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09 Jan 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Numa Crew, Jack Stat, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hostage, Sounds Of Sumo, Rack N Ruin, Diamond Bass
Review: Boasting a growing roster that includes P Money, Serocee, Rudimental, Hostage and more, London bass label Black Butter Records just keeps dropping essential bad boy material, like this latest from UK garage/grime/breaks producer Warrior One. Teamed up with singer Ayah Marar, he fuses together jungle beats running at 130bpm with nasty grime bass shots and swirling string textures on the dropouts. If you prefer an even tougher flex, Warrior One's own VIP mix in collaboration with Bojcat has got you covered, while mixes from Des Demure, Baxta and Io round off this stellar release.
12 Jan 12
Review: Four more sophisticated edits, mash-ups and cheeky bootleg breaks from the Mashed Up crew, with Michael Jackson getting a seriously rootsy funk makeover on "Criminal Seminar" and under-appreciated old skool rhymer MC Lyte getting a Hammond jazz remake on "Cold Brew". Also look out for the body-popping brilliance of Laid Back's "White Horse" getting some Miami flavour on "Whoop Horse" and even J-Lo getting layered under a blast of popcorn funk on "Bongo Play".
16 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Agent 86, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Sard Boogie, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Badboe, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Presenting another collection of the best nu-funk and ghetto breaks from the Breakbeat Paradise label, volume 2 of Paradise Breaks contains a killer selection of hip-hop, funk and bass work from artists at the top of their field such as Badboe, Morlack, Breakbeat Junkie and Jazz K Lipa. Among the 15 tracks, look out for Pimpsoul's low-slung remix of Badboe's "One of Those Days" and the re-energised Southern soul of Jiggy Joe and Prosper's "Sweet Home Smoke".
27 Feb 12
Played by: Zetek, DJ Stex, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Juno Recommends Electro House, Jack Stat, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Rebelbass (Hum Fi Dub), Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Fed Conti, Cotti - Sumtingnew, Ez Icarus D&b
Review: Emalkay, the unsung hero of the Dub Police clan, gets his immense "Flesh & Bone" remixed by The Others and Dismantle. Bringing his unique jungle-tinged influence to the rowdy dubstep that the label is famed for, Emalkay succeeds in making a bass anthem with pounding bass, driving synths and swaggering drums, underpinned the compelling vocal narrating the "riot zone...flesh and bone". As expected The Others tear it up into a synth-distorted dubstep smasher, whilst changes the tempo and turns it into a fun and funky 4/4 cut with whooping synth pips and plenty of style. Utterly essential.
BOMBASTIC JAM 030
09 Apr 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Busta, Jazz K Lipa, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Trotter, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mr Chombee, All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Quasamodo
Review: All 14 tracks on this second volume of Basement Freaks remixes from the ever reliable Bombastic Jam are all bona fide party pieces; from Jazz K Lippa's Fiddy-fiddling D&B remake of "Tetris Dub" to Pimpsoul's b-boy, block-rock version of "Something Freaky" via Some DJ's supremely sludgy rub of "Bootyfunk" this album is testament to true remix art.
02 May 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Zamali, Badboe, Trotter, All Good Funk Alliance, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Quasamodo
Review: Believe it or not, this 12 track boogie attack is actually an EP! Shimmying its way into your lugholes with nu funk gusto, it sounds much more like an album to us. And a ruddy good album, to boot. One minute it's all about the slap bass popping, the next we see the b-boys rocking, Jayl's all-encompassing party remit is accessible and far reaching. We can't list all 12 cuts here, but for a sense of Jayl's variety and sonic scope head for the low-swung, early Kraak & Smaakesque soul shock out "Everybody" and the deep percussive house shakedown "The Last Night". Fluent party vibes with an eclectic tongue, whether you call it an EP or an album, it's a remarkably attractive proposition.
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.
19 Mar 12
Review: Always boasting a well-stocked arsenal of mash ups and breakbeat remakes, the Booty Breaks label drop three new beats on this long-running series - this time supplied by crafty cutters Defkline and Red Polo. "Power Boots" revisits a '90s euro house classic, Drake's teary-eyed raps get a pleasing beat-driven overhaul on "Take Care" while excellent tropical electro banger "Go Outside" rounds off the set.
06 Jan 13
Review: Previously spotted laying down beats for the Foreign Beggars, Vato's official hook-up with Lethal B and Donaeo is a match made in electro-grime heaven. While Vato's vibrant riffage still packs a large punch, there's heaps of space for Lethal's aggression and Donaeo's soulful croons. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice. Most notably Deekline's exclusive-to-Juno booty bass romp. Elsewhere we find Andi Durrant dusting his piano off, Jaxxon preaching in the church of synths, Max NRG getting sprightly on a drumstep riddim, Substantial Error serving up a slo-mo stomp and Skitzofrenix cooking up the dreamiest trap you ever did hear.
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05 Nov 12
Review: Champion of genre-leaping, Doorly's unpredictable style is what makes each release so attractive. From jump-up D&B to squiggly, spiky dubstep to deep house, his label Pigeonhole This says it all. Here's a fine example; "Something To Say" is a deep disco cut, dished up with nu funk panache. With Roland "They know what is what but they don't know what is what" Clark on mic duties, it's instant feel-good power with a vibe you can't help but feel you've heard before. "Don't Worry About It", meanwhile, is a deep house cut that's not dissimilar to early Justin Martin material but with a more UKG-style dark garage bass tone. Here's to genre-leaping.
29 Jun 09
15 Feb 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
Review: DJ Deekline once again fuses the underground with the mainstream in nosiest way possible. Here he drops a huge rhythm using a break from the Jackson 5 on the title track. On "Bring the Noise" he brings sub bass and urban vocals to Talking Heads' seminal hit "Once in a Lifetime."
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Played by: Jack Stat
24 Aug 10
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11 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fort Knox Five, Trotter, Qdup Foundation, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Nappy Riddem, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Wow, what an epic remix package this is. It's impossible to feel short changed here as Fort Knox present not one, not two, no not even three, but eight remixes (including instrumentals) of the ever-popular Nappy Riddem cuts "Angle It" and "DTA". First up is DJ Wood who draws out the funky, vocal-driven element with dribbling melodies and trumpet-tooting fun. Next is K Sabroso's re-lick which is much more stripped back, with booming bass and amplified urban spoken lyrics adding a sense of menace. After this comes the Stickybuds' D&B remix of "DTA" which is full of punchy 175bpm madness; then the dub Architect remix which is all swaggering sauciness and shimmying dancefloor vibes for the duration. As if that wasn't enough, there are also instrumentals of all of the above.
12 Nov 12
Review: Trading big bars over even bigger beats, the night New Jam hooked up with Deekline & Ed Solo there were tremors in every studio of the land...A mighty booty-rap-bouncer, this was always guaranteed to raise a roof or seven. Now available in more remixed forms, the mysterious Tomlinson applies two different methodologies: the Bass remix is a swashbuckling breakbeat version with added steppy depths while the dubstep remix puts tonnes more emphasis on the half step, twisting and tearing up the subs along the way. Worthwhile reversions, these need your attention.
07 Jan 13
Review: Following up their monstrous "Hole" late last year, Spanish sizzlers UFO Project return with yet another rotund romp that sits comfortably between the underground and more current electro-dubstep mainstream. "Play Me" scrams and hisses in one ear with a screaming bassline yet whispers dirty nothings in your other ear with the slinky breakbeat rhythm. "The Flow Is Fat", meanwhile, is home to one of the juiciest trad-breakbeat basslines (think old school Freq Nasty), b-boy breakbeats and an epic electro riff on the drop. Do as the record says...play it.
30 Jul 12
Review: A peck on the cheek promising imminent death; that's what a Mafia kiss is. Just in case you were under any illusions. It seems Breakspoll winner Mafia Kiss certainly isn't. While this ain't no peck - it's more like a sloppy, passionate reach-around - it sure is deadly. Taking elements of Nino Rota's classic Godfather theme and smashing them into a wobblesome, bass-ravaged breaks track, "Who's This?" will cause instant applause thanks to its familiarity while giving your floor plenty of surprises thanks to the twisted arrangement. With added triplet squeezes and more persistence than a team of angry tabloid readers, you won't be asking who Mafia Kiss is for very long.
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.
10 May 11
01 Aug 11
Played by: Trotter
18 Jul 11