Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
Dope Ammo & Taiwan MC - "Babylon Falling" (Ed Solo remix) - (4:37) 175 BPM
Dope Ammo & Broomers - "Oldtimes" (feat Martin Carr - Kleu remix) - (4:58) 174 BPM
Dope Ammo, Broomers & Kathy Brown - "Saturday" (Benny Page remix) - (3:04) 178 BPM
Repent (Dope Ammo remix) - (3:21) 172 BPM
Review: Dope Ammo have a seriously unique sound and it's meant that they've stayed remarkably consistent for quite a while, with this EP coming packed full of VIPs and remixes from the likes of Ed Solo, Benny Page and Kleu. The Ed Solo remix of 'Bablyon Falling' is probably the biggest on the release and has a wonderfully curving bassline that blends and moves with a real feeling of power, if you've heard many other tunes by this man you'll know what we're talking about. The Benny Page remix of 'Saturday' is lovely and funky and the EP is finished off nicely by the solid weightiness of Dope Ammo's own remix of 'Repent'. Another good release from the Dope Ammo camp.
Review: The unique sound of Dope Ammo is back for Influence 3, featuring a whole host of vocal talent and guest producers. Their special sound is exemplified by the first track, 'Wishing On a Star', which transitions perfectly from a floating, soulful vocal into a hard-hitting stepper with a rumbling reece bass. 'Oldtimes' is similar, with a funky vocal matched by an even funkier synth line that'll remind you of the Brookes Brothers or Danny Byrd. One of the most unique tunes is 'Babylon Falling', a downtempo number that oozes soul and funk from the vocals and packs a sick Motown feel into ever crevice. 'Flying' is another good downtempo tune, as is 'Im Good', but the quality on the D&B is what'll keep you listening and 'Badman Inna Ends' with Redders is arguable the best - powerful stuff.
Review: It has been quite the musical transformation of Australian west coast legend Greg Packer. A veteran of Perth's electronic music scene, who long time championed the sounds of drum & bass/jungle for a couple of decades, he created the the Dr. Packer alias as an outlet for his new found love of disco and has since enjoyed some of the biggest success in his career thus far. Ahead of a full-length album coming on Glitterbox Recordings, the reigning king of disco re-edits presents four of his versions of soulful dancefloor favourites old and new, giving a flavour of what's to come from the LP. From the uplifting soul power of LaTrece's "I Want To Thank You" (Dr Packer Re Edit), a downright electrifying slo-mo take on a funky house classic to "Bad Habit" by ATFC featuring Lisa Millett, and Soul Rebels powerful 'I'll Be Good" featuring Lisa Miller.
Review: DJs and dancers of a certain age should recognize "Love Is Not A Game". The breezy, summery drum & bass cut, featuring soulful house style vocals by Kathy Brown, became something of an anthem following its release on Defected back in 2001. This re-release boasts two fresh remixes for 2017. Full Intention kick things off with an evocative, occasionally spine-tingling big room house version that places Brown's version atop a chunky, late night groove. Fittingly, J Magik provides the second re-rub, a "Rollers Mix" that fixes rubbery synth-bass and snippets of Brown's headline-grabbing vocals to a punchy, hybrid D&B/house groove.
Review: Veteran DJs and those with long memories may remember the original version of Kathy Brown's "You Give Good Love", which originally appeared on Defected back in 2002. This time round, remixers DnA Studios have jettisoned the pumping soulful house vibes of the original version, instead creating a warm and cheery version that sits somewhere between classic U.S house, Crazy P style live disco-house and good, old fashioned disco. It's a revision that hits the spot from start to finish, delivering a breezy, celebratory sing-along that should cheer up even the most stony-faced dancers.