Embracing the current flavour for all things '90s, Disco Cakes bake up two iconic tracks from the decade, cooking them with all the modern production techniques required to shake booties in the modern age. First up, a bubbling take on EMF's 1990 top 10 smasher "Unbelievable". Instant sing-along with added swing, it will appeal to those who can remember it, and those lucky to be young enough not to. "Spaceman" thrusts us to 1996 with Babylon Zoo's pitched vocal classic. Lolloping along with a quirky off-beat garage bass, it will indeed shoot your floor into cosmoses unknown.
The Stantons deliver their largest release in an eon and each track is a crucial piece of connective tissue for your next set. "Bone" swings hard with a classic vocal snippet bringing home the message. "Beat Goes On" merges bluegrass '40s Americana with a spiked out electro riff. "Can't Hold Back" is a stripped back stepper that's darker than a night down a well with Bret Easton Ellis. "The World Needs Bad Men" ends us a classical climax with big ravey breaks, sub-aqua bleepage and gritty, teeth-baring saw bass. The Stantons are on fire this year, and this is the zenith of their current creativity.
In December 2012 Badboe dropped his killer debut album. In December 2013 Badboe dropped the remix album. Now, as we near December 2014, we're being treated to the instrumentals. And they're worthy additions to the collections even if you have got the previous projects. Highlights include the meandering horn stories on "Ghetto Funkalicious", the dubby funk bubbles and warm skank of "One Of Those Days" and the smoky come-to-bed vibes of "In A Hurry". Pump Up The Funk just keeps on giving - we can't wait to see what comes this time next year.
Having just won Best Record Label at the International Breakbeat Awards (for the second time!), Bristol's Ghetto Funk is on a high. To mark this momentous occasion it's serving up a juicy label compilation. Here the series kicks off with eight tracks of the best of its roster including B-Side's slow and low block rocker "Throwing It Wild", the toughened up retro hip-house of Second Hand Audio's "Got It Like That" and the brutal heavy metal of Lewd Behaviour's "Rocky Heavy".
Irish bass flavours courtesy of ghetto funk newcomer Hephph. The second the elongated bassline rips "Chief Rocker" to shreds we know we're in for a treat. Subverting the genre's sound with a boldness and clarity he goes onto showcase skank science with the help of Biggie on "Cutting Classes", he gets off-beat with an array of funk guitars and slap bass on "Give Up The Funk" and ends of a minimal feel-good funk jam. Just guitars, horns, drums and bass, "Squirp" sounds as good as it does when you pronounce it. We're looking forward to hearing more from Hephph.
Breaks power-combo Sketchy and Kwerk apply their tightest tricks to this ace trio of tracks. "Everywhere I Go" is a thundering 4/4 bass attack with added Nile Rodgers style guitar splashes, a hooky vocal sample and mass spatterings of lavish funk. "Unplug" follows. A solo jam from Sketchy himself, its two-step rhythm shuffles while the bass flips uncontrollably like a bouncy ball. Kwerk closes the show with "Are You?"; complete with Todd Edwards style cut up vocals, piano teases and a sweet sunshine vibes, it will warm the floors on the chilliest of seasons. Hard werk pays off!
Following the inaugural volume earlier this month, Bristol bass outpost Ghetto Funk dusts off more of its back catalogue for those who need a quick catch-up or reminder of the label's defined party-pummelling motifs. While the first collection was all about originals, this one is about the all-essential refixes and remixes as the likes of Tonic snaps down on Too Many Ts with a toothy bass bite, DJP gets his spacious swing on over Second Hand Audio and WBBL adds some beautiful smoky dub sensations over Funk Ferret. There's 10 tracks in total, each one a reminder of Ghetto Funk's unique talent roster and instantly distinctive signature - there's a reason they've won Best Label at Breakspoll two years on the trot!
For their second EP for Little Rascal records, Australian heroes Jilted Hoodz present a trip into what they describe as "future jungle". In the case of "Atomic Spectre (Future Jungle)", that means classic '90s tech-step beats pitched down to breakbeat tempo, with creepy pianos, sludgy bass, classic choral samples and thrusting dread bass liberally peppered atop. It's a curious concoction, but strangely attractive. Flip for "Atomic Spectre (Dub)", a delay-heavy trip into late night dubstep territory with paranoid effects, discordant vocal samples and intense computer vocals aplenty. It's a little less hectic than the (admittedly blazed) A-side, but no less pungent.
Mr 9Fingers gets the remix treatment: the Al Green-sampling "Love & Happiness" gets scuffed up and ruffed up by Ghetto Filth's acid attack. "Don't Wanna Stop" is a swampy slab of ghetto funk - all sparkly guitars, sludgy bass and walloping beats. "Goodie Gumdrop" takes us down the sleaziest streets where low slung grooves and fuzzy guitars rule the roost. Finally "Boogie Lover" takes us to a higher plane thanks to a slinky, strut-heavy walking bassline and a steadily progressive sense of drama that builds on every bar. Each one a party-pulveriser, feel the love today.