Review: Dusty funk bliss from Greece's one and only Kill Emil. Touching down in Latin America, both cuts are steeped in South American soul. "O Jogo" plays the game in style thanks to its sunset horn section, yearning vocal and precision laced percussion while "Tambo" shakes with a little more of an upbeat carnivalian energy that switches into a stunning evocative piano groove and swings on a delightful party-tickling drum arrangement.
Review: It's more than ten years since the phenomenon of the bootleg mash-up became 'a thing' thanks to the likes of Richard X and yet people still come up with fresh interpretations of the genre. People like Booty Fruits, who have now reached number five in their ongoing series of booty compilations. We get four sizzling tracks here including the cut and scratch ragga-hop of "The Dopest", and 'Minnie', which sees Lone Drum following in Jean Jacques Smoothie's famous footsteps by utilizing Minnie Ripperton's "Inside My Love".
Review: Home to artists such as Mr Bird, Mr 50 and Funkanomics, Devon-based beat stable Riddim Fruit have developed a peachy reputation since their inception in 2010. Here we find them curating their most laidback, soulful jams on Cloud Watching. Perfect for headphones and warm-ups alike, this inaugural collection bridges the gap between glitch, triphop, downtempo and soul with true style. Highlights include the crooning horns and soft mournful vocal cries on "Cold Blooded Murder", the lolloping laidback vibes and filtered loops of "Boy Mayers" and the confident, smokey classic hip-hop badness of "Back Packers". Watch clouds for long enough and you'll start seeing shapes. This particular shape is a massive thumbs up. Riddim Fruit have smashed it on this one.
Rackabeat & Bar-Low - "Just Wanna Love You" - (3:46) 89 BPM
Skiitour - "Runnin" - (4:46) 92 BPM
Kalamari Beats - "Let It Be" - (4:14) 92 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of the inaugural collection earlier this month, along comes an equally stunning follow up. Dedicated to the more chilled, funkier and soulful side of the breakbeat sound, the whole collection works perfectly in all situations: headphones, house parties and heady festival afternoons. Expect all manner of sunny sonics throughout the 10 track set, including shimmering skank maxing on "Think Back", somnambulant flute flurries on "Don't Feel Bad", a mesmerising blend of splashing percussion and belly-driven vocals on "Just Wanna Love You", and a whole load more. Dig deep and submit to the clouds. You'll be glad you did.
Review: The unique Riddim Fruit must be in season during winter, as this is the third installment in this compilation series since the beginning of the year! Luckily this rare produce is still ripe, juicy and spilling with exotic goodness. The vibe on "Cloud Watching Vol 3" is still about the chilled side of breakbeat mixed with shimmering poolside jazz. Highlights include the sitar-led "5 O'Clock In The Morning", the rolling space dub of "Dirty Relic" and the mellow guitar fest "City Is Empty Without You" - which will make you hear David Bowie's Fame in a whole new light.