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18 Jun 12
Review: Serious sample mashery here. And probably not all of it above board; hence the producers hiding behind the collective label name. If you already know the Bulabeats brand, you'll know exactly what to expect; more bootlegs than a cowboy costume shop, and all them very tight fitting. There are too many highlights to pick here, but any album that includes snippets of Beasties, House Of Pain, Vampire Weekend and a reggae version of the Ghostbusters theme tune (to name but a few) is obviously worth checking. The label says it all; bombs, bangers and weapons. Go ahead and cause carnage.
01 Feb 13
Review: Johnny Pulse's Bulabeats stable invite Jersey partyhound Crashgroove into the fold, and the result is a naughty trio of bass-bitten nu-funk joints. "Rip Hop" takes a nagging rap vocal loop and sends it into hyperspace, "Street Beat" wobbles and whirrs with musical mischief while "Apollo" takes us on a trip around the moon with devastating consequences. Keep your ears out for Crashgroove - something tells us we'll be hearing more from him very soon.
23 Feb 10
10 Mar 12
Drum And Bass
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Palov (Palov&mishkin), Msdos
Review: Blending the acapellas from some classic jungle riddims in the intro to title track "Mad So Mush", it's off to a bold start for DJ Tzinas as the three-track EP opens, drenched in the songs and sounds of yesteryear. Reggae and jungle meet in this track, which is full of enticing vocals, soaring sirens and upbeat, punchy drums. "El Reindo De Bomba" continues the musical mayhem with a Spanish influenced piece and plenty of bombastic rhythms and juicy lyrics, before "An Open Letter To Jamaica" round things off with a shimmy of beats, bass and dose of dancehall.
05 Nov 12
Drum And Bass
Review: Spreading peace, love and unity across the land DJ Tzinas steps up with the aptly entitled "Positive Vibes" on Bulabeats. Shimmying melodies, chiming chords, jungle chirrups and a rallying reggae cry get this one off to a great start. Then its onwards ever onwards with a flurry of fast paced, pounding beats and raw snares which has a dollop of 90s rave about it. Mixing up the flavours is what it's all about here. Next up we have "U An A Girl Do The Rub A Dub" which continues the story with punchy D&B attitude - enticing, looping beats and polished, cooing vocal which drives things along. A tidy release here with plenty of fun for everyone.
24 Jun 11
Review: As the title suggests, Dusty Tonez has gone all out on the samples with this latest five track release on Bulabeats. With production styles that flit between breakbeat and hip-hop, DT get busy with JB on "The Machine", while more synth-dominated bangers like "Oh My Dayz" and "Sub Scream" are still layered with accapella shots and off-the-hook drumfills, keeping everything fresh, funky and thrilling.
12 Apr 13
Review: Dusty Tonez return for their fourth appearance on Bulabeats, and with them comes their familiar but excessively addictive breakbeat slant - one reserved strictly for all floor freaks out there! The title track "Click Click Boo Ya" sounds like a slowed down electro-house anthem packed with enough drum rolls to have your head chiselled down by the first four bars; and "Dreams" takes some duly needed DMX vocals and glides them effortlessly over more gentle R&B lyrics and head-nodding kick snares. "The Market St Heads Up" is a proper mashtown anthem, whilst "Gangsta Walk" sounds somewhere between Bugz In The Attic and some west-coast joint circa '95, but "Your Woman" is where the breaks really shine and fulfil all our Saturday night needs...
26 Sep 11
Review: Irish breakbeat don Dusty Tonez mix funk, hip-hop and heavily wobbling basslines on this latest release for Bulabeats. Our favourite mix, DT's own "Electro Breaks" version, rocks a steadily-building intro which drops into a gorgeous set of phased keys soon after the beats drop. The Funk Moguls lend a '70s funk edge to their mix as well as some killer verses, while Johnny Pluse adds a dubby reggae feel to his rejig.
28 Feb 11
Review: A new signing to Bulabeats, Dusty Tonez brings something pretty special out the bag with "Steady As She Breaks". Making great use of the raw, abrasive guitar chords from The Raconteurs' "Steady As She Goes", DT throws in countless scratches, some funky breaks and roof-raising drums and bass to really set things off. JohnnyPluse steps up for an equally fresh remix that winds in filter and dub delay sections but mercifully keeps that rockin' guitar line in there. Shush... nobody tell Jack White.
16 Jul 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Voodoocuts, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Tosses & Varvez
Review: New on the Bulabeats label, these four new mash up gems see the Funk The System crew dabble with both Missy Elliot and some classic coked-up disco on "Missy Got Ur Hands on Some Money, getting jiggy with some classic hip hop on "Ready To Shake", and riding some P-funk-meets-disco on "The Way U Like".
09 Sep 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
03 Dec 12
Drum And Bass
Review: Johnny Pluse presents "The Large Portion" on Bulabeats; an eccentric array of tracks which vary in tone and style. "Redemption" kicks things off with its repetitive, thumping intro and iconic vocal-driven sampling adding a severe dose of euphoria to the proceedings. "When Ya Hear The Horn (feat. MC Kwasi)" is a bonafide jungle banger with plenty of echoing vocal snippets, chirruping SFX and winding b-line. Next we have "The Big Dawg" - a predominantly beat-driven piece with bleepy details and light percussion, before the title track kicks in with its flurry of crushing breaks and chopped up echoing vocals. Last but not least the EP is brought to a close by "Tranch Muzik", which ends things in style.
13 May 10
20 Oct 11
Review: Clearly bearing all the symptoms of an addiction, Irish breaks producer follows up his recent "Lazers... We Need More Lazers" LP with this similarly lazer-obsessed EP of new tunes on Bulabeats. Mixing a weight of funky b-boy breaks with all manner of studio bass, he messes with Stax legend Rufus Thomas in a great way on "Let's Do This", and indulges in some DJ Yoda-esque sampledelica on the shape-shifting "Blind Tap Dancer".
25 Apr 11
Review: Irish funky breaks wrangler Johnny Pluse returns with a whole new set of beats, DJ Yoda-esque cuts, samples and attitude on this unashamedly laser-loving album. The MC cuts are definitely the highlights, recalling late-'80s UK hip-hop stars like Blade and London Posse - Dog's guest spot on "Question Is" or Youth Mass' verses on "Drinkin' In The Sun" are two perfect marriages of beats and rhymes, while the rest of the album is an almost encyclopaedic compendium of dope drums and b-boy bass.
12 Mar 10
30 Mar 11
Review: Taken from his recent How Much For The Monkey album, Johnny Pluse drops the single "Skanky Bitch" with a boat load of mixes thrown in. The original's sampletastic breaks backbone (peep bits of Naughty By Nature and The Specials among many others) gets rewritten on Generic People's trancey mix, while Dusty Tonez takes it back to breakbeat's roots with a Shut Up & Dance-vibe. Funkanomics slows things down and adds some gritty bass, while Rory Hoy scratches it up a treat.
22 Mar 13
Review: Last seen strutting about in full length form on 2011's Lasers Lasers We Need More Lasers, Bula badman Pluse delivers his second album, and it's a bit special. With a wider range than ever before, there's a great sense of playful unpredictability running throughout. From the 80s boogie-turned-60s-Rhodes-tug "No Gee Just MPC" to the grand pier style D&B swing "The Boom Times", very few party styles have been left untouched. And, just in case you were crazy enough to miss them, there's Pluse's two big releases from last year ("Never Get Old" and "Back To The Future") No lying; this rocks.
17 May 13
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".
10 Dec 11
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Ewan Hoozami, Mr Chombee, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Morlack, Tosses & Varvez, Dave Remix
Review: A simply epic remix release of Johnny Pluse's "The Market Street Cut Up" hits the virtual racks this week - a total of eleven mixes in all, including Bristolian beat masher Ewan Hoozami's phat hip hop remake, Dum N Bass's jump-up retread, Funkanomics' nu-funk, cut 'n' paste mix and Mustbeat Crew's MPC-styled version. For a pure bass-gasm, check out Rory Hoy's maxxed-out, pushing-into-the-red belter that loads plenty of pleasing distortion into JP's original.
02 Jul 09
29 Jan 10
21 May 12
13 Aug 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Radical Mixtape
Review: Never get old.... Have Johnny and Coppa actually found the elixir of everlasting life here? We don't think so - although they haven't actually denied this - but a quick spin of this jolly jaunt will certainly provide that much needed shot of timeless escapism. The original comes across like a blend of old Ugly Duckling and Dub Pistols records, and will work as the perfect party piece. There are remixes galore as always with Bulabeats, and the best, without doubt, is Maars' reggae-rupming re-skank. Bruce Foresite's trippy garage rub ain't too shabby either for that matter.
24 Aug 11
Review: A comprehensive release from Irish producer Johnny Pluse, who's teamed up with indie-rockers Youth Mass for this ode to summer that comes with a wide-ranging set of remixes. Ewan Hoozami wrangles the original's pop-skank into a fun and wonky breaks tune, while Dusty Tonez bring out a cut 'n' paste hip-hop vibe for their revisit. With a wobblin' version from Fuzzbox Inc and a radical half-step remake from Hidden Riddim also on the release, there's plenty of ways to dig on JP's summery vibes.
10 Sep 12
Review: Praised by the likes of Fatboy Slim, Craig Charles and Fake Blood (Wiseguys), it's no surprise that this rising producer evokes the spirit of the 90s. With four albums under his belt already, Hoy knows what he's doing and "Bouncework" is a great example of his production skills; taking a very Fatboy sounding track and adding a bit of modern fizz into the mix. While maybe not being strictly true these days, "Everybody Wants To Big a DJ" has 'festival favourite' written all over it. Ramshank deliver a killer, rough-as-you-like electro-house monster remix that stands out a mile as an EP highlight.
14 Dec 09
30 Apr 12
06 Dec 10
Played by: Trotter, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Charles Tox (Galletas Calientes), Rhythm People, Telephunken
Review: A label birthed by Irish producer and DJ Johnny Pluse, Bulabeats gets its compilation on with this 12 tracker featuring funk 'n' breaks galore, from Kool Hertz' old-school treat
15 Oct 12