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25 Jan 13
Review: Much talk abounds on where the devil dubstep can go next - it's been everywhere from the darkest underground cavern to the most vibrant, white-hot spotlights. Where can it go next? We'll tell you: live. Not the pressing buttons style of live (which has its place) but full-on brass, string, double drum kit live. Complete with spine-shuddering vocals and a gut-punching sense of classically orchestrated drama, this is a whole new chapter for dubstep. Like a rich organic cross between Submotion Orchestra and Jazzsteppa, this is a really exciting release.
11 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b
Review: Hero No 7 were leading lights of the UK mash up/party cuts scene of the late 90s even going so far as having a track featured on The Herbaliser's Fabric mix cd. They also run their eponymous record label and here we have a 13-track compilation of their (own) output, which also includes some of their best remixes of other acts. Sounding surprisingly fresh, we find that perky breakbeats fused with snippets of found vocals and vintage funk samples are the order of the day. Standout tracks include the moody "Black Mountain" and the eerie "Futuristics".
08 Feb 11
18 Jun 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Bmd, Voodoocuts, Savages Y Suefo, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Hero Records
Review: A teaming up between Renegades of Jazz' David Hanker and DJ Deli-Kutt, Mash & Munkee kick it in an old-skool style on this full-length album "We Like It Like That". All manner of '70s funk styles come together with scratches and processed drums on tracks like "Wake Up", "Sunny Day" and "Point Vista" while "Mexican B-Boy" goes slow and low - adding flutes and lilting guitars for a very mellow vibe indeed.
07 Sep 11
Review: A debut release for this British duo who have benefited from support from, amongst others, 6Music's Craig Charles. Comprising DJ Chris Tarn and double-bassist Phil Smith, Weekend Sun conjure up gorgeous echoes of piano jazz legend Ramsey Lewis on lead song "Figo" and evoke smoky Northern Soul on "Keep Running". They also show off a more studio-based production savvy on "The Last Monkey", with some beautifully punchy drums shining through a miasmic range of oscillating keyboards and alto sax.
13 Aug 12
Played by: Jimmythetwin, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Juno Recommends Jazz, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Ez Icarus, Renegades Of Jazz, Salvo
Review: Although sounding like they come from another time and place, the core of Weekend Sun are actually two funk enthusiasts from the North-East of England. Their blend of exotic-tinged funk and soul has already been championed by the likes of Craig Charles and Pete Isaac. This EP of live and authentic retro funk will undoubtedly win even more followers with it's almost Acid Jazz-esque workouts. Highlights include the female-led title track and it's New Voyager-style remix by Hero 7 (Distant Hero mix).