Cage Page & Toy Quantize - "Remember The Feature" (original mix) - (5:20) 140 BPM
Cage Page & Toy Quantize/Open Cluster - "Remember The Feature" (Open Cluster remix) - (6:23) 134 BPM
Cage Page & Toy Quantize/Fisso & Spark - "Remember The Feature" (Fisso & Spark remix) - (8:00) 128 BPM
Review: Hyped, melodic breaks from this pairing of producers on the new release from DSUK. On the original version of "Remember The Future", the duo lift off with some driven bass melodies that are nicely matched by crystalline leads, while Open Cluster concentrate more on pounding the floor with classic breaks drums on their mix. A further mix from Fisso & Spark follows the original's heavy melodies but adds a touch of wobble to the thick basslines they cook up on their classy version.
Review: Fisso & Sparks (real names: Fisherman and Sparkle Toes) follow up their July release with a commendably varied remix package. Press play and expect to hear classic swaggering breakbeat complete with obligatory hip-hop vocal sample (Kwerk's remix of "Usual Suspects"), outrageously spiky electro house (Hertz's remix of "Xcellent") and a more filtered-funk/French touch glitch style house flavour (Olmec's remix of "Girls Jump"). An interesting release that pays respect to the originals while adding enough refreshment to keep it new and worth your while.
Review: Jacksonville label Kick It Recordings have amassed a respectable rave repertoire in the last few years, dropping sprightly breakbeat bumper-bangers and diesel-powered electro romper-stompers at every given opportunity. This 'best of' collection is a great reminder of the carnage they've caused over the last 12 months. Highlights come from the cathedral-like emo synth riff on Farace's "Push The Beat", the warped-chugs of tribal hypnotism on Marcus Gauntlett's "Miami" and the viciousness of Direct Input's acid-caked "Psy Bot". Kick it live up to their name in every way!
Review: The Straight Up trawler has sailed into the choppy breakbeat seas and, once again, caught a fine catch. 26 tracks, in total, each one reflecting a different flavour of the genre, this could be one of the label's finest fishing sessions to date. Ranging from the classic, sneering Botchit-style tears of "Da Dogz" and BreaksMafia's super-rude take on Dave London's classic "Black Disc" to the more contemporary trance-tinged "As Ice" and the filmic spine-shuddering rushes of "Vertigo", Straight Up have ensured no breakbeat fan has been ignored during the making of this extensive album. Epic.
Review: Hankies at the ready... This 30 track best-of set is Ground Level's final release. Celebrating eight years of fuelling the breaks scene with exciting and authentic original material, the label boss Andy McAllister has decided to close its doors and get busy on a new project called Four Three Six. As with any well-selected best of compendium, each and every track is a highlight. But if we're going to pick a few that really sum up the unique spirit of Ground Level then chow straight down on the Orbital-on-triplets vibe of Stylus Rex's "Spangle Wagon", Rebel Sketchy's super-slam bass jam "The Ride" and Andy's very own "The Theme". With its mischievous horns, hype-rising riff and techy undertones, it acts as a great final salute to a game in which they've scored many many wins. Ground Level will be sorely missed.
Review: Emerging from the Midlands in 2007 with the telling-it-like-it-is Serious Wobble by Stylus, Ground Level has rapidly risen to the top of the bass leagues. Now to celebrate its seventh year of success, main man Andy McAllister has provided this sizzling hot mix featuring 13 bangers. It's quite a trip and some of our fave pit stops on the way include the deep 'n' jazzy baile-ton of Zap! Pow! Die!'s "Bounce (Fuck This Mix)", the ethereal dubby 2step of "It Feels So Good" by John Bradley and the beefy-bassed, hypno laser jam "Hula Hoop" by DJ Hero.