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15 May 13
Played by: Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, 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!
27 Apr 13
03 May 13
Played by: DJ Stex, Chudy, DJ Self, Jayl Funk, Actual Sounds, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, 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.
02 May 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Mooqee, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Radical Mixtape
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!
30 May 13
Review: Serious booty-fusion abounds on this new series from Booty Fruit. Badboe introduces Jeru The Damaja and Ini Kamoze to a disco bassline. Roast Beatz gives Grand Puba a sexy, sun-kissed facelift. El Bomba and Hidden Riddim go back to school on their Akai and get clever with a range of well-known samples and big old juicy bassline. Waggles finishes the set with the cheekiest addition that sees the Beastie Boys on a lounge lizard samba flex. Party insanity.
15 May 13
Played by: Rich Raw, Roast Beatz, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Euphonique, Ez Icarus
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!
13 May 13
Played by: DJ Stex, Chudy, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks
Review: Is it just us or are Basement Freaks albums getting funkier and funkier? As hinted with their Soul Digga EP last winter, the trio just keep getting more organic and authentic, this being their most engaging, juiciest funk LP to date. From the Alabama 3 meets the Daptones style "Gimme More" to the insanely authentic Parliament skit "Disco Boy" via the mild skank bounce, organ noodling and Troutman crooning on "Red Light Streets", this really is party dynamite. Basement Freaks are ruling the nu-funk scene right now.
06 May 13
Prosper & Old Skool Nemo - "Get That Boogie Thing" (feat JC001 & Ashley Slater - original mix) - (5:25) 120 BPM
Played by: Prosper, Roast Beatz, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove
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.
01 May 13
22 Apr 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Morlack, Turntill, Ez Icarus, Essex Groove, Radical Mixtape
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".
25 May 13
Played by: Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Reggae/Oldies/Ska, Ez Icarus
Review: Music For The People return with their eighth release by none other than main edit man, Krakowski, who has already injected a great deal of boogie retouching into the label thanks to his previous EP. "Skabotage" opens things up in true stepper style, bringing in those brass horns and placing them over some Beastie Boys lyrics to mix things up more than ever before! "The Final Skankdown" is more of a lover's rock ting, re-hashing a track that's almost too famous to name, whereas "Dubbing My Religion" adds a roots-style percussion work over yet another pop anthem. Finally, "La Bambska" slows the original "Bamba" down to blissful reggae tones - incredible
20 May 13
Review: Two of the nu-funk scene's leading lights go toe-to-toe on this sizzling six-tracker from Tru Funk's Polish party HQ. Axe goes deep on a less-is-more ethos; "Funky Jam" builds with confidence, holding the full House Of Pain rap back to the very last moment. "Bush Tucker" is deeper again with a warped wonk to the groove while "Totally Fried" ends Axe's trio with some very cool use of a talkbox and a well known numerical chant from J Kwon. Morlack, meanwhile, develops his electro boogie rep; "Happy Hip Hop" bubbles with a rich synth bassline, "Summer Lover" radiates sunshine vibes via the medium of slap bass and cheeky Vanilla Ice vocal stabs while "Suspicious" wouldn't have gone amiss on a Paula Abdul record. Unashamedly 80s. Unashamedly funky, too...
28 May 13
Review: When it comes to album remix packages, Fort Knox always deliver. Allowing the Latino-glitter settle from the album release in a timely fashion, here the label commission a series of authentic, respectful reversions... And each one of them rocks. Omegaman dubs out "7th Street Groove" with depth and clarity, Basement Freaks splash out on a Lover's Rock style digi-dub swing for "Salsa De Gala" while the Fort Knox label bosses funkify "Maria Juana" so much there's a danger you may damage your speakers with dangerous funk juice.
09 May 13
Review: Big-assed bootleg business from the Actual Sounds crew... Big Bang Breaks revisits Public Enemy on "Bring Your Whistle" and Derrick May on "Swings Of Life". Meanwhile Funk You Very Much mixes up Randy Newman with Biggie Smalls on "Leaving Cali", gives The Doors a slap with glove of glitches on "Break The Doors" and gets jiggy on a two-step vibe with "Bop A Lot". Elsewhere we find Funky Wah Wah fusing Too Short's "Blow The Whistle" with a reggae version of Marvin Gaye on "Blow It Shorty". Hit 'em up... Then knock 'em down!
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.
29 Apr 13
Review: It's a meeting of minds on this long player with rootsy German label Root Down releasing this much-anticipated album from Korean-German 'future dancehall' act Symbiz Sound. There's plenty of tunes, 15 in total here, many of which featuring either the talents of ZHI MC or Feral Is Kinky. Highlights include the sweet sounding lovers rock of opener "Soundboy Dead", the bassy, ghetto-hop of "Ruff Ride", the digital dancehall of "Down Under" and the sheer tribalism of "Bad So".
10 May 13
20 May 13
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.
03 May 13
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.
10 Jun 13
Review: Conjuring the heady rave vibes of breakbeat's golden tear-out days, "Mind Control" is a Botchit-level ripsnorter of a track with layers of bowel-tugging saw tooth basses and party-hyping vocals from two of the biggest toasters in the game. "Phenomenon One" is more contemporary with rhythm switches, shocking bass glitches and pummelling drumsteppy kicks. Laced with yet more premier vocals, watch out for the mad switch up after the build. Remix-wise Benny Page shows his more savage side with a firing roller that comes coated in a fine selection of old skooly motifs.
10 Jun 13
Review: Some 'best-of' collections seem to arrive way too early. Arrogantly so with some artists. But when you've released 23 EPs and five albums since 2005, it's definitely justified. Especially when you've got a back cat as impressive as Mr Pluse's. Ranging from the Hammond-smashing swinger "Pleasuretown" to the skank-bounce stepper "The Market St Hustle" via the early Dub Pistols-flavoured "Never Get Old", Pluse's accomplished ability to serve any party is more than established and celebrated here. A great way to get up to speed if you're not yet acquainted.
17 Jun 13
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".
24 May 13
Played by: Ez Icarus
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").
25 Apr 13
23 May 13
Review: Cool, confident and coated in 70s sample class; Sard Boogie develops his reputation as one of the more subversive, jazzier producers in the nu-funk movement with his fourth full lengther Funky Walker Dirty Talker. From the quirky key meanders on "5 6 Keyboards" to the early 90s hip-hop heaviness of "Peep Show" via the speedier, bloc-rocking swing-out "The Item", there's a great range on show, held together with a consistent theme of nifty chops and fun samples. Easily his most accomplished album yet.
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.
27 May 13
Review: There's a few acts out there with the same or similar name, but this Nativ shouldn't need to worry, he's most likely to be the one that's remembered. Coming out London's cult label Vex, "Bandulu" is a menacing slice of forward-thinking wobble where chiming tropical beats collide when snarling, rabid bass. Elsewhere "Afrocentricism" pushes the drum rolls further and the bass lower, while "Bounce" is all about the spacey synths. Remix-wise Notion and DJ Spookz deliver ghetto tropical and peak time chaos respectively.
30 May 13
Played by: Actual Sounds
27 May 13
Review: Bringing forth fresh talent at a dizzying rate, Dusk & Blackdown's imprint steps up with another sterling four-tracker of forward-thinking bass music that keeps the vibe of dubstep alive just as it points to new avenues. Etch is fearsomely limber on "Scattah", wielding rudest jungle tropes on a half-step lurch with a wonderful injection of horror soundtrack tension that brings all the darkside incantations you could hope for. Walton has a touch more pep in his own collage that drops a snappy garage mentality with a breakbeat roll, while the bass rub cries out for a powerful stack of subs to test. Visionist taps into the exotic climes that the LHF collective explored so adeptly, clashing melodies against each other without hesitation, and Fresh Paul takes the creatively maligned purple sound and runs it into a far more inviting cocktail of emotionally ambiguous and devilishly produced fare.
31 May 13
Played by: Funk And Filth
27 May 13
Review: The Rat crew submit to the summer heat and drop the tempo for a super-smoochy disco-funk ass-shaker. Darrison's rep as the scene's most melodious MC remains intact. With such a smooth flow he complements both the juicy lolloping bassline and the bold, insistent strings. Need more hardcore welly? Head for Electric Soulside's swashbuckling old school rave breaks revision. Need a more rolling Ils style workout? Check out Breaking News' headnod to breakbeat's most golden era.
28 May 13
Played by: Actual Sounds
Review: Supreme p-funk glitch hop vibes are the order of the day here. Showboating very intelligent use of a classic 60s sample from The Art Of Lovin', "Nothing Left To Say" is well-bodied, insanely funky and just the right amount of chunky. In fact it's not far off KOAN Sound at their cheekiest. Remix-wise Bobby C and Sound TV add more of a straight-up electro edge, Akshin Alizadeh stretches out the elastic bass for a much naughtier reversion while Sixfingerz goes for a much dubbier rub. We've nothing left to say... Except 'this release rules'.
10 May 13
27 May 13
Review: It's been a great year for Morlack so far, and he's showing no signs of losing momentum with this brand new quad of nu-funk booties. "Shake That Pussy" gives Dizzee a P-funk massage. "Move Song" comes at you with a shiny Paul Hardcastle / Harold Faltermeyer style 80s groove. "Pusher" takes Ice-T's finest moment and gives it a Shaft-style 70s car chase down Lombard hill. Finally we hit a funky climax of Parliamentary proportions as Morlack goes back to the source and samples Bootsy himself. Outstanding stuff.
04 Jun 13
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem
20 May 13
Played by: DJ Axe
06 May 13
Review: Taking Asaf Avidan's emotional exercise in modern day folk and giving it the regal reboot it deserves, Pure SX and Mutant Breakz ensure Hot Cakes' reputation as 'king of bass bootlegs' remains intact with this blistering breakbeat version of "One Day". One sawtooth bassline sizzles over a more elongated distorted low-end lick while the beats swagger and the guitars loop gently in the background. Building gradually, the vocal doesn't really take full presence until the breakdown, causing serious dancefloor meltdown in the process.
14 Jun 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: The new bad boys of swing, Dutty Moonshine return to Rocstar with a slamming slice of retro-future fusion. Swaggering with a heavy rag-time hook and some of the funkiest basslines you'll hear this side of the asylum, it switches from a sludgy glitch to a firing triplet-based D&B shock-out with chaotic results. Beat 3 trips things out heady bass warps and slow, stumbling beats while William Breakspear takes the title literally with a fluid, wet electro body popping workout. Instant festival vibes.
13 May 13
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17 May 13
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, Radical Mixtape, Funk And Filth
Review: Reboot! Having set out his eclectic urban funk stall with confidence earlier this year, Johnny's commissioned a series of far-reaching rubs to complement his work. Showing serious potential from the very first rub (the Django Django sampled take on "The Prowler"), it's a hefty package that even includes some very handy DJ tools. Highlights include Mo Matic's staccato, chop'n'shot funk rub of "Maggy Doyles" and AKA's ripsnorting D&B take on "Never Get Old".
14 Jun 13