This latest offering from the shady Katakana Edits crew makes their previous offerings seem positively anemic by comparison. Boasting a whopping 22 tracks, it's almost certainly guaranteed to provide decent ammo for every house party imaginable. Highlights include the chugging electro dub sing-along "Shakka Boom" by DJ Clairvo, the p-funk meets disco of vibes of "Miami Freaks" by Lee Zamah and Timewrap's pumped up version of The Velvettes's perennial Motown classic, "He Was Really Sayin' Something".
Booty Fruit goes in for the kill on the second helping of the Cherry Bomb series, a twisted fusion of boogie breaks, sample-heavy chops and house-flavoured grooves. This time it's Roast Beatz, El Bomba and Father Funk who teams up to spray the madness out in full effect. If you're into the combination disco, funky and breaks, then look no further...
We love it when artists have the courtesy to do our job for us. Here Japetto has very kindly summarised the contents of this fine EP in the title. Actually that's not strictly true - Japetto is actually following the likes of X-Ray Ted and Shaka Loves You in Radical Mixtapes' acclaimed series of 'feature EPs' -Party Bangers. He's turned in some stellar work too - "Swingin' Riot" hails from the cooler end of the electro-swing spectrum, "Upside Down" sees Diana Ross go all hip house and "Outdoor Funk" sees Wilson Pickett given extra oomph in the drum department. Splendid stuff.
When mash-up DJ extraordinaire Mr Bristow conquered his native St Albans in fine style, he embarked on a 15 year journey that has seen him win awards left right and centre whilst DJing all over the shop and even teaching the next generation of DJs in his Hoxton HQ. Here he delivers a cheeky hip-hop ditty, laden with vintage brass stabs and featuring the autobiographical raps of Benny Silver. Think a very British Fresh Prince and you're there. Best of the remixes is Roast Beatz that ups the funk factor to 11. House party gold.
Irish party-packer DT gets lively with trio of daring bootlegs. With a proven pedigree for fusing flavours that most producers couldn't even dream of, there should be no surprises that he's delivered something pretty special. "Fear" takes Ian Brown to a funky island where Troutman-flavoured Vocoders reign supreme. "That's The Joint" gives the Black Eyed Peas a sun-kissed skank backing. "Get Em High" gathers myriad elements from Kanye to the Beasties and massages them into a bass-busted nu-funk blend. A string-heavy dub of "Fear" closes the show. Life's a groove, and this is your soundtrack. Get to know!
Relative Dimensions are committed to sourcing the most sizzling funky mash-ups in the universe and releasing them to discerning approval from DJs everywhere. With new singing Chrispop the clue's in the name - he likes his popular tunes and here he delivers a slammin' musical collage of a whole host of them, with "Got To Get Some" featuring more 'oh yeah I like this one' moments' then you can shake a stick at (and all set to some furiously big beats too!). "Just Get Up" adds some funk rock to the formula, resulting in a very impressive debut indeed.
Whether you were there or not, the hardcore period between '91 and '93 remains one of the most fertile fields of inspiration for producers of all generations; the simple-but-effective riffs, the detuned synths, the skippy breakbeats - they'll never fail to ignite a strong sense of dancefloor happiness. Here we find Punks' latest signing Pirate Jams successfully applying all the classic motifs with authenticity and funk. It's so well executed it'll have you ordering a job lot of white gloves before you know it. Remix-wise Freaks' Justin Harris slows the vibe down and injects a thick serum of acid while Howla lowers the tempo even more and whacks us sideways with a tearing bassline and euphoric sub melody. Happy days? They certainly are.