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25 Mar 13
Review: These days with all this 'is it a movie or is it a video game' shenanigans a la Call of Duty, it's sometimes nice to just go back to the old skool, to the days of Donkey Kong, where life was simple and video games simply entailed the player having to jump over pixelated barrels to save the day. Here Totalcult have done the same thing musically, delivering some raw and crackley old-skool funk grooves, albeit with some tough-but-subtle modern beats. After all, how long before musical barrel jumping gets boring, eh?
21 Feb 13
Review: Midlands funk peddler Totalcult isn't one for looking on the past with rose-tinted glasses (boom, tish). Instead he likes to take the vibes of grooves past and weld them to sturdy modern production techniques. This album is full of vintage flavours married to tough beats, deep bass and a fair share of rapping to boot, as evidenced on the breaky "Tica Tok Rocker", the bouncey "Bob Ya Head" and the splendidly-titled "Undisputed Banger".
14 Jan 11
08 Mar 11
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: From Birmingham to Brazil! Prolific Midlands nu funkateer Total Cult comes through with an EP of disco flecked house party business for the Royal Soul imprint out of Sao Paolo. "Disco Call" leans heavily on a disco classic, laying down some neat Beastie Boys scratches atop a bassline that just demands dancing, whilst "Nice Disco" is all late night Studio 54 vibes crossed with a smattering of famous raps. The accompanying remix of "Nice Disco" from Royal Soul's Trotter (no relation to Derek) adds a few more ounces of bounce. The bumping 80s new jack swing of "Keep On Truckin" is the best thing here - not least for the flu filled Bussa Bus raps throughout.
26 Aug 11
12 Jul 11
26 Apr 13
13 May 11
Review: Producers Lebrosk and Totalcult go head to head on this new EP from Cult Music - dropping originals then remixing each others funky breaks. Lebrosk throws down a natty set of breaks on "Dope", with a nagging wah-guitar sample taking the lead along with acapella cuts from Dimples D's "Sucker DJ's" among others. Totalcult slows things down a few notches while incorporating beats from Uptown's classic "Dope On Plastic" on his mix, while his own "Raging Horn" uses the horns from Blood, Sweat and Tears' "Lucretia MacEvil" to devastating, ass-shaking effect. Lebrosk meanwhile adds some filter and speeds it up into a jacking breaks worker on his version.
04 Oct 11
30 Mar 11
Review: Taken from his recent How Much For The Monkey album, Johnny Pluse drops the single "Skanky Bitch" with a boat load of mixes thrown in. The original's sampletastic breaks backbone (peep bits of Naughty By Nature and The Specials among many others) gets rewritten on Generic People's trancey mix, while Dusty Tonez takes it back to breakbeat's roots with a Shut Up & Dance-vibe. Funkanomics slows things down and adds some gritty bass, while Rory Hoy scratches it up a treat.
30 Apr 10
07 Dec 10
Played by: Philly Blunt, Gazeebo, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Badboe, Trotter, Pulpfusion, Sard Boogie, D.end, Breakbeat Associate, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Badboe, Big M Productions (Big M Bootie), Rory Hoy, Stereo Beatz, Rhythm People, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Barrio Jazz Gang
Review: Funk and disco breaks get put thoroughly through their paces on this exclusive collection from Boogie Boutique, featuring treats galore for DJs and fans of souped-up funk. Badboe's beefed-up treatment of UBB-staple "I Like Funky Music" by Uncle Louis, or Breakbeat Junkie's Northern Soul-indebted "Crazy Jerk" are just two of the highlights from this collection that also features nuggets from Rory Hoy, Chris Awesome and Hayz amongst others.
06 Nov 11
Fort Knox Five - "Funk 4 Peace" (feat Mustafa Akbar & Shunda K - Deekline & Ed Solo remix) - (5:17) 129 BPM
Played by: Prosper, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Homegroove Project, Bmd, Fort Knox Five, DJ Stex, Zamali, Ewan Hoozami, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Pulpfusion, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Tim Livingstone, Rory Hoy, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Zenit Incompatible, Mashed Up Funk, Radical Mixtape
Review: This should be considered something of a treat for funk breaks fans. In a bid to raise funds for the Love Music, Hate Racism charity, it gathers together tracks from both heavy hitters (Badboe, Fort Knox Five, Zamali etc) and lesser-known talents on one action-packed compilation. If this kind of party-rocking fun is your thing, it should be an essential purchase, not least because it includes some fine material. Check in particular Super Combo Funk's trad funk/P-funk fusion "I Don't Need No Dope", PulpFusion's fuzzy "Rockin Kids" and the wobble-step influenced "Boob Job" from Bristolian Ewan Hoozami, who happens to be the son of former England rugby player Alistair Hignell.
07 Aug 12
Played by: Clairvo (Mustbeat), DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Trotter, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Quincy Jointz, Basement Freaks
Review: German funk baron Quincy gives us another fine slice of Lime Sorbet radio show with this 15 strong collection of nu funk gems. The faces are there - Basement Freaks with the butt-shaking cut n' paste party joint "City Jam" and Ursula with a retro-gaze car-chase "Tension" - but there's also refreshing presence of fringe nu funk players like Michael Devillis with the horn-hooting "Craziest Things" and Peurto Rican selector Stereo77 with his dusty, low swung bass wig out "Algeria". It's the work of a true selector, and the continuous mix simply proves Quincy can use the turntables as well as he can curate.
12 Jul 10
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul