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26 Nov 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Nick Hollywood, Qdup Foundation, Jayl Funk, Tim Livingstone, Dastardly Kuts, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
04 Mar 13
Played by: Chudy, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Dusty Tonez, Bialson Hajsy
Review: ReSoul releases score highly on every nu-funker's wish list but the liquor-lashed Defunk doesn't just take the biscuit, he takes the whole barrel. "Good To Me" rumps on a salubrious electric bassline before breaking into a classic En Vogue hit while "Make It Swing" takes wisps of 1920s scat and swing without letting the tune wallow in over-saturated retro. Elsewhere we find ourselves getting all glitchy and sexy on "Dirty Dirty Disco" and we end on "Show Me The Love". It begins as a deeper, more reflective piece of wriggle-funk before breaking into a sharp staccato midrange bass riff that guarantees chaos.
13 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Rudd, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Busta, Bmd, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, All Good Funk Alliance, Woodhead, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Badboe, The Funk Hunters, D-Funk, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Quasamodo
Review: Swimming in support from spinners such as the Dub Pistols, JFB, Pimpsoul and Omegaman, Canadian funk duo TFH have hooked up with fellow breaks-head L&C for this exhilarating four-tracker. "The Ritz" makes brilliant use of '80s synth oddity "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco, while "Slippery Addict" busts out some classic '70s funk guitars and filter fun. Best of all though is the tweaked bass of midtempo banger "Fly Robin", which makes canny use of silky soul samples over a thumping bass beat.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Stex, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, DJ Axe, The Funk Hunters, D-Funk, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Zenit Incompatible, Telephunken, Dirty Mckenzie, Tosses & Varvez
Review: If anyone ever tells you The Four Seasons' disco bomb "Oh What A Night" can't be 'badboy'd up, you are legally allowed to slap them in the face with a pair of headphones. "Wild For The Night" takes said classic (and one or two other cheeky samples) bang into the future with booty shaking glee. Elsewhere we find the equally glittering "Ghetto Disco". Loaded with a vibrant horn and organ hook and a bassline that splutters funk juice every which way but loose, it's yet another slice of guaranteed dancefloor dynamite from The Funk Hunters.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Spinforth, Ellboss, Chudy, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez, Jiggyjoe
Review: There's something rather funky in the fresh Canadian air right now, and native imprint ReSoul are breathing in six lung-fulls by the second. "The Plan" is utter horn heaven as we bump and grind to a beefy swing hook that's peppered with just the right amount of hip-hop snippets. "Whole Lotta Drop", meanwhile, takes The Dynamics' wicked reggae cover of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and drives it straight into D&B town. Skiitour's "Filthy Laundry" finishes the set with a boogified 80s rock stomp. What a package.