Review: This is a eclectic EP which see's breakbeat explore other areas of the electronic universe. Exquisite production all round. 'The Secret Weapon (Part 2)' sounds like Jive Bunny does Breakbeat, from House of Pain to Jay-Z, the track is ready to entertain. If you're still in the party mood move on to 'The Episode (Sammy Senior Remix)' which sounds like the sound track to a super funky 80's sitcom, with the coolest Fresh Prince style spitting. Moving into 'Never Get Old (DJ Maars Reskank Remix)' and we've flown the Atlantic and landed in the height of the Scar movement with a cheeky, happy go lucky Northern lyrical swag compliments by sun kissed reggae sing song. 'Back To The Future' touches on the UK garage scene, with 4/4 beats, rave piano chords and a simple, soulful singing sample, while keeping an American tone to the rap lyricism. 'The Market St Hustle' takes an unexpected turn to the avenue of dirty dubstep but the horns keep it happy and bouncy, before the DJ Aka remix of 'Never Get's Old' brings us to the 170 world of dnb. 'Drinking In The Sun (Ewan Hoozamo remix)' sounds as though it has been written for Adventure Time, the whole track has been coated in the sweetest, stickiest layer of sugar. After all the dancing you would have just undertaken it's great that the EP ends with a chilled track like 'Don't Stand For It'. As an entire collection of music this is exceptionally good.
Review: Hailing from Ireland, Johnny Pulse (of Stormtroopers of Love fame) launched his Bula Beats label back in 2005 with the release of his debut album, Funky 5 Years Ago. Since then he's established himself internationally as a top hip-hop/breaks producer. Here he has decided to reissue a newly remastered edition of his well-received 2009 long player, How Much For The Monkey. Originally only available on physical formats, now we can all get to shake it to fun big beat jams like "The Market St Hustle " and "Funky Time" digitally too!
Review: We're not quite sure why this German funk meister is so enthralled by lime sorbet in particular (other than that it tastes nice), but that is what he has chosen to dub his popular mix series. This third installment packs in a hefty 18 tracks and is available both as a continuous mix and as individual tracks too. Highlights include the mini Moog workout of QZ's remix of James Beige, the high-energy riff-o-rama of "Monsterjam" and the effervescent disco-funk of "This Sound".
Review: This should be considered something of a treat for funk breaks fans. In a bid to raise funds for the Love Music, Hate Racism charity, it gathers together tracks from both heavy hitters (Badboe, Fort Knox Five, Zamali etc) and lesser-known talents on one action-packed compilation. If this kind of party-rocking fun is your thing, it should be an essential purchase, not least because it includes some fine material. Check in particular Super Combo Funk's trad funk/P-funk fusion "I Don't Need No Dope", PulpFusion's fuzzy "Rockin Kids" and the wobble-step influenced "Boob Job" from Bristolian Ewan Hoozami, who happens to be the son of former England rugby player Alistair Hignell.