Review: More scrumptious sonics from the Polish party crew, the fourth volume of Tru Funk's "Tasty Beats" series sees old friends and new lay down five sizzling jams that will guarantee unified butt-shaking. New faces Bruno Borlone and Boogie Mike lay down a Spanish rap funk jam "I Like The Party", DJ Axe pays homage to Nice & Smooth and Curtis Blow, ElectroGorilla reach for the lazers with the euphoric breakbeat flexor "Funky Beast" and Rory Hoy and Saxon Scoundrels get busy on a classic rock and swashbuckling drum vibe with "Bouncin & Rockin". Finally The Beat Selecta boldly fixes up the classic Batman theme tune on a D&B with - quite cleverly - Hijack's "Badman Is Robbin" rap originally sampled by DJ Supreme. Holy bootlegs!
Review: The one known as Electrogorila is back at it again, this time touching down on the legendary Bomb Strikes imprint with two brand new creations, kicking off with the well thought out sample time-line and sharp drum designs of the title track 'Love Me'. It's safe to say that when it comes to breakbeat sampling, Electrogorila is up there with the best of them, as he continues to prove on the flip-side with the expertly dispersed vocal slices and bass slides of 'Milky Way', giving us a fantastic alternative to the A-side and rounding the project up in style.
Review: Breakbeat Paradise have been a on a serious roll over the last year or so, consistently delivering us the freshest Breakbeat originals.They continue this theme here with great success as Electrogorilla unveils 9 new creations, all laced with energetic drum work and smart sampling to draw out that nostalgic feel we all love about Breakbeat. From the classic electro synth rolls of 'Electrhino' and 'Mosquito Lullaby' to the more eye opening, aquatic sounds and sharp percussive inputs of 'Killer Whale Odyssey', 'Enimal Planet' one holds something for everyone. Our highlights include the niche grooves and grizzly bass tones of 'Lazer Panda' alongside Shinder and of course the spacious ambience of 'Zebra Tribe'.
Review: Chest-pounding, banana-munching party bizzle from Russian newcomer Electrogorilla. "If You Really Like" is a widescreen swinger with rich instrumentation reminiscent of Ronson's Version but remixed by Skeewiff. Dig deeper for Ugly Duckling style backpack hip-hop beats on "What You Rockin For" and "All Get Down" before climaxing with the more uptempo deep swing step science of "Ain't That Funky". Delicious.
Review: Here we have the latest offering from Future Funk, a label focusing on showcasing the freshest new school funk and breakbeat originals, here offering up two very colourful original creations. First of all we peep ElectroGorilla and his inspired creation 'Samba Da Sa', an ever evolving breaksy bundle of fun, combining electro bass sounds with authentic vocal slices and interweaving grooves. Next up, the Funky Boogie Brothers slow the pace with their more choppy original 'Check It Out Now', focusing more heavily on vocal sampling and a more stripped back bass pattern, giving us a really nice contrast.
Review: Although the cover of this latest instalment in the Paradise Breaks series echoes the famously trippy sleeves of '70s prog rockers like Yes, the music couldn't be more modern. Actually that said, many of the productions on here do plunder the '70s for inspiration but they choose funk over wizard's capes and that. Highlights include the mighty "Bad Mother" which combines raw soul divas vocals, wah-wah guitars and thumping break beats, J-Sounds' tight and groovy break-funk jam "On And On" and the super catchy shuffle-pop gem "Nobody Else" by Arteo. A totally mixed bag and all the better for it.
Review: If you're into beats and basslines then the Breakbeat Paradise label is the stuff of dreams. While many labels try to branch out into different styles and often lose their identities on the way, these guys deal solely in raucous breaks for the big room dances. While they usually release compilations by single artists, the imprint launched the first volume of the newly crowned Funk Bananas series. Coming through with a vast collection of new artists and familiar faces, these cuts are guaranteed to jump-start your Saturday evenings. Electrogorilla, Rory Hoy and many others dish out party bombshells in an old-school flavour. A mighty fine collection, indeed!
Review: Bomb Strikes, the UK hip-hop/funk/soul/breaks label headed up by Mooqee & Beatvandals, celebrated their 15th birthday in 2019 with a fantastic compilation album, and to further celebrate the success of the label in 2019 they're releasing another compilation featuring 15 of their best cuts from the past 12 months. What's most impressive is the variety on offer, ranging from straight-up hip-hop from Alexander Norman Prosper & Stabfinger, to party breaks from Ali B and Krafty Kuts, to 'new old' soul from Flevans, to the fairly self-explanatory 'Disco Weapon' and 'Mirror Ballin'' (by Shaka Loves You and X-Ray Ted, respectively. Tons of fun for festive season funkateers of all ages!