Review: As you can imagine, Breakbeat Paradise Recordings specializes in the sort of house music that's carried by chunky blockade of beats and bass, all rounded off by a distinctive electro swing. This is the second chapter of the Big Fat Mama Beats series and, once again, the imprint have gone to extreme measures to secure a supremely effective line-up for both them and us. There's not a dull moment in here, or anything remotely beatless, so be sure to cop yourself this super-charged, super floor-minded collection of new-school breaks for the masses.
Review: Founded over ten years ago by Boe Pedersen (BadboE) and Kim Sorensen (Wiccatron) Breakbeat Paradise Recordings is a digital affiliate of the established 90s label of the same name. Originally a more earnest breakbeat label, they now champion a more party breaks/nu-funk approach. Here we have Chinese Robots, the latest offering from Discobeta. The original is a sparse almost electro-pop bounce-athon with a repetitive Asian vocal melody. Groove Mind get choppin' on their heavily cut up rework, Funk 2da Brain gives the dubby electro bass some welly and BadboE ends with an anthemic fuzz-bass rejig. Electric vibes!
Review: What do we have here then? Well Morlack's decided to compile the perfect (digital) stocking filler here, with the 33 tracks bumper compilation Essential Blasters on his mighty Funk Blasters label. Essentially we get many tracks from a small pool of artists, but that's cool because it's literally chocker with party anthems, all perfect for the festive season. Highlights include the brassy, go-go stomp of Morlack's "Put It Out", the raw breaky funk of "Lemme Talk" by Itchy Bastards and the 4/4 rockabilly swagger of "Elephant Boogie" by Mondo Exotica.
Review: Break Beat Paradise Recordings tend to celebratory the more celebratory side of breakbeat music. Here though, the gloves are off on this hard-hitting compilation, Big Fat Mama Beats. There are seven fresh jams to enjoy including the housed-up, ska-infused bouncer "Chinese Robots (Re-Up)" by DiscObeta, Mr Rich & The Caretaker's street tough electro breaks cover of "My Feelings For You" (originally a Gwen McRrae joint) and the urgent percussion and Middle Eastern samples of Crunch "(Scratch By DJ Craft)" by Funky Boogie Brothers. Dope!
Review: Marz and Paul's Discobeta project returns after almost a year's silence with another firing collection of premium party jams. We ignite with straight-up party hit "Who Da Phunk?" before diving deep into "Good Foot", a barbed electro/funk hybrid where the hook screams mid-'00s while the bass and guitar scream mid-'70s. "Come Correct" is a heady rewind to the acid house halcyon era with more samples than a generous delicatessen. Speaking of generous, Funk Blasters have also thrown in an instrumental of "Who Da Punk?" for good measure. Bouncy.
Review: Morlack assembles yet another distinguished troupe for his latest label collection. All exclusives, all funky, all guaranteed to smash your party's trousers to pieces, highlights include the Parliament-level squidgy funk on DJ Clairvo's "I Like To Like It", DiscObeta's disco-flexing fix of Redman on "Get It On", Mako & Mr Bristow's super nerdy homage of criminally overlooked hip-hop classics "Re-Freshed Rhymes" and Itchy Bastards' guitar-slapping glitch space disco breaker "Let Yourself Go". Morlack has the honour of closing the show, and he does so with a euphoric twist on an A-Ha classic. Incredible stuff, it needs to be heard to be believed.
Review: Every now and then, in between artist EPs, Tru Funk knock out a mini compilation of bootlegs where the original artists get spliced together like Frankenstein's monsters of funk. Highlights of this five tracker include Tom Showtime's fusing of Khia's famously filthy My Neck, My Back with some of Snoops' Gangsta Luv on "Gangsta Lick", Phibe's totally eccentric party smasher "Dig My Bounce" (which mixes Missy Elliot with No Diggity) and Spox's electro funk monster "Roses" which beefs up Haywood's '80s classic of the same name.
Review: Scotty Marz and Erin Paul's Discobeta project hits party pay-dirt with this spotless four-track sample session. There's a slick rock vibe running through "Up & Coming" as we experience swashbuckling organic breakbeats and even bolder guitar riffs before we head deep into a groaning bass session on "NasT Anthem". Further on "Worthwhile" flips the flavour with a glitchy-disco lick complete with a mild peppering from Jay-Z while "Yo Hit It" gets busy on the classic funk tip, all horns, salubrious slap bass and sopping wet wah-wah guitars, it's the perfect way to end an accomplished EP.