Things that make you go phwoar! Sexy people, massive bowls of ice cream, low flying blimps and, most importantly, Actual Sounds compilations. Each one of them comes bulging with baggy-trousered booty joints; they ooze character and promise nothing but the purist party juice. Vibes abound across the 20 track set but highlights include a trance-tinged electro treatment of Sugar Hill ("Belgium Delight"), DJ Nixon's rude rendition of Delinquent Habits' "Return Of The Tres", Mr Bird's squelch-attack on Moby and Middle Diddle's strangely effective take on Green Day. Sounds terrible in type, but brilliant through the speakers.
Take a look at this label's history. They've released more compilations this year than we've eaten hot meals. And we LOVE hot meals at Juno. What's more; they've all been solid collections too. Shifty booty-business, sample-soaked party pieces and hip-hop-flavoured block-bashing joints, Actual Sounds have the nu funk scene locked down. Highlights abound across the 24-strong set but only a sucker would miss out on Badboe's filtered funk attack on NYC-kicking hip-hop ("Hercules 12"), Jazz K Lipa's ragga dance skank "Take Easy & Surf The Volume" and Pulp Fusion's slinky, sexy lounge-lizard "Manu's Groove". Here's to the next compilation!
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