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04 Jan 13
12 Jul 11
Review: Three beautifully atmospheric and progressive breaks tunes from Russian producer Andrew Philippov, with some help from a trio of remixers on this Digital Sensation release. Affective recasts "Silver Lining" with a slew of cosmic synths and bass with real bite, while Bobalina adds a deep intensity and plenty of high-end fizz to "Space Ocean". Duane Barry's treatment of "Contact" however is the real oceanic treat in the set - with a huge dubby breakdown that you never want to end built in halfway through.
11 Feb 11
Review: New on Digital Sensation UK, Russian breaks-head Andrew Philippov makes his debut with these three excellent tunes that have already enjoyed support from Kultur & Columbo and Embliss amongst others in the know. On a deep and spacey tip, the title tune makes great use of some neon-coated melodies as well as thick, oceanic pads to give it real density on the breakdowns, while "Silver Lining" goes for a glistening, head-dance vibe with huge sweeps ushering in the perfectly-placed beats. Final tune "Contact" is another beauty - using slowly phased triplet synths to truly suck you in.
29 Jul 12
Played by: Lifecycle
01 Apr 11
Review: London's Bill Posters fuses elements of breaks, electro and dubstep on this latest single, led by the squelch and strings of "Hold On" - a tune that flits between extreme wobble and softer, more trippy build-ups. "Lands End" is a more full-on assault that'll please fans of gnarly dubstep, while Aquasky's version of "Hold On" is even more abrasive - with distorted bass dropping in all manner of time signatures over huge punchy drums. Crissy Criss provides a furious D&B/dubstep mash-up to round off this seizure-inducing single.
06 Aug 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Fuzzbox Inc, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Electro House, Dastardly Kuts, Ez Icarus
Review: Bird named this outrageously loopy disco record "Horse Music" because a horse did actually teach him a few Ableton tricks just hours before he made the track. Quite how a horse can teach a bird to use music making software is beyond us. But you can't argue with science. Especially not when tunes are this fun, funky and come with such an inviting spread of remixes. From Krafty's Zinc-style breaks mix to Rory Lyon's insane bass-house romp to Jay Robinson's randy electro-bashment, it's a fantastic package.
31 Aug 06
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20 Nov 06
30 Jul 08
Played by: Mr No Hands
12 Nov 07
05 Jun 09
Played by: Juno Recommends Rock/Indie
28 Aug 08
20 Jan 12
Played by: Bizt
03 Dec 12
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records)
Review: Johnny Pluse presents "The Large Portion" on Bulabeats; an eccentric array of tracks which vary in tone and style. "Redemption" kicks things off with its repetitive, thumping intro and iconic vocal-driven sampling adding a severe dose of euphoria to the proceedings. "When Ya Hear The Horn (feat. MC Kwasi)" is a bonafide jungle banger with plenty of echoing vocal snippets, chirruping SFX and winding b-line. Next we have "The Big Dawg" - a predominantly beat-driven piece with bleepy details and light percussion, before the title track kicks in with its flurry of crushing breaks and chopped up echoing vocals. Last but not least the EP is brought to a close by "Tranch Muzik", which ends things in style.
25 Apr 11
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records)
Review: Irish funky breaks wrangler Johnny Pluse returns with a whole new set of beats, DJ Yoda-esque cuts, samples and attitude on this unashamedly laser-loving album. The MC cuts are definitely the highlights, recalling late-'80s UK hip-hop stars like Blade and London Posse - Dog's guest spot on "Question Is" or Youth Mass' verses on "Drinkin' In The Sun" are two perfect marriages of beats and rhymes, while the rest of the album is an almost encyclopaedic compendium of dope drums and b-boy bass.
10 Jun 13
Review: Some 'best-of' collections seem to arrive way too early. Arrogantly so with some artists. But when you've released 23 EPs and five albums since 2005, it's definitely justified. Especially when you've got a back cat as impressive as Mr Pluse's. Ranging from the Hammond-smashing swinger "Pleasuretown" to the skank-bounce stepper "The Market St Hustle" via the early Dub Pistols-flavoured "Never Get Old", Pluse's accomplished ability to serve any party is more than established and celebrated here. A great way to get up to speed if you're not yet acquainted.
30 Mar 11
Review: Taken from his recent How Much For The Monkey album, Johnny Pluse drops the single "Skanky Bitch" with a boat load of mixes thrown in. The original's sampletastic breaks backbone (peep bits of Naughty By Nature and The Specials among many others) gets rewritten on Generic People's trancey mix, while Dusty Tonez takes it back to breakbeat's roots with a Shut Up & Dance-vibe. Funkanomics slows things down and adds some gritty bass, while Rory Hoy scratches it up a treat.
22 Mar 13
Review: Last seen strutting about in full length form on 2011's Lasers Lasers We Need More Lasers, Bula badman Pluse delivers his second album, and it's a bit special. With a wider range than ever before, there's a great sense of playful unpredictability running throughout. From the 80s boogie-turned-60s-Rhodes-tug "No Gee Just MPC" to the grand pier style D&B swing "The Boom Times", very few party styles have been left untouched. And, just in case you were crazy enough to miss them, there's Pluse's two big releases from last year ("Never Get Old" and "Back To The Future") No lying; this rocks.
17 May 13
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, Radical Mixtape, Funk And Filth
Review: Reboot! Having set out his eclectic urban funk stall with confidence earlier this year, Johnny's commissioned a series of far-reaching rubs to complement his work. Showing serious potential from the very first rub (the Django Django sampled take on "The Prowler"), it's a hefty package that even includes some very handy DJ tools. Highlights include Mo Matic's staccato, chop'n'shot funk rub of "Maggy Doyles" and AKA's ripsnorting D&B take on "Never Get Old".
10 Dec 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Ewan Hoozami, Mr Chombee, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Morlack, Tosses & Varvez, Dave Remix
Review: A simply epic remix release of Johnny Pluse's "The Market Street Cut Up" hits the virtual racks this week - a total of eleven mixes in all, including Bristolian beat masher Ewan Hoozami's phat hip hop remake, Dum N Bass's jump-up retread, Funkanomics' nu-funk, cut 'n' paste mix and Mustbeat Crew's MPC-styled version. For a pure bass-gasm, check out Rory Hoy's maxxed-out, pushing-into-the-red belter that loads plenty of pleasing distortion into JP's original.
29 Jan 10
13 Aug 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Radical Mixtape
Review: Never get old.... Have Johnny and Coppa actually found the elixir of everlasting life here? We don't think so - although they haven't actually denied this - but a quick spin of this jolly jaunt will certainly provide that much needed shot of timeless escapism. The original comes across like a blend of old Ugly Duckling and Dub Pistols records, and will work as the perfect party piece. There are remixes galore as always with Bulabeats, and the best, without doubt, is Maars' reggae-rupming re-skank. Bruce Foresite's trippy garage rub ain't too shabby either for that matter.
24 Aug 11
Review: A comprehensive release from Irish producer Johnny Pluse, who's teamed up with indie-rockers Youth Mass for this ode to summer that comes with a wide-ranging set of remixes. Ewan Hoozami wrangles the original's pop-skank into a fun and wonky breaks tune, while Dusty Tonez bring out a cut 'n' paste hip-hop vibe for their revisit. With a wobblin' version from Fuzzbox Inc and a radical half-step remake from Hidden Riddim also on the release, there's plenty of ways to dig on JP's summery vibes.
23 Oct 09
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28 Jan 12
Review: Trippy funky breaks courtesy of the Crazy Rabbit label, as Malcolm Powder's "The Future Is Laughing" gets two overhauls that rip it apart and piece it together with drug-addled abandon. DJ Purple Rabbit does some serious damage to the spoken word samples, twisting pitches through a heavy delay while a synthetic bass loop runs hard in the foreground. The accompanying 'Freaked Tribal mix" gets even, well, freakier as heavily modulated kicks and keys chime over an Afrobeat rhythm.
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