Review: Booty Fruit badman Funk Ferret steps up to man the Goodgroove machine with a low-end lurking five piece. "Don't Stop" is a classic turntablist joint, loaded with cool samples and a burpy bassline. "Keep It Real" is a wholesome disco flexer complete with some very polished slinky bass while "The Anthem" is an understated funk frenzy with slap bass, 8-bit trills and great use of samples. "Give It Up" is one for the bass-hungry as the low-end takes centre stage with all sorts of cool production touches and reverse twists, very much like a Featurecast joint. Finally we hit "Soul City", a horn-heaving strut-out layered with dense bass textures and loads of cool attention to detail on every twist. Genuinely fresh.
Review: Can Boogie Boutique put a foot wrong at the moment? We don't think so. And here's some solid sonic proof from New Zealand-based label mainstay Funk Ferret. Joined by emerging funkster Imagine This, the duo have created a sprightly party bomb with rapid fire lyrics and a salaciously squidgy electro-inspired bass-hook. There are remixes galore; party baron Cut La Roc doffs his cap to hip-hop's glory days, Nick Fonkynson gets all gritty and vicious while DJ Alias & Benson drop the tempo for a classic exercise in extreme nu funk rudiments.
Review: An offshoot of UK label Riddim Fruit, Booty Fruit is an imprint dedicated to mash-ups, bootlegs and edits that drops Homemade Bullets as its first release this week. Mr. Mention melts the Stereo MCs' "Connected" with the accapella from "Classic", a prestigious posse cut from a couple of years ago featuring Nas, Kanye, Rakim and KRS-1, while Dedy Dread cooks up a fun mix of chirpy reggae and Wyclef Jean. Funk Ferret chooses to add some big beats to UB40's perennial classic "Red Red Wine", and to round things off, One Funky Soul gives Jeru Tha Damaja a Northern Soul twist on "So Called Bro's".
Review: Following the inaugural volume earlier this month, Bristol bass outpost Ghetto Funk dusts off more of its back catalogue for those who need a quick catch-up or reminder of the label's defined party-pummelling motifs. While the first collection was all about originals, this one is about the all-essential refixes and remixes as the likes of Tonic snaps down on Too Many Ts with a toothy bass bite, DJP gets his spacious swing on over Second Hand Audio and WBBL adds some beautiful smoky dub sensations over Funk Ferret. There's 10 tracks in total, each one a reminder of Ghetto Funk's unique talent roster and instantly distinctive signature - there's a reason they've won Best Label at Breakspoll two years on the trot!
Review: This is a bit of a treat for funk breaks fans, as leading label Boogie Boutique gathers together a selection of its finest floor-filling bangers. With cheeky mash-ups and bootleg remixes from the likes of Hayz, Ursula 1000 and Nick Fonkyson, there's much to enjoy, not least the sheer silliness of some of the rump-shaking fusions. Check, for example, the anthemic grooves of Nine Lives The Cat's "Let Me In" (a brilliantly executed fusion of "Just Be Good To Me" and "Cross The Tracks") or Badboe's "Show Me Ghetto". None of the cuts will win you brownie points with chin-strokers, but they'll certainly smash up the dance - and that's all that matters.
Review: Funk and disco breaks get put thoroughly through their paces on this exclusive collection from Boogie Boutique, featuring treats galore for DJs and fans of souped-up funk. Badboe's beefed-up treatment of UBB-staple "I Like Funky Music" by Uncle Louis, or Breakbeat Junkie's Northern Soul-indebted "Crazy Jerk" are just two of the highlights from this collection that also features nuggets from Rory Hoy, Chris Awesome and Hayz amongst others.
Review: Cypress Hill getting mashed up and personal with Led Zeppelin, Biggy getting busy over The 45 Kings, an electro-skank remix of Sister Nancy... these are just three of the super-cheeky bootleg treats on offer right here. Booties can go one way or the other; poorly pitched cut n' shut or clever, witty and complementary. These definitely fall in the latter. From furry flute bliss ("Dr Fluteski") to Busta Rhymes on a major skank-up ("Kingston Bounce"), this ticks all the right party boxes.