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29 Jun 11
Played by: Kid Digital
Review: Austin, Texas might most commonly be known for the annual SXSW shindig - but 8Bit is doing his, er bit, to put the city on the breakbeat map. Once again turning out on the Kick It imprint, 8Bit brings the breakstep melding on "Powerpad" with a gritty steppah riddim surrounded by increasingly jagged mid range bass arpeggios - watch for the drop! The track gets the dust up treatment from both Vize and Sneaker & The Dryer, with the former twisting the track on some Utopian electro house tip replete with duck sounds whilst the latter house proceedings up good and proper.
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01 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Breakbeat
Review: Flipping the bird from his high tower betwixt EDM, electro and breakbeat, Beatz Projekted's distinctive blend of spirited sonics has won him many fans over the last year or so with releases on labels such as Disco Bomb, Miami In Tech, Plasmapool and Redbox. His debut on Texan label Kick It is likely to score yet more; "Battleship" gurgles and glitches with vibrant funk flourishes and a vicious bass undertone that will sink any boat in a 20 mile radius. Remix-wise Kwerk adds a little more breakbeat swing to the melting pot while Tactical Groove Orbit throw down a whole new chapter in stomp. Heavy.
21 Jun 11
Review: US producer Bo Scott brings some devilish breaks magic to the Kick It label on this latest single. With an old-school, late-90s vibe to the spoken-word samples layered over the track, Scott keeps the bass funky and the rattling synths nice and thick - guaranteed to make a room pleasantly shake when played loud! On a more technoid vibe, Monk3ylogic speeds things up a touch and adds some tranced-out flavour to the leads, while Kick It star Direct Input provides a more soothing, blissed-out alternate remix.
16 Aug 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz
19 Jul 11
Review: Pounding breakbeats are Direct Input's forte and the Florida-born producer serves them up with aplomb on this new LP from Kick It. From the swirling atmospheres of the opener "Continue", "Funksun" swoops through a series of styles - the jazz-inflected "Hold Up", the chilled ice-funk of "Intergruv" or the guitar-heavy "How I Feel" - and uses them beautifully to create an album that's full of progression and surprise, and one that's made for the head as much as it is for the floor.
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08 Nov 11
Review: A real force in French breakbeat, Farace drops a new tune to add to his increasing catalogue of heavy electro-influenced club punishers, in the shape of "Get Up Jax". With bright pads and twisted leads driving the tune nicely to the drop, Farace flips the script with truly gritty wobble bass and some thick and punchy kicks and snares. Even more beautifully off-the-hook, Farace's own "Bass Mix" comes in on a half-steppin' vibe that mixes live drum fills with unrelenting bass squelchiness.
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Review: Recently rinsed to death on Radio 1 by Kissy Sell Out, Florida's Farace comes in hard with the itchy, half-step breaks of "Feel That Ammunition". Given a vocal boost from Trevor Rockwell on the mic, it fuses dubstep and breaks perfectly, whilst also sporting one of the meanest, longest and most insane builds you'll hear in a long time. With mixes from Johnny Dangerously and Wavewhore also included, this is one fierce release.
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18 Sep 12
Review: Fisso & Sparks (real names: Fisherman and Sparkle Toes) follow up their July release with a commendably varied remix package. Press play and expect to hear classic swaggering breakbeat complete with obligatory hip-hop vocal sample (Kwerk's remix of "Usual Suspects"), outrageously spiky electro house (Hertz's remix of "Xcellent") and a more filtered-funk/French touch glitch style house flavour (Olmec's remix of "Girls Jump"). An interesting release that pays respect to the originals while adding enough refreshment to keep it new and worth your while.
16 Apr 12
Review: Fisso & Spark are card carrying audio tightrope walkers; deftly treading the finest of lines between awesome spine tingling light and raffish, aggressive dark. As this opens you're convinced they're teetering too dangerously into the murky badlands of guttural electro bass then BANG: they inject ear-prickling euphoria. This exquisite balance is kept in check at first with harmonised vocal stabs before they fire up the dream machine for a drop so lush and floaty it'll make you buy shares in marshmallows. The three remixes are testament to the original riff's success; each one highlighting a whole new adventureland for its Toy Town-like charms. Isn't it high time you checked this?