Disco edit meister Badboe, recently made all our Christmases come at once by releasing a full extended play single, Ghetto Funk Testament. Here however, he's returned to his old ways by teasing us with just one new track. But what a track it is! "Under Your Spell" is a raucous party breaks jam features a strutting Go-Go beat and retro Fresh Prince-style rap from MC Shureshock. On remix duties, Phibes adds some edgier metallic bass, DR Packer opts for a soft and bouncy shuffle, the DiscObeta DoOva is pure daisy age retro hip-hop and Trotter goes for big room beat fun.
Electro-swing. Done to death right? Wrong! Bristol's Extra Medium almost uniquely takes samples of similar 1920s and '30s jazz age ditties that everybody does but fuses them with a very British bass sound. Here we get served five sizzling jams to loose or s**t to. Highlights include the antique Mediterranean grooves of "Beatnik Boogie", brought up to date with some killer UK bass attitude, the thumping staccato wobble of "Stop The Moon" and the accelerated sing-along garagey break-step of "Troublesome".
Sometimes it pays to be a label boss, like for example here, on this latest Bomb Strikes comp where head honcho Mooqee has decided to hand himself the reigns. Manning the decks for nearly an hour, he whips up a frenzy of party breaks delirium over the course of 24 tracks. The tracks are supplied individually too, with highlights including the tropical trap-house of "Ladies Look Pretty" by Basement Freaks, the furious electro-bass mash-up "Get Got (VIP mix)" by Nick Thayer & A Skillz and the strompingly retro electro-funk of "How We Do This" by Tom Booze.
One of the Stanton Warriors' most iconic and romantic tunes to date: 12 years old and "Still Here" remains one of bass music's finest torch songs. Right now, though, that torch is been amplified into an entire volcano of freshness courtesy of an array of talent artists: Fred V & Grafix add some seriously euphoric D&B theatre, Vanilla Ace updates the original's lingering keys and rolling groove with a thumping house arrangement, Rektchordz get lively on a naughty tech house tip while Mafia Kiss subverts the groove on a deeper twist with various subtle references to the original along the way. Finally the Stantons themselves lay down the previously dubplate-only Shambhala festival version. Can you feel it?
Greece's Quincy Jointz selects the sixth volume of his concept Lime Sorbet compilation. Lime Sorbet was always the compilation series for open minded music fans and so is also volume six. From sunshine vibes, funky grooves and breakbeat through to house or downbeat. Once again Quincy selects a special mixture of unreleased music by well-known and upcoming artists. Block rockin' beats courtesy of Valique with "Long Journey" (Quincy Jointz remix) will sort you for deep funk, cheeky crooner Louie Austen is back since the electroclash days with the sleazy soul of of "Make You Move" (Quincy Jointz remix) and Stuttgart's Tobe Tronic serves up the deep, breaks driven nu-disco of "Night Drums".
A powerhouse tag team of full bass proportions; Punks bossmen Stanton Warriors and Four40 founders Hybrid Theory collide for a truly royal broken beat rumble. Solid beat swagger, groaning less-is-more bass, a nagging riff and soaring uplift in the synth and vocal hooks, this smacks hard and memorably with the sharp signature of both acts involved. Comes complete with an instrumental for the deeper heads.
Project Allout continue to unearth and represent fresh talent. This time it's in the form of Manchester's Joe Browne AKA Riknor who's furrowed six deep paths into the murkiest sides of the dance right here. Highlights include the funked-out breaks of "Gangsters" that suddenly stretch out into something much more sinister, the spiralling paranoid bass cascades of "16 Bars Of Hell", the far-east-far-out twangs and skitty kick rolls of "China Plate" and the groaning, almost metallic cries on "Game Over".
A one-time Brand New Heavy, Ceri Evans reigned supreme in the 90s. His insistence on always pushing his sound forwards has helped him stay fresh. Almighty Father was a cray-cray minimal ghetto bouncer that blew up back in 2004, with everyone from Gilles Peterson to John Peel playlisting it to death. Now the beast returns in remixed form. Solid Groove's dub is a serious banger that fuses tropical drums with Warrior Queen's MC fiyah. Sunship's own remake is mechanical and harsh, while the "Pump mix" adds electro attitude and the "Sunship VS Chunky 4_4" is a fun slice of retro speed garage.
It's endlessly pleasing to see that 90s garage trio Sunship have reinvented themselves in recent years, and that they are now riding high on our chart's list of most wanted - ya dun'kno! While they used to specialise in puristic UK house, they're now verging more towards the breakbeat scene, and we couldn't be happier because there just isn't enough of it around in these times. Quality breakbeat, that is. To give you a taster, "Come True" is a delight thanks to its subtle horns and jazzy nuances, and "Sun Dub" actually unleashes a traditional swarm of pure house beats that recall the best material from the likes of Mood II Swing and co. "The 13th Key" will have any 'jazz-dance' fan in tatters, and is recommended to listeners of Giles Peterson's sets, leaving "True Dub" to caress the airwaves with a masterfully hazy and psychedelic broken house groove. Seriously recommended, people - don't underestimate!
Body poppers get your fine behinds down to the front.. Woz is back from his WxT excursion with some serious classical electro vibes in the form of "Grains". Sitting somewhere between classic Lee Coombes and Man Parrish, it's a stripped back neck snapper of the leanest proportions that taps deep into break culture while strutting into the future. "Celsius" flips the vibe but maintains the stripped-back, groove-focused attitude as we're locked deep into an MAW style percussive swing charged by the organ and vocal hook. Hypnotic.
JPrime returns to Kenny Beeper's Relative Dimensions with four more all-encompassing juicy bass party explorations. "Boom Boom" is all about the P-funk groove. Measured, fat and peppered with short sharp hip-hop vox shots, it's an instant heater. Elsewhere "Rebel Funk" adds a little more room between the elements such as subtle guitar wahs and a slo-mo 80s electro boogie backdrop, "Everybody Come On" whips and slaps with jazzy drums and a mischievous synth hook that quickly turns dirty and "Mr Incredible" shuts us down with a much more direct and savage bassline and hip-hop attitude. Shake shake the room...