Walk With Me (feat Sophie Cinnamond) - (4:26) 121 BPM
Army - (4:25) 73 BPM
Mind Games (feat Heather Melgram) - (2:58) 112 BPM
Bolder (feat Georgia Thursting) - (3:19) 88 BPM
Escape (feat Jemio) - (3:16) 70 BPM
Liberate (feat Alice Francis) - (3:16) 53 BPM
Sinister Piffle - (4:08) 114 BPM
Sweet Rascal - (4:07) 124 BPM
Devil In The Detail (feat Emma Lea) - (3:02) 73 BPM
Outro - (0:57) 112 BPM
Review: UK producer Jamie Berry is relentless to say the least. The unstoppable producer has been firing off releases since the early 2010's, dipping and diving between elector and bass, dubstep and funky house, usually on the utterly reliable Flak imprint. Here, we have a whole album from the man, the aptly entitled Frenzy, and boy what a trip this one is! We've dubbed it 'funky/club' but, in reality, this thing is much, much more than that; the opening "Walk With Me", a cheery house nugget, is quickly transformed into bottom-heavy wobble on "Army", and then something near to Balearic or downtempo on "Bolder", featuring the vocals of Georgia Thursting. All in all, this can only be classed as a pure hybrid, perfectly reflective of the UK's constant thirst for innovation. Lovely.
Review: Earlier this year Leeds electro-swing producer and sultry singer Octavia Rose repeated the success of earlier collaborations with newbie, Lost In The Rhythm. Now to follow it up they unveil a string of remixes aimed at sustaining the momentum of this hit. There are five reworks in total: Catjam begin with an accelerated wobble-tech rejig. Elsewhere Mista Trick opts for a slower electronic bounce with a little hint of DnB in the breaks, PiSK successfully goes for the traditional electro-swing route, Eclectic takes things in a bleepy trap direction and Slunk wraps it all up with a slick, synth drenched nu-soul rework.
Review: Following their successful collaboration, Delight, back in 2012, Leeds electro-swing producer and sultry singer Octavia Rose have decided to rekindle the magic on new one-off, "Lost In The Rhythm". Once again the rule here is 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', but although this new ditty sounds familiar, it's never dull. Stomping along at 120bpm, Rose lays down a catchy 20s/30s style vocal over a classic swing strum before the tune surprisingly opens up into some infectious synthy electro-pop, catching everyone by surprise once more. Another hit to be sure.
Review: Despite his habit of dropping one-track nuggets, Jamie Berry is back in business and brandishing a proper song-packed EP too! Berry has always been in a different galaxy of class to most electro-swing pretenders, and here is no different, with the raucous staccato strut of the title track leading the charge. Elsewhere "You Better Get Down" is a sassy half time prowler, "Risque" is all tough 30s-goes-breaks grooves and "It Ain't Right" is a pounding whirling dervish of jazz hands and bass. Finally the regal "Majesty" boasts some seriously elegant bass and urgent 4 x 4 bounce. Spectacular.
Review: Having developed a sterling reputation for sudden splashes of one-track attitude, Berry returns with his most extensive EP since last year's Swing It EP. The party ignites with the glitch-swing jazz jam "Grandiose". Built up around a well excavated '30s vocal sample with big walls of slippery bass, it sets the tone for the entire EP. Further on "Twitch" takes the vibe up several BPM with a festival-ready piano-slapping vocal jacker, "Heart" averts full focus to the horn section with cinematic glee, "Showtime" jives and swings with Cab Calloway-style cheek and charm and "NFY" brings the show to a full-flavoured, bass-burping pumping finale. Consistent, extensive and exciting, this is Berry's finest release to date.
Review: It's another one-track special from Flak funkster Jamie Berry: Big pianos, massive horns and a humungous vocal from Rosie Harte, this is a perfect example of dancefloor unity that's driven by a bold mid-tempo kick. With swing vibes aplenty and a cool array of samples coded deep into the blend, Jamie Berry can do no wrong right now.
Review: Jamie seems to like flinging out these one-track specials on Flak. Good for him! Why clutter the release with remixes when the original packs enough punch to knock out parties from now to 2092. Electro-swing a-go-go, this is an unapologetic joy ride fun town with all the horn parps, squidgy bass burps and weird, trippy glitches you'd expect to see along the way. Cause some dancefloor "Magic" today!
Review: Here we have two brothers from Leeds who are unapologetic about their mission to produce uplifting feel good party music. Bouncing firmly in the electro-swing camp, these energetic chaps have lived up to the genre's ideals of fusing house beats to like, really old swing, jazz and big band music, with their new single, "Chimichanga Cha Cha". Shuffling modern beats nestle with a vintage Mexican party sample (a jovial ode to the eponymous burrito!), before some heavier wobble bass kicks in to push things up a gear or two.
Review: A single-track wobbler from electro-swing producer Jamie Berry, "Marvellous" is a subtle builder that slowly brings up some swinging jazz horns over a tight electro beat, complete with thick bass throbs and some flitting synth leads.