Review: Well, thank God for the Tru Funk label, because without them pushing their collaborative mini-comps we'd be living in a world without the sample-heavy side of breakbeat. This is all strictly mash-up material, blending everything from soul to disco and hip-hop in the process. BadboE's "Get Ready Shorty", for example, has got Busta Rhymes' inimitable roar riding over an intricate bundle of funk samples, while "Where's The Party" from Chudy manages to create a deliciously vintage cocktail out of early-era rap and nu-school breaks. Whatever the flavor, you know Tru Funk will deliver. Party-starters, the lot of them!
Review: Hot on the heels of Tru Thoughts' recent Tasty Beats compilation, the firmly party orientated label has rustled up a tenth instalment of their Party Breaks series. Now it's time to shake it up at every house party you can find this summer! Highlights include Bang N Mash's funky old skool Eric B mash-up "I Got Soul", Chudy's "So What?" which intertwines the Tom Tom Club and Destiny's Child to sizzling effect and finally DJ Clairvo who fuses big beat, ragga and vintage organ stabs on "Here Me Now All Massive". Boom!
Review: The Tru Funk label is a consistently strong destination for funky mash-ups and breaks-heavy bootlegs, and they've outdone themselves this time on this latest volume of their "Party Breaks". Some highlights include Naughty By Nature getting layered over a silky disco/hip hop hybrid beat on "Clap Your Hands", while '70s Scottish funk stars The Average White Band get their tight sound rejigged by Jayl Funk on "Honk The Funk".
Review: Monster debut album alert! Having demonstrated his skills both as a solo artist and in heavyweight co-lab duties with Warson for several years, Polish party jammer Chudy unleashes his first long player. A tight combo of tried and tested bangers and brand new material, Let's Groove On! shows Chudy at his most extensive and flavourful. From the evangelistic "Looking For Somebody" to the softer '80s soul of "In The Club" via block-rocking hip-hop homages such as "Hot Guitar" and filtered funk slammers like "Everybody", no party stone is left unturned, no corner of the dancefloor is left unattended. A highly accomplished long player.
Review: The Polish party vibes keep flowing at Tru Funk as Chudy returns to the stall with another fine mess of well-laced booties and nu-funk nuggets. "Happy Joint" is the perfect opener, fusing Art Of Fighters with a Michelle Wallace classic. "Looking For Somebody", meanwhile, is the perfect heater; jumping and jiving with a more cut-up sound, it takes an L.T.D joint to a whole new groove dimension. "Where's The Party At" rides with more of a playful, sexy swing while "Keep The Beat" ends on more of a b-boy flavour with added pianos. And that's before we even get to the wide range of remixes! Another must-have from Tru Funk.
Review: Chudy is a funk machine right now! Every release this year has been booty-bashingly addictive. Naturally this extensive EP is no exception. Our highlight? "Hot Guitar". Taking a very well known Snoop tune, Chudy lives up to the lyrics and drops it like it's hot over a slippery funk riff that simply refuses to quit. "It's What I Do" comes a close second... We really never thought we'd see the day when a Limp Bizkit tune can survive a good nu-funk facelift but not only has Chudy done it in true style - he's got his mate Rory Hoy to do an even funkier remix! Elsewhere we find him teaming up with regular studio stable mate Warson for "Everybody", an emphatic slab of party that rolls with just a smidgeon of electro.
Review: Po-faced disco and boogie purists should probably steer clear of this five-tracker from the Tru Funk crew. For the rest of us, there's plenty to enjoy. The action is typically floor-friendly, offering party hearty thrills with just enough purist flavour to impress. Agent 86 drops a deliciously synth-heavy stepper in the form of "Sticky Funk", while Jamie Ruz closes his eyes and lets the jazzual guitar solos flow on the soft focus boogie-soul jam "Lovers Delight". Yomakomba's "Hold You" should inspire a few "moments" on the dancefloor with its sinewy combination of '80s soul and Balearic house chug, while Trotter's "40 Degrees" is a slamming chunk of slap bass-heavy disco house.
Review: A very classy set of instant party starters from the Tru Funk stable, with BMD getting wild with the Isley Brothers' classic "It's Your Thing". Warson & Chudy deliver some serious hip-hop wobble on "Find The Funk" and drop the Slim Shady beat over "Ghetto Bounce". The real gem, however, is Jayl Funk's "Funky Song" - riding a classic call/response soul sample over a rock solid nu-funk beat.
Review: It's a great sign of the state of music when the tenth installment of Tru Funk's Tasty Beats series, which normally features about five tunes, boasts 21 fresh new cuts! It's a veritable feast of party mash-up bangers, with something for everyone. Highlights include the funky Khia/Snoop blend of "Gangsta Lick", the cut-up electro-funk of "Golden Ass" and the hands-in-the-air Stevie Wonder madness of "Party Like We Do".
Review: What in fresh hell is going on at Tru Funk Towers? Barely six weeks have passed since they gave us the 10-track strong Volume 1 and already we're looking down the barrel of eight more serious funk nuggets! Featuring some of the label's favourite faces we see the likes of mainstay Chudy rub shoulders with DJ Kid Stretch with party-starting glee. The former causes spine-tingle meltdown with his Aeroplane level of synth lushness on "See You Soon" while the latter gets jiggy with a classic Deborah Cox vocal and some full strength bass riffage. That's just two of eight; do you need any more convincing?
Review: Years ago, if someone offered you some street jam you'd have said no; jams made of pavement and general dirt just don't make the cut for an all-star breakfast. Then Actual Sounds comes along and your understanding completely changes. Gone is the gritty, fag butty, exhaust pipey grime and in comes the royal block-rocking fodder from some of Actual Sounds' finest funky upstarts. Comprising sneaky booties and authentic grooves, this 18-strong collection is a one-stop-shop to party town. Highlights include Mr Mezdup's percussion and glitch-heavy rub of The Specials "Ghost Town", Rory Hoy's high voltage acid attack "Hey!" and Freddy Fresh's beautiful seasonal sonic soliloquy "Summer's End".
Review: There's no-stopping the Tru Funk crew this year; be it booties or original funk cuts, the collective have been dishing out some fine styles of late. This compilation is the current zenith of their achievements; 10 fresh tracks from the likes of Chudy, Jayl Funk, DJ Axe, Dastardly Kuts, Warson, Sammy Senior and more. Low swung slo-mo ghetto is the flavour of the day with dashes of disco, funk, hip-hop and booty bass liberally splashed throughout. Highlights include Nynfus Corporation's ragga-bassline bomb "Weekend In Budapest" (featuring classic Freestylers lyrics if we're not mistaken) and Robinson Grooves' eighties-tastic slap-bass heavy "Bounce". If you've not yet joined the Tru Funk club, now's the time to sign up.
Review: Tru Funk's unstoppable 'Party Breaks' series returns with a banging six-pack of funk mash-up's and breaks party pieces for the discerning DJ, including Hardly Subtle's brass-filled cut 'n' paste gem "Brand New Funk", Timothy Wisdom's '90s slacker rock-reviving "Walking On The Sun" and Tonic's excellent bass-monster "The Funky Fish".
Review: Five new mash-ups from the Tru Funk stable, with Chudy layering Jurassic 5 over a nu-funk breaks track, BMD giving a soul-funk classic a fresh new set of beats on "You Made It", Matty Blades & DJ Axe going on a scratch odyssey on the bluesy "Move!" and Telephunken incorporating the distinctive sax from Nomad's forgotten hip-house classic "Devotion" on "Boooom!". Fun-filled, party-starting stuff for fans of bootleg breaks.
Review: Nu-funk barons Tru Funk commission 15 brand new blends for your party pleasure. Calling up familiar friends and new faces alike, it's yet another reminder of the Polish imprint's clout. Highlights abound but be sure to digest the slap-bass fusion of Funkanomic's Marvin Gaye homage "One More Headache", Morlack's '80s synth smelting of Zhane's "Groove Thang" and Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" and Roy Hoy / Unknown DJ's mindblowing cauldron of Fatboy Slim, James Brown and Public Enemy on "Xpress Your Big Stuff". Serious floor fire, Tru Funk always deliver.
Review: Tru Funk are bona fide bringers of beats to soundtrack any good house party and this Essential Selection of Nu Party Break brings together a complete playlist for Saturday night. A whole load of scratching, sampling and cutting comes from DJs AKA, Axe, Kid Stretch and Rudd and Skandi, while it ain't only new school with more traditional funk jams coming from BMD's "Bad Man". There's also some Daft Punk-meets-DJ Shadow-meets-Stevie Wonder action on Funkanomics "One More Headache", while Funky Boogie Brothers bring back the big beat fun with "Street Jam" - and that's not even the half of it!
Review: Tru Funk have cooked up yet another funk feast, and there's plenty at the table for everyone. Maars kicks off proceedings with a skank-soaked ode to Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk". Chudy, meanwhile, presses the disco button with a series of well-known disco licks and piano hooks. Further on we find Shaka Loves You fusing Stevie Wonder and DJ Kool with infectious results and we get lively to Mako & Mr Bristow's firing Motown jungle flavours. Finally Warson maintains the 170 vibe for the EP climax as "Feel Good" rolls with sizzling soulful charm. Yummy.
Review: We can always trust on Tru Funk to deliver fine swarms of sample-ridden breakbeat and they've done it again with their 8th instalment of the Nu Party Breaks series! As per usual, there's plenty of new names and talent throughout, such as Freethinker Funk Essence's "Nu Number Dancefloor" - sampling beauty - and "Street Jam" by the Funky Boogie Brothers. To be honest, everything on here is killer and if you're into your old-school funk breaks, look nowhere else!
Review: The clue's in the title - Essential Selection. Tru Funk's repertoire is so large it now stretches all the way to the sun and back, but this is the label at their most selective, digging deep into their two year history for the very best party gems. Highlights across the 20 track compendium include the psychedelic twangs and infectious hooks of "Mambo No 14", the squishy early-Plump DJs style funk of "Funky Ass Beat" and BMD's ace version of Jamie Lidell's "Little Bit Of Feelgood". No party will be complete without this collection; dancefloor shenanigans guaranteed.
Review: Ghetto sounds abound as Warson & Chudy continue their sterling work. Instant funk spray without the nasty CFCs, the six-track heavy Funkosoul EP is a total party aerosol, compressing a myriad of classic samples into their solo and collaborative pieces. Chudy's work takes a slower, hip-hop style pace, making it perfect for warm ups or wind downs. And trust us, there is no booty on the planet that couldn't resist a wiggle to "Movin' To The Funky Beat"! Warson meanwhile flexes on a more uptempo vibe with both "For My People" and "One Love" taking your dancefloor directly to the freak-o-clock. As for their collaborative work... you can find that one out yourselves!
Review: More bootleg badness from Team Tru Funk. Warson steps up first and invites us for a ride on his pony. Or rather Ginuwine's "Pony". Complete with a lavish fun backing, it knocks spots off the original in every direction. Next up Chudy takes Destiny's Child down a slinky street jam route with a great rendition of "Bug A Boo". Moving on Warson does the unthinkable and gives Pitbull the booty treatment - or rather Tuxedo's silky chorus from "Do It". Laying it down over a pristine late '90s funky house jam, he's done a fantastic job. Finally Chudy brings the show to a close with the EP's only instrumental. A booty-shifting swinger with purring basslines and organic instrumentation, it's a neat way to conclude an epic release.