UK purveyours of funky breaks, Bombstrikes Records, may have a controversial name but there's everything to love about their sound. The fun loving and dancefloor bothering label run by Mooqee & Beatvandals was founded in 2004 and they claim that if you have been to a club since then you will most likely have heard their releases. Well then! Starting off with the low slug funk of A Skillz's "Mooger Fooger (dub mix)", Mooqee & Beatvandals themselves appear with "Back Up" and the legendary Cut La Roc is still at it; "Sunday Morning People" (Herbgrinder remix)" proves that he's still got his finger on the pulse. Other highlights include Pimpsoul's ever soulful "Is This Love (feat Pat Fulgoni - Pimpsoul funk remix)" the street attitude of A Skillz & Beatvandals "Simply Playing (feat Real Elements)" and the legendary Martin Solveig (remixed by the equally legendary Mousse T) who appears with the James Brown sampling "I'm A Good Man".
London producer Fold has built up a small but respectable discography of 12" releases, largely for local capital concerns Man Make Music and Electric Minds. He's also got something of a penchant for humorous titles, which is on full display for this debut Fold 12" on Will Saul's Aus Music label. Calling your record Netflix and Chill might put off the house purists with no time for internet memes, but you can't fault the standards of Fold's productions here. Lead cut "Calmer Mood" features some fine sampling over skipping drums and a hefty bassline, whilst the appropriately named "Wallop" could be mistaken for a Maurice Fulton track. On the B-side, the drum heavy jungle-house hybrid makes for a refreshing change of tone and is backed by a killer Kassem Mosse remix.
London's Funk Fusion are back. Their mission? To bring you the best in Funky Breaks, Ghetto Funk, Nu Funk, Glitch Funk, Nu Skool & Old Skool Breaks; no small feat! All of the afore mentioned appear on the twelfth edition of their compilation and it's bursting at the seams with surefire material. Highlights include the soul funk jams of Zemeralds "So Much Trouble In My Mind" or Bruno Borleone's charmingly titled "Move Bitch". Elsewhere there's the blunted hip hop of James DB's "Feel The Ghostwriter's Beat" (Make It Funky edit)" or KMT 's "Guess Who's Everyday People". We particularly dug the nu skool breaks of Head Honcho's "Vacation" and the hard funky house of Gentlemen Callers "Old Tyme Religion" (Mortisville remix)". There's enough block rocking beats on here for a marathon 48 hour block party.
More party-friendly mash-up and edits from Mettic with the 18th installment of the Disco Series. The title's a little misleading as this release is more hip-hop than anything else. We begin with Mos Def's Breathe & Stop getting fused with some tropical riddims on the fun "Breade An Top", "2 Sick" sees tough electro beats boost the party rap vibes, the Jungle Brothers clash with some dubstep and bluesy piano on "True Blue" and things get a little electro-swing on closer "Soul Music".
Block rocking Bavarian breaks for only the most happening block parties here courtesy of Nuremberg's Jayl Funk. He collaborates with Leeds' Tarzan Bros on "Shake It" which features four versions on offer. The original features some catchy hands in the air vocals and soul guitar licks, backed by funky breaks and bass and even a brass section! The AGFA remix is more of an electronic, nu-skool breaks sound for the club. London's Skeewiff gets the perfect combination of both previous versions, injecting a fierce breakbeat for added dancefloor dynamics, but keeping the organic feel of the original. Finally Yamaha Eletrico inject an electro beat and a razor sharp bassline into it, which will appeal to fans of Whirlpool Productions, Laidback or newcomers like Will Clarke.
German Bass man Marten Horger has previously had his booty bass sound described as the kind that will leave people's butts raw for weeks. It's hard to argue with this, as following a deceptively sugary intro, "Deeper Down" delivers a bottom end riff, so raw and low that it's likely to cause all kinds of permanent damage to peoples rear ends, inside and out. If that wasn't enough, "Time For Action" is a dancefloor-massacring ghetto house melange of cowbells and kicks. Simply awesome.
The original of Elenne's Got No Strings appeared at the start of the year. Now it's been breathed some extra life in the form of a remix EP. There's plenty of choice on offer with RO turning "Puppeteer" into a Justice/French electro-funk indie dance anthem and Thomas Vent steering it into more breakbeat territory. Elsewhere the title track is re-envisioned as choppy electro breaks by Tonic and abstract new rave-era noisy electro by Floating Anarchy.