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10 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Badboe, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Treading the fine line between authentic old school homage while offering something original is a hard challenge... Thankfully Basement Freaks and Timothy Wisdom have nailed it. Conjuring up the spirit of Two Live Crew, Young MC and Sugar Hill, Timothy delivers with true clarity and character over BF's superfly slap-bass riff. It's a match made in funk heaven. The remix line-up is more than healthy with all styles catered. Highlights include the percussion ripples on Jayl Funk's re-rub and the smoochy sonics on Slynk's deeper remake.
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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...
19 Jul 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Actual Sounds, Mr Bird, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa
Review: Mr Bird is on a roll right now! Hot on the heels of his Talk Of The Town and Salthill & Sugar EPs comes this fruity four-pack that's so perfect for this time of year he's even presented the Maxi Priest sampling "On A Sunny Day" as a Lazy Summer remix. The current king of lazy, hip-hop informed breaks; think soul, think funk, think party time. "Help Is On The Edit" sums up his wide-armed sampling style to a T with Busta Rhymes and The Temptations taking the limelight over a stupendously slick bassline. Meanwhile on "Get The Funk" Bird shows he's not averse to the darker side of the breakbeat with a wonderfully warped bassline and yet more well executed found-vocals. Do as the title says, let's go... And press play!
06 May 13
Review: "Dance Or Die"... What a choice! It's safe to say we'll take the 'dance' option. Especially with beats as sprightly as these. Flipping between a guttural bass riff and a more vibrant, uplifting hook, Aggresivnes has combined the very best elements of electro and breaks right here. For a more subversive, glitchy flavour head for Royal Blood's remix. Now dance like your life depends on it!
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").
07 Jan 13
Played by: Fort Knox Five, Voodoocuts, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, DJ S-Kreama, Double Yellow, Superpendejos
Review: Spy chase-obsessed breaks/loungecore mash-up merchants Skeewiff come firmly under the "veteran" category, having peddled their particular brand of funtime groovery since the tail end of the 1990s. Here, they drop their tenth album, and for the most part, it's business as usual. Fans will surely lap-up Man Turns Animal's cheeky blend of funk-fuelled breakbeat fun, tongue-in-cheek '60s kitsch ("The Happy Whomp"), scratch-happy break digging ("Man Turns Animal"), party-hearty Latin fun ("No Puede Esparar", "Moomba Mamba"), head-nodding soul ("Mr Debonair") and downtempo curiosities ("Bull In A China Shop"). There's also a sprinkling of bona fide floorfillers ("Heatwave", "Sizzle Chest") for those seeking instant gratification.
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.
13 May 13
Review: A finer schooling in contemporary Detroit soul you will not find; Mr De - AKA ghettotech legend Ade Manior - digs deep and curates another fine collection from his label's back cat. Each track is a highlight, from De's own electroboogie theme tune to his deeper, more emotion-rich house projects as Renaissance. Naturally Underground Resistance's Galaxy 2 Galaxy joints are a major drawer; if the proto-anthem "Jupiter Jazz" and the more meandering robo cloud jazz of "Inspiration" aren't in your collection now is the time to get up to speed.
14 Jan 13
The Flashback Project - "Release Me Now" (feat MC Twilight - D Twista Riot Act remix) - (6:06) 128 BPM
01 Mar 10
Played by: Shantisan, Hayz, Just Banks, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Electro House, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Igness
Review: Some very fun and glitchy electro from German trio Funkanomics, who pack pretty much every trick in the book into "Planet Cross". Sly samples from Bob James and Kriss Kross's "Jump" are thrown into the mix along with oodles of distorted bass and fat thumping beats. The INPUD mix goes even further, mashing it together with House of Pain's "Jump Around" to create something that'll have DJ's in the crowd scratching their heads, and every one else going mental on the floor.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Morlack
07 May 13
Played by: DJ Stex
06 May 13
12 May 13
Played by: Justin Johnson
29 Nov 10
14 May 12
Played by: Pimpsoul, DJ Rudd, Busta, Fuzzbox Inc, Badboe, Neon Steve, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
Review: If you're after cheeky, rump-shaking breaks heaviness with a dash of old skool charm and more than a few familiar samples, you could do worse than check out the ongoing Bomb Strikes series. This split EP showcases more material designed to induce jumping-around and other dancefloor silliness. Pimpsoul delivers just that in the shape of "Rock You", a funky kick-up-the-pants disguised as a slick house/breaks/disco mash-up. Neon Steve goes jungle on his epic wobble-a-thon "Blindside", while Bryx wobbles and stomps his way through a bro-step version of Ninja Tune fave "The Terrorist". Heavy? You bet!
28 Nov 11
Played by: Pimpsoul, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, Bmd, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Chudy, Trotter, Mooqee, All Good Funk Alliance, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Basement Freaks, Tim Livingstone, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), The Funk Hunters, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Stereo Beatz, Rebel Sketchy, Zenit Incompatible, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
Review: The adrenalin junkies at Bomb Strikes HQ launch a new series of EPs designed to demonstrate the studio skills of their main artists. Here, Pimpsoul and Neon Steve make their debut on the long-established breaks bootleg/mash-up imprint, offering up a trio of heavyweight jams. As ever, all three have that typical Bomb Strikes vibe, which marries tried and tested breaks and back passage-bothering bass with just the right amount of rap and some sneaky little melodic hooks. Pimpsoul's "Set It Off" slightly flips the script, working in a cute easy listening/slacker pop vocal. Otherwise, it's floor-baiting business all round!
11 Nov 11
20 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Ez Icarus, Rebel Sketchy, Pimpsoul, Neon Steve
Review: Kings of funky breaks Bomb Strikes are the kings of hefty party-starters, and Into Battle Volume 3 EP doesn't disappoint, featuring Pimpsoul's huge La Roux rerub "This Time", the Hendrix-heavy "Hear Ya Say" from Harvey, bitcrushed rock from Neon Steve on "I Got Tha" and the supreme '80s funk-flavoured "Whoa Now" by Slynk. Get into it.
20 Aug 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Rory Hoy, Ez Icarus, Warson, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Years ago, if someone offered you some street jam you'd have said no; jams made of pavement and general dirt just don't make the cut for an all-star breakfast. Then Actual Sounds comes along and your understanding completely changes. Gone is the gritty, fag butty, exhaust pipey grime and in comes the royal block-rocking fodder from some of Actual Sounds' finest funky upstarts. Comprising sneaky booties and authentic grooves, this 18-strong collection is a one-stop-shop to party town. Highlights include Mr Mezdup's percussion and glitch-heavy rub of The Specials "Ghost Town", Rory Hoy's high voltage acid attack "Hey!" and Freddy Fresh's beautiful seasonal sonic soliloquy "Summer's End".
15 Feb 13
Various - "Best Of Street Jam" (continuous DJ mix part 1 by DJ Funky Monkey: free with album only) - (1:08:07)
25 Apr 13
05 Nov 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, Chubb Nice (Hoglodytes/Marisco), Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Nick Hollywood, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Euro/Pop, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Jumping from his own Bombastic Jam label back to Jalapeno suggests Basement Freaks is set to release a new album. Exciting. Especially considering the raw power and interesting diversions this new material has taken. "Work It Out" is reminiscent of Nextmen with its grizzly distorted riff and lyrical impact. "A Blues Thang", meanwhile, lives up to its name with harmonica-swallowing splendour and "That Little Thing You Do" oozes 80s funk boogie power. And while "Gotta Make Me A Gun" might sound aggressive, trust us it's not... it's as soft and playful as Rick James and Bootsy having a cuddle and kiss with a Moog synth.
01 Oct 12
Charlie Funk & Afrika Bambaataa & King Kamonzi - "It's My Funk" (Smoove P-Funk disco remix) - (5:16) 120 BPM
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Fuzzbox Inc, Badboe, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Renegades Of Jazz, Smoove, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris, Salvo
Review: You could quite easily call this collection of edits, remixes and collabos an album. Technically it's a compilation but Smoove's ability as a both a producer and selector really glue this compendium together. Which is mad as he ticks a lot of party boxes; from Womack style high production funk soul (Electric Empire's "Baby Your Lovin'") to piano-punctuated party breaks (Kraak & Smaak's "Call Up To Heaven") to sexy bossa nova (Kojato & The Afro Latin Cougaritas "Like A Gypsy"), Smoove lives up to his name, easing from genre to genre with genuine class. Final props are essential on his Northern soul style floor-pounding remix of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". A true party piece.
24 Oct 11
Review: The latest in Bomb Strikes' series of party-smashing bootlegs and breaks sees Denmark's Badboe chop it up with France's Prosper over these two new cuts. The Fatback Band's "Gotta Learn How To Dance" acts as the basis for "Too Hot To Handle", with some hyped bass added to the funk as well as acapella cuts from Method Man amongst others. "Rock The Beat" sees the duo going for a full-on soulful vocal treatment, complete with some energetic filtering, while Mooqee and Beatvandals's accompanying remix throws on some Jackson 5 magic into the mix too.
06 Jun 11
Played by: Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic), Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Chamber, Rory Hoy
Review: The latest in Bombstrikes' series of mash-ups and breaks-driven party bootlegs sees accomplished remixer and turntablist Featurecast drop a pair of bulletproof bangers. "Stomp" sees The Game's "Break Him Off" a cappella going up against Red Hot Chilli Peppers' "Can't Stop", with a little help from The Chemical Brothers along the way. "One More" on the flipside rocks Chic's venerable classic "My Forbidden Lover" while adding a cappella loops of Public Enemy's Chuck D over the top. Guaranteed funtimes.
17 Jan 11
Review: The first volume of this collaborative bootleg-style set from two peerless breaks titans, A Skillz and Krafty Kuts, sees the pair have fun with "Insane In The Brain" on the title tune whilst also mashing up 50 Cent and Roy Ayres' "Love Will Bring Us Back Together" on "It's Your Booty". DJ Kool and Chic also make happy bedfellows on "Chic Party Banger" (with a little touch of Stardust in there too), with "Superstar" wrapping up this essential, party-starting pack of four.
30 Jan 11
Review: Swapping previous collaborator Krafty Kutz for the Beatvandals on the latest in the Insane Bangers series of hip-hop/breakbeat bootlegs, A Skillz brings home two more battle weapons and party-starters for your delectation. "Hot Dogg" lays the acapella from Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot" over some nicely rounded beats and bass, while "Money Banger" has a lot of fun with the O Jay's "For The Love Of Money", blending in cuts from MOP's "Ante Up" and Frankie Cutlass' "Puerto Rico" for good measure.
17 Feb 11
Played by: A.skillz , DJ Stex, Badboe, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Audited Beats, Basement Freaks, Rhythm People, DJ Apt One
Review: A centrepiece of breaks and hip-hop producer A Skillz' Beatles mini-mix for 1Xtra last year, "Strawberry Jam Forever" is a deftly handled remix, cutting up parts of the original in a Dilla or Bullion-style, and adding drums and intense bass shots along the way. "With You" handles Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" with a great deal of class, concentrating mostly on a tight vocal loop, while "Eat My Shorts" takes Ludacris' verses from "Stand Up" and layers them on top of long-forgotten 90s Britpop tune "Eat My Goal" by Collapsed Lung.
INSANE BANGERS presents
28 Feb 11
Review: Following up on A Skillz's top-notch treatment of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (known as "Strawberry Jam" from Insane Bangers Vol. 6), Skillz is back meddling with the Fabs on Volume 7 of his Insane Breaks series - this time making a huge, hands-in-the-air mix of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". While Skillz piles on the drums and the hoover filters, Bassnectar chops the original even more and adds trademark elastic bass-licks, while Londoners Backstage Sluts go for a more post-hardcore mix that EQs the original down to the acapella and rearranges that intro guitar line beautifully.
06 May 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
Review: Back with more essential breaks and party-flavoured cuts, London's Mooqee drops the 8th volume of his series for his Bombstrikes label. Working together bits from Wreckx-N-Effect's "Rumpshaker" and a host of other classic accapellas, "Polar Crunk" is a slow, bassy funk-meets-crunk joy, while the more uptempo "Rippin Up" mixes a nu-funk backing with some classic UBB cuts and some old-skool focused accapellas.
18 Jul 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Cez14, Chudy, Badboe, Trotter, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Tim Livingstone, Hero Records, Quincy Jointz, DJ Axe, Chamber, Rory Hoy, Stereo Beatz, Warson
Review: A cavalcade of hip-hop/funk mash-ups from Tru Funk's all-star players on this 4th volume of Party Breaks, which kicks off with DJ Axe's Gangstarr-sampling "Funky Flow" and goes into Morlack's "You Can't Stop It Now", which amongst other things, dips into Yarborough & Peoples' classic "Don't Stop The Music". Among the other pearls on this collection are Nynfus Corporation vs MustBeat Crew's "No.1", a fun-filled nu-breaks stomper that uses Salt 'N' Pepa, Skee-Lo and KRS-1 to great effect, while BadBoe predictably does wonders with the sultry delights of Minnie Ripperton's "Inside My Love".
31 Jul 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Rory Hoy, Stereo Beatz, Ez Icarus, Zenit Incompatible, Telephunken, Dirty Dubsters, Tosses & Varvez, Riddim Fruit, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: An offshoot of UK label Riddim Fruit, Booty Fruit is an imprint dedicated to mash-ups, bootlegs and edits that drops Homemade Bullets as its first release this week. Mr. Mention melts the Stereo MCs' "Connected" with the accapella from "Classic", a prestigious posse cut from a couple of years ago featuring Nas, Kanye, Rakim and KRS-1, while Dedy Dread cooks up a fun mix of chirpy reggae and Wyclef Jean. Funk Ferret chooses to add some big beats to UB40's perennial classic "Red Red Wine", and to round things off, One Funky Soul gives Jeru Tha Damaja a Northern Soul twist on "So Called Bro's".
17 Oct 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Silo Da Funk, Bmd, DJ Stex, Chudy, Badboe, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Zenit Incompatible, Warson, Tosses & Varvez, Mashed Up Funk
Review: The Tru Funk label is a consistently strong destination for funky mash-ups and breaks-heavy bootlegs, and they've outdone themselves this time on this latest volume of their "Party Breaks". Some highlights include Naughty By Nature getting layered over a silky disco/hip hop hybrid beat on "Clap Your Hands", while '70s Scottish funk stars The Average White Band get their tight sound rejigged by Jayl Funk on "Honk The Funk".
29 Oct 11
Played by: Pimpsoul, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Dan Wilde, Chudy, Zamali, Jayl Funk, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, The Funk Hunters, Stereo Beatz, Zenit Incompatible, Telephunken, Jiggyjoe, Riddim Fruit
Review: From the home of breaks-laced mash-ups, Booty Fruit drop four new tasty treats for DJs and fans alike. Tonic invoke classic '70s funk band War with their brassy "Smack", while Cut La Vis gets superstitious on the slow and punchy "Superwishin". Elsewhere, Jim Morrison gets chopped and screwed with on Funkanizer's "Peace Frog" while El Bomba's "Mad Style" recalls the best of '90s hip-hop thanks to some tight drum samples and an effortlessly funky bass line.