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: This label recently launched by DJ Spinforth (and pals) as a next step extension to his biweekly column for the Ghetto Funk blog called 'The Scour', to highlight and showcase the unsigned talent that he encounters while 'scouring' Soundcloud. The next logical step was to actually release this stuff, so here's the impressive debut compilation snappily called Scoured Cream. Originally intended to showcase just five tunes, its now boasts eight including the stop-start blues-hop of "Sun No Shine", the wobble-soul of "Hell Yeah" and some electro-swing courtesy of Hong Kong Ping Pong.
Review: Spinforth's quest for freshness continues as he follows up the debut December Scour dispatch with another generous selection of chunky-jacksy bass joints. With gnarly fingers probing every party pie, across the collection we're treated to dubstep-meets-classic-Brooklyn ("Time To Rock"), 23rd century electro wobbles ("Boss DAT!") and VERY cheeky Cypress Hill booty business ("Insane Brains"... obviously!) And that's only three examples. Get Scouring.
Review: Breakbeat Paradise Recordings certainly live up to their names with this second edition of Bring Back The Funk. Opening proceedings is Funktomas with a stuttering big room mega wobble edit of "Let Me Clear My Throat", while J Sound's is "On & ON" is R&B-poppy with phat licks of bass included. Phibes provides something that's on a EDM tip, while Conte Crux is in a hip hop sampling kind of mood. Ad'N'Kuts delivers some sleazy pop, breaks and nu-funk, leaving Mr Bristow to complete this package with a downtempo but groovy as hell "Raise Yo Hands".
Review: Skimming the purist, fullest fat cream from the nu-funk crop, Scour's behaviour at the forefront of the party-minded movement is nothing short of commendable. Their most extensive compendium to date, vibes range of the Little Walter-sampling "Ain't No Coolin" to the filtered jazz funk chops and slaps of "The Program". Between these two disparate-yet-wholly-consistent flavours you'll find subverted swing (Father Funk & Howla's "Got Swing?"), stark Jackson Five string struts ("Soul Rocka") and classic rap ("Two For The Crates"). Whipped and unashamedly fresh, Scour really are the cream of the crop right now.
Review: Budapest beat conjurers MustBeat tether up 21 of the finest remixes they've commissioned over the past four years. The end result is a widescreen romp that explores - and consequently tickles - every nook, corner and cranny of funk's thick-shag underbelly. From the swampy glitch dub of Sammy Senior's remix of "Unreality" to the sunshine skanks and crisp nylon string plucks of Niles Philips' take on "Cop Dat Shit" via the midrange squiggles and sweaty swagger of Trotter's twist on "Supernature", there's a clear consistency and clarity on this package that's seldom seen on a remix collection. A neat testament to the label's toil and great opportunity to fill any gaps in your collection.
Review: Breakbeat specialists Scour turn in the fifth chapter of their Scoured Cream series and as you'd expect, it's all beats and instantly seductive basslines. Sitting somewhere between breaks and electro, these tracks are guaranteed to get any party on its way, especially if it involves university dormitories or student unions! Our tops picks have to be Phibes' "Needles" for thos soulful vocal samples, "Rockin' Cold" by Rollomatik and Cockney Nutjob's "Firepower" for the undeniable comic effect of that sample...you'll know what we mean!
Review: Scour's dedication to the glitch funk movement continues with this full-frontal seminar of juicy low-end party discussions. Highlights include the twisted swing swagger of "Strictly Dynamite", Howla's bass bitten rail-road sing-along "Long Road", WBBL's body-slamming Kasabian booty "Fiyah" and Father Funk's take on Ram Jam's never-tiring "Black Betty". Not a dull moment in sight, this is a must for all breaks, glitch and nu-funk selectors.