Review: Coda & Coy are taking us back in time this week with their latest single, this one on Weapons of Choice Recordings, by rolling things out over two tracks in the stripped back, sample heavy style so renowned in the 1990s. The title tune packs a sample you'll have heard from producers like L-Side, and it stretches its legs over a wonderfully subtle yet hard hitting combination of moving basses and rolling drums. The flip-side features more nostalgic sampling, which builds a ravey atmosphere into a feeling of suspense, cut away on the drop in wicked fashion. Sick single.
Review: When it came to sourcing cool beats and breaks for their sets, classic DJs in the 70s and 80s would look everywhere and in many, many genres to find the good stuff. Here we get another selection of the weird and wonderful tunes that formed the backbone of many a vintage DJs sets Highlights of these 25 tunes include the sizzles drum patterns of wah-wah shuffle "Maranatha" by El Extrnsion, Van McCoy's strings 'n' hysterical boogie jam "That's The Joint" and the raw, swingin' 60s rock of "8:15" by The Guess Who.
Review: Twenty-eight strictly funk beauties get assembled with a lot of love on this new collection which boasts choice cuts by the likes of The Ohio Players, Kool and The Gang, Georgie Fame, Tom Scott and Cannonball Adderley. Plenty of the songs here have been scooped up and sampled by the Beasties, Pete Rock, DJ Shadow and more, yet they remain absolutely unique and engrossing in their own right - from the almost Broadway-esque "On The Move" by The Impressions to Eddie Bo's northern soul stomp.
Review: Grubs up! Twisted Individual's cooked up a feast of undead delights for the first Zombie Recordings V/A collection and everyone's invited. Chewy, spicy and full of gully victuals, across the collection we're treated to all range of flavours; the peppery aftertaste of Filthy Habits & Jeopardize's "Mind Transfer", the fruity funk bursts of Imaginary Friends' "Rooftop Jam", the gamey aroma and meaty chugs of Yatuza & Nick The Lot's "Mystic Ways" and the sweet and sour textures of Alex SLK's "Kluture" are just some of the many highlights on the menu. Gunfinger-licking good!
Review: Squad up! Natty Dub celebrate 50 releases with this absolutely stinking set from some of their nearest and dearest, closest and bro-sest. Firing from all cannons, every track is a thumper; Saxxon gets his squelch on with "Brockley Fox", T>I is all screams, wriggles and giggles on "Pointless Torture", Sikka delivers one of his best tunes to date in the funk-fuelled form of "You Know", Suv and Mood give us a Bristol kiss with the slinky, hip-twisting "Mambo" and Jaxx nods his cap at the wild west of the mid 90s on the percussion heavy "Hurdles". Timeless, authentic and full of dirty funk - Natty Dub are one of the most true-to-the-core labels doing it right now. Bring on the next 50!
Review: We've got a lot to thank Cosmo Vitelli for, as over the years if it weren't for his I'm A Cliche label we probably wouldn't have been led to the likes of Red Axes, Bo'Tox and Moscoman like we have. This Bongo Beats And Bankruptcy is the best thing since the Moments Of A Crisis compilation the label legendarily released in 2009. A prophetic release once more perhaps, with tracks from Linja ("Xanadu"), June and Cosmo looking to harder, EBM tinged sounds, with classic post-punky, funk and dub from Fantastic Twins and Dunkeltier's mix to "Opus Pistorum". Find proper echoing space pop synth through Volga Select and some lo-fi bleepy drones in "Luddisme". Look, listen, learn.
Review: Everyone likes a good compilation, right? What's better than having as big a range of artists as possible in one condensed place? It's essentially an album with the ease of listening of a single, so we're all for it. Weapons of Choice have come out with the first edition of The Wild Bunch and it's packed full of bangers, one of those albums which doesn't try to be cool or sophisticated by chucking in a few fillers for the sake of diversity - it's just hard stuff here, with a couple of exceptions llike Viewer's liquid number 'Way to Express'. It works great, with Meladee's 'Weed & Walgreens' the highlight, its driving, bubbling basses intermingling with a fresh sense of movement.