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30 Jul 12
Played by: DJ Stex
Review: The poorly pseudonymed players Defkline and Polo get their mitts on Alex Care's "Too Close", giving it two royal club makeovers. Taking the track that's largely famous for being on Microsoft's latest advert, the breakbeat mix eschews the dubstep bass of the original in favour of spiky acid stabs, lush keys and a mild electro twang to the bass. Very well played. Meanwhile on the dubstep version we find a much more drama-drenched vibe as the duo add more emphasis on Alex's emotional vocal chords and even throw in a little acoustic guitar plucks before the big old wobble kicks in. Which version is best? Well it's "Too Close" to say!
25 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Dan Wilde, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Stereo Beatz, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, The Dancefloor Outlaws
Review: Disco and cake... If there's a finer combination, we'll eat our servers. Not just a great name, though - this label knows sample science at a PhD level. That's p for party. Merrier than a man with a 24 pack of premium beer and swag bag of fireworks, this will rock socks off your dancefloor. "Power Boots" fractures Snap's original with nu-funk brutality, "Spinning Wheels" whisks us away on a retro waltz while "Wonderful World" takes Jimmy Cliff to territories he didn't even know existed. Climaxing the package with a rather clever Mighty Boosh sample, this is one sweet cake. Fancy a slice?
19 Mar 12
Review: Always boasting a well-stocked arsenal of mash ups and breakbeat remakes, the Booty Breaks label drop three new beats on this long-running series - this time supplied by crafty cutters Defkline and Red Polo. "Power Boots" revisits a '90s euro house classic, Drake's teary-eyed raps get a pleasing beat-driven overhaul on "Take Care" while excellent tropical electro banger "Go Outside" rounds off the set.
08 Feb 12
04 Feb 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe
Review: Masters of the crafty art of bootlegism and funk edits, the not-so-pseudonymous Defkline and Red Polo get busy on four classics with crucial party-boosting results. "Space Cowboy" takes the Steve Miller classic and coats it with a whole slew of classic rhymers from ODB to Fiddy. "Turn The Beat Around" takes the disco classic of the same name and reboots it with chunky house 4/4. "It Ain't No Good", meanwhile, takes De La Soul and Chaka Khan's soul-blistered ballad and gives it just a cheeky mild skank. "Shystie's Disco" brings us to a fitting climax with ripples of glitterball-twisting electro boogie vibes.
24 Mar 12
Review: Ever listened to Switch's "I Still Love You" and thought 'this could do with raving up a tad'? Defkline and Red Polo obviously have, and they were wise to do so. Think 'end of the night hug-athon', think 'peak of the set, lighters up time', think 'turn the dancefloor into one massive smile', this cheeky remix ticks more boxes than a professional box-ticker and is likely to bring a grin to your groovers. Fancy turning that grin into a creased up ugly bass face? Slam in the screaming dubstep remix by Sonwah Fresh.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Mooqee, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Funk And Filth
Review: Not one week from their last Disco Cakes release, Defkline and Red Polo return on sister label Hot Cakes for another pair of rambunctious party bangers. "Oh Sevre! Look What You Done" sees the pair rework Julio Bashmore's ubiquitous hit "Au Seve" to fine effect across two versions. The "Breakbeat Garage" version does exactly what it says on the tin, cutting up that infectious bassline and giving it a touch more bite, while the drum & bass mix ramps things with a crazy tempo and thick subs. If such a thing is possible, Defkline & Red Polo have actually improved on the original.
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19 Apr 10
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Andy Mcallister, Juno Download
Review: DJ Defkline, Red Polo and Dustin Hulton team up for this killer three track EP on Booty Breaks. The highlight here has to be the L'Trimm sampling "Cars That Go Boom", which turns the late 80s Miami Bass ode to car speakers into a smashing breakbeat jam. Also check out "Flat Toes" which throws a killer vocal over Mr Oizo's timeless electro cut "Flat Beat".
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