Funkshone - "Spiritual Interlude II (The Heist)" - (3:48) 109 BPM
E. Live - "Flotational Device" - (4:32) 117 BPM
JKriv & Free Magic - "Emmanuel" - (5:41) 60 BPM
Bah Samba - "Let The Drums Speak" (feat The Fatback Band - Harvey Lindo edit) - (5:17) 110 BPM
Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright - "Stay Cool" - (4:43) 104 BPM
Hubert Eaves III - "Painfull Pleasure" - (5:32) 128 BPM
JD73 - "Electro Boogie" (On The Rhodes mix) - (5:13) 124 BPM
Eric Legnini Trio - "Trippin' High" - (5:08) 123 BPM
Mr Scruff - "Stockport Carnival" - (5:29) 63 BPM
Mankoora - "Sonor Tropical" - (4:40) 95 BPM
Review: Way back in 1997 record collector, DJ and music writer, Jasper The Vinyl Junkie, curated BBE Music's second ever release: Stop & Listen Vol. II. With BBE celebrating 25 years in the game the label goes back to its roots by inviting JJ for another West end jazz beat special. With rarities and never before heard gems now cut for digital, Vinyl Junkie Thangs calls up all-time music heroes like Fred Wesley, The Fatback Band and DTrain's Hubert Eaves alongside lesser known artists like Exile One, Ashantis and Funkshone with "Spiritual Interlude II (The Heist)" a particular highlight. Featuring curious other Jasper joints from Basement Freaks, OPOLOPO, Jkriv & Free Magic and Mr Scruff, it ain't always a vinyl thang.
Review: 'Funk' is what it says on the tin and funk is what you'll find inside it, as Timewarp serve up a 16-track best-of compilation paying homage to the squelchy, sleazy sounds of the 70s - tracks like Apedroid's 'Enter The Apedroid' or Basement Freaks' 'Soul Men' could have been lifted straight from the OST of some obscure Blaxploitation flick. Timewarp Inc's own 'Breakbit' is a car chase funk masterpiece, my reviewing notes for Leon's futuristic, sci-fi-ish 'Sexy Toy' read simply "aliens!", while special mention should be made of Koka Mass Jazz's opener 'Play The Game' - a new-old soul/funk jam par excellence, and a consent anthem for the post-#MeToo generation.
Review: We're full of respect for the team behind Jalapeno Records, who have now been offering up the finest in funk, soul, hip-hop, disco and breakbeat for 20 years. It's a landmark that calls for a celebration, and with this compilation they've certainly marked their anniversary in style. The 20-track set is full-to-bursting with party-starting heat, with vintage gems from the likes of Skeewiff, Ikon, Kraak & Smaak and Featurecast being joined by more recent highlights from current imprint heavyweights such as Smoove & Turrell and the Allergies. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the break-driven revivalist soul headiness of Aldo Vanucci's 'You're All Show', the summery positivity of Gizelle Smith's 'S.T.A.Y' and the rushing disco brilliance of Dimitri From Paris's essential edit of Izo Fitzroy's 'I Want Magic'.
Review: Bomb Strikes, the UK hip-hop/funk/soul/breaks label headed up by Mooqee & Beatvandals, celebrated their 15th birthday in 2019 with a fantastic compilation album, and to further celebrate the success of the label in 2019 they're releasing another compilation featuring 15 of their best cuts from the past 12 months. What's most impressive is the variety on offer, ranging from straight-up hip-hop from Alexander Norman Prosper & Stabfinger, to party breaks from Ali B and Krafty Kuts, to 'new old' soul from Flevans, to the fairly self-explanatory 'Disco Weapon' and 'Mirror Ballin'' (by Shaka Loves You and X-Ray Ted, respectively. Tons of fun for festive season funkateers of all ages!
Review: The 'Jalapeno Funk' series reaches its 11th installment, which is no mean feat! As such, you should have a pretty good idea what to expect here already, and you'd be right. All the usual Jalapeno suspects - Flevans, Skeeweiff, Smoove & Turrell, Speedometer, The Allergies, Dr Rubberfunk, Aldo Vanucci - are present and correct, and while it has to be said there aren't many stylistic surprises or curveballs on offer, fans of the label's trademark funk 'n breaks sound will be more than satisfied, with highlights including Flevan's light-footed 'Speculate' and Vanucci's Hammond-toting 'Get A Hold On This'.
Review: Fun loving Party Breaks and Beats label Bomb Strikes serve up a retrospective collection curated by label bosses Mooqee and Beatvandals. With 31 full-length cuts plus a one-hour DJ mix, there's no faulting the VFM as we move through breaks, funk, hip-hop and the occasional gnarlier nugget. Standouts include Andy Cooper & The Allergies' rework of Run DMC's 'Mary Mary' and Beatvandals & A Skilz's 2007 cut 'Sunshine', which mashes up Roy Ayers and Indeep. But the one we keeping back to is Mooqee's 'Supacat Police' (2006), which makes devastating, ragga-fied use of chunks from a certain KRS-One classic that we won't insult your intelligence by naming!
Review: The 80s boogie/electrofunk force is strong in this one! 'Popular' itself features a half-sung, half-spoken R&B vocal from Mustafa Akbar that's reminiscent of early 70s Curtis Mayfield, but places it atop a background that's all about that early 80s synth squelch. If you really want to transport yourself back to the days of white socks, high-top fades and shiny Mr Byrite suits, though, then 'Your Love' is the place to head, a string-drenched and brass-flecked affair that sits right on the disco/boogie cusp, augmented by some killer Joey Negro-esque stabs. All you need now is a sticky carpet and some plastic palm trees!
Review: The Bomb Strikes team return on this one with another powerful slice of new school funk as they bring together this explosive two track project from Basement Freaks. We begin this one by saltering lazily into the stripped back grooves and rhythmic twists of 'Let It Be You', which features some fantastic additional vocal work from Everyman. On the flip, we are blessed with another smooth original, as 'Jungle City' descends with a bag of vibrant synthetic energies, matched by super punchy drum designs and the tracks expansive use of reverberations. An awesome pair of originals here.
Review: Like the proverbial rolling stone, Jalapeno Records just keeps on going. The continued quality of the long-serving British label's releases is confirmed by this tenth edition of their digital-only "Jalapeno Funk" compilation series. There's naturally plenty of party-hearty peak-time fare to be found throughout, with highlights coming quick and fast. These include Supasoul's sun-bright rework of Funkysoul's trumpet-laden "The Inside Man", the leisurely breaks, Hammond solos and rich guitars of Dr Rubberfunk's "Pressure Cooker", the bustling funk/hip-hop fusion of Smoove's revision of the Allergies' "Run It Back" and the synth-bass propelled goodness of Basement Freaks' "Bring It back (feat Kamy)". It is, though, all pretty damn hot.
Review: Bomb Strikes continue their quite frankly untouchable run with this latest release as they unveil the fourth edition of their 'Bass Funk' compilation series, showcasing some of the most forward thinking bass music about right now. As a compilation, it covers a lot of ground, from the tearout D&B stylings of Featurecast's 'Trigger Finger', to the futuristic post dubstep designs of 'Flexx' from Stylust. Other highlights for us include Kenny Beeper with his groove-infused scratch masterpiece 'Crown Jewels', the long awaited 'Back To The Flow VIP' from Krafty Kuts and of course, Champion's high profile appearance alongside the unmistakable vocal presence of Dread MC on 'One Time'.
Review: Destination: Latvia. Bombstrikes welcome label regular Dubra to the stage to take selection duties for the third in their floor-firing Bass Funk mix series. Digging deep into the groove vaults, he's picked some outstanding timeless classics such as Krafty Kuts and Dyna's swaggering entrance theme "We Do This", Stickybuds' life-affirming glitch-slapper "Clap Your Hands" and A Skillz & Nick Thayer's body-slamming "Drop The Funk". Elsewhere we get our alien freak on with Opiuo, we get our heads knocked off by Dubra himself on "Keep It Going" and Punks favourite "You Don't" from Horger and Steve among many other straight up party-battering bass jams. 24 originals and a killer mix to boot, Bombstrikes are causing some serious damage with this collection. Strike while the dancefloor is hot yo!
Review: The Basement Freaks have riddled our charts with all sorts of break-centric dance experiments, but this is their debut for the mighty Adapted label, home to some of the best breakbeat this side of 2010, and they've come through with a meaty LP to get your weekend off to a good start. "Freedom" opens with a mash up of blues and soul, masterfully reimagined through a breaks angle, and this is followed by a whole artillery of vast, playful, sample-heavy bangers of all shapes and sizes. It sounds as if the Freaks have really gone to town on this one, chopping and shifting at every turn, adding in little touches of quality here and there. It's an album for those who like to dream big and not feel restricted by traditional genre boundaries. Lovely stuff.
Review: Sometimes it pays to be a label boss, like for example here, on this latest Bomb Strikes comp where head honcho Mooqee has decided to hand himself the reigns. Manning the decks for nearly an hour, he whips up a frenzy of party breaks delirium over the course of 24 tracks. The tracks are supplied individually too, with highlights including the tropical trap-house of "Ladies Look Pretty" by Basement Freaks, the furious electro-bass mash-up "Get Got (VIP mix)" by Nick Thayer & A Skillz and the strompingly retro electro-funk of "How We Do This" by Tom Booze.
Review: A little funk sensibility can be the best of remedies to sooth your winter chills, and this new 20-track compilation from JalapeNo is the perfect remedy. The imprint has it down when it comes to releasing contemporary soul-dance, and peeps like the Ephemerals, Basement Freaks, and Izo Fitzroy are all revelations in of themselves. Just to give you a little flavour of this steaming hotpot of sounds and grooves, there's a little tribal disco slaying on Soopasoul's "Hustlin'", vintage Motown soul with The Allergies and "Since Youave Been Gone", and contemporary r&b vibes through the vocal talent of Alexia Coley and her "Jekyll & Hyde" tune. There's something in here for all walks of life, so be sure to flick through this baby to find your kink.
Review: The clue is in the title here as Brighton-based funk label Jalepeno have rounded up fifteen of the best soul sister cuts from their mighty catalogue. Boasting a mix of old and new, and spanning quite a few different styles too, this compilation couldn't have come soon enough. Some of the many highlights featured include the powerful and bluesy soul-bearing opener, "Reckoning" by Iro FitzRoy, the candy floss tones of Berenice Van Leer on the 80s-tastic "My Mind' Made Up" by Kraak & Smaak and the muscular harmonies of Farina Miss on Featurecast's "Ego Tripping".
Review: One time funk/breaks producer turned party edit king, Valique, is not one to be burdened with the responsibilities that come with artistic credibility. This guy just wants to have a good time, and here on V-Shaped, a compilation of some of his best remixes, he provides 12 demonstrations of this philosophy. Highlights include his deliciously dreamy synth-disco rework of Kraak & Smaak's "How We Gonna Stop The Time", the accelerated swing/jazz minimal house of the "Dark Jazz Dub" by Nekta and his tough electro-funk remix of "Disco Life" by Basement Freaks. An impressive back catalogue indeed!
Review: UK purveyours of funky breaks, Bombstrikes Records, may have a controversial name but there's everything to love about their sound. The fun loving and dancefloor bothering label run by Mooqee & Beatvandals was founded in 2004 and they claim that if you have been to a club since then you will most likely have heard their releases. Well then! Starting off with the low slug funk of A Skillz's "Mooger Fooger (dub mix)", Mooqee & Beatvandals themselves appear with "Back Up" and the legendary Cut La Roc is still at it; "Sunday Morning People" (Herbgrinder remix)" proves that he's still got his finger on the pulse. Other highlights include Pimpsoul's ever soulful "Is This Love (feat Pat Fulgoni - Pimpsoul funk remix)" the street attitude of A Skillz & Beatvandals "Simply Playing (feat Real Elements)" and the legendary Martin Solveig (remixed by the equally legendary Mousse T) who appears with the James Brown sampling "I'm A Good Man".
Review: Last year Mooqee & Beatvandals celebrated the tenth anniversary of their Bombstrikes label. Here they maintain that momentum with a four-track party-friendly package from Basement Freaks. "Ladies Look Pretty" is a swaggering opener - all military rolls, hip-hop stabs and lairy chants. Elsewhere "Funkin' It Up" is beefed up 80s electro-rap at its finest, "Make It Clap" is an infectious Mexican/tropical trap hybrid and "Jamrock Bass" is moody reggaeton/bass jam.
Review: Brazilian DJ Trotter runs his Royal Soul label with a total passion for Latin sounds - often looking as far afield as Austria to find those perfect red blooded vibes. Here he combs South America for the freshest sounds around, which here can range from the reggae-tinged to the jazzier side of things. Highlights include the loungey guitar and drum machine jam "Meu Esquema" by Mundo Livre SA & DJ Bruno, Trotter's laser dubby funk collab with Greek producer Basement Freaks, "Hang Out & Hustle With My Friends" and Otis Tiro's "Azuma", a live, meandering 15-minute laconic wander through jazzy late night clubsville.
Review: Here we have Timewarp Inc, the in-house production team at Athenian funk/nu-disco label Timewarp, and they've decided to delve into their mighty back catalogue and well, remix it. Hence, "The Remix Session Vol 1" - a collection boasting 14 prime cuts including the moodily hypnotic funk loops of "Anti Pop Song" by Ancient Astronauts, the forlorn Two Tone vibes of "Smile On Your Face" and the machine-like breaky funk goes synthy disco sizzler "Da Gypsy Groove" by Leon.
Review: The unique Riddim Fruit must be in season during winter, as this is the third installment in this compilation series since the beginning of the year! Luckily this rare produce is still ripe, juicy and spilling with exotic goodness. The vibe on "Cloud Watching Vol 3" is still about the chilled side of breakbeat mixed with shimmering poolside jazz. Highlights include the sitar-led "5 O'Clock In The Morning", the rolling space dub of "Dirty Relic" and the mellow guitar fest "City Is Empty Without You" - which will make you hear David Bowie's Fame in a whole new light.
Review: Although it can't be confirmed that he tours his native Brazil in a battered yellow Reliant three-wheeler, this Trotter also specialises in shifting slightly dodgy second hand goods. Although rather than peddle stuff off the back of a lorry, this guy peddles retweaked old classics. Here KC & The Sunshine Band's Get Down Tonight gets a honky tonk breakbeat work over, Will Smith's Boom Shake The Room is turned into a chunky funkster and a lean, instrumental rework of a Sweet Charles' classic wraps things up nicely.
Review: We're not quite sure why this German funk meister is so enthralled by lime sorbet in particular (other than that it tastes nice), but that is what he has chosen to dub his popular mix series. This third installment packs in a hefty 18 tracks and is available both as a continuous mix and as individual tracks too. Highlights include the mini Moog workout of QZ's remix of James Beige, the high-energy riff-o-rama of "Monsterjam" and the effervescent disco-funk of "This Sound".