Review: Ireland's king of the sample, Johnny Pluse is rarely heard without the backing of his Stormtroopers Of Love crew. Here however, he kicks off the year by bravely going it alone for solo album "Lasers 17". Heavily indebted to the early 90s hip hop stylings of Beastie Boys and/or Cypress Hill, tunes like "Don't' Be So Dramatic" and "Its Some Craic" charge out of the gates in a furious flurry of turntablist cuts and breaks. Elsewhere highlights include the electro attack of "We Need More Lasers" and the surprising feelgood anthem "Drinkin In The Sun".
Review: It's been a little while, but we were very happy to see JohnnyPluse return to his own imprint 'Distro Punks' for a full length LP entitled 'Party Rockin Gold'. This whole LP is a homage to classic breakbeat music, with all fourteen track incorporating classic early dance elements including inventive melodic vocal slices and choppy break arrangements. Our favourites on the project have to be the classic hip hop brass stylings of 'Milk N Cheeze Please', the rapidly arranged sample map of 'Its Some Craic' and the smooth drum switches and funky grooves of 'Too Drunk To Dance'. Overall this is great project for JohnnyPluse to return with, showing that he is ready for whatever 2018 has to offer.
Review: We are delighted to present to you the official reissue of JOHNNYPLUSE's breakbeat anthology "The Book Of Lies". As a project this encapsulates everything excited about modern breakbeat music with it's high energy, unrelenting drum arrangements, pounding bass notation and thrilling vocal performances. The collaborations bring this project to life, especially MC Mimmic's old school flows over "The Episode" and Bass Nacho's additional credits on "Back To The Future". Other highlights include the more stripped back arrangements of "Never Get Old Riddim" and "No Gee Just Mpc" which add a whole additional layer of depth to the overall project.
Review: Distro Punks make their return here alongside Johnnypluse, who released a string of well received projects across the breadth of 2018. This brand new project contains thirteen tracks of futuristic electronic goodness, from the stuttered moogy tones of 'We Need More Lasers' and unpredictable sample-based madness of 'Blind Tap-Dancer' to the sharp drum grooves of 'Rebel Funk' and layered melodies of 'Pull The Chord'. There is truly something for all breakbeat lovers amongst this body of work, yet again solidifying Johnnypluse as one of the most creative sample based producers in the scene today.
Review: After a string of vibrant releases, we are very pleased to see Johnnypluse make his return to his home imprint of BulaBeats for another selection of witty, sample based explorations. We begin with the first of two creations which goes by the name of 'Back N Black Beatdown' setting itself as the centrifugal force pulling together a selection of classic slices. From here we move into track two which takes the name 'Loud People', infused with a more dubwise approach, slapping another collection of groovy hip hop and breaksy classics together.
Review: Irishman Johnnypluse has been rocking dancefloors the world over for the last 12 years. His history in one of Ireland's most exciting live bands (Johnypluse & The Storm Troopers of Love) toured for three years and made two groundbreaking albums as well. He heads up the Bulabeats imprint out of Trim and presents his new massive beat entitled "The Secret Weapon" (Part 2) which channels the vibe of classic big-beat while using some samples of hip-hop classics of the '90s. Second offering "Skanky Bitch" is a low slung funk attack that throws together dub/ragga samples, pan-pipes, disco loops.. and all sorts on this unusual mix.
Review: Irish breaks hero Johnnypluse returns to Bulabeats with a new release featuring a heavy '80s influence . The Liquid Gold EP features three electro disco infused dancefloor weapons that pay homage to the Blitz Kids, Steve Strange, Gary Newman, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode right through to Big Trouble In Little China and no homework on a Friday. From the neon-lit bounce of "Jack Burton" and its electrifying arpeggio, to the Beverly Hills Cop vibe of "Neon" and the cowbell driven nu-disco groove of the title track - which also comes with an extended remix.
Review: As ever with JohnnyPluse, we are in for a treat as he lands yet again onto BulaBeats for a phenomenal display in breakbeat brilliance across twenty incredibly well produced originals. There is something on this project for everyone, from the colourful landscaping and bouncing drums of 'You Are Home' to the more tribal percussive smacks of 'Eat Your Government' and junglist inspired arrangements of 'The Wiggle'. There are a couple of clear stand-outs across this twenty track bonanza, including the euphoric drum breaks of 'Fantastic' and the smooth harmonies of the disco edition of 'Liquid Gold'.
Review: The Irish breakbeat giants Bulabeats make their start to 2018 in fantastic form with this high energy collaboration between label founder JohnnyPulse and renowned Leeds based MC Coppa. The duo combine for a classic sounding UK hip hop arrangement entitled 'Never Get Old' which takes us through the day to day story of an average person overcoming obstacles and having a good time. This release comes complete with JohnnyPulse's dubbed out riddim version and a very exciting ska infused rethink entitled the 'Maars Reskank'.
Review: Funky Irish all-rounder Johnny Pluse and his The Storm Troopers Of Love moniker, is well known for party-fuelled attitude. Here they return with Rebel Bass, their first new track since March, and they're bringing some serious fire to the table too! "Rebel Bass" is an effervescent anthem fusing hip-hop, pop and rock for a hands-in-the-air hit. Dusty Tonez also appears to provide a tougher electro-funk rework, whilst Barry Krishna recasts the tune as an awesome exotic disco groover. An instrumental and raw samples are also on hand for all those budding remixers out there too!
Review: Johnny Pluse and The Stormtroopers Of Love get straight down to business with this tasty four-tracker for the incorrigible, and pretty much unstoppable, Bulabeats label. This is proper breakbeat fire all-round, starting with the greezy, mutant bass of "In The Heat", followed by the piano-laden pseudo house of "Pull The Cord". "The Beat Is Rockin" offers a little but of old-school hip-hop charm, blended seamlessly with a few rave tones, leaving "In The Heat Riddim" to work that same swamp bass further into oblivion.
Review: Irish bass and breaks fanatic Johnnypluse teams up with The Stormtroopers Of Love for another wicked episode of Bulabeats, this time turning in something significantly different from their usual array of offerings. We have a special, tailor-made Juno VIP version of "Talkin About The!", a slow, lo-fi groove that's infused with everything from reggae influences to Motown soul - the result is something utterly hummable and just on the right side of cheesy. "I Got 2 Moves" is a different sort of beast altogether; the breakbeats are out and in full motion, while the vocals pay respect to early era hip-hop rather than Detroit funk. PARTEEY!!
Review: Bulabeats are back on it with this new compilation of high-powered Ska & Dub, taking us through the entire reggae wheel, and landing on some pretty unexpected territories along the way. Johnnypulse, Mo Matic and JPSTOL get together and fill us with heartical delights from start to finish, but their tunes aren't limimted to a dub tempo per se. On the contrary, a dubwise feel is added to slamming jungle beats, raucous d&b breaks, and even a little grime sensitivity for the South London massive. If you're into all things 'dubby', then this is certainly one to check. Big up, Bulabeats!
Review: It's time to jump into yet another top quality compilation project, curated by the combined sounds of both Jonnypluse and JPSTOL, two sounds that are really carving out a niche for themselves in a crowded breakbeat marketplace. This full tracklisting offers up seven original smashers from Jonny, along with a Cut & Paste version of 'Funky Time', with JPSTOL supplying two original creations for good measure. There are a few clear standouts with MC Coppa's vocal assistance on 'Never Get Old' being one of them, along with the high energy, shuffling breaks and bubbling bass tones of 'Drop This In The Middle'.