Strictly Business (continuous DJ mix) - (1:04:26) 173 BPM
Review: Time for an update on a real drum and bass classic. DJ Randall's "Strictly Business" came into being in 1997, right in the heart of the drum and bass wonder years. Packed with legendary tunes that have been heard in every reputable club since 170 bpm became the place to be, this is an 18-track lesson in how things should be done. Offered up originally during a time when DJs like Dillinja, Grooverider and Goldie were enjoying an uprising in underground dance music, this LP was a revelation, providing off the wall beats and intriguing musical textures as well as hard hitting bass. This deluxe edition offers each track separately as well as a full continuous mix - just like the original release.
Review: The disco edits are coming thick and fast this August, perhaps the summer heat has ignited all the producer's creativity. DJ Butcher's ChopShop label has a new missive, Special Things, which sees the work of four talented acts rounded up and compiled for our listening pleasure. DJ XS is up first with the punchy drums and 80s soft rock vocals of pop-house jam, "25 Miles". Next Fantasy Love Affair present "Slow Love" - a loop-heavy slice of mellow beachside dream-boogie, Ken@Work gives us "The Jackal", a slow and bluesy groover, and lastly Saint Mathieu wraps it up with "Finer Things", a glorious P-Funk influenced disco-house bomb.
Review: As everyone expected, the latest in a long run of releases from the Breakbeat Paradise camp is an absolute belter as they unveil 'Closer To The Sun' from Ken. As a single it's a hip hop inspired thrill ride, built on hefty basslines and smooth drum work, immediately shouting "cool" at all who hear it. The bulk of this release comes via the remixes however, kicked off by Discobeta's subtle stripped back overhaul. We then hear Ursula 100 turn the track into an 80's inspired electro thriller before Minded & Forrest get super funky with their complete breakbeat redesign, packed with scratchy vocal slices and emotive horn sections. Finally we finish up with Bezwun's wonderful fidget-like refurbishment, driven by electronic chord stabs and groovy drum movements, rounding off a great EP in style.