16 Bit Lolitas & Nick Nikolov - "Skypiea" - (8:04) 126 BPM
Review: Leading on from early releases on Ajunabeats, Dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas have since moved across to the equally colossal home country Armada camp, both for management and their own label Bits & Pieces. This collection of 10 full length tracks, Is the perfect introduction to the label and their unique progressive sound made famous by tracks like 'Nobody Seems To Care'. Although all on offer here is wicked, it's 'Goodbye Voodoo', 'Bless You' featuring The Funky Bastard, and 'Baby You', which all jump out to us.. Get stuck in this little lot.
Review: Earlier in the year, Roska's "Kicks and Snares" record label kicked off its tenth birthday celebrations with an EP of new cuts showcasing "different strains of UK funky". You'll find more of the same on this scintillating sequel. Veteran producer Boy 8-Bit kicks things off with the swinging, layered tribal drums, fuzzy bass and lilting synthesizer melodies of "Back 2 Back", before Lobby stacks up heavy percussion hits on the formidable drum workout that is "Jet 2". Majora's "Sway" is a sweet, melodious and effortlessly soulful UK funky vocal number, while Ramzee's standout "Nobody Cares" is a boisterous but surprisingly deep, rap-fired peak-time workout. Finally, Tickles smothers a typically rubbery UKF groove with lashings of ultra-deep chords, heavy bass and a sprinkle of '90s style US garage organs.