Review: This is a first for all parties: JFB's first official mix, Ghetto Funk's first artist-fronted compilation and Disco Cakes' first ever long playing release. Needless to say each party has really stepped up; JFB has curated a mammoth 37-track adventure exploring every possible corner of Ghetto Funk's sprawling sonic scenery, ranging from wholesome, down-home country funk (Grinny Granddad "Good Girl"), slick ragga-swing (Stickybuds "Clean Air") bump-shuffling electro ghetto (Featurecast "Around The Block") and raw, teeth-clenching bass filth (Skullee - "Badboii"). Leaving no stone unturned, this documents the Ghetto Funk movement with immersive mischief, AND it comes with a killer DJ mix.
Review: Legendary UK DJ Krafty Kuts makes his return to releasing here courtesy of Westwood Recordings for his long awaited 'Fresh Ingredients' EP, stuffed to the brim with groovy electronic energy, We notice from the start that long term affiliate Dynamite MC plays a heavy part on this project, providing the perfect vocal lift on 'Impact', 'Light It Up', 'Fearless' and 'Ain't No Doubt alongside 'Spell'. For us the stand out recordings on this project have to include the future trap stylings of 'Rollin', along with the super smooth funk grooves of 'Horizon' and the unpredictable drum smashes of 'Talk To Me'. This a project that ticks all of the boxes for us!
Review: Combine sounds similar to Mr Oizo's "Flatbeat" with the gnarly snarl of what Russian producer Proxy makes with a sense of cloud pleasing antics and Karfty Kuts' "Bang Bang" is, no doubt about it - a certified banger. There's licks of electro-funk in "The Wasp" with touches of newer breakbeat styles you could compare with The Prodigy, however the 'what!' and 'stealin the flow' vocal samples have got Krafty Kuts written all over it. Huge two-track.
Review: Krafty Kuts means exactly that - a certainty that you will purchase a couple of tunes that will get those heads turning and saying "hey mate, what's this!?". The dude returns to Bomb Strikes with nothing but vibes, launching a funky attack with the sample-heavy, mash-up-ready flow of "Back To Flow", an instant body-shaker of the highest calibre. "Get So Ill" is similarly seductive from the get-go, except that old-school boogie and electro are the main ingredient here, bursting through the place with a almighty funkiness. Yes, dawg.
Review: What a link up we have on our hands here as we see the mighty unite in this incredible collaboration project between Krafty Kuts and Bomb Strikes. What more can you ask for? We kick off with the very well thought of drum slaps and groovy horns of 'Right There', before the funkadelic bass flips and euphoric synthesizer chords of 'Wandering' run riot. Following this we land inside the more up-tempo bass booms and rhythmic switch ups of 'Speaker Buster' before the sound design department are let loose on the final track 'You're The Reason', which also features some seriously catchy vocal sampling.
Review: The legendary Dynamite MC teams up with the master of nu-skool breaks Krafty Kuts for the new massive track "Real Big Deal" which finally drops after being rinsed all Summer. Bleepy, bumping and funky, this tough beat hammers away beneath Dynamite's exclamation that 'you feel like a real big deal!' The power of the word indeed! A great piece of work by two legends of the scene and hope to hear more collaborations from these two!
Review: Teaming up for the first time, two of breakbeats leading lights - Krafty Kuts and Featurecast - unite to mash-up the Jungle Brothers among other hip-hop classics on "Head Banger". Surely made as a perfect set-closing last tune, the pair keep some anthemic brass loops tucked away with some low-end filters until they're unleashed for a perfect hands-in-the-air, hug-everyone-immediately moment of euphoria. Backed up in style by the Funky Four Plus One-sampling "We Blow Up The Spot" and the Ice Cube-goes-dubstep thrills of "Shake 'Em Up".
Review: Instant Vibes have secured a coup here - a one-off collaboration between two key nu-skool breaks producers - Krafty Kuts and Jason Laidback. The results are smokin' with "Woofers In The Trunk' being a tough edged funker with pulsating bass, beefed up big-beats and a nonchalant drawl. Badass!