Review: Aussie funkster makes his Relative Dimensions debut with this firecracking five piece exclusive to Juno. As the name suggests "Gang Star" pays homage to Gang Starr's "DWYCK" with added waspy bass edge. "Dial Beeper", meanwhile, utilises Digital Underground's "Packet Man" to great effect. Elsewhere we get low down and dirty with the glitch-ridden "As Live As It Gets" and "Bass In My Face" while "Off The Hook" gives The Beatnuts a royal contemporary bass facelift. Ghetto business.
Review: Relative Dimensions boss Kenny Beeper takes to the controls. Laying down three bass heavy originals, it's business as usual: "Here Comes The Music" rolls with a classic Tipper style wasp bass that's garnished with myriad vocal stabs and shots. Moving on, "Roll Like This" is a funk-flecked glitch hop jam with added vocal dominance and some of the crazy frequency twists you'll hear this season. "Turn It Up" ends on a ghetto high with a swaggering riddim and spitfire lyrical lashings from Biggie Smalls. Do as Kenny says - turn it up. And keep it up.
Review: What a treat we have for you here as we unveil the return of the now legendary Bomb Strikes imprint, a label project synonymous with breakbeat's extended longevity in recent years. Here they gather up a vibrant project from Kenny Beeper, kicking off with a look at 'Toasty', which of course throws the classic vocal sample into the mix amongst gnarly synthesisers and punchy dum creations. This is then followed by the title track 'Wildstyles', which pushes together groovy rhythmic twists and a selection of catchy vocal samples layered precisely above. Finally, we finish up our excursion with a look at 'Exciting Emotions', an original creation packed with unique melodic sound structure with a couple of cheeky themes running throughout.
Review: The title track to Kenny Beeper's Crown Jewel's EP is a good taste of what's to come. Infectious, flute-based funk rolles down into hip-hop influenced movement that's eclectic yet solid. 'Funky Party People' takes things in a more distinctly funk direction, composed of 80s-esque synths that'll almost force you to get moving, tinged with an acid house influence that injects an element of edge - just ridiculously happy. Finally, 'Let's Get It', which has a mellow, subtle introduction that doesn't stop it from quickly becoming a riot with yet more heavy-weight synths that'll delight the outspoken. A banging finish to an especially good release.
Review: It's becoming a weekly occurrence to see a tasty new helping from the Breakbeat Paradise Recordings team land in the store as they this week welcome the killer combination of Kenny Beeper, MC Shureshock and Snuze for a tidy new drop. We kick off with the nostalgic guitar lick sampling and skippy vocal flavours of 'Freefall', before the title track 'The Fun Police' unleashes a smokey hip-hop vibe, energized by it's organic drum smashes and catchy melodic lines. We then get into a box of official remixes as 'Freefall' receives four makeovers. Firstly, Kibosh gives us a twisted fidgety rethink, followed by a funkadelic experiment from Pecoe and Spenda C's casino ready rethink. Finally, Doctor Werewolf gives the track a room shaking d&b switch up, rounding us off nicely!
Review: Fledgling label Funk Fusion have quickly hit the ground running - pushing their nu-funk agenda with joyous abandon. From the Sesame Street vibes of their promo pic, it's clear from the start that this label is all about having fun and their latest mash-up compilation "Fused Funk Vol 02" delivers it big time. There's 12 tough party tracks packed on here including the electro-hip-house of "Get Your Boogie On", the bleepy jump-up funk of "Hold On, I'm Comin" and the smooth retro closer "Danceflaw".
Review: Bomb Strikes, the UK hip-hop/funk/soul/breaks label headed up by Mooqee & Beatvandals, celebrated their 15th birthday in 2019 with a fantastic compilation album, and to further celebrate the success of the label in 2019 they're releasing another compilation featuring 15 of their best cuts from the past 12 months. What's most impressive is the variety on offer, ranging from straight-up hip-hop from Alexander Norman Prosper & Stabfinger, to party breaks from Ali B and Krafty Kuts, to 'new old' soul from Flevans, to the fairly self-explanatory 'Disco Weapon' and 'Mirror Ballin'' (by Shaka Loves You and X-Ray Ted, respectively. Tons of fun for festive season funkateers of all ages!
Review: Bomb Strikes continue their quite frankly untouchable run with this latest release as they unveil the fourth edition of their 'Bass Funk' compilation series, showcasing some of the most forward thinking bass music about right now. As a compilation, it covers a lot of ground, from the tearout D&B stylings of Featurecast's 'Trigger Finger', to the futuristic post dubstep designs of 'Flexx' from Stylust. Other highlights for us include Kenny Beeper with his groove-infused scratch masterpiece 'Crown Jewels', the long awaited 'Back To The Flow VIP' from Krafty Kuts and of course, Champion's high profile appearance alongside the unmistakable vocal presence of Dread MC on 'One Time'.
Review: Fun loving Party Breaks and Beats label Bomb Strikes serve up a retrospective collection curated by label bosses Mooqee and Beatvandals. With 31 full-length cuts plus a one-hour DJ mix, there's no faulting the VFM as we move through breaks, funk, hip-hop and the occasional gnarlier nugget. Standouts include Andy Cooper & The Allergies' rework of Run DMC's 'Mary Mary' and Beatvandals & A Skilz's 2007 cut 'Sunshine', which mashes up Roy Ayers and Indeep. But the one we keeping back to is Mooqee's 'Supacat Police' (2006), which makes devastating, ragga-fied use of chunks from a certain KRS-One classic that we won't insult your intelligence by naming!