Review: Junkfood head honcho K Lab frees up some time on the release schedule for his own debut album, and not a moment too soon. Wallowing with mischief in the fields of glitch and nu-funk, there's a subversive, off-beat trippy feeling to his work that a lot of current nu-funk is missing. Take "Tricks", a real wonky roller, it's plastered in Kraftwerkian electro angularity. Take the heaving, icy slammer "The Funk Hammer", written with D&B artist Dose it's a thundering bass composition that owes just as much to Paul Hardcastle and Harold Faltermeyer as it does Freq Nasty or Bassnectar. Take "Bangvaders", a wobbling tower of sci-fi and old school references, it's reminiscent of Unique 3 and early TCR releases. Take the whole lot; it's a very accomplished album.
Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: Destination: Latvia. Bombstrikes welcome label regular Dubra to the stage to take selection duties for the third in their floor-firing Bass Funk mix series. Digging deep into the groove vaults, he's picked some outstanding timeless classics such as Krafty Kuts and Dyna's swaggering entrance theme "We Do This", Stickybuds' life-affirming glitch-slapper "Clap Your Hands" and A Skillz & Nick Thayer's body-slamming "Drop The Funk". Elsewhere we get our alien freak on with Opiuo, we get our heads knocked off by Dubra himself on "Keep It Going" and Punks favourite "You Don't" from Horger and Steve among many other straight up party-battering bass jams. 24 originals and a killer mix to boot, Bombstrikes are causing some serious damage with this collection. Strike while the dancefloor is hot yo!