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.
Sub-Line soldier Adam Ellis dons his Hipsta beard and shakes his whiskers in a Beastie fashion. Dicing and splicing the NYC trio's classic "Hey Ladies" to perfection over some obese breaks, he's created a seriously sweet funk groove with a slinky synth bassline and plenty of horns to boot. Step up!
Brazilian badness fresh to Punks, Bombo Rosa make their debut on the ever-reliable Stanton Warriors' brand with two cuts that sparkle with unique character and stay true to the low-rolling, groove-infested Warrior sound. "Birds" takes alluring whispers of the Nina Simone classic and applies them to a bright breezy rolling swing groove. Meanwhile "Salto Batida" gets deep down and dramatic with heavy percussive textures and two dynamic switches that - if dropped at the right time - will wind your crowd up something rotten. A consummate debut; we're looking forward to hearing plenty more from these guys.
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.
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!
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.
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".