Review: As one would expect, the Fat! label never like to hold back when it comes to compilations - they like to go all-out and rightfully leave the diet option to others. We're talking bass here, and lots of it; moreover, the Breaks Vol.1 comp provides all shades of the stuff, mostly filtered through percussive lens. In this leviathan, you'll find tunes by the likes of Merka, who absolutely destroys the place with a gunshot of beats and electro-charged bass, or Boabinga and his new strains of pseudo-jungle, and even Peacemaker's funkier shade of breakbeat. That's just to give you a snapshot because, in all honesty, this is one to be enjoyed in its entirety. Go forth and download the lot!
Review: Breakbeat with a huge side order of bass, title track "Shooked" will pummel you in all the right places with some frankly shocking amounts of buzzy bass riffs and some well-chopped female vocals. "Bulletproof" lifts some samples from the Beastie's "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn" and sets them to another vicious beat. Vandal's mix of "Shooked" brings in some cool electro hi-hats as well as some old-skool vocals, while legends of the scene Shut Up and Dance flip the tune entirely - adding rhymes and tons of hooks and reworking it into a good-times masterpiece of their own.
Review: The Straight Up trawler has sailed into the choppy breakbeat seas and, once again, caught a fine catch. 26 tracks, in total, each one reflecting a different flavour of the genre, this could be one of the label's finest fishing sessions to date. Ranging from the classic, sneering Botchit-style tears of "Da Dogz" and BreaksMafia's super-rude take on Dave London's classic "Black Disc" to the more contemporary trance-tinged "As Ice" and the filmic spine-shuddering rushes of "Vertigo", Straight Up have ensured no breakbeat fan has been ignored during the making of this extensive album. Epic.