Review: Big-assed bootleg business from the Actual Sounds crew... Big Bang Breaks revisits Public Enemy on "Bring Your Whistle" and Derrick May on "Swings Of Life". Meanwhile Funk You Very Much mixes up Randy Newman with Biggie Smalls on "Leaving Cali", gives The Doors a slap with glove of glitches on "Break The Doors" and gets jiggy on a two-step vibe with "Bop A Lot". Elsewhere we find Funky Wah Wah fusing Too Short's "Blow The Whistle" with a reggae version of Marvin Gaye on "Blow It Shorty". Hit 'em up... Then knock 'em down!
Review: Four of Actual Sounds' most accomplished bootlegateers unleash their best blends for this exclusive four-tracker. Party insanity is guaranteed from the off: "Ice In Outer Space" fuses The Prodigy with Ice T, "Muppet Funk" takes the Animal's classic solo piece "Mahna Mahna" and charges it with a cool funk break, "The Real Ritz" grabs Eminem and flips him back to 1920s prohibition US while "Regulate The Dogg" closes the show with a very smooth marriage of "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Nate Dogg and Warren G's "Regulate". Seriously fruity funk: Each one is a peach.
Review: There's something a little bit silly about this beefy mash-up extravaganza from Actual Sounds. Take lead cut "59th Street Groove", for example. Built around a ribcage-rattling wobble bassline and snappy breakbeats, it twice breaks down to reveal an extended Simon & Garfunkel sample. Really. It does work, mind. Elsewhere, you'll find a crunchy fusion of wobble-heavy hip-hop and funk-rock licks (Big Bang Breaks' "B Boy Flip Trick"), while Mr Mezdup sticks ten tons of TNT up the backside of Yes's party standard "Owner of a Lonely Heart". Wasted On Wax draw proceedings to the close with a heavy breakbeat tweak of Prince's oh-so-Balearic singalong "Raspberry Beret".
Review: When it comes to instant party pleasures, Star Wars' "Cantina Theme" will never stop giving. Case in point: this swashbuckling rendition from Ronald Aquinas. Setting the tone for the whole EP, it's an instant slice of hoe-down heaven. Elsewhere Ronald gives One Republic a slinky low-down bass twist on "Too Late" and gives The Box Tops a firing breakbeat sparkle on "Letter". Funk You Very Much, meanwhile, revisits Blur's "Song 2" with gung-ho hedonism, gives James Brown a contemporary sheen on "Turntable Sex" and takes a classic Les Rhythm Digitales joint and brings it kicking into the future. Exemplary booty business.