythm's 25th birthday, DJ T decided - wisely, one would argue - to focus largely on material from the imprint's 1990s heyday. Pleasingly, he's gone beyond the call of duty, additionally delivering a whopping 30 re-edits of vintage US house and garage jams from the label's sprawling archives. Happily, the selections and re-edits are spot on, and for every well-known classic - Hardrive's "Deep Inside", Wink's "Higher State of Consciousness", Phuture's "Rise From Your Grave" - there are countless other deeper, even more essential selections (see Kenny Dope's "Watch This", Sneak's hustling "Keep On Groovin" and the nagging cyber-funk of Mood II Swing's "It's Gonna Work Out"). In a word: essential.