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29 Mar 11
BOMBASTIC JAM 030
09 Apr 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Busta, Jazz K Lipa, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Trotter, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mr Chombee, All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Morlack, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Quasamodo
Review: All 14 tracks on this second volume of Basement Freaks remixes from the ever reliable Bombastic Jam are all bona fide party pieces; from Jazz K Lippa's Fiddy-fiddling D&B remake of "Tetris Dub" to Pimpsoul's b-boy, block-rock version of "Something Freaky" via Some DJ's supremely sludgy rub of "Bootyfunk" this album is testament to true remix art.
02 May 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Zamali, Badboe, Trotter, All Good Funk Alliance, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Quasamodo
Review: Believe it or not, this 12 track boogie attack is actually an EP! Shimmying its way into your lugholes with nu funk gusto, it sounds much more like an album to us. And a ruddy good album, to boot. One minute it's all about the slap bass popping, the next we see the b-boys rocking, Jayl's all-encompassing party remit is accessible and far reaching. We can't list all 12 cuts here, but for a sense of Jayl's variety and sonic scope head for the low-swung, early Kraak & Smaakesque soul shock out "Everybody" and the deep percussive house shakedown "The Last Night". Fluent party vibes with an eclectic tongue, whether you call it an EP or an album, it's a remarkably attractive proposition.
BOMBASTIC JAM 027
16 Jan 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Goodka From The Groovologists, Chudy, Zamali, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Basement Freaks, 7 Love Records, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Quasamodo
Review: Since releasing their first album in 2007, Greek band Quasamodo (AKA The Q Orchestra) have become funk scene stalwarts. Following albums for Timewarp and Freestyle, here they jump ship to funk breaks specialists Bombastic Jam. It's a good move. While "Movin On" is nowhere near as bombastic as many of the label's releases, it retains a sharp dancefloor focus. Musically, the Quasamodo sound is pleasingly bright and breezy, offering strong songs (backed with fantastic vocal performances) that fuse a consciously laidback approach to funk and soul with disco, rock and jazz-funk influences.
29 Apr 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: Basement Freaks
Review: Smokey Bandits are a side project of producers George Fotiadis & Dimitris Nassios (of Basement Freaks/Quasamodo fame). Unsurprisingly their favourite movie is Smokey & The Bandit and this mutual love has resulted in this cowboy themed long player. "Revolucion Valienete" kicks off with a down Mexico way trumpet vibe, "Cattledrive" is a jazzy shuffle number, "The Rooster" touches of Latino trip-hop and "A Son's Lament" end proceedings with some widescreen orchestrated beats.
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.
09 Jul 12
Played by: Prosper, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, Juno Recommends Funky House, Basement Freaks, Radical Mixtape
Review: Collecting together their sunniest summer jams, funky breaks/hip hop/disco label Bombastic Jam crank it up with this latest collection - boasting a fine selection of heaters including the paced-up Latin disco of Quasamodo's "Can't Hold Me Down", The Sly Players' discoid mix of Basement Freaks' "The Swingers Club" and Prosper & Adam Polo's "Fric Freak".
25 Oct 10