Review: Few labels state a clearer manifesto than Bass=Win. And they seem to be on quite the mission at the moment. One of several label compilations available this month (covering both dubstep and breakbeat) we're treated to five brusque bangers, each laced with barbed bottom end charm we've come to expect. It's nice to see the return of Atomic Hooligan who let rip with a hefty 4/4 and a cool Boogie Down Productions sample. Further on we find a dash of Turbo-style techno finding its way in the mix via K-Theory's "Get It Right", but done in a filthy B=W fashion. Another highlight comes in the form of Rico Tubbs and Will Power's brick-munching power house remix of Tomb Crew's ragga-tinged "Inna Dat".
Review: Presenting another collection of the best nu-funk and ghetto breaks from the Breakbeat Paradise label, volume 2 of Paradise Breaks contains a killer selection of hip-hop, funk and bass work from artists at the top of their field such as Badboe, Morlack, Breakbeat Junkie and Jazz K Lipa. Among the 15 tracks, look out for Pimpsoul's low-slung remix of Badboe's "One of Those Days" and the re-energised Southern soul of Jiggy Joe and Prosper's "Sweet Home Smoke".
Big Chain, Killa P & IRAH - "Executer" - (3:37) 98 BPM
XL Mad - "Fire Inna Di Danz" - (3:04) 98 BPM
Mannaro Man - "Glimmity Glammity" - (3:40) 98 BPM
Numa Crew - "Ghetto Youth Riddim" - (3:33) 98 BPM
Review: Right here we are tuned into some fresh, exciting new dancehall flavours as we see the Numa Crew team up with a number of different vocalists, who all supply some weighty flavours over the super colourful 'Ghetto Youth Riddim', courtesy of Numa Recordings. We first hear the legendary combination of Big Chain, Killa P and Irah provide some high energy bashment vocal lines, before XL touches for a more conventional auto-tune heavy version, perfect for the dance. Following this we hear Mannaro Man run riot over 'Glimmity Glammity', rounding everything off nicely.
Rafael Cerato & Artbat - "Uplift" - (8:00) 124 BPM
Definition - "Pretend To Fly" - (6:53) 122 BPM
Review: Hamburg house heroes Diynamic are back with Four To The Floor 08 where they serve up some tough main room tech house to get your people moving! First up is the Afro futurist journey that is "Zulu" by Brigado Crew & Crisstiano which will appeal to fans of Innervisions or Yoruba Soul. The harbour city's favourite sons Adana Twins serve up the dark journey track "Uncompromising" which will transfix crowds with its sense of dancefloor drama. Rafael Cerato & Artbat's soulful tech house journey "Uplift" had us reminiscing about the Dennis Ferrer sound of old while finally Definition's "Pretend To Fly" is certainly geared for those hands in the air moments; expect a reaction from the crowd when this one drops. Either when that roaring vintage synth arpeggio comes creeping in or the heartfelt vocals alike.