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09 Jan 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Chudy, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Rory Hoy, D-Funk, Basement Freaks, Zenit Incompatible, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Funk technician Basement Freaks teams up with Danish nu-funk legend Badboe for the first in this series of hook ups for excellent funk 'n' breaks label Bombastic Jam. "Suck Up The Thrill" rides a tight Moog bassline and a loose funk beat and features the P-Funk-esque vocals of Georges Perin, while "Boomshakala" comes in on a more old skool hip-hop vibe, with singer/rapper Lozen spitting rhymes over a chilled yet punchy mix of sampled breaks and gritty live funk-rock guitars.
29 Mar 11
30 Nov 07
BOMBASTIC JAM 030
09 Apr 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Busta, Jazz K Lipa, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Trotter, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mr Chombee, All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Quasamodo
Review: All 14 tracks on this second volume of Basement Freaks remixes from the ever reliable Bombastic Jam are all bona fide party pieces; from Jazz K Lippa's Fiddy-fiddling D&B remake of "Tetris Dub" to Pimpsoul's b-boy, block-rock version of "Something Freaky" via Some DJ's supremely sludgy rub of "Bootyfunk" this album is testament to true remix art.
01 Nov 10
10 May 10
Played by: Shantisan, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fuzzbox Inc, Scapo, Hayz, Los Charly's Orchestra, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Danny Massure, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Sneak-E Pete, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Basement Freaks, Quasamodo
Review: Headed by Greek producer and supreme beat-head George Fotiadis, these four nu-funk bombs under his Basement Freaks moniker mixes up live production with samples in the vein of the titular hero, J Dilla. "Here Comes Our Dilla" mixes cop-show guitars and clavs with a flute that sit on top of the tune like a glace cherry on a cupcake. "Mission Jazz" does a neat trick by combining James Brown's "Funky President" beat with a bossa nova sway, while the Godfather gets further recognition on "Soul Men" which kicks off with a JB-style "are you ready?" intro from the band. "Boogaloo Express" alone is worth snapping up the EP for though - a lively Northern Soul stomper that'll never go out of style.
12 May 11
25 Nov 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, Chudy, Zamali, All Good Funk Alliance, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Basement Freaks, Kosta Kostov
Review: A more electronic sound from Basement Freaks on this new EP for Bombastic Jam, as he fuses together a sinister synth lead line with some huge bass sounds on the Missy Elliot-sampling "Booty Funk". His trademark cut 'n' paste funk is still present though on songs like the bold and brassy "Cash Money" (featuring a superbly jazzy vocal from singer Georges Perin). Killer!
01 Feb 10
13 May 13
Review: Is it just us or are Basement Freaks albums getting funkier and funkier? As hinted with their Soul Digga EP last winter, the trio just keep getting more organic and authentic, this being their most engaging, juiciest funk LP to date. From the Alabama 3 meets the Daptones style "Gimme More" to the insanely authentic Parliament skit "Disco Boy" via the mild skank bounce, organ noodling and Troutman crooning on "Red Light Streets", this really is party dynamite. Basement Freaks are ruling the nu-funk scene right now.
31 Mar 11
Played by: Chudy, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Following on from his Something Freaky LP, Greek funky breaks machine Basement Freaks drops "Get Down Boogie" as a single. BF's original contains his trademark live band-meets-samples formula and is a perfect song for spring, while Funkanomics creates more of a solid disco mix out of the funk-riddled original. The standout though has to be Fab Samperi's, jazzed-up double-time transformation - perfect for fans of electro-swing.
13 Apr 09
08 Aug 11
Played by: DJ Stex, Zamali, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Basement Freaks, Telephunken
Review: Greek funkateer Basement Freaks, aka George Fotiadis, channels Prince and Zapp & Roger nicely on "Makes Me Wanna Scream". Building on a loop from "More Bounce To The Ounce", he adds thick layers of bass and a new set of vocals, crafting a nu-funk breaks beauty which comes with a Dancefloor Outlaws mix, as well as a hugely impressive dub-hop mix from DJ Wood.
21 Nov 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: Basement Freaks' jazzy hip-hop swinger "Mission Jazz" gets a thorough remix package on this latest release from Bombastic Jam. While the original makes great use of trip-hoppy brass samples and itchy guitars, Serbian beat heads Hain Terry add a perfect smoky vocal over the top of the beat while Renegades of Jazz replay the original in a '50s exotica style that would make Henry Mancini and Les Baxter proud.
06 Jun 07
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
16 Aug 10
06 Feb 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Basement Freaks, Omegaman, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tosses & Varvez, Radical Mixtape, Quasamodo
Review: A powerhouse of funky breaks, b-boy funk and studio phatness, Jalapeno's Basement Freaks has four of his latest jams taken apart and given a new lease of life on this remix edition. Like-minded funker Ursula 1000 uses the Prince-esque falsetto of "Down In The Basement" to maximum effect by layering it over a slinky, Moog-led beat, while Omegaman adds some hip-hop punch to "Don't You Wanna Party". Lean electro wobbles mark out Delimentary's take on the "Get Ready" and Quasamodo recasts "Let's Get It Started" with a cowbell-riding disco beat and twisted chords.
04 Feb 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Shantisan, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Sneak-E Pete, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb)
Review: George Fotiadis is one of the most important artists in the nu-funk, tech-funk scene today. As Basement Freaks, his productions draw on his multitude of influences and experiences. As a multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, bass and drums amongst others, he is able to convey all of his musical ideas in one go. "Road Trip to Lagos" is one such journey through his instrumentalism. With this on your iPod, you could sing, dance and bop all the way to Lagos.
22 Nov 10
24 Jan 11
Played by: Bmd, DJ Stex, DJ Wood (Ghettofunk/Bombastic Jam), Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, U9lift, Badboe, Trotter, Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), All Good Funk Alliance, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Stereo Beatz, Basement Freaks, Hero Records
Review: Having dropped the excellent single of the same name, Greece's breaks master George Fotiadis comes back with this full album on Jalapeno - an invigorating mix of funk, 80s boogie and rock-hard studio breaks. The Prince-isms of "Down In The Basement" should be an instant favourite, matched in style by the soulful "Let's Get It Started" or the Roger Troutman-sampling "Makes Me Wanna Scream". For fans of Chromeo, Plantlife, Jamie Lidell and the original 80s funkateers.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, Chubb Nice (Hoglodytes/Marisco), Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Nick Hollywood, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Euro/Pop, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Jumping from his own Bombastic Jam label back to Jalapeno suggests Basement Freaks is set to release a new album. Exciting. Especially considering the raw power and interesting diversions this new material has taken. "Work It Out" is reminiscent of Nextmen with its grizzly distorted riff and lyrical impact. "A Blues Thang", meanwhile, lives up to its name with harmonica-swallowing splendour and "That Little Thing You Do" oozes 80s funk boogie power. And while "Gotta Make Me A Gun" might sound aggressive, trust us it's not... it's as soft and playful as Rick James and Bootsy having a cuddle and kiss with a Moog synth.
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09 Oct 09
21 Jul 10
23 Mar 09
Played by: Shantisan
25 Jun 12
Review: Compared to his more upbeat party sizzlers, this single from prolific nu-funkster Basement Freaks' album Something Freaky is pretty subdued, with more of a cool funk-meets-hip-hop groove and flow. With fun playground style lyrics, it's the type of tune that really worms into you without you realising. There's some really interesting remix action on offer, too; AfroQben adds some squidgy bass beef, Suzbilla gets more of a 4/4 stomp on, throwing in some cool funk breaks on the fills and putting more of a psychedelic twist to the bass. D End, meanwhile, gets a bit freaky with a jaunty skank and yet a bassline that wouldn't sound amiss on a two-step record.
30 Jul 10
26 Nov 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Nick Hollywood, Qdup Foundation, Jayl Funk, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
10 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Badboe, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Treading the fine line between authentic old school homage while offering something original is a hard challenge... Thankfully Basement Freaks and Timothy Wisdom have nailed it. Conjuring up the spirit of Two Live Crew, Young MC and Sugar Hill, Timothy delivers with true clarity and character over BF's superfly slap-bass riff. It's a match made in funk heaven. The remix line-up is more than healthy with all styles catered. Highlights include the percussion ripples on Jayl Funk's re-rub and the smoochy sonics on Slynk's deeper remake.
01 Jun 08
Played by: Echonomist
24 Oct 08