Review: Much like the rest of the labels who have re-released Alessandro Alessandroni's material over the last three or four years, Four Flies Records have understood what this Italian maestro represented to the wider electronic movement. Sadly, the man passed away almost one year ago, but he has left a dynasty for years to come, and this is made all the more true given that this latest release, Lost & Found, has never even seen the light of day, until now. Branded as a soundtrack, this is a perfect representation of what the man did, and that was to produce music with a vision and a theme in mind, regardless of whether it truly existed or not. In fact, these gorgeous slices of exotica would certainly make for a delightful OST, with everything from ambient to disco, jazz and funk featuring across its 15 masterful tracks. This is inimitable gear - and warmly recommended.
Review: There we were getting all smug about the frequency of the instalments in this series of compilations (virtually weekly!), and then nothing for like, a year! We're sorry if we jinxed it for the crate diggers around the world who have unintentionally gone cold turkey, being starved of the kind of rare breaks that only Strictly Breaks can provide. Well at least we can say it's been worth the wait with a whopping 26 tracks including the classic 70s soundtrack vibes of the "The Peterman", the sassy honky tonk boogie of "Lady Ostrich" and the frankly jaw dropping "The Swimming Pool" from Lalo Schifrin's Dirty Harry soundtrack.
Review: The 'Dusty Fingers'/'School Yard Breaks' compilation juggernaut has been rolling since 1997 and shows no sign of slowing down just yet! For those that've just wandered in, the series (originally compiled by Bronx DJ Danny Dann the Beat Mann) gathers together obscure cuts ranging from vintage soul, jazz and funk to unlikely rock and pop nuggets and old soundtrack albums galore, the common theme being a dusty, jazzy feel overall and the presence of some killer breakbeats, many of which have been sampled by the likes of 50 Cent, Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem. The quality standard remains as high as ever, and with 25 tracks to choose from, Vol 49 doesn't disappoint in the VFM stakes either!