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Proper Produce Volume 3
31 Aug 12
Dj Maars - "Come Dancing" - (5:12)
Prince Pimms & General Tack - "Bad Influence" - (5:17) Biggest-selling track on this release
Livingstone & Canosis (L&C) - "Hold It Down" - (3:30) 131 BPM
Cris Crucial - "Like Dis" - (3:58) 155 BPM
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Review: Whatever you think of the artistic merits of bootleg mash-ups, they remain an integral part of DJ culture. What's more, these cheeky mash-ups often do more damage on dancefloors than the original material. This EP from the Booty Fruit camp - the third installment in the popular Proper Produce series - features four more bespoke bootleg jams destined to cause maximum dancefloor pleasure. There's a studied tastefulness to the lazy hip-hop reggae of DJ Maars' "Come Dancing", while the boom bap hip-hop funk of Prince Pimms and General Tack's "Bad Influence" is so expertly crafted it sounds like an original production. There's a tasty, sophisticated skank to Livingston and Canosis' "Hold It Down", while the fat beats of Cris Crucial's "Like Dis" casually steer clear of silliness.
Homemade Bullets Volume 5
04 Mar 12
El Bomba & Hidden Riddim - "Miss Discoflex" - (3:58) Biggest-selling track on this release
Roast Beatz - "Hick Stick" - (2:49)
Livingstone & Canosis (L&C) - "Tuna Salad" - (3:17)
Father Funk - "Holla" - (3:16)
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Review: However many new directions dance music goes in, there will always be a place for simple-but-effective bootleg mash-ups of familiar grooves and hip-hop acapellas. To be fair to the Booty Fruit camp, they do it better than most, offering reworks that balance dancefloor playability with a tasteful approach to production. There's a distinct hip-hop feel throughout, with Roast Beatz's harmonica-laden Beasties booty "Hick Stick" and Livingstone & Conosis' bumpin' "Tuna Salad" - a Charli 2na rework - standing out. Check also the head-nodding disco-skank of El Bomba and Hidden Riddim's "Miss Discoflex".
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