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04 Sep 12
Played by: B.visible, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Zenit Incompatible, Tosses & Varvez, Tulioxi
Review: Some releases arrive with such literal titles that they don't require much explaining. This latest release by Vienna-based 'glitch-hop' DJ, B Visible, is crammed full of chopped-up old disco samples laid over a contemporary beat. "Disko Chop" sees the likes of Outkast sampled over an old skool g-funk groove; "Priceless Smile" features a similar beat, with added disco strings and chopped up R&B vocals. "Bad Crusher" is sparse, doomy electro-funk, and finally "Hit The Bottle" is a perky closer, despite featuring a sample of Trigga's dark anthem, 'No Tomorrow'.
06 Oct 11
08 Apr 11
08 Aug 11
Review: Out on Riddim Fruit's new sister label Booty Fruit, Jam The Channel associates Bump go through the taste groups with these four new heavy-hitting breaks winners - "Hot", "Salty", "Sour" and "Sweet". Expect boogie-bass and synth squelches on "Hot", tight robotic and very cool drum work on "Salty", and spaced-out jazziness on "Sweet". Recommended!
18 Jul 12
07 Jan 13
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), Roast Beatz, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Actual Sounds, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, Quincy Jointz, The Funk Hunters, Empresarios - El Video Killer
Review: New Zealand's Alias is hip-hop to the very bone. In a previous chapter of his career he was part of the Fast Crew, supporting the likes of D12 and Busta Rhymes whenever they toured in New Zealand or Australia. And while he's shifted focus to a more explicit, nu-funk / bass sound, it still beats with a hip-hop riddim. Each of the four cuts on here ride with a raw, low-swung swagger. From the jangly shakers and headnod heroics of "Funkrion", to the snarling "New Lows" - where sluggish glitch-bass tugs stoically against the emotional synths - there's a confident and alluring attitude about the entire release.
30 Jun 11
21 Jun 12
Review: Super slow-mo squelch vibes ahoy as Mr Riddim hooks up with Conticyte and Born Ina Barn for some bouncy bass-hop fun. The slick and slippery wobbler bassline does most of the chatting, leaving time for Mr Ina Barn to fire equally smart lyrics over the top. A little slower than Riddim's previous, this is a real strutter. Remix-wise New Zealand ghetto funker DJ Alias beefs up the beats and warps the bassline for a cute take on the original. Both are eminently playable: expect major booty shakery.
24 Sep 12
Review: There's something decidedly old skool about this breezer stepper from the Riddim Fruit camp. Boasting a weary but emotion-rich vocal, twinkling melodies, rubbery double bass and retro-futurist two-step beats, the original version of "Step By Step" sits somewhere between the jazzier end of two-step, broken beat and dubstep. It should go down well with those who enjoy the musically developed productions of, say, Maddslinky. The Pulsar remix, meanwhile, adds some heavier bass and a fluid dubstep shuffle, while retaining the original's autumnal beauty.
07 Dec 11
Played by: Leo Zero, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fuzzbox Inc, John Hendicott / Beatsy Collins, Mr.dero, Ewan Hoozami, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Omegaman, Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tosses & Varvez
Review: A huge new release on Riddim Fruit and an all-Bristol affair as John Hendicott and Rackabeat & Bar-Low share this single, offering up two new breaks smashers each. Hendicott's "Babylon Shall Fall" goes for an intense, psych-funk vibe thanks to some excellent samples and maxed-out bass, while "Make 'Em Bounce" aims itself straight at the floor and uses classic drum samples and neon-coated synth stabs. Rackabeat & Bar-Low come in on an amped-up 2-step tip with the dubby "Version" but stick to a fist-pumping breaks sound with the cut 'n' paste thrill of "Get Down".
12 May 11
Played by: Cez14, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Chudy, Badboe, All Good Funk Alliance, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Tim Livingstone, DJ Max (Globe By DJ Max & Gabb), Hero Records, Quincy Jointz, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Chamber, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, D-Funk, Rhythm People, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Riddim Fruit, Juno Best Sellers 2012
18 Feb 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Tulioxi
Review: Ever eaten a Riddim Fruit? Rich in funk flavour and so many party nutrients they don't just hit your five a day, they're your floor-flipping 50 a day. Speaking of which, Brizzle's Mr 50 has delivered one of the label's freshest crops to date. "Low King" takes common glitch techniques on more of a cut n' paste skank vibe with some lovely horn action to boot. "Fifty 50 Funk" is more a guttural groover with a wheezing bassline and weeping synth lines a la Compton 20 years back. Finally, "Nightcrawler" leaves us wanting more thanks to its p-funk cheekiness, 8-bit trills and high-end bass zaps on the fills. Fruity!
07 Aug 12
Review: It's been a while since we heard anything from our kid Quade (no relation to Douglas in Total Recall, I'm afraid) but boy he's bounced back with some very snazzy sacks of bass. Rolling with a little more funk than his previous sideways-glancing EP, it's very Bassnectar in its charms, but with an added A-Skillz swing; it teeters over the edge of darkness and while carrying an access all areas party pass. "Extract" is the true highlight with its extended bass grizzles and icy atmospherics, but only a fool would stop there... DJ Alias's superfly Radioactiveman-flavoured remix of "Character" is a guaranteed smasher for starters.
19 Mar 12
Review: As the days get longer and the sun begins to peep out from behind the clouds, thoughts begin to turn to summer nights and al fresco dancing. The lead cut on this EP - a Mouldy Soul remix of "Supernova" - sounds like it was tailor-made for dancing to in the sunshine. Its' breakbeat rhythm and low end bounce are perfectly complimented by some delightfully lazy trombone solos. Blend Mishkin continue the lazy, sun-blushed theme with a cosy downbeat interpretation of "Going Around", while Dephicit delivers a thoroughly breezy re-cut of "Follow Me". A dazzlingly bright EP is completed by a solid hip-hop-soul take on "I'll Take You" by El Bomba.
21 Nov 11
Review: Tel Aviv's Shimi Sonic shows off his wide range of influences on this new EP for UK label Riddim Fruit. Opener "Supernova" even has a touch of the Pink Floyd about it, with a spacey two-chord jam fleshed out nicely by slide guitars and trumpets, while "Follow Up" mines a cumbia beat and features a fun, carefree vocal from Missin Red. The straight-up studio funk of "I'll Take You" featuring Rowetta on the mic is also well worth a listen if funky breaks are your weakness.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Roast Beatz, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Actual Sounds, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Hidden Riddim, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, The Funk Hunters, DJ Jimi Needles, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tosses & Varvez, Double Yellow, Miles Reverse
Review: Those searching for formidable, funk-fuelled party fodder should be well aware of the Riddim Fruit label, one of the more reliable sources of mash-up madness. This EP from The Allergies - complete with heavy beats, scratches, borrowed rap vocals and funk breaks aplenty - should cause carnage in those clubs that still rock the breakbeat vibe. Lead cut "Heartbreaker" sets the tone by revisiting a little known funk stomper, while "Club Spillage" fuses bottom-heavy boom-bap beats with quality raps and slick Hammond organ licks. "Seven Days" spices up a string-laden funk-soul jam with some weighty breakbeat pressure, while "Ever Live" slows the tempo for some sweet soul-hop bumpiness. Predictably solid.
02 May 13
Review: With all the amazing dubstep and D&B coming from the city, you could be fooled into thinking bass is Bristol's only fashion. Well it's not; there's also a thriving nu funk scene, and each of the four cats on this generous EP are leading the charge. The Allergies lay down an authentic Dap Kings style vibe on, Parker drops the tempo for a slow, sludgy and remarkably sexy bass bust-up, Mr 50 pays homage to one of the sweetest chocolates on the planet by way of shivering 8-bit bleepery, swampy bass and nifty accordion squeezes and Frenic completes the set with a crisp, dramatic ode to the big beat glory days. Call the fashion police, this shizzle is hot!