Old Rummy returns to the Bomb Strikes stable with three more essential party jams. "Work Signs" takes Justin Timberlake back to the early '70s on a Parliament-charged funk train, the epic sample session "Funky Vibrations" flips us back to the early '90s with a focus on the De Le Soul's "Roller Skating Jam". Finally we get lively with a muscular big beat jam that features the distinctive vocal tones of DJ Kool Marva Whitney's evergreen horn hook from "Unwind Yourself". Show us a sign!
Super-prolific funk master Mr Bird curates and collates his many self-released jams for this Greatest Beats collection. One part edit art, two parts sample mastery, 100 parts party creativity; each well polished and dynamically constructed Mr Bird track is home to myriad elements, references and headnods to the foundations, and now is the perfect time to catch up on his work. From the Tom Tom Club nodding "Scooby Snacks" to the Busta-busting "Help Is On The Edit" via the beat-heavy Bambaataa bash "Funk U", each cut proves once and for all that the Bird is most definitely the word!
Cover versions don't get more scrumptious than those penned by Eat More Cake. Taking the Womack & Womack classic, they've given the track a sultry new lease of life with organic instrumentation and Emily May's purring vocals. Jayl Funk develops the organic nature of the original neatly with soft guitar plucks and a thick warm groove. Jump The Gun, meanwhile, flip the vibe entirely with a pumping old school house jam peppered with cool speed garage samples and far-away vocal effects. Finally D Funk gets all slinky and strutty with his silky glitch twist. A really cool release - the only teardrops will be of those who miss out on this.
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".
This is the second instalment of Riddim Fruit's new compilation series, Remix The Version, that see choice cuts from their vaults get reworked by others on their roster. First up is Shimi Sonic's "Hot Peach", which gets tackled by BadPoe resulting in some serious early '90s vibing breaky world-hop. Next up Dephicit's "No Rules" is turned into a killer digital dubby Trap/R&B hybrid.
Sonia Akow, once of breaks crew SOTO, was a familiar face on the breaks scene throughout the '90s and 2000s, and an integral part of the Botchit & Scarper family. Sadly she passed away last year from leukaemia. Push Play pays tribute to her via two discs of new and exclusive material from the "beats and bass" community, with proceeds going to the Afro Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Putting aside the compilation's charity credentials, it's a strong collection, with superb contribiutions from Pyramid and Jay Cunning (the garage-breaks bounce of "Call Me"), Sasha Simone & Gal (the sunshine soul of "Move"), The Moody Boys (the bleep-heavy early breaks revivalism of "This is Automatic") and, of course, SOTO (the touching "Sayonara").
It's zombie disco time as Crashgroove returns on Bulabeats with some seriously cadaverous undead-electro-swing in the shape of "Rotten Dancer". He mightn't be the funniest pun scribbler, but he sure knows how to produce (he teaches production y'know) and it shows here. Leygo adds a dash of wobble and a pinch of 2step in his mix and El Bomba wraps things up nicely with some hefty funky breaks.