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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!
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.
21 Mar 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Spinforth, Bmd, Roast Beatz, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, Turntill, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Jiggyjoe, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Spinforth's quest for freshness continues as he follows up the debut December Scour dispatch with another generous selection of chunky-jacksy bass joints. With gnarly fingers probing every party pie, across the collection we're treated to dubstep-meets-classic-Brooklyn ("Time To Rock"), 23rd century electro wobbles ("Boss DAT!") and VERY cheeky Cypress Hill booty business ("Insane Brains"... obviously!) And that's only three examples. Get Scouring.
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".
14 Feb 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Bmd, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ez Icarus
Review: Cypress Hill getting mashed up and personal with Led Zeppelin, Biggy getting busy over The 45 Kings, an electro-skank remix of Sister Nancy... these are just three of the super-cheeky bootleg treats on offer right here. Booties can go one way or the other; poorly pitched cut n' shut or clever, witty and complementary. These definitely fall in the latter. From furry flute bliss ("Dr Fluteski") to Busta Rhymes on a major skank-up ("Kingston Bounce"), this ticks all the right party boxes.
25 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Self, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Morlack, Ez Icarus
Review: Four volumes in seven months... Actual Sounds are ruthlessly efficient when it comes to showering the scene with fresh booty-shaking bootlegs. And it's business as usual as we're thrown around by the limbs to a 28-track strong selection of wide-eared funk fusions that range from an uptempo breakbeat cut n' shut of Nina Simone ("Ooh Baby") to Brooklyn era block busters ("Down With The King") via classic rave-meets-early house mashery ("A Bigbeat Treat"). A bargain and banging - these booties are keepers.
26 Apr 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Hayz, Turntable Dubbers (Nice Up!), DJ Stex, Chudy, Zamali, Badboe, Nick Hollywood, All Good Funk Alliance, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Breakbeat Associate, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Badboe, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Morlack, Chris Awesome, Stereo Beatz, D-Funk, Rhythm People, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Hayz
Review: This is a bit of a treat for funk breaks fans, as leading label Boogie Boutique gathers together a selection of its finest floor-filling bangers. With cheeky mash-ups and bootleg remixes from the likes of Hayz, Ursula 1000 and Nick Fonkyson, there's much to enjoy, not least the sheer silliness of some of the rump-shaking fusions. Check, for example, the anthemic grooves of Nine Lives The Cat's "Let Me In" (a brilliantly executed fusion of "Just Be Good To Me" and "Cross The Tracks") or Badboe's "Show Me Ghetto". None of the cuts will win you brownie points with chin-strokers, but they'll certainly smash up the dance - and that's all that matters.
13 May 13
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.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, DJ Stex, Chudy, All Good Funk Alliance, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Sard Boogie, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Killer Funk Records Usa, DJ Axe, Rory Hoy, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Barrio Jazz Gang, Mashed Up Funk, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: There ain't no party like a Tru Funk Nu Party! Seriously now, not even S-Club could match the supersize funk flavours this label have been dishing up this year, and this latest compendium is no exception. Highlights include Sammy Senior's overhaul of Nelly's "Country Grammar", Lakeshore Drive's super laidback Q-Tipper "Funk'n Outta Bounds" and DJ Axe's percussion heavy sample-fest "Funky Town". Tru Funk have excelled themselves on this package.
17 Oct 08
Aquasky - "Give It Up (Old Skool Style)" (feat Ragga Twins - Aquasky Clunk Clik Dub) - (5:56) 132 BPM
Tom Real & The Rogue Element presents... Disco Of Doom - "The Click" (Zombie F***ers remix) - (5:09) 128 BPM
The Body Snatchers - "Call Me" (feat Sporty-O & Yolanda - Lee Mortimer's 'troll under the bridge' mix) - (6:09) 125 BPM
23 Mar 13
11 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Chudy, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Quincy Jointz, Ramskank, Ez Icarus
Review: Things that make you go phwoar! Sexy people, massive bowls of ice cream, low flying blimps and, most importantly, Actual Sounds compilations. Each one of them comes bulging with baggy-trousered booty joints; they ooze character and promise nothing but the purist party juice. Vibes abound across the 20 track set but highlights include a trance-tinged electro treatment of Sugar Hill ("Belgium Delight"), DJ Nixon's rude rendition of Delinquent Habits' "Return Of The Tres", Mr Bird's squelch-attack on Moby and Middle Diddle's strangely effective take on Green Day. Sounds terrible in type, but brilliant through the speakers.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Chudy, DJ Self, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Basement Freaks
Review: Oooh a jamboree! Who doesn't love a good old fashioned jamboree? All those cakes and merry dances and arts and crafts; how delightful! Oh wait, sorry we've got the wrong jamboree... Not to worry, this is much better than any pansy cub-scout business. A collection of the finest party nuggets released so far on Basement Freaks' label Bombastic Jam, it's a non-stop tour round planet nu-funk as we get sucker-punched with woozy trumpet blues ("Bollywood Man"), go all Parliamentary with notes of Bootsy ("Suck Up The Thrill") and drown in 80s squidgy bass soul ("Party People"). If you're not up to date on Bombastic Jam's output yet, now is most certainly the time.
14 Jan 13
The Flashback Project - "Release Me Now" (feat MC Twilight - D Twista Riot Act remix) - (6:06) 128 BPM
29 Oct 12
Played by: Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Telephunken's Tremendo imprint continues to settle itself into the party, making itself more than at home. A cool septuplet of cuts, the swaggering block busting vibes are introduced by Telephunken themselves with a very naughty Rage Against The Machine sampling mosh-masher before we cruise into myriad styles from west coast Cali soul (Father Funk's "Real Funky") to chop-blistering big beat (The Bang! Bang! Show's tongue-in-cheek "Do Your Whoomp") to slow n' steady bass squelchism (Stereo Beatz "Feel The Panic"). Tremendo? Tremendous more like.
20 Dec 12
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, B.visible, Ellboss, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, Badboe, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Radical Mixtape, Mr Doris
Review: This label recently launched by DJ Spinforth (and pals) as a next step extension to his biweekly column for the Ghetto Funk blog called 'The Scour', to highlight and showcase the unsigned talent that he encounters while 'scouring' Soundcloud. The next logical step was to actually release this stuff, so here's the impressive debut compilation snappily called Scoured Cream. Originally intended to showcase just five tunes, its now boasts eight including the stop-start blues-hop of "Sun No Shine", the wobble-soul of "Hell Yeah" and some electro-swing courtesy of Hong Kong Ping Pong.
18 Feb 13
Played by: Bmd, Chudy, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Polish party people Tru Funk continue to champion the very best of the smile-inducing nu-funk scene with this eight tracker that provides plenty of new party breaks. DJ AKA goes for the fun jugular with "Funky Horns" coming across like KC & The Sunshine band back from the musical gym. Hiphoppapotamus gives Curtis Mayfield a post-dubstep going over in "Curtis Is Dangerous", while elsewhere Dizzee Rascal finds his 'Sirens' welded to some vintage funk in Morlack's "Imagination, KRS-One has his sound of da police beefed up with tough breaks by Tosses & Varvez and Warson provides some heavily filtered and tweaked 80s soul-style fun.
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".
13 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Bmd, Cez14, Dan Wilde, Fort Knox Five, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, All Good Funk Alliance, Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, Badboe, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, Morlack, Nappy Riddem, D-Funk, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe
Review: From funky breaks label Tremendo, this second compilation assembles a crack squad of producers to get loose over these hot new tracks. Alongside new jams from the likes of Telephunken, Rory Hoy and Morlack, Bobby C Sound TV channels the best of Washington's go-go scene on "Ghostin' The Machine", Badboe mixes old school hip-hop with new school funk on "Unhooked Jam" and Breakbeat Junkie goes off on an '80s soul tip on the brass riding "A Journey Into Funk".
07 Dec 10
Played by: Philly Blunt, Gazeebo, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Trotter, Pulpfusion, Sard Boogie, D.end, Breakbeat Associate, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Rory Hoy, Stereo Beatz, Rhythm People, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Barrio Jazz Gang
Review: Funk and disco breaks get put thoroughly through their paces on this exclusive collection from Boogie Boutique, featuring treats galore for DJs and fans of souped-up funk. Badboe's beefed-up treatment of UBB-staple "I Like Funky Music" by Uncle Louis, or Breakbeat Junkie's Northern Soul-indebted "Crazy Jerk" are just two of the highlights from this collection that also features nuggets from Rory Hoy, Chris Awesome and Hayz amongst others.
20 May 13
Played by: DJ Axe
10 Nov 11
Played by: Pimpsoul, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, Morlack, Stereo Beatz, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape
02 Dec 09
Played by: Society
25 Apr 13
02 Nov 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Actual Sounds, Rory Hoy, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Tulioxi
Review: Take a look at this label's history. They've released more compilations this year than we've eaten hot meals. And we LOVE hot meals at Juno. What's more; they've all been solid collections too. Shifty booty-business, sample-soaked party pieces and hip-hop-flavoured block-bashing joints, Actual Sounds have the nu funk scene locked down. Highlights abound across the 24-strong set but only a sucker would miss out on Badboe's filtered funk attack on NYC-kicking hip-hop ("Hercules 12"), Jazz K Lipa's ragga dance skank "Take Easy & Surf The Volume" and Pulp Fusion's slinky, sexy lounge-lizard "Manu's Groove". Here's to the next compilation!
20 Aug 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Chudy, Trotter, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, Telephunken
Review: What in fresh hell is going on at Tru Funk Towers? Barely six weeks have passed since they gave us the 10-track strong Volume 1 and already we're looking down the barrel of eight more serious funk nuggets! Featuring some of the label's favourite faces we see the likes of mainstay Chudy rub shoulders with DJ Kid Stretch with party-starting glee. The former causes spine-tingle meltdown with his Aeroplane level of synth lushness on "See You Soon" while the latter gets jiggy with a classic Deborah Cox vocal and some full strength bass riffage. That's just two of eight; do you need any more convincing?
04 Feb 13
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.