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08 Apr 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Miles Reverse, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this latest EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
15 May 13
Played by: Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tulioxi
Review: Mooqee's label Bombstrikes is doing all right for itself. So much so in fact that they've reached that milestone - a label's first compilation album. Here Mooqee has selected 25 sizzling bangers new and old that do it for him, and hopefully will do it for you too. Highlights include the compressed electro steamroller that is "Back To School", the crunch synth funky freakout of "Come On Bounce" and the devastating bass that's eaten all the pies of "Let's Do It Right Now". Heavy!
27 Apr 13
03 May 13
Played by: DJ Stex, Chudy, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Badboe, DJ Axe, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove
Review: Flip the switch and get with the program: evergreen party purveyors Breakbeat Paradise have commissioned a whole bunch of reversions and each one is an instant booty-buster. Highlights abound throughout this raucous bass-bizzled nu-funk adventure but only a twit wouldn't pack Badboe's rub of Kool Hertz En Vouge sampling sizzle-up "Whatta Joint", JiggyJoe's orchestral disco-strung halfstepper rub of Calagad 13's "Back To The Power" or Badboe's take on Rudd's Supremes-slicing "Shake It Out". Paradise found.
01 Apr 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Funk And Filth, Bialson Hajsy
Review: 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!
02 May 13
Review: With all the amazing dubstep and D&B coming from the city, you could be fooled into thinking bass is Bristol's only fashion. Well it's not; there's also a thriving nu funk scene, and each of the four cats on this generous EP are leading the charge. The Allergies lay down an authentic Dap Kings style vibe on, Parker drops the tempo for a slow, sludgy and remarkably sexy bass bust-up, Mr 50 pays homage to one of the sweetest chocolates on the planet by way of shivering 8-bit bleepery, swampy bass and nifty accordion squeezes and Frenic completes the set with a crisp, dramatic ode to the big beat glory days. Call the fashion police, this shizzle is hot!
01 Apr 13
Played by: Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funky House, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Turntill, Warson, Essex Groove, Bialson Hajsy
Review: A fine foursome of funklets right here! Morlack gives Ghostface Killah the sexiest disco-funk reversion possible, Jayl Funk gets all Latino on our asses, Warson continues his jack attack with a classic Human Nature vocal, and Azzar completes the set with a flashback to the 90s thanks to a neat, not to mention clever, blend of a Tag Team classic. Non stop party vibes!
15 Apr 13
Review: Lovely original nu funk vibes right here. In a sea of bootlegs, productions like this stand out like cans of pop at a diabetic disco. Horn-tooting, bass-swinging and lyrically forthright it's an instant party starter with the perfect balance of hip-hop heroism and raw funk heritage. Remix highlights include Cut La Roc's old Brooklyn style hip-hop version and Jimi Needles combo of well-rounded bass and deep soul jazz chords. Shucks, the whole package bangs! Bottom line: If you don't buy "Pour Me" you'll be saying "Poor Me" a lot more often that you did.
02 Apr 13
Played by: Chudy, Zamali, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Morlack, Essex Groove
Review: Once again Honkey Phonk's label boss Jayl Funk takes a backseat to let his roster shine, this time on a split-single. First up in Berlin-dwelling Voodoocuts, with a pulsating slice of brass and bass duelling, classic funk. On the proverbial flip is Morlack with a killer 'Bootsy goes hip-hop' electro-boogie workout.
01 Apr 13
Review: If your record bag/CD wallet/hard drive (delete as appropriate) is flagging under the weight of soul-sapping breakbeat bootlegs and ill-advised ghetto funk remixes, help is at hand. This compilation from Actual Sounds does contain plenty of sneaky bootlegs and ghetto funk style reworks (including one that bites "Sweet Home Alabama"), but they're all of a much higher quality than we've come to expect of late. There are snappy trips into boogie breaks territory (Big Bang Breaks' "French Funk"), wobble-funk (a thunderous version of the Jacksons' "Rockin' Robin") and Madchester revivalism ("Free Soup"), not to mention a string of booty-licious ghetto funk stompers. If this doesn't wake you up, nothing will.
05 Apr 13
Review: Destination "Afrika" via LA... Here we find Sub Slayer Skanx delving deep into jungle heritage with a muddy roller that packs the same foggy, radar-ridden breakbeat punch as the Meat Beat Manifesto's "Radio Babylon". For a more contemporary dub twist head for 6BLOCC's remix; stripping things back to a nagging 4/4 sub thump, it's the perfect blend of trad dub and stark future-minded bass music. Elsewhere we don the white gloves for the rave-tastic "Boom" while Eek-A-Mouse goes under the sample scalpel on the swashbuckling "Dub War". The junglist massive are on fine form right here.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Chudy, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Funk And Filth
Review: Madrid outfit Telephunken come through correct once again on Tremendo Big Records - a rightful home to their jaw-shattering take on breakbeat. "California Love" completely tares up Dre's and Snoop Dogg's timeless lyrics and meshes them ever so gracefully with a sweet pair of soul vocals, but "Rollin' With Telephunken" really gets things moving and squeals out one of the gnarliest basslines you'll hear in a while - not to mention its sweet chorus. "24 Hours Of Madness" is the funkiest of the lot, discombobulating the chugging beat to the point of near hysteria and it serves as further proof of Telephunken's increasingly alluring beat-thrash style.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Morlack, Turntill, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove
Review: Flying the nu-funk flag loudly and proudly, Polish imprint Tru Funk hit number six in their highly collectable bootleg and bass jam series. It's instantly business as usual as we hit Cez14 and Dastardly Kuts' Supremes/David Morales blend "Keep Me Hanging". Elsewhere we find DJ Czech taking Jay Ski and the Quad City DJs and giving them a sexy low-swung bass treatment on "Sky Train". We see Lebroski & Delimentary taking lead from Afrojack with a classic b-boy sample and showing him how it's done properly. Morlack, however, steals the show with a fine rendition of De La Soul and Chaka Khan's "All Good".
15 May 13
Review: Billed as 2013's biggest collection of reggae-fuelled party tracks, this madcap collaboration between New York's own reggae star Tuffist and newcomers Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Bluntskull whips up new creations from some of reggae's finest tracks. From Toots and the Maytals to The Ethiopians, Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Hammond Classics work together to bring a new flava, while Tuffist's jungle vibes and Bluntskull's breakbeat hype provide fresh new sounds to get the party skanking. Don't underestimate the power of reggae to get floors filled across the country, this series confronts non-dancers and shuns bad feelings. Embrace the party jams!
06 May 13
Prosper & Old Skool Nemo - "Get That Boogie Thing" (feat JC001 & Ashley Slater - original mix) - (5:25) 120 BPM
Review: London nu-funk imprint Boogie Boutique come correct once again on the Shake It Out EP which pairs up French producer Prosper with a number of collaborators. The title track has Prosper going toe to toe with Knaresborough's finest Rory Hoy on a funk heavy cut n paste production blessed with the J-Live style delivery of Imagine This - German trio Funkanomics handle remix duties and turn in one of their trademark electrified productions that still makes ample usage of Imagine This' delivery. Following this, the superbly titled Old Skool Nemo proves his studio worth alongside Prosper on the boogie number "Get That Boogie Thing" whose speed of sound is matched by swiftness of vocal delivery from JC001 and the man Ashley Slater. Nick Fonkynson drops a remix that begs for a big beat revolution.
29 Mar 13
Review: It's a trumpet sandwich here as Joe runs the nu-funk gamut with consummate ease and tongue-in-cheek fun. "Swinging Joe" takes the quirky 1920s standard "Dipsy Doodle" and gives it a respectful bass injection from behind while the EP finale "Java Java" ends on a similar horn-heavy swing, this time clicking more of a Latino riddim. Betwixt these trumpetastic slices we get ragga-roused on "See Di Monks" and throw some serious electro shapes to the perky, stuttering chopfest "Double D". Tasty.
01 May 13
29 Apr 13
Review: It's a meeting of minds on this long player with rootsy German label Root Down releasing this much-anticipated album from Korean-German 'future dancehall' act Symbiz Sound. There's plenty of tunes, 15 in total here, many of which featuring either the talents of ZHI MC or Feral Is Kinky. Highlights include the sweet sounding lovers rock of opener "Soundboy Dead", the bassy, ghetto-hop of "Ruff Ride", the digital dancehall of "Down Under" and the sheer tribalism of "Bad So".
13 May 13
Review: Is it just us or are Basement Freaks albums getting funkier and funkier? As hinted with their Soul Digga EP last winter, the trio just keep getting more organic and authentic, this being their most engaging, juiciest funk LP to date. From the Alabama 3 meets the Daptones style "Gimme More" to the insanely authentic Parliament skit "Disco Boy" via the mild skank bounce, organ noodling and Troutman crooning on "Red Light Streets", this really is party dynamite. Basement Freaks are ruling the nu-funk scene right now.
23 Apr 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Morlack, Warson, Essex Groove
Review: Tru Funk / Funkosol's most dynamic duo return with two solo workouts that tickle the party's funkiest quarters. "That's That" takes the lead with a series of wild synth squiggles, heaving horns and a lolloping slap-bass riff. "Won't Stop Trying", meanwhile, springs back and forth with a cool cut-up vocal sample, tight beats and nifty tape stops. Both absolutely kill it.
12 Apr 13
Review: Dusty Tonez return for their fourth appearance on Bulabeats, and with them comes their familiar but excessively addictive breakbeat slant - one reserved strictly for all floor freaks out there! The title track "Click Click Boo Ya" sounds like a slowed down electro-house anthem packed with enough drum rolls to have your head chiselled down by the first four bars; and "Dreams" takes some duly needed DMX vocals and glides them effortlessly over more gentle R&B lyrics and head-nodding kick snares. "The Market St Heads Up" is a proper mashtown anthem, whilst "Gangsta Walk" sounds somewhere between Bugz In The Attic and some west-coast joint circa '95, but "Your Woman" is where the breaks really shine and fulfil all our Saturday night needs...
05 Apr 13
Review: Last seen lurking on the label's cracking Pump Up The Funk collection, Devellis returns with his first full EP in a long, long time. Littered with samples and very cool grooves, the whole EP is a doozy but here's a few more details in case you're undecided; "High Freedom" is a summer-stunned block rocker with more sneaky hip-hop vox than a Compton recording booth. "Over & Under", meanwhile, takes a more laid back jazzier approach with a rap that doesn't sound too far away from Method Man. "Ryder Classic" takes us to a more authentic early 70s funk club and makes us swing until we're dazzled and dizzy while "Turtle Love" blends the Beasties with Daft Punk and whole series of lush horns. Ace.
06 May 13
Review: We've been waiting a LONG time for this one! Miguel Mantovani, Archerio Mantovani and Kengo San have been teasing and pleasing with their tongue-in-cheek funk on wax and on stage for years... We always knew when an album drops it would be big. And just look at the line-up - Kurtis Blow, Abdominal, Mica Paris, Tenor Fly, Omar, KT Tunstall are all collaborating across this 15 track funk explosion. With licks from James Brown endorsed CBs band and the perfect balance of tight riddims and humour, "Yo Bonita" rocks in every sense. Essential.
05 Apr 13
Mr Confuse feat Elaine Thomas - "Lets Get The Feeling" (Afternoons In Stereo remix) - (6:28) 125 BPM
Review: Not wanting to slow his relentless momentum, Mr Confuse is back in town, all guns blazing and clutching a remixed version of his recent LP, "Do You Realise". All 12 tracks are given a reboot from a variety of producers, highlights of which include the electro-funky big beat of Smoove's remix of ""Catch Me", the totally bonkers Bootsy Collins-esque Funkanomics remix of "Hold On" and the luxuriantly exotic Przasnik remix of "Big Livin".
09 May 13
Review: Big-assed bootleg business from the Actual Sounds crew... Big Bang Breaks revisits Public Enemy on "Bring Your Whistle" and Derrick May on "Swings Of Life". Meanwhile Funk You Very Much mixes up Randy Newman with Biggie Smalls on "Leaving Cali", gives The Doors a slap with glove of glitches on "Break The Doors" and gets jiggy on a two-step vibe with "Bop A Lot". Elsewhere we find Funky Wah Wah fusing Too Short's "Blow The Whistle" with a reggae version of Marvin Gaye on "Blow It Shorty". Hit 'em up... Then knock 'em down!
03 May 13
Played by: Benny Kane
Review: Benny Kane and Dr Specs hook up with one of dancehall's most distinctive vocalists Daddy Freddy. The result? A dark, near-menacing stepper with a heavy, ominous vibe. Remix-wise every bass base is covered: Benny Kane adds a tropical hollow-bass stomp, 6BLOCC cause 808 meltdown on their Trapped Out rub, Skanx sharpens his rave breaks so much they can cut your ears from 50 paces, Black & White up the tempo for a hectic laser-puncher of "Tarantula" proportions and Rebel Sonix outlays two different versions; one laden with bleeps, the other laden with jaunty skanks and high end screams. Immense.
01 May 13
Review: Funky break veterans Skeewiff are back (having apparently won 'Best Electro-Swing Producers Of The Year 2012 award), this time with a bumper packed collection of their remixes of cult 1970s British library music (one of their favourite sources of breaks). There's lots of loungey exotic action to choose from including the sassy, brassy "Scarper", the trippy "Hyper Hippo", the driving, clenched teeth disco rock of "Jet Propelled" and the many collabs with original bandleader Syd Dale (the best of which being the kitschy D&B of "Supermarket Hustle").
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Review: Doctor P and Flux Pavilion hand over the selection duties to familiar label faces Funtcase and Cookie Monsta for the second Circus set. A 25-strong banger compendium balanced between classics and exclusives, it oozes the perfect blend of bare-faced bass attitude and tongue-in-cheek humour. From Roksonix string-soaked jig jamboree "Music In Me" to Brown & Gammon's emotional audio rainbow "Dark Matter", the Circus sound is represented at its boldest, most characterful and, above all, fun. Not a dull moment in sight - check this and remember why we all got into dubstep in the first place.
12 Apr 13
Played by: Turntill
29 Mar 13
Played by: Ez Icarus
12 Apr 13
Review: Aquasky have always known how to pull off a great compilation and after fifteen years of bass-thrashing and break-sampling, they're finally back with an extensive collection of their own recent works, but also a healthy mixture of some of the gnarliest breakbeat producers on the scene. Although the group are synonymous with the drum & bass scene, their present concoctions of half-step-electro hybrids are truly powerful on the floor, such as the rolling squelches of "Make It Rain" featuring Sporty-O or the sci-fi harmonics of "Here To Eternity". The compilation is a painstakingly neat portrait of the current breakbeat setting and leans heavily towards its cutting-edge, most vividly on tracks like 601's "Strobelight", "War is Ugly" by RADIOKILLAZ and long-standing legend Ronnie Pilgrem's "One By One" - a head-nodding, stop-start motion jungle reminiscent bombshell. But these are just some of our own personal picks, so go ahead and explore this leviathan of a compilation for yourself - if you dig breaks, look nowhere else!
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01 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
Review: Flipping the bird from his high tower betwixt EDM, electro and breakbeat, Beatz Projekted's distinctive blend of spirited sonics has won him many fans over the last year or so with releases on labels such as Disco Bomb, Miami In Tech, Plasmapool and Redbox. His debut on Texan label Kick It is likely to score yet more; "Battleship" gurgles and glitches with vibrant funk flourishes and a vicious bass undertone that will sink any boat in a 20 mile radius. Remix-wise Kwerk adds a little more breakbeat swing to the melting pot while Tactical Groove Orbit throw down a whole new chapter in stomp. Heavy.
16 May 13
Review: It's another booty and funk bonanza from the Funkosol crew! "Perfect Combination" rubs Led Zep up against Cypress Hill and Wyclef Jean. "The Man From DelMonty" shoves the Spin Doctors into the smoochy cupboard with a barrel of bass. "Move Your Feet" and "Right On Everybody" take us directly into funky town while "Discogirls" ups the tempo for a super sexy disco fun finale with Donna Summer. Perfect summer party nuggets, the lot of them.
06 May 13
Played by: Ez Icarus
Review: Taking Asaf Avidan's emotional exercise in modern day folk and giving it the regal reboot it deserves, Pure SX and Mutant Breakz ensure Hot Cakes' reputation as 'king of bass bootlegs' remains intact with this blistering breakbeat version of "One Day". One sawtooth bassline sizzles over a more elongated distorted low-end lick while the beats swagger and the guitars loop gently in the background. Building gradually, the vocal doesn't really take full presence until the breakdown, causing serious dancefloor meltdown in the process.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Funk And Filth
26 Apr 13