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16 Jul 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy
Review: The second in Booty Fruit's "Proper Produce" series sees four new funk-propelled mash ups hitting the virtual shelves this week. Among the highlights, Beastie Boys fans will certainly appreciate El Bomba & Hidden Riddim's "Dr Fluteski", which uses the same sample source as the NYC legends' "Flute Loop", while The Allergies give Blueboy's "Remember Me" an '80s soul rerub.
04 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Chudy, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, Ez Icarus
Review: However many new directions dance music goes in, there will always be a place for simple-but-effective bootleg mash-ups of familiar grooves and hip-hop acapellas. To be fair to the Booty Fruit camp, they do it better than most, offering reworks that balance dancefloor playability with a tasteful approach to production. There's a distinct hip-hop feel throughout, with Roast Beatz's harmonica-laden Beasties booty "Hick Stick" and Livingstone & Conosis' bumpin' "Tuna Salad" - a Charli 2na rework - standing out. Check also the head-nodding disco-skank of El Bomba and Hidden Riddim's "Miss Discoflex".
31 Oct 12
30 Oct 12
Played by: Voodoocuts, All Good Funk Alliance, Empresarios - El Video Killer, Nappy Riddem, Ez Icarus
Review: There are a few things you can bet your bottom dollar on in life; Fort Knox releases being funky as hell is one. And those releases getting backed up with an equally hefty remix package is another. Here's a fine example; each reversion adding a whole new party spirit to the mutli-lingual messiness of the originals. Take G-Flux's swamp stomp skank vibe on "Rompan Fila". Take Skeewiff's bold big band swing licks on "Para Mis Amigos". Take the tropical sea-side sparkles of Auditors Domination's remix of "Estereolismo". Each one a bottom-shaking, bottom-heavy, bottom dollar saving beauty.
08 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks
Review: Rolling with vintage funk sounds, but driven by modern day production vibes, Honkey Phonk have curated quite the double-track delight here. Nic 2 Brilli's "Police On Your Back" staggers under the weight of old car chase and 70s TV and movie scores. With guitar solos and heavy percussion a-go-go this is instant wig-out material! Meanwhile Eu.Pe's "Bohannon" is a slower, moodier number with a just as much guitar solo twangs but more of a waft of classic hip-hop cool to it. Both are as cool as they are essential.
27 Feb 12
Played by: Zetek, DJ Stex, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Juno Recommends Electro House, Jack Stat, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Rebelbass (Hum Fi Dub), Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Fed Conti, Cotti - Sumtingnew, Ez Icarus D&b
Review: Emalkay, the unsung hero of the Dub Police clan, gets his immense "Flesh & Bone" remixed by The Others and Dismantle. Bringing his unique jungle-tinged influence to the rowdy dubstep that the label is famed for, Emalkay succeeds in making a bass anthem with pounding bass, driving synths and swaggering drums, underpinned the compelling vocal narrating the "riot zone...flesh and bone". As expected The Others tear it up into a synth-distorted dubstep smasher, whilst changes the tempo and turns it into a fun and funky 4/4 cut with whooping synth pips and plenty of style. Utterly essential.
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Review: For those who like their dubstep dark, twisted and super heavy with 4/4 electro-house influences and a heavy metal soundscape, then look no further than Excision. His collabs with Datsik have been shaking speakers across the globe, but now he steps up with his album on Deadmau5's Mau5trap label. The 10-track bonanza sells itself on being "X Rated" - cue lots of shuddering synths, bellowing horror movie vocals, bass belches and mid range grouches. Collaborations with Messinian, Downlink, Datsik, Skism and Mr Hudson (yes, you heard!) feature, with some top moments including the retro 80s chiptune tones of "8 Bit Superhero", the formidable "Sexism" and more. Big.
26 Apr 13
Review: With such a lofty title, "Game Changer" really needs to live to up its mighty name. Coming from one the tech funk scene's most progressive, forward thinking artists however, that really isn't a worry: Elite Force puts real thought into every production he conjures, and this is no exception. Slick, funky but demonically dark, it rolls with precision and dastardly flare. Elsewhere we see him don his Zodiac Cartel guise for a more tech-based version complete with Beltram-level stabs and Meat Beat Manifesto style breakbeats. Change your game, now up it with this.
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08 Oct 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Hardcore
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Played by: Breakz R Boss Records
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Played by: Juno Recommends Electro
28 May 12
Review: It's been a while since the Evil fellas last tapped us up with some party pieces. But, as always, it's been well worth the wait. What's interesting here is that they've referenced their deeper, more reflective, brooding side on this EP, and not the more unpredictable, electro-inspired cuts we last heard on their own roving romantic imprint. "Broken Dreams" is a pensive, bone tickling groove with heaps of space amongst the elements. Deep old school bass and a well executed sample amount to a real mood setter that will have your dancefloor activiting 'hypnotised' mode in a jiffy. Similar thoughts can be applied to "Weird Energy Dude". A cut that picks up steam with every element, there's more than a touch of future garage as it builds and builds in E9's inimitable enchanting fashion.
06 Mar 09
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro
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Played by: Dr. Schmidt
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Played by: Da Movelt Nasty Show
30 Apr 12
Review: Here's an interesting proposition: a brand new dancefloor hip-hop cut based around the famous groove sampled for King Bee's "Back By Dope Demand". The new rap vocals are pretty tidy, while the groove is pepped up by some particularly large military drum fills and jazzwise percussion solos. Breathing new life into something so famous is tough but EZ Icarus and Octopus have done a very good job. Flip for "Sunshine", a loose and snappy rework of Spanky Wilson's ace version of "Sunshine Of Your Love". Both cuts are short and sweet, but pack enough punch to suggest major rotations in all-action sets.