This is a first for all parties: JFB's first official mix, Ghetto Funk's first artist-fronted compilation and Disco Cakes' first ever long playing release. Needless to say each party has really stepped up; JFB has curated a mammoth 37-track adventure exploring every possible corner of Ghetto Funk's sprawling sonic scenery, ranging from wholesome, down-home country funk (Grinny Granddad "Good Girl"), slick ragga-swing (Stickybuds "Clean Air") bump-shuffling electro ghetto (Featurecast "Around The Block") and raw, teeth-clenching bass filth (Skullee - "Badboii"). Leaving no stone unturned, this documents the Ghetto Funk movement with immersive mischief, AND it comes with a killer DJ mix.
Bass music's finest schizophrenic returns to Passenger. To celebrate, the label has dusted off Riku Pentti's earlier label outings, remastered them and reminded us of his masterful, muscular skills. Five tracks of timeless low-end naughtiness, each cut resonates with all the best eras and chapters of electronic music; the speed garage flavours of "Smasher" and "Rule Dancehall" and the heady muddiness of the M25-jamming rave vibes of "Rinse Music" will ensure all parties are dented in a 10 mile radius of your next set. For added measure Passenger has also thrown in a killer classic hardcore version of "Rule Dancehall" from Manix. Lighter!
Mission statements don't come any stronger than this, as Monstafunk makes his debut. There's no mistaking of his skills or, for that matter, the damage his tracks can cause; featuring unfettered bootleg bliss, his seamless cutting and creative mish/mashing has resulted in four stunning cuts that your floor will instantly recognise. "Rockin' Day & Night" fuses Soulsearcher and Jacko with supremacy, "Creepy" brings TLC purring and slinking into the future over a treacle-thick bassline, "Salmon Banger" is a stroke of genius as the Chemical Brothers, Bee Gees and Hall & Oats get sexy under one groove while "Backstreet Wack" does the unthinkable with the Backstreet Boys.
Pan-continental collaboratives CMC & Silenta and The Funk Hunters have previously ruffled feathers with two releases on Westwood Recordings and now they're back for a third time with "Do This For You". It's a double-barrelled assault of a single, with tough, chromium-plated break beats, shimmering' 80s funk synth licks and a rap from Chali 2NA that includes a reference to Barney Rubble's sweater. What more do you want? Oh, maybe a VIP mix that strips everything down to the bare bones funk? Boom!
Emerging from the Midlands in 2007 with the telling-it-like-it-is Serious Wobble by Stylus, Ground Level has rapidly risen to the top of the bass leagues. Now to celebrate its seventh year of success, main man Andy McAllister has provided this sizzling hot mix featuring 13 bangers. It's quite a trip and some of our fave pit stops on the way include the deep 'n' jazzy baile-ton of Zap! Pow! Die!'s "Bounce (Fuck This Mix)", the ethereal dubby 2step of "It Feels So Good" by John Bradley and the beefy-bassed, hypno laser jam "Hula Hoop" by DJ Hero.
The people behind the Passenger label are very happy bunnies indeed, for they are celebrating the return of Finnish bass man Rico Tubbs (aka Riku Pentii and Infekto) back into their fold. To mark this momentous occasion, they've remastered all his previous singles (from his various guises) for the label and neatly compiled them all here. Highlights of the six tracks include the dark, pulsating electro of "Burner", the retro electro-funk of "Miami Treble" and the totally nuts French-Touch-meets-breaks abandon of "Intoxicated".