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23 Aug 10
09 Jan 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Chudy, Basement Freaks, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Rory Hoy, D-Funk, Basement Freaks, Zenit Incompatible, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Funk technician Basement Freaks teams up with Danish nu-funk legend Badboe for the first in this series of hook ups for excellent funk 'n' breaks label Bombastic Jam. "Suck Up The Thrill" rides a tight Moog bassline and a loose funk beat and features the P-Funk-esque vocals of Georges Perin, while "Boomshakala" comes in on a more old skool hip-hop vibe, with singer/rapper Lozen spitting rhymes over a chilled yet punchy mix of sampled breaks and gritty live funk-rock guitars.
02 Jul 12
Drum And Bass
Review: "I'm Waiting" sings Nneka. Do you know what she's waiting for? A Basement Freaks D&B remix of course. And now it's here... And it's a pretty big deal. Basement Freaks is usually known for his antics lower down the tempo scale but he's come through with an expert impression of someone who knows the intricacies of drum and bass production techniques. Funky, cheeky and riddled with texture, he's captured that remix gold star - making it sound like the vocals were made for his version alone. Just in case you're not feeling the vocal, head directly to the instrumental - it's equally funky and works well as a cool DJ tease, mixing it in with the vocal version. What are you waiting for?
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.
01 Nov 10
10 May 10
Played by: Shantisan, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Fuzzbox Inc, Scapo, Hayz, Los Charly's Orchestra, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Danny Massure, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Sneak-E Pete, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Basement Freaks, Quasamodo
Review: Headed by Greek producer and supreme beat-head George Fotiadis, these four nu-funk bombs under his Basement Freaks moniker mixes up live production with samples in the vein of the titular hero, J Dilla. "Here Comes Our Dilla" mixes cop-show guitars and clavs with a flute that sit on top of the tune like a glace cherry on a cupcake. "Mission Jazz" does a neat trick by combining James Brown's "Funky President" beat with a bossa nova sway, while the Godfather gets further recognition on "Soul Men" which kicks off with a JB-style "are you ready?" intro from the band. "Boogaloo Express" alone is worth snapping up the EP for though - a lively Northern Soul stomper that'll never go out of style.
12 May 11
25 Nov 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, Chudy, Zamali, All Good Funk Alliance, Jayl Funk, Basement Freaks, Basement Freaks, Kosta Kostov
Review: A more electronic sound from Basement Freaks on this new EP for Bombastic Jam, as he fuses together a sinister synth lead line with some huge bass sounds on the Missy Elliot-sampling "Booty Funk". His trademark cut 'n' paste funk is still present though on songs like the bold and brassy "Cash Money" (featuring a superbly jazzy vocal from singer Georges Perin). Killer!
21 Nov 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: Basement Freaks' jazzy hip-hop swinger "Mission Jazz" gets a thorough remix package on this latest release from Bombastic Jam. While the original makes great use of trip-hoppy brass samples and itchy guitars, Serbian beat heads Hain Terry add a perfect smoky vocal over the top of the beat while Renegades of Jazz replay the original in a '50s exotica style that would make Henry Mancini and Les Baxter proud.
16 Aug 10
28 Jul 11
21 Jul 10
25 Jun 12
Review: Compared to his more upbeat party sizzlers, this single from prolific nu-funkster Basement Freaks' album Something Freaky is pretty subdued, with more of a cool funk-meets-hip-hop groove and flow. With fun playground style lyrics, it's the type of tune that really worms into you without you realising. There's some really interesting remix action on offer, too; AfroQben adds some squidgy bass beef, Suzbilla gets more of a 4/4 stomp on, throwing in some cool funk breaks on the fills and putting more of a psychedelic twist to the bass. D End, meanwhile, gets a bit freaky with a jaunty skank and yet a bassline that wouldn't sound amiss on a two-step record.
10 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Bmd, Fort Knox Five, Badboe, Trotter, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Treading the fine line between authentic old school homage while offering something original is a hard challenge... Thankfully Basement Freaks and Timothy Wisdom have nailed it. Conjuring up the spirit of Two Live Crew, Young MC and Sugar Hill, Timothy delivers with true clarity and character over BF's superfly slap-bass riff. It's a match made in funk heaven. The remix line-up is more than healthy with all styles catered. Highlights include the percussion ripples on Jayl Funk's re-rub and the smoochy sonics on Slynk's deeper remake.
22 Apr 11
12 Jul 10
14 May 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Busta, Fuzzbox Inc, Bmd, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Trotter, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Quasamodo
Review: Just weeks have passed since Bombastic Jam let loose with the Basement Freaks remix album and they're up to their antics again with this tremendously funky EP from the Moguls. "Block Rockin" is instant party with a playful vocal chant, a killer electro bassline and some excellently executed use of the six string. "Backfire" struts with a low swung Shaft vibe and a killer sample taken from cult film Kill The Moonlight (which, incidentally, inspired a well-known Beck lyric). "B-Boy" picks up the tempo with a string-drenched disco hook and scratch vocal sample that wouldn't have gone amiss on early Freestylers records. For added badboy thrills, head to the grand finale as Basement Freaks remixes "Block Rockin", giving it just a touch of growl and gristle.
06 Sep 10
26 Sep 11
27 Dec 10
07 Nov 11
28 Apr 10
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 029
09 Apr 12
13 Jun 11
11 Apr 11
10 Sep 12
Review: Some French breaks fun here as Gallic DJ Prosper teams up with a host of collaborators on his latest release. "We Can't Hold Back" sees Kantyze and Tomwise jump on board for a tropical beat workout complete with some UK MCing from Adam Paris. Produced with Azaxx and Adam Polo, "You Can't Fake It", is a catchy 80s-style electro-funk. Polo returns for house-influenced "Fric Freak" (echoing Calvin Harris in the process) and last but not least, "Es Una Trampa" is a slice of quirky break-beat pop.
16 Apr 10
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.
01 Aug 11
14 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Busta, Fuzzbox Inc, Timewarp, Dan Wilde, Badboe, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Badboe, The Funk Hunters, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Basement Freaks, Radical Mixtape, Quasamodo
Review: New from the Bombastic Jam label, Canadian Timothy Wisdom mixes lively hip-hop swagger with nu-funk breaks and bass on the "Get Your Hands Up". The title tune mixes Kanye-esque auto-tune choruses with old school verses, while "Black 'n' Tan" brings in a jazzy swing and "Born To Rock The Party" mixes electro stutter-synths with frat-boy lyrics.
25 Mar 13
Review: Hot off the back of last week's originals comes this expertly curated remix package. DJ AKA's take on "Get Your Hands Up" adds a cool mid-range electro bass twist to the hip-hop attitude. The Spank! meanwhile injects "Jiggle What You Got" with a freak-out inducing hit of pulsating, slow-stomp filtered funk. Finally Nynfus Corporation add a turbo skank to the swing-inspired "Black N Tan". Keep those hands up... while Mr Wisdom's in town they're going to stay that way.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Mr Chombee, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: A Canadian, an Australian, a German label and artwork done by a fella in Japan; if this whopping four-tracker doesn't live up to its title of "Global Collaboration" then nothing will. The sounds sizzle with an international dancefloor tongue, too. "We Will Not Back Down" flirts with dubstep in a glitch, mean n' moody way, "Ready Set Party" is quintessential electro-ridden nu funk, "Influence" is a major league party breaks piece with a bassline so savage it'll cut your ears off given half the chance, "Pound For Pound" is a more dramatic piece with a vocal that's rather reminiscent of the Dub Pistols. Play them anywhere across the globe and they'll smash it. Guaranteed.
06 Dec 10
21 Feb 11
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