Initially appearing mainly on compilation EPs, The Allergies have recently graduated to starring on their own eponymous releases. Here they team up with the respected Jalepeno for sizzling four tracker, Kicking Up The Dust. It's an extremely varied affair, providing both different styles for different tastes or, simply just different cuts for different parties - "God Walked Down" is breaky, gospel-tinged soul, "Be With You" is low-slung and loose disco-house, meanwhile "Flip The Scripture" is rockified West Coast groovy hip-hop and "Hold It" goes straight back to a world of 70s cop car chases. Cool!
Nothing cheap about the complier of the latest installment of Katakana Edits series. Cheapedits has lined up a sizzling selection of party-orientated scalpel jobs, and gives The Supremes a thorough early 90s hip-house makeover on "Stopin". Inxs get a sleazy big beat facelift on "Tonight", and it's all about the vintage 60s shuffle on "Blacktel". "Buyer" provides some poppy ska and "Qui Qui" wraps things up with closing-time-at-a-tequila-bar vibe.
With Italy's Sound Exhibitions giving us four funk flamers from French fella Funk Reverse, this is a truly continental offering. Despite the Euro origins though, these productions hark back to early 80s America and its streetwise electronic funk. The title track is a vintage Adidas-tapping groover with extra breaks, "Super Free" sees big beat underline a low down and dirty slap bass jam. "Go Funk" is all about block rockin' drum rolls and scratching, whilst "Hello" breaks the trend and opts for a contemporary, Latin-tinged groove.
Texan tearaway Gaddy gets busy with his first ever EP. And what an EP... At eight tracks, this is almost album level. With a unique obese bass sound, clipped organ meanders and a clear knack at raw, creative sample craft, each cut works well as a testament to his abilities. Notable highlights, though, are the tripped out reverse bass weirdness of "She Had That Latin Sway", the 8-bit saloon bar wild west soundtrack "Get Paid", the jaunty skank of "Stay Paid" and the swooning strings and breezy synths of "Cruise Control". Jumbo gumbo.