Review: Rising up through the ranks of Shango, Raider and Irish Moss Records, Bazza Ranks outta London is a consistently fresh name when it comes to throwing down all manner of house, techno, garage, jungle and RnB to rave, dancehall and breakbeat influences. With a wholly informed UK style of urban dance music and other classic genres added to his arsenal of tricks, Neon City Vol 1 provides yet more fanfare to the mix with two glitter bombs of happy house & hi nrg - aka energy energy - with Bazza's chord progressions and breakbeat drum patterns on show at large in "Don't Break Up". "Lights On" then goes for a linear groove, as if flirting with hints of progressive house before sustained strings offer a nod to classic disco that allows filtered synth lines, nostalgic rave, hardcore and old school house melodies to build themselves up into an explosion of dancefloor colour.
Review: Straight up beat down tracks done in a ballroom house fashion from the one and only Bazza Ranks, backed up on the mic by Capitol 1212 preaching the word: 'love each other like a sister and brother'. With harder drums mapped to seering strings of a classic house track, Kerri Chandler-like chords rain down heavily in "Be As One", with Ranks own remix on the digital flip looking to UKG for its influences in a stylistic, liquid and free flowing remake for summer.
Review: It's time for another top notch link up as the legendary vocal prowess of Dynamite MC links up with the ever-ready Bazza Ranks for a tidy new single named 'Vibes Master', courtesy of Irish Moss & Kudos Records. The track itself is a futuristic, dancehall inspired chopper, driven by the high energy vocal displays of both artists, making this one an instant party starter. The project comes complete with an array of remixes, including a groovy reggae mix, a highly percussive Digital version, a high energy Drum N Bass mix and of course a smooth Funk version, giving this one some serious reach!
Review: Top ranking Dirty Dubster Bazza Ranks teams up with one of the most distinctive, entertaining and versatile MCs in the game Dynamite MC for this serious system heater. Bubbling with dancehall delight, track and Dyna's vocals fit like a glove and get us geared up for the summer months ahead. And if you need something with more of a darker punch check the D&B remix that's armed with a classic sample you can't run away from. From sunny side to the far side, this one brings the feels. Don't let it pass you by...
Review: There are few things more pleasing to jam to than new age dancehall with a dancehall twist in our eyes and who better to provide that flavour than the legendary pairing Bazza and Dynamite MC. The high energy pair get together here for a nostalgic vocal session, discussing the fun times in their past and adventures of their youth. The vibe is playful and then coupled with a relaxed instrumental composition, combining subtle horn patterns and intricate triplets.
Review: Bazza Ranks returns to the Mossy HQ for a unique twist on Inner City's "Good Life". That iconic chorus and those sun-kissed keys are present and correct but this time they're complemented by a rump-shaking dancehall steppy riddim and crucial vocals from man-like Dynamite MC and Scarlett Quinn, giving it a whole new twist. For added twists check both the break-splashed jungle remix and the heavier kicking drum & bass remix. No more bad times, only glad times!
Review: At the forefront of Ireland's bass and reggae scene, the mighty Irish Moss label present here a new EP from Bazza Ranks, who is no relation to Shabba but is one half of the Dirty Dubsters. Unsurprisingly it's a pretty lively affair with three crazy bangers to get tings lit. First up,"Riddim Rider" kicks things off with some slow rolling breaks, boomy bass and heavy raggamuffin MC action from Jago and Deemas J. Next "Get Darker" is a lighter, Kingston-style summery dub jam and lastly "Policeman" is cool electro reggaeton outing.
Review: Whenever we see a new Bazza Ranks drop land in the store, we can't help but get excited, being such a consistent hitmaker across the course of 2020. This one takes the title 'Feel Good Factor', over which The Ragga Twins also feature with a classic 4x4 stepper, driven by the occasional vocal chant it's glistening organ chord designs. The original is a sunshine-ready heater, but the whole EP is elevated when we get into the remixes as Feel Good Factor firstly gives the track a punchy overhaul complete with gnarly arpeggios, alongside the lethal bassline structures of Rico Tubbs, who gives the track a shine up of his own!
Review: As ever, the Bomb Strikes imprint delivers an awesome package to us with this brand new 25 track compilation entitled 'Funk N' Beats Vol. 5', To be honest, it's exactly what it says on the tin as The Allergies head up waves and waves of funkadelic rhythms and crunchy riffs. For us the highlights have to be the futuristic drum processing and subtle percussive movements of 'Loose Gardner' from Flevans, along with the classic breakbeat fusion of 'Fire' remixed by Smoove but originally produced by the Renegades Of Jazz. With the sheer depth of the project it's easy to get lost within the tracklisting, which is always a good sign on a large scale compilation.
Review: Following fine outings from Fort Knox Five, the Allergies, Smoove and Marc Hype, amongst others, Bomb Strikes' reliable Funk N' Beats compilation series returns with rising star X-Ray Ted at the controls. In keeping with the series' heavyweight, funk-fuelled style, the Bristol-based DJ and beat-maker has gathered together a killer collection of soul, hip-hop and funk club cuts, with a smattering of more laidback numbers to keep things fresh. Highlights are plentiful throughout, with our picks including the boom-bap brilliance is Aldo Vanucci's tidy remix of 'All Down' by Mr Doris and D-Funk, the dancefloor jazz heaviness of Nostalgia 77's 'Changes', the cut-and-paste craziness of Double Dee & Steinski's 'Jazz' and the disco-funk masterclass that is X-Ray Ted's own 'Party Time'.