Review: Irish Moss recordings: promoting positive vibes in reggae and bass music culture. They don't fail to deliver on their mission statement here, so check this out. Ireland's DJ Obese and Jay Sharp team up again for a full length that is serious fire! "Mr Willams Dirty Dubsterz Meets Special Request" gives us a well rolled lowdown that's hard to argue with. Feel the bass on "Back To Boom City" where Blackout JA tells the truth; blunted style. There's some female MCs on here too such as on "Blue Fishes" (with Soom T's smooth delivery) and there's drum and bass on "I Love" and we'll give you just one guess what they're referring to? We know what you're thinking and don't worry: there's some killer bashment vibes on tracks like "Domino". Jah!
Review: Joey Negro focuses entirely on the Brit Funk movement of the 1970s and 80s on his latest mix compilation. The twenty-three tracks provide an extensive history on the genre and contain a number of extremely rare and very sought after crate digging collectables. Avoiding the huge hits of the scene which appear on retrospectives the world over, Negro unleashes a host of the genre's underground club hits that remained only on the local scene, many of which were re-edited by Negro exclusively for this compilation. Do not miss this.
Review: Russian ragamuffinski Steppa Style bumps up to Totally Dubwise with the follow-up to 2014's still-toasty See The World. Once again it's a vibrant church that's all rooted by reggae and digidub cornerstones. From the rising skanks and gutsy harmonis of "Musical Murder" to the bouncy soundsystem-primed bass of "Ready We Ready" via the rougher rapid-fire flow of "Road", he sets the scene perfect for an immense jungle skank-out for the second half of the album: the savage spitfire feels of "Raggamuffinski", the Aphordite style jumps of "Rolling Stone" and the Chopstickesque party ragga jam "Step Aside" The vibey list goes on and on.
Review: Fans of true vintage UKG can now rejoice as here we have an unusual set-up featuring the best work of '90s garage producer Teebone, mixed in an hour-long set by 2-step hero DJ Pied Piper. It's a fast and furious romp too, with no less than 30 tracks squeezed in. Highlights include the unmistakingly British garage anthem "Fly Bi" featuring MC Kie and MC Sparks, the deep 2-step cut "Sweat (mix 1)" and the raw, underground beats of "London Sum Ting".
Review: From breakbeat producer Necro and his KindCrime label comes this first instalment of global breaks from a varied cast of producers. Necro himself leads the way, with his own "Deathfunk" getting a severe industrial breaks rerub from Scabo, while Ukrainian duo Beat Muffin Style drop two newies - the electro-wobbler "By The Way" and the heavy, D&B-influenced "Perfussion". Alongside more punishing bass-breaks action from X3Mal and Igash, this makes for an explosive set of warped bangers.