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18 Feb 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Tulioxi
Review: Ever eaten a Riddim Fruit? Rich in funk flavour and so many party nutrients they don't just hit your five a day, they're your floor-flipping 50 a day. Speaking of which, Brizzle's Mr 50 has delivered one of the label's freshest crops to date. "Low King" takes common glitch techniques on more of a cut n' paste skank vibe with some lovely horn action to boot. "Fifty 50 Funk" is more a guttural groover with a wheezing bassline and weeping synth lines a la Compton 20 years back. Finally, "Nightcrawler" leaves us wanting more thanks to its p-funk cheekiness, 8-bit trills and high-end bass zaps on the fills. Fruity!
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26 Sep 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Hayz, Chudy, Zamali, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Rory Hoy, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Morlack, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Riddim Fruit, Chris Awesome
Review: From the funk 'n' breaks label Boogie Boutique comes this third selection of 10 winning nuggets, featuring Hayz' Shaggy tribute "Bathroom Banger", Freddy Fresh's excellently trippy mix of Cuban piano and Latin exotica "Pinata", and the Ludacris-sampling "Boogie Shuffle". For a more head-nodding flavour though, head straight for DJ Wood's "No Ice Cream On The Road" or Nine Lives The Cat's "LaLaLa".
22 Feb 11
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Badboe, All Good Funk Alliance, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Rory Hoy, Telephunken
Review: The first in a series of artist EPs on Hayz and Chris Awesome's Boogie Boutique sees nu-funk dons Russ Cuban and DJ B-Side getting cheeky with a bunch of classics and adding their own breaks flare to each. No prizes for guessing what "Bomb Slippy" is based around: the duo add the "Apache" drumbreak and some canny bass licks to the slowed-down Underworld anthem, while "Renegade Slam" sees Queens' finest bald rappers Onyx getting a thoroughly hefty reworking. "Jam" is a tasty remake of Technotronic's evergreen "Pump Up The Jam", while a breaks edit of "Bomb Slippy" makes for an excellent DJ tool.
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18 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
Review: Taken from their jam-packed, juicy fruit debut LP Bounce N Shake, "Number 1 Champion" sees Deekline and Solo riding bareback on a classic 90s garage vibe while Million Dan, Kidd Money and MC Flispide go loco on the mic. Chanting in chorus while taking their own bars very seriously indeed, the collective conjure up toxic levels of energy. Remix-wise Keith and Fixx up the ante for a traditional tear-out breakbeat remix and Smookie Illson polishes up the synth hook before dropping into a devastating 4/4 bass romp.
11 Mar 13
Review: Mutantbreakz are climbing up the breakbeat ladder with some serious focus right now, and hooking up with the distinctive spitter Rubi Dan is likely to take them several rungs higher. Rubi's flow is up there with the Ragga Twins and Million Dan in its clarity and party-hyping abilities, and the MB's funk-guitar-munching licks and sizzling bass complement his rapid chatter perfectly. If you're more in the line for some dirtier, electro-edged, chunky devastation then head to Kid Panel's remix. Heavy.
12 Mar 13
Review: Jack Of All Trades - It's the album that keeps on giving. Released this time last year it's undergone the full instrumental treatment and two remix EPs. Now this, the nu-funk piece de resistance: a floor-tickling collection of the previous remixes plus a whole load more. Highlights include Skeewif's Young MC-meets-Shaft-on-Mancini Avenue flavoured remix of "Time To Get Loose" and Dads On Display's Koan Sound style mix of smooth 80s b2b screaming midrange bass on "Closer To The Edge". But at 18 tracks that's the tip of this eclectic, open-all-hours party fest. It's all exceedingly good.
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.
20 May 13
Played by: DJ Axe
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20 May 13
Soul Slinger, Drumagik feat TC Izlan, Afrika Baby, Julia - "I Told You" (Neighbour & Trotter remix) - (6:34) 129 BPM
Review: "Killer Tits" eh? One shudders at the thought. Luckily there's not a brutal bosom in sight as Neighbour and Trotter remix "I Told You" with breakbeat class. Adding just a touch of UKG sophistication, and oodles of reverb on the insistent snare drum, it's the perfect fit for Julia's breathy vocal work. "Together Always", meanwhile, sees the pair taking the refrain from Oakey's "Electric Dreams" and giving it a cheeky electro filter treatment.
05 Dec 12
Review: Brazil's finest independent trader, Trotter serves up a juicy p-funk joint of perfect party proportions. Loaded with just the right amount of sun-kissed instrumentation, the guitars glisten while the occasional horn parp adds groove efficiency. Plus there's the small matter of a cheeky JB's vocal, which always goes down a treat. Remixes are all major league, too; Qdup gets a crazed slow filtered funk vibe going on, Niles Philips ekes the tempo down further with a warping glitch trip and Kreap takes things on a bumpy jacking adventure. Go on... give it YOUR best!
11 Jun 12
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, Jay Cunning (Sub Slayers), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Numa Crew, Acidicy, The Funk Hunters, DJ Gold
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers fire up all systems with this muscular four pack of concentrated breakbeat bizzle from Birmingham beatsmith Gold. "The Rhythm" leads, and with it comes a classic vocal snippet that will leave your dancefloor scratching their heads waiting for the rest (like all the best understated sample teases, it never comes). Further on we find a superb rub of Aries' dubwise "Herbsmoke", hard nosed booty breaks ("Knowledge Is Power") and a skanking grand finale in form of "My Selector", a future jungle style!
02 Jul 12
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Played by: Class Of 808
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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Review: This hook-up between Lady Waks and MC Manic has all the makings of a breakbeat anthem. The breaks are beefy, the bassline heavy and the vocal addictive, while Waks' penchant for rave era synth stabs gives "Round The Globe" a main room-friendly feel. When the breakdown kicks in, hands will most certainly be raised skywards. Gold goes old skool on his remix, delivering a rub that sits somewhere between vintage jungle and bowel-bothering garage. The Dub Pistols, meanwhile, opt for a skanking reggae-breaks mash-up on their booming rework, which is available in both vocal and instrumental flavours. Like the original, it looks set to soundtrack a fair few moments this autumn.
31 May 11
Played by: Tim Livingstone
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31 May 12
Review: Four years after its initial release on Tayo's now defunct Cool & Deadly imprint, Pete Bassbin Twin releases this on his own label, and it still sounds just as contemporary and savage in the sub-low department as it did all those years ago. A crucial combo of dubstep, breakbeat and general bass mischief, "Woppa" lives up to its title in every single way. Slick but sludgy, deep but devastating, this here is a slice of fractured futurism that works in all sets from house to dubstep and all styles in between. Watch yer bassbins, we're telling yer!
24 Mar 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Hardcore