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15 May 13
Review: Billed as 2013's biggest collection of reggae-fuelled party tracks, this madcap collaboration between New York's own reggae star Tuffist and newcomers Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Bluntskull whips up new creations from some of reggae's finest tracks. From Toots and the Maytals to The Ethiopians, Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Hammond Classics work together to bring a new flava, while Tuffist's jungle vibes and Bluntskull's breakbeat hype provide fresh new sounds to get the party skanking. Don't underestimate the power of reggae to get floors filled across the country, this series confronts non-dancers and shuns bad feelings. Embrace the party jams!
08 Apr 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Miles Reverse, Bialson Hajsy
Review: Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this latest EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
02 May 13
Review: With all the amazing dubstep and D&B coming from the city, you could be fooled into thinking bass is Bristol's only fashion. Well it's not; there's also a thriving nu funk scene, and each of the four cats on this generous EP are leading the charge. The Allergies lay down an authentic Dap Kings style vibe on, Parker drops the tempo for a slow, sludgy and remarkably sexy bass bust-up, Mr 50 pays homage to one of the sweetest chocolates on the planet by way of shivering 8-bit bleepery, swampy bass and nifty accordion squeezes and Frenic completes the set with a crisp, dramatic ode to the big beat glory days. Call the fashion police, this shizzle is hot!
06 May 13
Prosper & Old Skool Nemo - "Get That Boogie Thing" (feat JC001 & Ashley Slater - original mix) - (5:25) 120 BPM
Review: London nu-funk imprint Boogie Boutique come correct once again on the Shake It Out EP which pairs up French producer Prosper with a number of collaborators. The title track has Prosper going toe to toe with Knaresborough's finest Rory Hoy on a funk heavy cut n paste production blessed with the J-Live style delivery of Imagine This - German trio Funkanomics handle remix duties and turn in one of their trademark electrified productions that still makes ample usage of Imagine This' delivery. Following this, the superbly titled Old Skool Nemo proves his studio worth alongside Prosper on the boogie number "Get That Boogie Thing" whose speed of sound is matched by swiftness of vocal delivery from JC001 and the man Ashley Slater. Nick Fonkynson drops a remix that begs for a big beat revolution.
04 Feb 13
Played by: Chudy, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe
Review: Masters of the crafty art of bootlegism and funk edits, the not-so-pseudonymous Defkline and Red Polo get busy on four classics with crucial party-boosting results. "Space Cowboy" takes the Steve Miller classic and coats it with a whole slew of classic rhymers from ODB to Fiddy. "Turn The Beat Around" takes the disco classic of the same name and reboots it with chunky house 4/4. "It Ain't No Good", meanwhile, takes De La Soul and Chaka Khan's soul-blistered ballad and gives it just a cheeky mild skank. "Shystie's Disco" brings us to a fitting climax with ripples of glitterball-twisting electro boogie vibes.
01 Apr 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Rory Hoy, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Funk And Filth, Bialson Hajsy
Review: There are various ways to apply pressure to your dancefloor. You could turn the venue into a vacuum, you could drop one of those comedy (but deadly) 100 tonne anvils on the floor OR you could drop this - a nu-funk swagger basher with cute shades of electro on the bass and a silver-tongue, almost Q-Tip style, rap from Imagine This; it's perfectly pressurised and comes danger-free! Remix-wise Funkanomics add a little P-funk to proceedings, the ever-cool Skeewif goes for more of a classic low-swung funk rub while WBBL hurl a whole barrel of squidgy bass at us. Apply this to your dancefloor today!
01 May 13
19 Mar 11
Played by: Prosper, Mooqee, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Chamber, Stereo Beatz, Tosses & Varvez, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: More party antics from Mooqee as this latest in the Bombstrikes series of funky mash-ups takes in KRS-One jammin' with Bob Marley on "Supacat Police", while acapellas from Tupac's "California Love" and Stetasonic's "Talking All That Jazz" butt heads with each other over a flute-led hip-hop beat on "Jazz Talkin". The "Mustapha Dance" instrumental mix of The Clash's "Rock The Casbah" also gets a good seeing to on closing track "Hypnotic".
13 Apr 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Jazz K Lipa, Audioprophecy, Turntable Dubbers (Nice Up!), DJ Stex, Badboe, Voodoocuts, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Mr Bird, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: A nu-funk remix of The Mommas & The Poppas' "California Dreaming". Just writing those words seems preposterous. But trust us, Tim McVicar's take on the 60s hippy classic really works! Squidgy bass and chop-slapping beats a-go-go, by the end of the summer it will be illegal not to play this in BBQ and beach sets. Law will also be upheld on anyone not exploiting the utterly funky charms of the other three cuts. DJ Tiznas & Mr BiGK's take on Kenny Dope and Screechy Dan's "Boomin In Ya Jeep" is like Fatboy Slim circa 98, Dedy Dread & Mr Bird take Missy Elliot into Hammond organ heaven while Mr Fresh's "SOUL" is a trip head nod so heavy it falls over into massive sticky pile of jazz.
08 Mar 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Roast Beatz, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Mooqee, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Utah Saints, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Jiggyjoe, Funk And Filth
Review: Fact: Tom's real surname is genuinely Booze! There was a terrible mix-up between the birth registry office and off licence when he was born. Naturally Tom was upset for many years, but he took consolation by burying himself in the studio with a sampler and a keen ear for a badboy groove, and his diligence is paying off. Each of this nu-funk trio squelches and fist bumps with unashamed party brutality, the highlight being the Bob James / Perpetual Motion sampling "Point & Shoot". Venture to no disco without this!
27 Apr 13
10 May 13
05 Apr 13
Review: Destination "Afrika" via LA... Here we find Sub Slayer Skanx delving deep into jungle heritage with a muddy roller that packs the same foggy, radar-ridden breakbeat punch as the Meat Beat Manifesto's "Radio Babylon". For a more contemporary dub twist head for 6BLOCC's remix; stripping things back to a nagging 4/4 sub thump, it's the perfect blend of trad dub and stark future-minded bass music. Elsewhere we don the white gloves for the rave-tastic "Boom" while Eek-A-Mouse goes under the sample scalpel on the swashbuckling "Dub War". The junglist massive are on fine form right here.
23 Apr 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Morlack, Warson, Essex Groove
Review: Tru Funk / Funkosol's most dynamic duo return with two solo workouts that tickle the party's funkiest quarters. "That's That" takes the lead with a series of wild synth squiggles, heaving horns and a lolloping slap-bass riff. "Won't Stop Trying", meanwhile, springs back and forth with a cool cut-up vocal sample, tight beats and nifty tape stops. Both absolutely kill it.
14 Mar 13
Played by: Spinforth, Roast Beatz, Voodoocuts, Mr Bird, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers
Review: Mr Bird follows up his Bird Bird Bird album from last month with a fresh quad of nu-funk/hip-hop hybrids. "Monkey Funk" clicks some serious Cuban heels over an obese breakbeat, "Don't Say Nothing" gets all LL Cool J over an early Fatboy style guitar swing, "Glad To Be Free" goes on a more whimsical 60s jam with added flute and glockenspiel twists and "Ufo" sees Bird adding a deeper, more cosmic feather to his bow. Not a monkey in sight, but very very funky. The Bird is indeed the word.
16 Jan 12
Review: A stellar partnership for this latest volume in Bombstrikes' series of funk 'n' breaks party weapons, which came about after Ali B called in on Nick Thayer during a recent Australian tour. The pair fuse together a wild set of influences and sounds, as on opener "Music" which evokes Cypress Hill, Jay Z and classic '60s soul whilst still staying true to their block-rocking breaks sound. "NE Way" dips into a riff made famous by Dillinger and pimps it out gloriously with heavy drums while "Back To You" samples a line from one of De La Soul's classics and adds a Moog-ish bassline and all manner of funky sampled breaks.
30 Jan 12
Review: For the 20th instalment of the happy-go-lucky Bomb Strikes bootleg series, label regulars Moquee and Pimpsoul join forces. Those who've enjoyed their previous work will no doubt be salivating already - or at least dribbling profusely. "Keep Pounding" is typical of their cheeky, party-hearty style, turning shuffling classic "The Beat Goes On" into a snappy, stepping, glitch-laden breaks banger. "Let It Pop", meanwhile, wobbles and raves in all the right places, lacing a familiar hip-hop vocal over a typically pounding backdrop. Closer "Do It" sits somewhere between the two tracks, cutting up Chic's "Le Freak" and adding a silly, rectum-slackening bassline to propel things forward.
03 May 13
Played by: Benny Kane
Review: Benny Kane and Dr Specs hook up with one of dancehall's most distinctive vocalists Daddy Freddy. The result? A dark, near-menacing stepper with a heavy, ominous vibe. Remix-wise every bass base is covered: Benny Kane adds a tropical hollow-bass stomp, 6BLOCC cause 808 meltdown on their Trapped Out rub, Skanx sharpens his rave breaks so much they can cut your ears from 50 paces, Black & White up the tempo for a hectic laser-puncher of "Tarantula" proportions and Rebel Sonix outlays two different versions; one laden with bleeps, the other laden with jaunty skanks and high end screams. Immense.
15 Apr 13
Review: Lovely original nu funk vibes right here. In a sea of bootlegs, productions like this stand out like cans of pop at a diabetic disco. Horn-tooting, bass-swinging and lyrically forthright it's an instant party starter with the perfect balance of hip-hop heroism and raw funk heritage. Remix highlights include Cut La Roc's old Brooklyn style hip-hop version and Jimi Needles combo of well-rounded bass and deep soul jazz chords. Shucks, the whole package bangs! Bottom line: If you don't buy "Pour Me" you'll be saying "Poor Me" a lot more often that you did.
11 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, Chudy, DJ Self, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Axe, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Dusty Tonez
Review: Wide-armed sounds abound on the latest Boogie Boutique offering. More hip-hop than nu-funk in places, there's great casual confidence about each of these rubs. The label's Finnish faves Rollomatik are on board for two horn-heavy joints; the p-funk block rocker "Frying Pan" and the roof raising peak time "Soul Power". Label newcomers Jimi Needles and WBBL, opt for jazzier keys and a bassline that gradually evolves into quite the glitchy gem. Jacksonville jive merchant John Farruggio finishes the set with a waltz through 80s electro, mid noughties house and late 90s big beat. Swashbuckling stuff.
19 Mar 13
Played by: Jm Jackmaster, Spinforth, Chudy, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove
Review: One of the scene's most consistent and unabashed funkers Skeewiff follow up their 'sensually inspired' EP with a sweaty clutch of respectful remixes. It's a vibrantly international affair too as Fab Samperi polishes up the sexy French tones of "Mr Debonair" and Omegaman turns his Cuban heels into a pair of Cuban stilts on "No Puede Esperar". Elsewhere we find Jiggyjoe giving "Heatwave" go-faster stripes and Skeewiff going head-to-head with Shawn Lee on a live, organic D&B slammer rub of "I Got Soul". Unleash the animal in you and grab this today!
01 Apr 13
Played by: Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funky House, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Turntill, Warson, Essex Groove, Bialson Hajsy
Review: A fine foursome of funklets right here! Morlack gives Ghostface Killah the sexiest disco-funk reversion possible, Jayl Funk gets all Latino on our asses, Warson continues his jack attack with a classic Human Nature vocal, and Azzar completes the set with a flashback to the 90s thanks to a neat, not to mention clever, blend of a Tag Team classic. Non stop party vibes!
16 May 13
Review: It's another booty and funk bonanza from the Funkosol crew! "Perfect Combination" rubs Led Zep up against Cypress Hill and Wyclef Jean. "The Man From DelMonty" shoves the Spin Doctors into the smoochy cupboard with a barrel of bass. "Move Your Feet" and "Right On Everybody" take us directly into funky town while "Discogirls" ups the tempo for a super sexy disco fun finale with Donna Summer. Perfect summer party nuggets, the lot of them.
26 Nov 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Nick Hollywood, Qdup Foundation, Jayl Funk, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
17 Sep 11
Played by: DJ Stex, Mooqee, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tosses & Varvez, Riddim Fruit
Review: This instalment in the long running Bombstrikes series sees Nick Thayer teaming up with fellow Aussie breakbeat producer and self-styled DubRave don Will Styles on this pair of incendiary party starters. "Party People" is a bouncing, "Where's Your Head At" sampling gem which utilises its numerous hip-hop cut ups to great effect, its shining robot electro vibe guaranteed to get you moving. "Shake Like Ya Mama" meanwhile is equally as fun, taking the classic riff from "Walk This Way" and fattening it up with analogue leads and more infectious hip-hop vocal work.
22 Feb 12
Played by: Bmd, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Nick Hollywood, Minimatic, Voodoocuts, Gray, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Miles Reverse
Review: Polish mash-up merchant DJ Twister can always be relied upon to deliver the kind of tight bootleg blends that send dancefloors into a flurry of flailing arms and instinctive, animal-like yelps and cheers. This latest release is no different, containing a slew of bangers. As the title suggests, there's a chunky, robust swing to each of the cuts. "Handclap Swing" offers a floor-bating 21st century re-boot of funk staple "The Handclap Song", while opener "Hip-Hop Swing" laces a familiar party rap vocal over a bumpin' rhythm that weighs in somewhere between breaks and D&B. "Swing Or Not", meanwhile, turns The Fugees "Ready Or Not" into a skittish junglist rinse-out.
20 Apr 12
07 Mar 11
Played by: Prosper, Philly Blunt, DJ Kid Stretch, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Purple Rabbit, Badboe, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Quincy Jointz, Chamber, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Turntill, Stereo Beatz, D-Funk, Rhythm People, Djs: Most Charted, The Dancefloor Outlaws, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Radical Mixtape
Review: Back with their second release, Disco Cakes assemble a talented mix of breaks producers of all different styles and collect them on this new, funk-fuelled set. Tom Drummond and JMC have fun with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on "Again & Again & Again", while big soulful vocals can be found on The Dancefloor Outlaws "Get Your Boogie Down" and Delimentary's "Why Can't There Be Love". Slynk and Ed Solo meanwhile update Skee Lo's evergreen "I Wish" in a whole new breaks-tinted way.
14 Dec 09
03 Aug 12
Played by: Pimpsoul, DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Radical Mixtape, Monstaphunkaz
Review: The Bomb Strike Sound System strikes again! This time Pimpsoul's taken the controls, picking up various co-pilots along the way. First up is "Merry Go Round". Co-written with Neon Steve, it's a really cool piece of sample mastery, taking a really obscure Supreme's vocal refrain and giving it a complete funk facial. "To The Beat" sees Pimpsoul flying in tandem with fellow Bomber Mooqee on a more stomp-angled number that incorporates a very Fred Durst sounding vocal snippet and a Fela Kuti horn sample. Finally Pimpers goes solo for "What". The prize banger of the bunch, it kidnaps the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, holds them in nu-funk's county jail and throws away the key with glee.
09 Dec 11
Played by: Badboe, Omegaman, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Chris Awesome, Hayz
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from bootleg specialists Bombstrikes - tried-and-tested mash-ups underpinned by floor-friendly breakbeats. This latest instalment comes from rising breaks star Badboe, who offers two soul-flecked groovers. Both are slightly less hectic and full-throttle than previous Bombstrikes releases, but that's no bad thing. "Shine Like A Halo" fuses a bouncing, midtempo break with wobbly (but surprisingly subtle) bass, the obligatory hip-hop samples and a dash "Son of a Preacher Man". "Masterpiece", meanwhile, takes a similarly soulful approach, contrasting Jurassic 5 raps with sweet soul vocal snatches at a dancefloor hip-hop tempo. The most cultured Bombstrikes release for some time - and that's a compliment.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Chudy, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Zenit Incompatible, Tosses & Varvez
Review: It's perhaps a bit of a stretch to class all of these floor-friendly bootlegs as "ragga". The opener from label bosses The Dirty Dubsters is actually a skanking, dubwise, breaks-friendly rework of soul classic "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". Titan Sound's "Boom In The Jungle" sounds a bit like a slightly more dutty take on the classic reggae/hip-hop mash-ups once successfully peddled by J-Star. Perhaps the biggest cut of the lot, though, is the gargantuan skank of ZJ TZinas and Mrbigk's "My Style Is De Bomb". That said, the incessant ragga bounce of Spenda's "Get Hot Bun Dem" runs it close, if only for the amount of whoops it manages to cram into four minutes!
07 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Empresarios - El Video Killer
Review: New Zealand's Alias is hip-hop to the very bone. In a previous chapter of his career he was part of the Fast Crew, supporting the likes of D12 and Busta Rhymes whenever they toured in New Zealand or Australia. And while he's shifted focus to a more explicit, nu-funk / bass sound, it still beats with a hip-hop riddim. Each of the four cuts on here ride with a raw, low-swung swagger. From the jangly shakers and headnod heroics of "Funkrion", to the snarling "New Lows" - where sluggish glitch-bass tugs stoically against the emotional synths - there's a confident and alluring attitude about the entire release.
28 May 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Prosper, Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Badboe, Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Can Boogie Boutique put a foot wrong at the moment? We don't think so. And here's some solid sonic proof from New Zealand-based label mainstay Funk Ferret. Joined by emerging funkster Imagine This, the duo have created a sprightly party bomb with rapid fire lyrics and a salaciously squidgy electro-inspired bass-hook. There are remixes galore; party baron Cut La Roc doffs his cap to hip-hop's glory days, Nick Fonkynson gets all gritty and vicious while DJ Alias & Benson drop the tempo for a classic exercise in extreme nu funk rudiments.
30 Nov 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Timewarp, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Sol Power All-Stars, Killer Funk Records Usa, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Manjah
Review: Fresh-faced funkateer Manjah steps up to the party-hardy Katakana series, and does so with distinction. It's a game of two halves as the first two cuts are dedicated to chanteuses Smokey Robinson and Donna Hightower. Both powered by swashbuckling 60s funk riffs, these are authentic edits done with true creativity. Later on in the EP we head West to the Caribbean as Manjah gets his skank on with Dancehall Queen. Those with a penchant for Greek taverna flavours should hold tight for the rustic groove on "Orienta Patria". Nice work.
24 May 13
Review: Aussie nu-funker Yum Cha delivers a no-nonsense EP and the title says it all. Each of this trio bangs with party hardy spirit and features myriad turbo-toasted ragga vocals. Perfectly timed for the summer (and beyond), highlights include the cameo role of M.O.P on "Crazy Ina Boom Boom", some clever use of a James Brown sample of "Dump De Funk" and the cool combo of Cutty Ranks and Beats International on "Crazy Ina Boom Boom".
04 Feb 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Pimpsoul, DJ Self, Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, Radical Mixtape, Funk And Filth
Review: Bomb Strikes ain't playing around these days. Once an irregular outlet for cheeky party nuggets, now a serious mover and shaker in the nu-funk movement, their output has been exemplary of late - and Neon Steve's leading from the front. Following his Feeling EP, a set of sizzling originals, comes these two tonked up bass gems. "Tell Me Who" takes an old George Thoroughgood rock n' roll ditty about having chimneys made of human skull and gives it a luscious low-end seeing to while "I Got Tha Faith" blends Led Zepp with Depeche Mode. The result? Inspired. Two bombs of the rudest distinction.
14 Jan 13
Played by: Goodgroove Records, Jakpot, Fort Knox Five, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Mr Doris, Funk And Filth, Mo' Matic
Review: Not already checked out Featurecast's album? Go and sit on the naughty chair and really think about the booty-shaking, rump-wriggling time you've missed out on. Done? Good... Now come and get up to speed with this impeccable remix set. JPOD takes the raw vocal soul stomper "Soul Children" into sexy boogie pastures, B-Side adds a hip-hop swagger to the riff-heavy "Jump", CMC and Silenta get all retrofunky on "Got That Fire", Dreadsquad turn "Get Lovely" into an authentic dub joint and Featurecast finishes the set with his own technicolour D&B remix of "Ego Tripping". What a package!
04 Apr 11
Played by: DJ Kid Stretch, Chudy, Mooqee, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, B-Dub, Rhythm People, Juno Best Sellers 2012
Review: Two masters of bootleg-style, hip-hop/funk mash ups team up for this latest instalment in Bombstrikes' series of party rocking tuneage. A Skillz and Beatvandals play a blinder on "Sunshine" - speeding up Roy Ayres' bonafide classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" with a tight beat layered underneath and chopped up respectfully. "Slapdance" however sees the pair take the beat from NERD's debut single "Lapdance" and cover it in well-crafted acapella cuts to make it a heavy-hitting floor filler.
20 Sep 12
11 Jun 12
25 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Dan Wilde, Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Chudy, All Good Funk Alliance, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Stereo Beatz, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Jiggyjoe, The Dancefloor Outlaws
Review: Disco and cake... If there's a finer combination, we'll eat our servers. Not just a great name, though - this label knows sample science at a PhD level. That's p for party. Merrier than a man with a 24 pack of premium beer and swag bag of fireworks, this will rock socks off your dancefloor. "Power Boots" fractures Snap's original with nu-funk brutality, "Spinning Wheels" whisks us away on a retro waltz while "Wonderful World" takes Jimmy Cliff to territories he didn't even know existed. Climaxing the package with a rather clever Mighty Boosh sample, this is one sweet cake. Fancy a slice?
01 Mar 13
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!
11 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Badboe, DJ Axe, Ez Icarus
Review: Toxic bootleg action! Spill one splash of these fruity mashes on the dancefloor and your groovers will bump and grind like mutated fools. The title track takes Royksopp's "Eple", adds a smidgeon of Marvin and a dash of electro while "Shake It Out" fuses Cassius with a killer lick from The Supremes. Elsewhere we find Edie Brickel, Eminem, Fugees and The Wiseguys get wobbly over a glitch-step hook ("Say Ooh") and Sly & The Family Stone get a classic hip-hop schooling. You heard the man...get it on!
21 Jan 13
Played by: Spinforth, Ellboss, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez, Jiggyjoe
Review: There's something rather funky in the fresh Canadian air right now, and native imprint ReSoul are breathing in six lung-fulls by the second. "The Plan" is utter horn heaven as we bump and grind to a beefy swing hook that's peppered with just the right amount of hip-hop snippets. "Whole Lotta Drop", meanwhile, takes The Dynamics' wicked reggae cover of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and drives it straight into D&B town. Skiitour's "Filthy Laundry" finishes the set with a boogified 80s rock stomp. What a package.
04 Mar 13
Played by: Chudy, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Dusty Tonez, Bialson Hajsy
Review: ReSoul releases score highly on every nu-funker's wish list but the liquor-lashed Defunk doesn't just take the biscuit, he takes the whole barrel. "Good To Me" rumps on a salubrious electric bassline before breaking into a classic En Vogue hit while "Make It Swing" takes wisps of 1920s scat and swing without letting the tune wallow in over-saturated retro. Elsewhere we find ourselves getting all glitchy and sexy on "Dirty Dirty Disco" and we end on "Show Me The Love". It begins as a deeper, more reflective piece of wriggle-funk before breaking into a sharp staccato midrange bass riff that guarantees chaos.