Washington funksters Fort Knox Five have played a major role in the party breaks scene with such confidence and consistency it feels like they've been around for much longer than 10 years. Here we find their explorative, far-reaching range under the knife of their finest peers. 15 tracks in total, each one highlighting a different aspect of the FKF's repertoire: Krafty Kuts and Skillz add a UK booty-bass twist to "Radio Free DC", Rodney Hunter adds a sense of Vandross-level disco silk to "Uptown Tricks", Badboe emphasises the raw organic soul swing of "What Make Ya Dance" while Featurecast ramps up "Killa Soundboy" with P-funk naughtiness. And that's just the tip of this funky iceberg. A consummate celebration of a decade of bona fide party artistry, here's to the next 10 years.
Jalapeno apply a little label synergy and hook Featurecast up with their golden-larynxed crooner John Turrell. The end result teeters on edge of ballad in the best possible way; soft keys, silky guitars and a smooth soothing groove. Serious bar, beach or bedtime material. Remixwise Featurecast adds his own funk mix before handing over duties to Heavyfeet (jacking house with nice speed garage undertones) and Psychemagik (trippy, cosmic and timeless). Beautiful stuff.
There are various ways to apply pressure to your dancefloor. You could turn the venue into a vacuum, you could drop one of those comedy (but deadly) 100 tonne anvils on the floor OR you could drop this - a nu-funk swagger basher with cute shades of electro on the bass and a silver-tongue, almost Q-Tip style, rap from Imagine This; it's perfectly pressurised and comes danger-free! Remix-wise Funkanomics add a little P-funk to proceedings, the ever-cool Skeewif goes for more of a classic low-swung funk rub while WBBL hurl a whole barrel of squidgy bass at us. Apply this to your dancefloor today!
William VanDyke - "Here It Go" (original mix) - (4:29) 129 BPM
Lucky Date - "Grind On Me" (Curtis B DTW remaster mix) - (5:02) 129 BPM
Curtis B - "Keep On Movin" (feat Whiskey Pete - DTW remaster mix) - (5:00) 130 BPM
Four supercharged electro-breaks standouts courtesy of the Drop The World label, and a quartet of ace producers united on this new EP. Justin Faze elicits huge, octave-straddling chords and epic builds on the winning "Tigers Blood", while William Van Dyke's "Here It Go" goes for classic chunky breakbeat drum hits over a wild, rising synth riff. Curtis B gets low and filthy on his bass-busting mix of Lucky Date's "Grind On Me", featuring some of the stickiest vocal hooks heard in a long while, while on his own "Keep On Movin'", Curtis channels old-school hip-hop thanks to long-time cohort Whiskey Pete's streetwise rhymes.
Three hell-raising Cornish DJs who clearly put their love of partying into their tunes, the Freerange DJs are back with a bang with Back To The Old Jack.
Their original mix has plenty of turbo fuel in it's tank, combining a crunchy acid-line and some powerful and punchy drums. A peak-time Breaks tune, it also has scratches and cuts by the barrel full, with all manner of old-skool samples dropped in to keep the crowds on their toes.
Fellow Cornwall-dweller Rektchordz turns in a strong remix, with plenty of Techy attitude and some brilliantly structured off-kilter rhythms that really make it stand out. Tokyo's Eshericks also turns in a blinder, working in a tempo-dip that'll make it an invaluable battle weapon for DJ's looking to switch tempos and styles in a classy way. Anyone familiar with duo Quadrat Beat will know they don't take any prisoners, and their mix takes the original and turns the rinse-factor all the way up to 10!
With Dom Almond's pounding mix rounding off the set, these will blatantly be lodged in people's sets for months - get involved as soon as possible.