Review: Dubbed 'a musical behemoth of apocalyptic proportions', Funky Presidents is the third Breakers Banquet release and it highlights the label's roster perfectly. BadBoE delivers pure funky party breaks gold with the well-named "Tear The Roof Off" and Roast Beatz gives some modern hip-hop a vintage twist on "Rock Right". Meanwhile El Bomba's "Shotgun" and Cris Crucial's "Comin From Da Underground" both channel feelgood 90s big beat in fine style.
Review: A breakers banquet sounds like quite a messy affair - all those head spinning moves sending plates of food flying in all directions. Cris Crucial's Flawless EP thankfully fails to make a mess. Instead he delivers and unapologetically retro riot of late-80s, early-90s hip house jams that are all about the party. Highlights include the big beat scratch-a-thon "Anything Funky", the laid-back gangster funk of "Big Crucial Thing" and the 60s funk-sampling instrumental "Trouble Bucket".
Review: Whatever you think of the artistic merits of bootleg mash-ups, they remain an integral part of DJ culture. What's more, these cheeky mash-ups often do more damage on dancefloors than the original material. This EP from the Booty Fruit camp - the third installment in the popular Proper Produce series - features four more bespoke bootleg jams destined to cause maximum dancefloor pleasure. There's a studied tastefulness to the lazy hip-hop reggae of DJ Maars' "Come Dancing", while the boom bap hip-hop funk of Prince Pimms and General Tack's "Bad Influence" is so expertly crafted it sounds like an original production. There's a tasty, sophisticated skank to Livingston and Canosis' "Hold It Down", while the fat beats of Cris Crucial's "Like Dis" casually steer clear of silliness.
Review: Breakerz Banquet switch the feast to a BBQ flex with a quartet of laid back summer vibes. Fresh from fronting the label launch, El Bomba takes the lead with "Party Your Ass Off". A refreshingly honest ode to smoking, drinking and fun times, it's an instant smiler. Knuckle Fingerz plays the spot-the-sample game with a whole range of well-known lyrical hooks and a Tribe Called Quest level groove. Cris Crucial plays a similar rap homage with added Dee-lite and Maars. Finally the whole team collide for the 'banger' of the bunch... Muscular drums, a clinically obese groove and party chants a-go-go, if you're not popping within 30 seconds, your volume function is faulty. Yummy.
Review: Seven releases deep might seem like an odd moment in a label's history for a 'best of' set, but when the party vibes are as strong as this and the summer's creeping up like a sleazy charmer, we're not going to complain! Each cut hits the dancing feet with rapid reference rifle fire with highlights chopping and popping from every direction: do the windmill to the iconic loopy vocal and classic breaks of Breakerz Allstarz "Doin Ruin", chisel up those gun fingers for Bluntskull's ragga-powered "Gun Gospel" and get ready to lose your trousers as you swing to Cris Crucial's "Anything Funky". Tuck in, it's feasting season.