Review: It might be pretty much impossible to stumble across an authentic illegal rave these days unless you live in darkest Cumbria - but that's not stopping ClawhammerRecordz from recreating that off-the-edge feeling. Hardcore mixed with heavily warped bass and hard-hitting percussion, Dub Insurgent's "Fear" does the grand job of gearing you up for what lies ahead. Defmatik chooses samples from rave news reports, while Danger does industrial with the top-heavy clang of "Destroy" and Ambassadors channels the real rave sound with "Side Arm". Get ready to lose it.
Review: Twenty-eight strictly funk beauties get assembled with a lot of love on this new collection which boasts choice cuts by the likes of The Ohio Players, Kool and The Gang, Georgie Fame, Tom Scott and Cannonball Adderley. Plenty of the songs here have been scooped up and sampled by the Beasties, Pete Rock, DJ Shadow and more, yet they remain absolutely unique and engrossing in their own right - from the almost Broadway-esque "On The Move" by The Impressions to Eddie Bo's northern soul stomp.