Review: Big-assed bootleg business from the Actual Sounds crew... Big Bang Breaks revisits Public Enemy on "Bring Your Whistle" and Derrick May on "Swings Of Life". Meanwhile Funk You Very Much mixes up Randy Newman with Biggie Smalls on "Leaving Cali", gives The Doors a slap with glove of glitches on "Break The Doors" and gets jiggy on a two-step vibe with "Bop A Lot". Elsewhere we find Funky Wah Wah fusing Too Short's "Blow The Whistle" with a reggae version of Marvin Gaye on "Blow It Shorty". Hit 'em up... Then knock 'em down!
Review: Alert: another Actual Sounds release has arrived! New school nu-skool breaks, if there ever was such a thing! These guys are not messing around and here's why: They start off with a block rockin' remix of "Twist & Shout", "Cypress Pills" is, well... But wait there is more: "2Pac Wine" is a mashup on "Red Red Wine" and a rap by the late great rapper. Elsewhere "Get Your Hold On" mashes up in style again merging Missy Elliot and Kanye, "Love The Police" samples N.W.A. over some fierce Meat Katie style breaks and we'd best not forget "Buttersweet Symphony" which samples 'that' famous track by The Verve over some more fierce breakbeats for U.K. dancefloors. The definitive party starter!
Review: Funking heck! Will Actual Sounds ever run out of party products? We're talking weekly releases here; each one as cheeky as the previous. Five cuts are on offer this time round, with three instantly recognisable bootlegs as Musical Youth's "Pass The Dutchy", Blur's "Song 2" and Chemical Brothers "Block Rocking Beats" all get a boisterous bulletproof nu funk coat. Elsewhere on the EP are two more understated dancefloor burners with heaps of originality and character. "Everybody Wobble" rides out on a vibrant 60s organ swing while "Free Funk" grooves its face off with a pitched down 2007-flavoured electro riff.
Review: Four new mash-ups from production team FYVM, who are well-versed in adding an unexpected breakbeat spin to a wide range of songs. "The Beach Noise" for example samples vocals from The Beach Boys and adds them to a simple 'womp' beat, while Nirvana get a thorough overhaul on the huge "Stinking Teen Spirit". And for some fast and frantic thrills, check out the Prodigy and the Beasties going toe-to-toe on "Fight For Your Charly".
Review: Another volume in this fun 'n' fresh series of breaks-slanted mash up's sees The Jackson 5 get shook down to the ground on the excellent disco-rhythmed "Break Your Body Down", Will Smith getting a tough new set of beats on "Fresh Summertime", Dr Dre and Snoop's finest moment updated on "Gee Thang Twang" and perhaps best of all, Jona Lewie's '80s synth-pop classic getting nicely rejigged on 'You Will Always Find Him On The Decks At Parties".
Review: Actual Sounds' most prolific of bootleggers, Funk You Very Much step up with their own four-tracker. "Clinty Boy" smelts Gorillaz with the Beasties to great (and gritty) effect, "Funk Lovers" rolls with a cool 60s guitar lick and processed filtered stabs, "Beatle Mania" kidnaps "Lady Madonna" and locks her up in a nu-funk basement while "No Bitch No Problem" gives A$AP Rocky a low-swung breakbeat facelift. Guaranteed party-pounders, the lot of them.