Review: The Jolly Jams imprint has long been one of the more interesting sources of "disco adjustments", with owner DJ Kaos favouring unusual, ear-catching revisions and quirky cuts. You'll find plenty of material that fits both categories on this assortment of re-fixes. Balearic Skip kicks things off with a gloriously loved-up, pitched-down version of a Sylvester classic ('Mighty'), before going further into slo-mo territory on the moody and trippy 'Chung'. On his contributions. Spring Break Edit flits between sparkling disco-funk ('Sold My Sylver') and head-nodding, low-slung instrumental soul ('Piano Scarf'), before Kaos takes over. He supplies two peak-time ready tweaks: a fine re-wire of a squelchy disco-funk cover of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall' ('Tapping The Source') and an acid-flecked, saucer-eyed slab of proto-house bliss ('Promo Only 4').
Review: Man like Break returns to balance our souls with fresh new material on Symmetry. 'Don't You Worry' is classic Break. Understated, oozing soul and funk and underpinned with the bubbliest bassline this side of the Matey Bubble Bath factory, it's reminiscent of his work on his old album 'Resistance'. For his second track Break flips the vibe entirely for another classic example of his sonic footprint. This time on a much more tense and heavy late night vibe, 'Minimus' is all pneumatic steps and high voltage sizzles and utter carnage when dropped at the right time. Big up Break you absolute badman.
Review: Jungle Cakes shake us and bake us once again as label owners Deekline and Ed Solo lure long time friend Benny Page into their lair for this incredible 58 track collection. Created as a mix but all tunes available for your own persy armouries, as always with the 'Welcome To The Jungle' series, we're treated to sounds and styles across the entire dnb spectrum. Expected everything ranging from Benny's own bubblers to more dancefloor styles such as Blaine Stranger's 'Dragon' and Octo-Pi's 'This Sound' via rugged jump-up uppercuts such as Lockerz 'The Funk', crucial jungle licks like Exposure's remix of DeJay's 'St Paul's Jammin' and pure futurism like Filip Motovunski's 'Ninja'. And this isn't even the tip of the jungle iceberg here, there's so much to digest here. Huge.
Review: Break is back on his own Symmetry Recordings and it's the label where he's normally at his usual best, which, in this case, amounts to a storming two-tracker torn between a ritualistic sacrifice to the dancefloor on one hand a drilling, penetrating minimal cut on the other. The first, 'Never Say Never', is absolutely classic Break, with a pitch-perfect set of rolling drums that stretch out underneath a corker of a bassline, a call-and-response line which flips between jagged steps and twisting, bending tones. The flip is stripped back and based around percussion which tunnels into your consciousness, and Break has nailed the repetitive element. Classic Break - unmissable.
Review: To our ears, the re-edits, reworks and 'disco adjustments' released by DJ Kaos's Jolly Jams label are some of the most impressive around, in part because there's little in the way of cheap 21st century studio tricks and the imrpint's source material always tends towards the eccentric, interesting and obscure. Predictably, the label's latest eight-track collection is full of corkers, from DJ Kaos's own mini album-opening early house style revision of AOR disco classic 'Long Train Running' (here renamed 'Proton Edit 1') and the surging, Clavinet-heavy disco-funk sleaziness of Conor's 'Proton Edit 3', to the flash-friend, Talking Heads-go-Latino no-wave funk of Pete Herbert's 'Candy 8', and the 10-minute swamp funk brilliance of Spring Break Edit's 'Candy Edit 2'.
Review: There are few things as exciting as a new Break LP dropping into the inbox. That tangible feeling of excitement is made all the more intense by the knowledge that any new music from the Bristol-based master is 99.9% certain to be incredible. Dusty Demos is no different, and it says a lot about Break that even his discarded music from years gone by is still right up there with the best of it. The tracks in this album span 2003 to 2012, and one of the earliest is 'Super Blue' feat. Mark System, who gets involved in a luxurious, lounging piece of music that's at its best in its crisp percussive highs and swelling, summertime pads. 'All In' from 2006 is foreboding as hell and packed with movement, whilst 2007's 'Take Me There' is possibly the dirtiest tune on the whole EP, with a torn bassline that moves in furious gestures. It's classic Break that spans the whole stylistic and temporal spectrum - unmissable.