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Skimming the purist, fullest fat cream from the nu-funk crop, Scour's behaviour at the forefront of the party-minded movement is nothing short of commendable. Their most extensive compendium to date, vibes range of the Little Walter-sampling "Ain't No Coolin" to the filtered jazz funk chops and slaps of "The Program". Between these two disparate-yet-wholly-consistent flavours you'll find subverted swing (Father Funk & Howla's "Got Swing?"), stark Jackson Five string struts ("Soul Rocka") and classic rap ("Two For The Crates"). Whipped and unashamedly fresh, Scour really are the cream of the crop right now.
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Fledgling label Funk Fusion have quickly hit the ground running - pushing their nu-funk agenda with joyous abandon. From the Sesame Street vibes of their promo pic, it's clear from the start that this label is all about having fun and their latest mash-up compilation "Fused Funk Vol 02" delivers it big time. There's 12 tough party tracks packed on here including the electro-hip-house of "Get Your Boogie On", the bleepy jump-up funk of "Hold On, I'm Comin" and the smooth retro closer "Danceflaw".
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Dom and Mark Stanton fire up their rhythm machine and deliver one of their funkiest jams to date. Slippery, shaking, ultimately speaker quaking, the tight breakbeat groove is adorned by the slick spits of Eboi and given charming rubs from Dustin Hulton (industrial strength, drum-heavy vibes) and the currently unstoppable Mafia Kiss (a stripped back fusion of trap, garage and classic breakbeats). Each version is 100 per cent killer: the Stanton flame continues to burn bright.
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Breaks veteran Jay Cunning (a former resident at Kiss FM) started Sub Slayers in back in 2009 and ever since he has seen the label's popularity go through the roof. He reckons it's due to the imprint's militant manifesto of 140bpm+ bass and who can argue? Here label regulars Gold Dubs are entrusted to take us through a 50-minute mix of the best jungle orientated releases in the Sub Slayers back catalogue. It's a typically explosive release featuring reggae vibes on "Back 2 Hackney", hyper urgent breaks "Separation" and the laser infused old skool attack of "Unreal".
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Super-skanks abound as Johnny Pluse gets lively with The Storm Troopers Of Love. "Stuck To The Roof" opens with a classic toaster sample before leaping deep into a series of heaving skanks and a bass-bolstered groove. "Two Tone" ups the ante with an uptempo take on a well-known ska groove. With added amen action, and a few well positioned rave horns, this one guarantees party damage.
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Break heads get ready, because this EP is going to knock your socks off. Fusing jungle with future breakbeat, Vinyl Junkie and London's own Sanxion whip two genres into a tasty frenzy, adding Kingston warmth to calculated beats and tight bass. First track "Talk Too Much" also gets the Gold Dubs treatment, exaggerating a big dub sound. "Attitude" is a firestorm of blistering rhythms and old-school mentality, while "Poison Me" adds soulful vocals courtesy of Maria Milewska. "Radiate" looks forward to summer with hot breaks and ravey vamps and the classic "Wages Of Sin" gets a release and remix thanks to Strange Rollers. Finally, "Tear Down The Place" and "Rhythmic Vibration" plunge through ever-changing scenes of breakbeat perfection. Made for happy dancefloors everywhere.
DJ MAARS - Summer Soundbwoy Vol 2 (Booty Fruit) - exclusive 31-12-2014
VARIOUS - Scoured Cream Vol 04  (Scour) - exclusive 24-04-2014
STEVE, Neon feat KYMBERLEY KENNEDY - Breathe (Bomb Strikes) - exclusive 31-12-2014
VARIOUS - Fused Funk Vol 02 (Fused Funk) - exclusive 31-12-2030
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VINYL JUNKIE/SANXION - The Big Free EP (Warehouse Wax) - exclusive 31-12-2030
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