Review: Presenting another collection of the best nu-funk and ghetto breaks from the Breakbeat Paradise label, volume 2 of Paradise Breaks contains a killer selection of hip-hop, funk and bass work from artists at the top of their field such as Badboe, Morlack, Breakbeat Junkie and Jazz K Lipa. Among the 15 tracks, look out for Pimpsoul's low-slung remix of Badboe's "One of Those Days" and the re-energised Southern soul of Jiggy Joe and Prosper's "Sweet Home Smoke".
Review: It's booty time... German style! Lipa's vibes have been felt across nu funk floors far and wide. While leaning towards the more authentic, original-material side of scene here he's showing the pretenders how to do mash things up good and proper. "I Follow River" takes Lykke Li to a very dark place, "Down With My Trumpet" gives Rizzle Kicks a badboy makeover, "Soundboy Go Home" punches both Buju Banton and Cocoa Tea in the groove goolies and "Children Of The Revolution" introduces T Rex to dubstep. Oof!
Review: The BBP label serve up a new treat from German electro/funk producer Jazz K Lipa, plus a ton of hefty bass 'n' breaks mixes from an international cast of remixers. JKL's original is a low-slung bass bin troubler that nicely switches up styles between raw funk drums and strictly digital kicks and snares. DJ Wood however keeps things purely electro, adding a deep and menacing filter bassline to proceedings, while Jayl Funk draws on some soulful piano licks and Funkanomics creates a Bootsy Collins-style bassline to drive along his fun and slinky reworking.
Review: A feel good song about manhood size and undercrackers: it's like Dresden's Jazz K Lipa was reading the minds of the 2012's dancefloors. And with these staggering psychic skills comes an innate sense of contemporary funk, too; the original is a Shaft-flavoured groove that rolls with car chase promise as Smith & Smart bounce off each with panache. Four remixers step up to the plate to complete the set: DJ Soo goes all low-swung and devious with a throbbing squidgy bass hook and sneaky samples thrown in for good measure. Calagad13 ups the tempo with a classic breakbeat swing and a snarling saw-tooth riff. JiggyJoe tweaks the high end for a quirky 8-bit factor while Gyorgy De Val stretches the bassline to create a more traditional breakbeat formula. Shucks, there's even an instrumental. What a package.
Review: German producer Jazz K Lipa teams up with Glasgow spitter Soom T on this new pair of dancehall-bass smashers for the Cast A Blast label. Title tune "This Is Not a Horse" uses tech/tropical drums and some fierce swooping bass shots to keep the energy high, while "My Gun Is Culture" interpolates The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" on the chorus over a ska-funk bass beat.
Review: Jiggy Joe is known for his breaky electro-swing style party jams, but here with pal Skeewiff he explores more of the 'ghetto Latin' style peddled by the latter over the last couple of years. It's a move that generally works a treat with "Shake It" being a jaunty cumbia shuffle full of Miami in 40s pizzazz. Ursula 1000 adds some bleepy b-boy electro into the mix too whilst Rory Hoy goes for a more straight up 4/4 remix. Elsewhere Joe hooks up with Jazz K Lippa for the tougher electro-hop of "Welcome" and Rayna MC on the dubby skank of "My Town". All bases covered on this party mix of an EP.
Review: Taken from his album The Plugger, "Don't Stop" comes with a clutch of remixes, each one guaranteed to set a different stage of your party alight. The McTwist remix is for that moment when warm up becomes the show down... The tempo is still low but the energy certainly isn't. Tosses & Varvez's remix is for about an hour later; the dancefloor is filling and you need a reliable groove that doesn't go too over the top, but keeps peeps bubbling. Naturally Jazz K Lippa's remix is for the peak time; upbeat and sprung with a rude bass undertone, this will raise more than a few whoops. Finally the Time To Funky remix. A conga-fuelled freakout, you could drop this at any point of the night and watch the chaos ensue. Listen to the man: do not stop!
Review: It's been well over a year since Breakbeat Paradise last compiled a 'best of' collection. Since then they've delivered countless party bombs from some of the very best in game. In case you missed any, this is the perfect time to get up to speed. Highlights include Kool Hertz En Vogue homage "Whatta Joint", Morlack's p-funk party attack "Funkafize Me" and Prosper's slinky, sultry bass stalker "Slutty Snoop". Label compilations don't get much more satisfying that this - if you missed any Breakbeat Paradise releases recently then get up to speed right now!
Review: Greece's Quincy Jointz selects the sixth volume of his concept Lime Sorbet compilation. Lime Sorbet was always the compilation series for open minded music fans and so is also volume six. From sunshine vibes, funky grooves and breakbeat through to house or downbeat. Once again Quincy selects a special mixture of unreleased music by well-known and upcoming artists. Block rockin' beats courtesy of Valique with "Long Journey" (Quincy Jointz remix) will sort you for deep funk, cheeky crooner Louie Austen is back since the electroclash days with the sleazy soul of of "Make You Move" (Quincy Jointz remix) and Stuttgart's Tobe Tronic serves up the deep, breaks driven nu-disco of "Night Drums".
Review: German funk baron Quincy gives us another fine slice of Lime Sorbet radio show with this 15 strong collection of nu funk gems. The faces are there - Basement Freaks with the butt-shaking cut n' paste party joint "City Jam" and Ursula with a retro-gaze car-chase "Tension" - but there's also refreshing presence of fringe nu funk players like Michael Devillis with the horn-hooting "Craziest Things" and Peurto Rican selector Stereo77 with his dusty, low swung bass wig out "Algeria". It's the work of a true selector, and the continuous mix simply proves Quincy can use the turntables as well as he can curate.
Review: Easily one of the most prolific labels in the nu funk field, Stex's Young NRG Productions dish up another smorgasboard of party pieces. The third in the "Breakbeat Associates 8" this year, this collection of previously released tracks and newbies runs the groove gamut from madcap Ray Parker Junior bashing "Ez Ghost Busterz" to Jazz K Lippa's barn-storming electrobreaks reversion of "Don't Stop". Other highlights include the fuzzy low-fi funk of Alpha1's rub of "Lost In Spacefunk" and the hardy horn work on Stex's own "WLTF". Get associated.
Review: Unhappy with the amount of re-edits and mash-ups in the nu-disco scene, Timewarp are doing something about it! That 'something' is the Lemon Sorbet series of mixes curated by the one and only Quincy Jointz. Featuring some of the finest original compositions, many until now unreleased, from leading nu funk artists. Highlights of volume 5 include the retro new jack urban beats of Jointz own Flashbaxx remix, Ashley Slater (Freak Power)'s low-slung and slinky Al Green cover "Stay Together" and the cool, slap-bass heavy, Latino disco jam "New York To Brasil" by DJ Colour C2. Who said originality was dead.