Review: The unstoppable force that is Funk Fusion are back with a killer edition of their Fused Funk series of funk, breaks and wicked crossover beats. Are they already up to number 18 already, like woah! We'll give you only one guess which Jimi Hendrix classic Sticky Icky's "Foxy Loxy" samples. Or how about the wicked White Stripes cover; breaks style, named "Seven Nation Skarmy" by Head Honcho. Other honourable mentions must go to the very James Brown sounding "Try It Again" by Batchy Scrollox and the block rocking party beats of Ghetto Cats "The Winehouse". No guesses who they sampled on that one!
Review: Funky Breaks, Ghetto Funk, Nu Funk, Glitch Funk, Nu Skool & Old Skool Breaks: you name it, they got it! London's Funk Fusion are back with Fused Funk Volume 16, which is a whopper of a compilation; 17 servings of block rockin' beats which will suit any occasion.. almost! Some of the highlights on here (and there's quite a few) are: "More Diggity" by Jay Tip; no guesses what this is a remix of (hint: Blackstreet!) but there's no hints for which rock'n roll classic got mashed up with jump-up drum and bass on Phat Bangers Club's "Wah Wah Everybody". Elsewhere, Sticky Icky's "I Wanna Hold You" takes the timeless classic by The Beatles and injects it with some tough breaks.
Review: Less than two years deep into their groove crusade and Funk Fusion teeter on their 20th compendium of party-firing bangers. But first, volume 19 - an all-out session the leaves no stone unturned. Expect nothing but turbo charged gospel ("Happy Break"), Skillz-sampling rap damage ("Gotcha Ed Noddin'"), Wonder-full synth subversions ("Super Tissues"), Chemical Zeppelin chaos ("Block Rockin Love") and a Dre-meets-Biggie missile that's so explosive it should come with a health warning. Revel levels set high on this one.
Review: The Funk Fusion label deal exclusively in cheeky breaks-led reworks of only the most popular tunes. With a furious release schedule that has seen the imprint deliver record numbers of bulging compilations, they are the undisputed masters of party breaks. Here on their 20th collection we more of exactly the same, the way we like it. Highlights includes the Jimi Hendrix/Chemical Brothers collision "Jimi's Chemicals" by Ghetto Cats, the mangled funk of their Tupac/Dre rejig "Californian Glove" and the drum heavy grooves of Biggie Smalls/80s kids show mash-up "Notorious Tank Engine" by Tweek Unique.
Review: The second instalment of Licked Out Funk on Funk Fusion is rip-roaring to say the least, as all 28 tracks were brought into this world with the sole purpose of getting you moving, something accomplished through big drum hits and recognisable samples. Almost every track on this compilation has a sample you'll recognise; 'Come To Skanker' is a distortion of Beatles classic 'Come Together', 'Ain't No Funkin' does a good job flipping Chaka Khan's original 'Ain't Nobody' and 'Trippin Biggie' gives the funk treatment to The Notorious BIG. This is a feel-good album of still quality tracks and you'll have a hard time not moving to the procession of boom-bap drums, big synth lines and sense of retro nostalgia.