Review: The Danish may be all serious about design, but when it comes to partying the Breakbeat Paradise crew prove that they can be as frivolous as the rest of us. Here they've rustled up a bumper packed collection of cheeky if disposable mash-ups and edits of the kind that'll go down a storm in bars and house parties. There are six offerings some highlights of which include the squelchy retro funk breaks of "Walk In Place" by F-Block, the cut-up go-go boogie of "Free Wheelin Franklin" by Kibosh and the raw big beat swing hybrid "Hit Em Hard" by Blitzkrieger.
Review: Breakbeat Paradise Recordings are on a roll right now and they return with another action packed compilation. This is the fourth installment of the beloved Bring Back the Funk series. Bring Back The Funk Vol. 4 features brand new joints from BBP all-star producers, Lack Jemmon, B-Side, BadboE & Proper as well as introducing new artists to the label: Hebegebe and Brian Carson, Kibosh and Synoptix who all have some funky goodness up their sleeves. BBP is dedicated to bringing you the very finest in the funkier spectrum of the electronic breakbeat scene.
Review: Roast Beatz' Cuttin It Fine imprint hits its second outing with a fine motley collective of friends proffering party treats; Cockney Nutjob tip toes around the broken glass, pushing us closer to the edge over a sunny side skank on "Roar", El Bomba tells us to shut up and pay attention over a classic loose limbed funk break, B-Side Roast Beatz get emotional and dreamy over a rolling, subby 808 beat before flipping into a vibrant D&B finale on "Un-Fadeable" before the bossman brings home the bacon and pulls off the pork with the most upbeat, party bumping jam. Whoop, there it is....
Review: Dolly deliver their first 'various artists' collection and it's a four-track thing of underground wonder. Dexter opens with a crisp, spiky acid lick and a funky, almost tribal groove. Third Side weave a little jazz in the rich 303 tapestry while John Barera and Will Martin throw down tight layers of percussive funk. Finally the label boss Steffi steals the show with an acid and radar-ravaged analogue brew that's comes with a haze so think you genuinely can't tell if its 1990 or 2013....
Review: Sao Paulo OG DJ Andy gets busy on Brazil's spiritual D&B home V Recordings. It's business from the off as "Sanctuary" rips into the ether with a powerful vibe that's a similar power to that of Mind Vortex. "Retaliation" follows with stripped back dynamic, snaked two-step and endless risers and "Keep Rolling" hammers with a dancefloor grit that's up there with Professor Bassline Smith in its darkened aesthetic and pure muscle. Finally "Let Be Stomp" says cheerio with a classic hip hop sample, hurricane bass licks and beats so strong they could crush your entire street. Sanctuary isn't a luxury... It's a necessity.
Review: The first in a series of artist EPs on Hayz and Chris Awesome's Boogie Boutique sees nu-funk dons Russ Cuban and DJ B-Side getting cheeky with a bunch of classics and adding their own breaks flare to each. No prizes for guessing what "Bomb Slippy" is based around: the duo add the "Apache" drumbreak and some canny bass licks to the slowed-down Underworld anthem, while "Renegade Slam" sees Queens' finest bald rappers Onyx getting a thoroughly hefty reworking. "Jam" is a tasty remake of Technotronic's evergreen "Pump Up The Jam", while a breaks edit of "Bomb Slippy" makes for an excellent DJ tool.
Review: Dubstep ain't dead as the 3am Album Sampler tell us loud and clear. This four-track EP introduces a new breed of young UK producers. No try-hard boundary pushing here just straight up essentials with enough dark-side bass to tear your speakers apart. First up, mainstay Elefant Doc teams up with both Seanote and Step-A-Side in not just a contest of absurd names but also equally absurd sub-bass frequencies indebted to the true school original sounds of dubstep. On the flip we have Extorted Minds and Spacedrone offering more of the same; ignoring the transients and sticking to tried and true formulas of bass therapy. Definitely not for the faint of heart and one for the heads, for sure.