Review: The Danish may be all serious about design, but when it comes to partying the Breakbeat Paradise crew prove that they can be as frivolous as the rest of us. Here they've rustled up a bumper packed collection of cheeky if disposable mash-ups and edits of the kind that'll go down a storm in bars and house parties. There are six offerings some highlights of which include the squelchy retro funk breaks of "Walk In Place" by F-Block, the cut-up go-go boogie of "Free Wheelin Franklin" by Kibosh and the raw big beat swing hybrid "Hit Em Hard" by Blitzkrieger.
Review: A decade ago dance music was turned on its head by fidget house duo, Crookers. When the spectre of cheesiness loomed one half, Bot, jumped ship. Ever since he has pursued the noble route of producing underground house and bass, helping found Main Course in the process. Here he is with If U Feel, his latest missive - a skippy ghetto-tinged electro-house romp that boats some elastic basslines and the sultry vocals of Kaleena Zanders. An instrumental is also included for those wanting electronic purity, and there's a bonus track too - the deeper, jackin' grind of "Just Say".
Review: According to his bio, Bot is of the future. Half man, half-machine; fully Italian. Fair enough: bring it on, we say! Formerly one half of Crookers and now stepping out on his own, bass renegade Andrea Fratangelo is now based in Los Angeles (by way of London) and delivers us the Balut EP, a collaboration with Tony Quattro. First track "Balut" is a bleepy and stripped, swing fuelled house jam for eager, early evening dancefloors. Fans of Will Clarke or the Dirtybird sound will definitely dig this. "Guess Who" features a massive white noise build up and referee whistles before the massive bass induced drop, on this tough late night house excursion for freaks.
Dateless - "Dirtybird Campout East Coast Compilation" (continuous DJ mix) - (26:40) 124 BPM
Review: It's that time again kids: the Dirtybird Campout is coming up on the East Coast this January and will feature more low-end boompty biz than you can shake a Novation Bass Station at! Claude Von Stoke & Co. have been generous enough to provide a sneak preview of the potential soundtrack that will fuel your weekend of debauchery at this epic annual pilgrimage. The eight tracks on offer here are mixed to perfection by new signing Dateless - a Los Angeles native who's had previous releases on the likes of Snatch! Toolroom and Armada - so he's definitely got credentials! He even offers up a fine track of his own featuring homeboy Lucati on "Team Work", a sleek and bumpin' electro house groover. Elsewhere there's boss man Von Stroke with Bruno Furlan on the massive 'womp' factor of "The Book Is On The Table" which will be sure to cause a headrush or two at the festival, we bet! The Wolf + Lamb affiliated Nick Monaco makes a surprise appearance on the deep groove of "Drama" (after the massive drop of course) and wunderkind Justin Jay appears with the jacking old school energy of "Oii Oii Oiii".
Genghis Clan & Gene Farris - "We Work The Bass" - (4:57) 124 BPM
Shatafak - (5:58) 124 BPM
Genghis Clan & BOT - "Roketup" - (6:53) 126 BPM
Review: Riva Starr's diffusion imprint Brock Wild returns with more classic house perspectives for the new school, with Genghis Clan taking up the reins on this particular outing. This enigmatic Californian duo have worked with the likes of Dirtybird - who presented their collaboration with scene hero Will Clarke a few years ago and local institution Night Bass when they collaborated with BOT. That unholy alliance makes a return here on the wonky speed garage of "Roketup". After laying low for a couple of years on the production front, they team up with Windy City legend Gene Farris here for the druggy, swing-fuelled bounce of "We Work The Bass" - talk about a comeback! Also worthy of mention is the bass heavy UK shuffle on "Shatafak".
Atom Smith - "Not Sorry Charlie" (feat Miss Emmma) - (2:35) 64 BPM
Atom Smith - "Bright Like Hollywood" (feat BURKEY) - (3:56) 125 BPM
The Swing Bot - "Midnight Purple" - (4:13) 63 BPM
Wolfgang Lohr - "Sing, Sing, Sing" (feat The Speakeasy Three - radio edit) - (3:03) 62 BPM
Review: The guys at Freshly Squeezed have delivered us a delicious treat with this one as we delve into series 2.2 of 'Blue Cover', a fantastic collection project designed to bring out the most creative swing infused creations. Wolfgang Lohr kicks us off in collaboration with The Speakeasy Three for an authentic big band 4x4 fusion. Next, Nat Gonella and Pisk provide us with more horn led grooves before Atom Smith turns up the sauce alongside Miss Emmma on 'Not Sorry Charlie'. BURKEY then joins Atom Smith on the catchy riffs of 'Bright Like Hollywood', before we finish up on The Swing Bot's masterpiece in 'Midnight Purple'.
Review: Dealing strictly in extended collections, Funk Fusion continues its extensive work into 2015 with a 22-track compendium of killer edits, bootlegs and reversions. With an emphasis on fine-tuned, low-swung party jams; highlights include the subtle acid treatment of En Vogue ("Get It"), silky, synth-slapping disco boogie ("Mistery Island"), badass blue grass ("Bluesy Bounce"), Chic-style Public Enemy subversion ("Funky Enemy Number One") and smoke-stacked skank science ("Method Man"). Fusion by name, funky by nature: no party should be without this collection.