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06 Mar 13
Review: This one is a bit of a whopper. With 43 unmixed tracks to choose from and two bonus DJ mixes from curator Jay Cunning, there's plenty for fans of 140 BPM plus bass music to sink their teeth into. The tracklist reads like a who's who of the breaks, jungle and breakbeat garage scene, with stalwarts Ellis Dee, I.D, High Rankin and DJ Twista joined by a welter of lesser-known artists (601, Aries, Gella) for an all-out assault on the senses. From hardcore revivalism and early jungle roughness to bhangra-flecked beats and electro-breaks madness, Bass Selection Volume 1 has it all - if you're looking for speaker-shaking heaviness, you really can't go wrong.
15 Apr 13
Review: Shollen Quarshie is making no bones about his intentions on this latest release for Local Action, with his formidable production sights fixed on the charts with a helping croon from Louise Williams. This is unabashed pop music for the modern era, even if it is driven by an early 90s breakbeat. The straight-up keys and synths should sit perfectly on drive time radio, while the light touches of trancey stabs are crying out for a stadium-filling remix from one of the Dutch titans. As if baiting such an occasion, the single comes packaged with an instrumental and an acapella for good measure.
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".
07 Jan 13
Review: And so the most prolific producer the breaks scene has ever seen continues his funk assault. This time he's taken Trouble Funk's seminal "Drop The Bomb" and given us the choice of two different re-takes. The Go Go remix relies heavily on the bass and vocals while the Bomb Funky uses the main riff and percussion. Just check those swinging live drum rolls and you'll be hooked.
29 Oct 12
Played by: Agroprom
14 Jun 12
Played by: Mr Bird, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, B-Dub, The Funk Hunters, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Fresh from his work with Dedy Dread, the Birdman gets his freak on with three funk workouts that ooze so much sunshine you really should be wearing shades to read this review. The lead track is the true party piece here; a laidback and shuffling remake of a Sugarhill classic, it's guaranteed to raise eyebrows and shake hips on your next dancefloor. Elsewhere old Birdy flops his flute out for a slice of broken beat magic on "(Song For) Gil" before dusting off another hip-hop classic - Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & Kurtis Blow's "We Funk This Party Out" in case you're asking - for the EP finale "Funk U". Impeccable sunshine business.
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The Full Time Superstars vs Chris Starkiller - "Walking On Air" (feat Taya - Dub Heroes remix) - (6:15) 130 BPM
Liquid vs Billy Daniel Bunter & Sparky - "Movin To The Beat" (feat Kyla - original mix) - (4:04) 139 BPM
30 Jul 12
30 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Djp, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, DJ Axe, Ez Icarus, Telephunken
Review: "Time To Roll", the lead cut from this scorching new EP from The Breakbeat Junkie and DJP, sounds like '80s electro dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. There are thick electro synths, B-Boy breaks and a party-starting hip-hop vocal. In other words, everything you need to get a dancefloor moving. There's a decent All Good Funk Alliance remix, too, that emphasizes the B-boy-friendly elements of the original. If that wasn't enough to get the juices flowing, DJP and the Breakbeat Junkie each deliver a solo cut dripping with good old-fashioned funk.
09 Jan 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Rebel Sketchy, Kommander Keen, Fed Conti, Jack Grooves
Review: A huge release, with some equally huge remixes, as breaks kings Stanton Warriors wrap Ruby Goe's vocals around a swathe of bassy licks and gnarled leads on "Shoot Me Down". Herve weighs in heavy with a classy mix of Korg M1 organ leads and sampled drums giving it a nice mix of early-'90s rave/house and modern sonics, while Steep's Moombahton mix slows things right down and adds some glorious bleep leads. Sigma's mix however is clearly going to be the one that gets caned by DJs - a furious dubstepper with an enormous, double-time build that simply defies description! Huge stuff indeed.
28 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Agent 86, Fuzzbox Inc, Dan Wilde, Fort Knox Five, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Tim Livingstone, Badboe, Jack Stat, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
Review: A natural fit on Skrillex's OWSLA label, Australian electro-breaks star makes his debut on the label with the Tupac-recalling, California-lovin' "Like Boom" featuring rappers Wizard Sleeve, NFA and Kaba Jones. Elsewhere on this ten-track release, Thayer breaks out the distortion and hyper edits on the charged dubstep of "Haters Gonna Hate" and "Facepalm" while "Totalitaria" boasts some explosive, almost jazz-influenced rhythms underneath a sea of wonky leads. Keeping to his breaks roots, "Top of The World" is bound to keep heads nodding as will the gnarled funk of "Rise Up".
18 May 13
01 Apr 13
Played by: Funk And Filth
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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").
26 Apr 09
Played by: DJ Kid Stretch
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19 Jul 09
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
17 Apr 11
Review: A fun-filled smasher from Liverpool's Beatmonkeys, who chop and sample a version of "The Sheik Of Araby" and layer it among rave pianos, tough breaks and loads of club 'tude on this new belter on the Rocstar label. While the album version is more breakbeat-orientated, their extended mix is a must-have for house fans as they offer a languid piano build set off nicely against some mainroom kicks and white noise flutters. Cheeky and charming stuff.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Dev79
Review: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas... Unless you're a Vegas-based producer with serious skills, like King - then it's only appropriate to spread the word as far and wide as possible. Taking grime sensibilities, mixing them with a dash of US ghetto-bass spirit and delivering them through a Brainfeeder loudhailer, King's carved a very distinctive niche over the years, summarising it neatly on this razor-sharp debut LP. From brutally barbed bashment ("Riots") to mournful, naval-gazing classic electro homages ("Getn Up") via uncompromising trappist naughtiness ("Off The Wall") Koncepts is a very well considered and arranged album that works on floors and feelings alike.
27 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Minimatic, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez
Review: It's a refreshing change to hear a bootleg mash-up that eschews the familiar in favour of something a little different. That's certainly the case with "Trouble In The Streets", which sidesteps the familiar funk breaks staples - obvious rap acapellas, overused breaks, well-worn party records - in favour of a dextrous, loose-limbed combo of classic jazz-dance (the groove from St Germain's "Rose Rouge"), dancehall vocal stabs, subtle breaks and elastic bass. "Ya Playin", meanwhile, gives an authentically old skool rub to a familiar hip-hop staple, re-casting it as a boom-bap mix of head-nodding beats and lazy horns.
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