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19 Jul 09
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
19 Jul 09
25 Feb 10
Review: Having reached their twenty fifth release last year with Myagi & The Root Sellers' "Rock One," Westway Records continue to push things forward with the release of "Electric Forces Funk" by breaks superstar, Cut La Roc.
Run by Barry Ashworth, Carl Loben and Billy Borez, Westway is committed to driving the scene forward with every release. Although the label touches on varying styles, their output focuses mainly on electro and breaks. More important in terms of fitting in with the label is attitude. Named in reference to 70s punk outfit, The Clash, Westway is founded on a raw, punkish attitude of exuberance.
As such, "Electric Forces Funk" feels right at home here, boldly announcing itself amid an array of noises and FXs. Built around a robotic vocal that repeatedly asks "can you feel Electric Forces Funk?" this futuristic, mechanical techno fiend takes on a future sci-fi feel from the outset. Squelchy FX, sirens and synths from outer space combine in this full throttled, high octane tech monster. Even the breakdowns sound like vicious and dangerous machines, intent on killing the remaining humans. Not laying low for long, the tune springs back into action ferociously, covered in a whirlwind of huge beats and glitchy techno sounds.
The Drum Monkeys' remix is up next. Much like the original but with an even filthier bassline, this is thick wad of tech-funk for the big rooms. 601?s remix ignites big breaks and electro interludes with the kind of string-like synths that used to litter 90s house. Finishing the release is the Sneaky remix. More atmospheric and dramatic then the rest, the Supercharged resident delivers a no frills, driving rework. Once again proving that both Cut La Rock and Westway are still pioneering a sound, "Electric Forces Funk" stands as a top release.
06 Feb 12
Review: Reprising one of the breaks legend's biggest beats, Cut La Roc offers up the parts to 2006's "Freeze" to a trio of like-minded heavy hitters on this new release from Skint. Afghan Headspin slows down the groove and adds some fast-flowing snares for a lively Moombahton rerub while Rennie Pilgrem goes back to his roots by serving up a rave-coated set of chords and basslines all wrapped around a very tidy 2-step beat. Hoi! Stays closer to the original by dropping some super charged bass breaks, while Cut La Roc himself creates a truly maxxed-out bass odyssey on his own speaker-punishing revisit.
05 Dec 08
Played by: Afghan Headspin
13 Dec 09
01 Jan 99
Played by: Rory Hoy
11 Feb 10
Review: Back with his third album, Big Beat pioneer Lee "Cut La Roc" Potter has created a kaleidoscopic set of songs that make his early days on Skint suddenly seem like a very long time ago. As someone who grew up on hip-hop, it's maybe not surprising to hear so many influences at work at one time. There are plenty of B-Boy references, most notably on "Come Get Some" which features an amazing guest spot from MC Donald D, as well as a choice sample from Big Daddy Kane's "Warm It Up Kane". There's also the use of classic UBB tune Pussyfooter on the schizoid party-banger Jump Up & Down.
But surprisingly, there are a host of other styles on show here as well. Pop gets a look in on For The Kids, which uses a Robbie Williams chorus as a hook in between raps from The 6th Letter. Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol even makes an appearance on Mishka, with La Roc making a soundbed of sampled strings for the singer to let loose on. A pair of songs with vocalist Alex Larke also showcases some unexpected influences. Don't Stop seems pleasantly indebted to The Rolling Stones, while their other collaboration Candy Man is a slow and sentimental piano-led ballad.
There's still a lot of jump-up club tunes that fans would expect from a Cut La Roc album, like the awesome Nightlife Love and Hey Girl which features a great performance from Ragga MC Lion D. But it's refreshing to hear a DJ produce an album that takes them out of their comfort zone, especially when it works as well as Larger Than Life.
09 Apr 10
01 Jun 99
19 Feb 12
Played by: Rebel Sketchy
Review: A very pleasing step away from his usual punchy, bassy breaks sound as Cut La Roc embraces all things deep and house-shaped on the slow-burning "That Man Is Dirty". With an epic rising filter bringing up some hugely funky vocal stabs over a jacking house beat, CLR keeps his hard-hitting sonics in place but wraps them around a much more subtle and tense arrangement - something that's made even more obvious on the accompanying (and very essential) dub included on the single.
09 May 11
Review: An impromptu single from breaks meister CLR, joined by UK rhymer Coppa for the subtle yet very cool "Riot In The Club". You might expect a tune with "Riot" in the title to be a cavalcade of noise, but the duo keep things nicely on the down-low, with rounded, subby basslines and a simple breaks drumset forming the backbone for Coppa to flesh out with his rhymes. And what rhymes they are - if you know of another tune that name checks Elmer Fudd, Dawson's Creek and Nigella Lawson in the same verse, we'd love to hear it!
05 Nov 12
Review: As Rocstar head honcho, Cut La Roc has championed the spectrum of breakbeat styles with open-eared enthusiasm and nary a care for fly-by-night trends. Practicing his preach on every release; you never know what you're going to get from old Roccy, but you're guaranteed it's going to rock. "Roll The Dice" is no exception as it tips a nod to Get Physical's early days and classic UK house with stabs that you may well recognise from "Fly Life". Spine-tingler AND party banger, Cutty's nailed it once again.
23 Oct 11
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc
Review: Exclusive to Juno Download, Rocstar main man and nu-funk breaks king Cut La Rock slams it on this cheeky one-off single. Running at a hip-hop tempo and sporting a tight, old-skool loop featuring plenty of Eastern percussion, CLR offers up the beat to two UK MC's - Coppa and Native Sun - who both kick unique verses with killer lines in each. Don't ask us to pick a favourite, they're both pretty tight spitters who both marry their flow to the beat perfectly here.
17 Mar 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
Review: The second single from Cut La Roc's Larger Than Life album sees a host of talent get under the bonnet and tinker around with this effortlessly cool collaboration. With the original crammed full of poppy hooks and Fangs' addictive vocals, Superfrank transplants the vocal onto a sophisticated nu-soul beat, full of harps and 60's drums. His instrumental is a joy that really shows off his studio smarts. Nitenoise by contrast turns "Deathstar" into a breakbeat rinseout complete with acres of bass. Fog's Sledgehammer mix takes things even dirtier, brilliantly using whispered layers of the vocal over a devastating LFO-riding breakdown. Fat Dad and Udy also compensate for the original's more laidback feel by pumping their mixes full of high octane electro fuel.
22 Apr 12
Review: What we have here is a rather resplendent head nod to Cut La Roc's early days as the big beat DJ du jour. With hip-hop sensibilities and a penchant for the groove, while others swashbuckled, he strutted. This emotive, string-drenched hip-hop cut would've sounded just as good back then as it does now. Timeless, perfectly arranged, soulful and coated with some decent rhymes, it's not dissimilar to that poignant-but-funky-but-sad-but-happy hip-hop that Ugly Duckling do really well. For kicks he's thrown in the instrumental, making this a great battle tool for some hip-hop trickery -the type of trickery Cutty became known for in the first place.
02 Sep 12
Review: Although now based in Colchester, Cut La Roc (aka Lee Potter) originally hails from Brighton where, in the heady days of the '90s, he held a four-year residency at the Big Beat Boutique. He's still going strong; often recording with Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and releasing solo albums (his most recent being Larger Than Life). This latest release on his own Rocstar Recordings sees Potter team up with The Sixth Letter & Kimberley Kennedy for a summery jam that recalls the hazy party tunes like "I Wish" by Skee-Lo.
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14 May 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc
Review: Cut La Roc and Tricky Micky's tongues are so far in their cheeks right here, they're almost doing rude things to themselves. Spitting sharp, snide commentary on the faults, foibles and funk-ups of his life, Tricky's lyrics are so rude they'd make Gordon Ramsay run away crying to his mum. More British than The Queen having a cup of tea in the boot of a Mini, about a million times funnier and a billion times funkier, this is a great example of unique UK party hip-hop. Just for added japes, they've thrown in a radio edit and, in case you can't relate to Micky's messed up diatribe, there's a great instrumental on board too.