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 a trumpet sandwich here as Joe runs the nu-funk gamut with consummate ease and tongue-in-cheek fun. "Swinging Joe" takes the quirky 1920s standard "Dipsy Doodle" and gives it a respectful bass injection from behind while the EP finale "Java Java" ends on a similar horn-heavy swing, this time clicking more of a Latino riddim. Betwixt these trumpetastic slices we get ragga-roused on "See Di Monks" and throw some serious electro shapes to the perky, stuttering chopfest "Double D". Tasty.
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: New to Breakbeat Paradise Recordings, German producer Sascha Peterson aka JiggyJoe brings a hefty amount of dancehall flow, nu-skool funk and electro-tech heaviness to these four tracks. "Da Trumpets" uses a trick used by dancehall freaks from Basement Jaxx to Dillon Francis - namely the slowly pitch-rising vocal, layered over a confident and punchy midtempo bass beat. "Hola Amigos" features fellow countrymen Telephunken and melts in samples of "Guantanamera" along with a bucket load of beats, while "Rock To The Beat" maintains a similarly Cuban/Latin vibe.
Review: German remixer Sascha Petersen aka Jiggyjoe has a ball with some classics on this third collection from BBP-lending "Things That Make You Go Boom" with some heavyweight bass and kicks for example, or messing around with "Ride On Time" on the hectic piano house of "Good Vibes". Soft rockers Boston even get a look in on the hip hop/breaks rerub "Boston Illegal".
Review: Jiggy Joe (that's his real name, we've checked his birth certificate) has been a little silent since his previous three bootleg bonus packs came our way last year, but it's clear he's been busy toiling away at his machines to create this monster selection. He leads with "Didgeridoo" which sounds like the Chems circa Exit Planet Dust but with added hype-fuelled lyrics. The two remixes by Bobby C and Funkanomics take it to completely different party pastures, making it a great release in its own right before you even get to the cheeky reworks elsewhere on the package. "Sweets For The Tiger" is the balls out theme Rocky would've endured a million montages for. "Ready Or What?" is the best Fugees remake since Hype got heavy on them years ago while "Tell Me Do You Like It" sees Joe taking a Mylo-favoured sample and making it his very own. Get Jiggy!
Review: It's a first class ticket to Bootlegville when the Jigster's in town. Whatever your flavour, he's nailed it on this 13 party banger selection... Where else will you find the likes of Planet Funk's Sex Pistol-homage "Stuck In The UK" getting a savage electro-isation? Or Whitney Housten's "How Will I Know" getting a chubby nu-funk makeover? Or Mattafix's chart-busting "Big City Life" getting an injection with some serious swamp-bass? And all on one release? Let's get Jiggy with it.
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: Four volumes in seven months... Actual Sounds are ruthlessly efficient when it comes to showering the scene with fresh booty-shaking bootlegs. And it's business as usual as we're thrown around by the limbs to a 28-track strong selection of wide-eared funk fusions that range from an uptempo breakbeat cut n' shut of Nina Simone ("Ooh Baby") to Brooklyn era block busters ("Down With The King") via classic rave-meets-early house mashery ("A Bigbeat Treat"). A bargain and banging - these booties are keepers.