Review: Party-upstarts Dutty Moonshine push the 'next level' button with their debut album Rum Runners. If you've seen them annihilate a club or festival in the past you'll already know what to expect... Full-frontal, full-flavoured audio carnage. Fusing aspects of swing over a walloping electro 4/4, it's an unrelenting brew that's ultimately unique. Highlights include the spatters of jazz piano and arresting vocals on "Bang Bang Boom", the molten rave motifs of the slamming breakbeat jam "Steazy Hangover" and the mischievous bump n' shuffle of "Showbiz". Genuinely one-of-a-kind, Dutty Moonshine are rapidly establishing themselves as an unstoppable force in dance music right now. Go on...Pull a moony today!
Review: Vibes don't get much funkier or floor-focused than those currently being conjured by Oxford duo Dutty Moonshine. Returning to the "Rauchestra" title they launched with in 2012, this EP sees them expanding and developing their sound with next-level confidence. "No Doubt" is a bumping, grinding low-down funk bubbler peppered with well-known samples and hype-inspiring vocals, "Real Thing" wriggles and giggles with unique flute and flamenco fusion while the Cut La Roc collabo "Keep The Crowd" hype whips up the tempo and whisks us back to the heady days of big beat with elephantine party glee. Elsewhere we're treated to two remixes of "Get Busy": Ettore Baiunco provides a stomping 4/4 version with a well-chiselled spiky hook and Diabeateaze cook up a fantastic two-step twist that's sprung with tight horn stabs and jazzy keys. Like we said; vibes don't get much funkier.
Review: The new bad boys of swing, Dutty Moonshine return to Rocstar with a slamming slice of retro-future fusion. Swaggering with a heavy rag-time hook and some of the funkiest basslines you'll hear this side of the asylum, it switches from a sludgy glitch to a firing triplet-based D&B shock-out with chaotic results. Beat 3 trips things out heady bass warps and slow, stumbling beats while William Breakspear takes the title literally with a fluid, wet electro body popping workout. Instant festival vibes.
Review: Floor-pounding electro-swing from UK crew Dutty Moonshine, who bust out the jazzy licks on their new "Rauchestra" EP in style, mixing breakneck beats and dapper rap on "Fancy a Tipple," dubstep wobbles on their collaboration with Brighton's JFB and swing-era crooning on "Elephant In The Room".
Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: Bomb Strikes continue their quite frankly untouchable run with this latest release as they unveil the fourth edition of their 'Bass Funk' compilation series, showcasing some of the most forward thinking bass music about right now. As a compilation, it covers a lot of ground, from the tearout D&B stylings of Featurecast's 'Trigger Finger', to the futuristic post dubstep designs of 'Flexx' from Stylust. Other highlights for us include Kenny Beeper with his groove-infused scratch masterpiece 'Crown Jewels', the long awaited 'Back To The Flow VIP' from Krafty Kuts and of course, Champion's high profile appearance alongside the unmistakable vocal presence of Dread MC on 'One Time'.