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07 May 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
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24 Feb 11
Review: Three new tunes from electro-breaks smasher Stex, who fuses together trance-acid synths, thick breakbeat drums and cuts from M.I.A's "Bucky Done Gun" into a sick breaks builder on the title tune. With vocoder layers and a brief tempo drop built in, it's a real standout, as is the Tom & Cat mix of another Stex original, "Start Mission". Cutting to some warped organ chords, the drums briefly let up before an absolute cavalcade of stacked snares ushers in the drop. Huge stuff.
04 Feb 13
Review: Bungee funking? Now there's a sport we've not tried yet. What does it involve? Judging by the frazzled, frenetic funk on offer here, bungee funking must entail a buzz on a bungee jump while playing a massive call-to-action trumpet riff, or slamming out a sweet swing breakbeat on the drums, or razzing out a parptastic p-funk jam on the bass, or chewing away on a tasty talkbox - wow! The extreme methods Stex will do to make a tune these days is beyond us...
01 Jul 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
07 Jun 11
Review: New from funky-breaks honcho Stex comes this fun and fresh journey through a clutch of samples, bubbly synths and old-school drum machines. This new mix (entitled the Old Skool Funky mix) drops snippets of b-boy classics ("The Grunt", "The Funky Drummer" etc) over a Prosac-happy soundbed of filtered funk and sub-punishing synthlines. Stex doesn't let it get boring for a second and uses his supreme cut 'n' paste skills to liven up every second.
15 May 13
Review: Stex's journey around the solar system touches down closer to home as we hit "Earth". With the jaunty, glitchy acid-based groove you could be fooled into thinking the landing will be bumpy, but with a heaven-sent synth blast on the drop, it's actually one of Stex's smoothest inter-planetary connections to date. Looking to land with a little more glamour and mischief? Head for the percussion heavy vocal version. Happy landings!
21 Jan 13
Review: Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Young NRG boss Stex continues his unstoppable quest for world funkiness with this pumped up piece of premium party breaks. Bouncing and bounding at a swift 140 and oozing slap bass, purse-lip horn blasts and guitars set at wukka-wukka level 10, his Wine Chees & Funky remix is the sure fire shindig tickler while the Jungle Funky mix adds a little freestyle jazz sensibility and experimental flavour to proceedings. Extra? Stextra more like!
07 May 12
Review: Barely a month has passed since Stex shoved his bulging Boom Boom Funk album under our noses and he's at it again. Raw funk power is at play here. Imagine Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings tonked up on crack and steroids, having a massive arm wrestling match to the brutal soundtrack of early Prodigy. Yeah, it really is like that. Very few breakbeat funk records have such a ridiculous bottom end presence and piercing percussion. But this does; twice! Stex's own "Electrobreak" mix is even ruder, complete with added sirens and even more of those punishing drums. Get on the scene; like a Stex machine!
14 Nov 11
Review: More funky breaks bizniss from Young NRG's Stex, who cooks up two new bangers on this latest single. "Funkadeliko" is a frantic cut 'n' paste delight with billowing brass loops and popcorn-style funk rhythms all meshed together in style, while "Funky Extreme" loops up a previously un-mined JB classic into an irresistible party starter.
25 Feb 12
Review: Breaks powerhouse Stex returns with two hot new tracks for the Young NRG label. "Funky Smile" employs a little taste of "Boogie Nights" amongst a slew of heavy bass rumbles and crisp drum shots, while "Get Up Stand Up" is a more groovesome disco-funk number complete with trippy textures floating over the mix.
21 Jun 11
Review: Blending disco and thumping breakbeat for this new release on Young NRG, Stex's "Boogiebomb" has a trace of Lipps Inc's "Funky Town" running through its veins, as well as plenty of pumping synth work and some chunky drums mixed in too. His Breakfunk mix goes for a more light touch, while the Funkybreak DJ edit opts for more trancey leads shadowing that familiar and much-loved bassline.
14 Feb 13
Review: There's something full-throated and breathless about Stex's "Gimme Da Funk". A nuggety breakbeat roller, its built around formidable funk bass and waves of Fatboy Slim-esque electronic tweakery. Norman Cook comparisons are pretty accurate; there's something of the halcyon days about it, and the cheeky vocal recalls Mr Cook's work with Bootsy Collins. The Electro Edition mix breaks up the beats, building pressure thanks to a shuffling, off-kilter drum pattern and some mighty vocal edits. It's more spacious than the original, but equally as big. A pleasing blast from the past, all told.
07 Apr 13
Review: Homeboy Stex lands on his favourite Young NRG Productions for another hip-twisting, ear-shattering house-breaks appointment. This time we get the original mix, a 4/4 bric-a-brac of shuffling percussion, squawking low frequencies, sci-fi atmospherics and breaky electro tones, surely making this an instant classic on whichever dance floor it lays its clutches on. However, the Filter Tribal remix is the one, and it makes the arrangement even more of a pleasure to listen to, adding in a fine concoction of straight hi-hats and, well...delightful tribal bongo drums!
11 Dec 12
Review: And so the unstoppable Stex machine continues to grasp the nu-funk and breaks scenes with unrivalled energy and attitude. Here we find him handing over the controls for a remix package of noxious proportions. "Last Pharaon" featured on his Super Funky Nation album last month and here it's been re-touched by Horny Andy (classic elastic breaks with just a dash of electro), The Random Scarves (deeper and dramatic with just a dash of acid) Kit Carson (b-boy rave with just a dash of techno) and Pump The Break (pensive and precise, not dissimilar to early Evil Nine).
29 Apr 13
Review: Young NRG boss Stex continues his party-primed planetary series with "Mars". A little more sedate and understated than his usual swag, "Mars" thumps softly with a warm kick drum pattern and subtle use of a string sample. Hankering for Stex's more trademark chaos? Don your white gloves, toot that whistle as loud as you can and jump straight on his "Acid Break" remix. Heavy.
04 Apr 11
Review: A turbo-charged new electro-smasher from Stex, who drops his latest jam, "Rocket", on Young NRG backed with a remix from Rolling. While the original is a chunky, breakbeat-meets-electro worker with some insane drop-outs midway through, Rolling's remix will be the choice of real breaks heads, with frantic drums and subtle wobble bass making this perfect peak-time mixing material.
14 Aug 11
Review: Cut 'n' paste breakbeat at its best from Stex, as he smashes together a huge range of sounds over these three new mixes. "Express" mixes both S'Express' "Theme From S'Express" and its sample-source, Rose Royce's "Is It Love..." over huge bass and beats, while "Get Wicked" plunders a variety of b-boy favourites (Public Enemy and DJ Kool in particular) and The Jackson Sisters' "I Believe In Miracles" gets stretched out and chopped on title tune "Super Pupa Funky".
24 Sep 12
Review: Here's a fact for you: Young NRG label boss Stex never sleeps. Seriously... How else can he churn out so many party pieces? We'll save the sermon on how a good night's kip helps to lead a healthy life; when the music's this funky, who are we to argue? Eight cuts in total, The Plugger is Stex at his freestyle best: breakbeat-busting, sample-sucking fly-by-night bullets loaded with cheeky twists and turns. From the switch from organic live drums to tight-knit two-step on album opener "Don't Stop Time" to the savage, beast-like bass riff and early Fatboy-style jauntiness of "Cmon Baby", Stex has covered all bass bases with style and aplomb. The only thing missing is your dancefloor!
30 Apr 13
Review: Nu-funk's most intrepid astronaut Stex hits the seventh planet from the sun, and he does so with a keen sense of urgent trance. Rushy, clipped arpeggios control the funk shuttle's coordinates while a snappy, driving break powers the journey. As we eke closer to the 27 mooned planet Stex initiates the Deep Dub drive. With subs so smouldering they'd make your mum blush, it's as unforgiving as the icy, planet itself.
07 Jan 13
Review: And so the most prolific producer the breaks scene has ever seen continues his funk assault. This time he's taken Trouble Funk's seminal "Drop The Bomb" and given us the choice of two different re-takes. The Go Go remix relies heavily on the bass and vocals while the Bomb Funky uses the main riff and percussion. Just check those swinging live drum rolls and you'll be hooked.