Essential house party business here on Boogie Boutique, with a split EP from Morlack and Itchy Bastards that includes a free track. Morlack drops four vocal-led jams - namely "White Shake", "Back In Love", "Ying Yang Pulp" and the freebie, "Lively Up Yourself" - all of which are positively dropping with insouciant funk and boogie breaks flavour. The magnificently monikered Itchy Bastards drop a brace of tracks, with the slick guitar riffage and cut-up rhythms of "I'm Hot" alongside the tougher filtered disco-funk strut of "Itchy Brick". We challenge you to listen to this EP and not smile!
This is a bit of a treat for funk breaks fans, as leading label Boogie Boutique gathers together a selection of its finest floor-filling bangers. With cheeky mash-ups and bootleg remixes from the likes of Hayz, Ursula 1000 and Nick Fonkyson, there's much to enjoy, not least the sheer silliness of some of the rump-shaking fusions. Check, for example, the anthemic grooves of Nine Lives The Cat's "Let Me In" (a brilliantly executed fusion of "Just Be Good To Me" and "Cross The Tracks") or Badboe's "Show Me Ghetto". None of the cuts will win you brownie points with chin-strokers, but they'll certainly smash up the dance - and that's all that matters.
From the funk 'n' breaks label Boogie Boutique comes this third selection of 10 winning nuggets, featuring Hayz' Shaggy tribute "Bathroom Banger", Freddy Fresh's excellently trippy mix of Cuban piano and Latin exotica "Pinata", and the Ludacris-sampling "Boogie Shuffle". For a more head-nodding flavour though, head straight for DJ Wood's "No Ice Cream On The Road" or Nine Lives The Cat's "LaLaLa".
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