Forever to be considered a spelling mistake, re-edit hero Timewrap handles creative duties on the latest installment of the Katakana Edits series. With just two tracks on this 32nd volume, it's a short and sweet affair, but hey, it's the holiday season. Timewrap certainly has holidays on his mind here with both tracks having a dubbed-out and rum-soaked sunny atmosphere, based around the riddim from the Willie Williams classic" Armagideon Time." The chunkier version wins it here.
To paraphrase the great Jay-Z, it's time to brush that dust off ya fingers! The 26th time in fact, as the tireless Strictly Breaks label take another voluminous trawl through the archives of past library and funk for a 25 track edition of the Dusty Fingers series. As with previous volumes, perhaps the most valuable lesson from this Dusty Fingers compilation is the manner in which it educates and introduces the curious listener to the sizeable canons of the artists featured. So sink in and enjoy the samplealicious treats on offer from Piero Umiliani, KPM, Iris, Inoue Takayuki Band and oh so many more.
We always look forward to a new installment in the School Yard Breaks series, and with 25 more vintage gems on here, they haven't let us down. It's the same drill - obscure original tunes that provided famous samples - but with new thrills. Highlights include Bobby Byrd's raunchy groover "I Need Help I Can't Do It Alone" (best known for its "I know you got soul!" line), the '70s cop show grit of "E Colition Alpha" and Rabbit & Carrott's classic "Express Yourself" (famously reworked by N.W.A.).
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