Chubby, glitch-riddled bass funk from Italian upstart Tosses: we kick off with RHCP-nodding "Instamind" where attention is paid to the stereo effects of the bass to great effect. "Humeboshi" continues the slinky bass feels while throwing in some well-known classic hip-hop hype shouts. Deeper into the collection we dive as the title track sees gutsy soul vocals gracing a gutter-minded bassline and heavily swung groove (and enjoying a glitch-powered remix from Sharmelfunk) Finally, as a rather generous free download, we get a Led Zep-frazzled twist on the Fugees classic remix of Cypress Hill. Boom biddy badman!
Following a long hiatus, it's great to now see veteran producer Ursula 1000 back in prolific form. Previously we've come to expect everything from this guy, from quirky lounge music to electro and disco. Here though, on "Smoke Machine" he's rustled up a peak-time hip house jam, the kind of electro-house house-meets-party-rap that the likes of Tiga used to play in those post-electro-clash days. Remix -wise, we're talking retro funk (Fort Knox Five), fizzy freestyle electro (Qdup) and cheeky 90s-house pop shenanigans (Richard Gear).
Instant Vibes have secured a coup here - a one-off collaboration between two key nu-skool breaks producers - Krafty Kuts and Jason Laidback. The results are smokin' with "Woofers In The Trunk' being a tough edged funker with pulsating bass, beefed up big-beats and a nonchalant drawl. Badass!
It's an international affair as the Emerald Isle's finest Breaks label has teamed up with Berlin's finest purveyor of all things Reggae related; Don Goliath who has brought along Jamaica's legendary dancehall deejay Merciless on mic toasting duties. The final results then head back to Ireland for the Dirty Dubsters to offer their unique take on proceedings with a VIP mix. The combination is explosive with "Bad Man" delivering the sounds of glory days Breakbeat Hardcore at new school breaks tempo. The super catchy, heavily vocoded chorus sits perfectly on top of early jungle elements and Merciless' threatening delivery rides the bubbling bassline throughout the verse. The Breakbeat scene is slowly simmering away and if we get many more releases like this it is bound to boil over!