Shake It Up (feat Alicia Blue Eyez Smith - extended 12 version) - (7:32) 88 BPM
Cosmic Jam (extended 12 version) - (7:02) 111 BPM
Review: Throughout the latter half of the noughties, musical fusionists 7 Samurai made regular appearances on G.A.M.M and Poets Club Recordings, delivering reworks and original tracks that somehow joined the dots between jazz-dance, dub, deep house, soul, hip-hop and Latin beats. Here the duo returns on France's Favorite Recordings with their first new material for well over four years. Flipside "Cosmic Jam", dedicated to Patrick Forge, is arguably the pick of the two tracks, with rich Rhodes riffs and Herbie Hancock style space synths riding a dubby, rolling deep house groove. That said, Alicia Blue Eyez Smith hook-up "Shake It Up" - a loose, twinkling chunk of cosmic disco inspired dub-soul fusion - is pretty darn tasty, too.
Review: It's time to dive into some delicious new breakbeat creations as Samurai Breaks land on Hardcore Energy for a very exciting four track selection, showcasing their breaksy brilliance. We kick off with the sounds of 'Putting In Werk', a smart roller, dripping in finesse and original breakbeat energy, followed by the more futuristic tripletted pulses of 'Rush'. Next, we move into the nostalgic realms of 'Bad Boy Beats', a super choppy, party ready rinse out, followed by 'Power Hour' as Private Caller gets involved on the perfect sign out track, laced with high energy drum manoeuvres and booming bass tones.
Review: Samurai Breaks debuts on Forest Biz with his third release to date, and we have to say that his particular strain of beat-driven bass music is becoming more and more addictive by the week. Pick N Mix is a perfect representation of both his skills and style, mashing up all sorts of East Asian influences together with rough, percolating beats from the depth of the UK hardcore spectrum. Broken, jagged, lagged-up and bassed-out, this is the gnarliest form of UK-steppin' that we've heard in donkey's years, and it forms what is likely to be a long and prosperous road ahead for Samurai Breaks. Large up!!!
Samurai Breaks - "Pump Up The Volume" - (6:09) 170 BPM
Rinino - "My House" - (3:48) 162 BPM
CGRECO & Malou Morkeberg - "Fine As Fuck" - (5:51) 160 BPM
Treega - "Ppl" - (6:02) 150 BPM
Neve & Was A Be - "Keep It Up" - (4:11) 140 BPM
Kappasaur - "Hypebomb" - (4:47) 174 BPM
Jazzatron - "Don't Eat" - (5:24) 172 BPM
Alivia - "Ray" - (4:07) 173 BPM
Am:x - "Rectine" - (5:19) 172 BPM
Review: The Dreamers Recordings have been busy it work it seems, as they here assemble a goliath roster to bring us some of the coldest half time and neuro-inspired arrangements we have heard so far this year. We hear some incredible production work from the likes of 'Am:x' on the sub-heavy rolls of 'Rectine' and the percussive brilliance of 'Belly Dance' from Neve & Frame. Our highlights for this one have to be the high energy drum skips and sub pushes of 'Fine As Fuck' from CGRECO and Malou Morkeberg, along with the pleasing junglist flavours of 'Pump Up The Volume' from Samurai Breaks.
Review: Again, we dive deep into the pools of the unknown with this one as we travel through the latest compilational offering from Worst Behavior, who bring forward a host of guests on their second official full release. The styles on the project vary, primarily however floating around the juke / footwork bracket. We see a host of names join the party here including the likes of A-0, Samurai Breaks, Harka, A.Fruit and Posij, forming a pretty strong roster indeed. Highlights for us have to include the twisted collaboratory flavours of DJ Madd & Jon1st's 'Roots Fashion' and the jungalistic spins of 'Saturn Bashment' from Walters.