Rubber Band (Andy McAllister remix) - (4:37) 129 BPM
Bounciness is the name of the game here, as you may well have deduced from the elasticised title. With an infectious mid range, wasp-like hook and some of the sturdiest, well-rounded beats Ground Level have ever treated us to, this is prime time breakbeat carnage coated in character and the perfect amount of funk. Remix-wise label boss Andy McAllister get low-down and dirty for a body slamming remix that rolls with might thanks to some classic breakbeat drum programming, well-paced arrangement and a blissed out drop. One for the messy hour, one for the later shifts - two great DJ tools.
Besides a few remixes, there's a huge gap in Rebel Sketchy's discography between his groundbreaking funky debuts on the Payback Project in the mid noughties and his current breakbeat killers on Ground Level. Some say he went away to a monastery that does nothing but diligently restoring old 808s. Others say he got trapped in his studio with only a box of Bombay Badboy Pot Noodles for sustenance. We say 'who cares?', Rebel Sketchy's distinctive bouncy breakbeat is as welcome now as it was five years ago. Grooves loaded with character and curious glitches and hops throughout, both the cheeky-as-chips "Up & Down" and the more blissed-out roller "I Need You" are ideal set-pieces that your dancefloor won't fail to enjoy.
The summer might be a dim and distant memory but that hasn't stopped Ground Level from flying the sunshine flag into the autumn months. Rebel Sketchy launches proceedings with an uptempo jacking breaks joint laced with lavish disco flourishes and the fartiest bassline you'll hear all season. Joe C ups the aggy factor with a snub-nosed acid bassline and tonked up beef beats. DJ Hero completes the set with the most uncompromising blend of the release. Fans of Elite Force or Meat Katie should be all over this; robust, glitchy and unrelenting it's an instant laser-fest with added piano surprises. There ain't no party like a Ground Level party.
WARNING: only play this when you're wearing the appropriate safety gear! No really, future dictionaries will include this under the words 'slamming' 'dangerous' and 'heavy'. And we are not responsible for any damage you incur playing this EP. "Global Meltdown" sees Sasha locking horns with Rukus for a Freestylers-like slab of raw dub rave fusion. Meanwhile "Riding West" features a Ragga Twin-styled vocal attack from MC Ninety who rides bareback over a monstrous riff. Shucks, there's even time for some D&B as Sasha complete the trio with a top ranking remix of Beatsmack's "Ruiff 'Em Up". Don't say we didn't warn you!