Review: It's time to drive ourselves into a new wave of breakbeat and funk-inspired goodness, as we here welcome Mr Bristow and Benny Silver across four potent originals, courtesy of the Funk Blasters imprint. We kick off with the inspired lyricism and booming drum slaps of 'Should Have Said', followed by the warbling bass tonality of 'Good Morning' and more melodic vocal expressions of 'Prove Richard Wrong'. Finally, 'Stupid' rounds the project off in style with a more laid back compositional approach.
Review: So the team at Breakbeat Paradise are back to their old tricks again, proving just why they are so highly praised for their consistency here on JunoDownload. This latest project sees Tom Showtime join forces with a number of other producers for an intricate remix project, seeing a selection of fifteen potent reworks land in the store. The genre styles range for stripped back hip hop beats to more funky rethinks, giving a real mix and blend of styles. For us, the Tom Showtime remix of 'Bang Like This' from Ben & Lex alongside The Pharcyde summarizes everything this release is about, that being smooth, vibrant beats and warm, colourful basslines!
Review: The guys at Big Fat Mama Beats have pulled out all the stocks available on this one as they ready up and unveil a mammoth compilation, pulling together twenty absolutely monstrous recordings from across the breakbeat spectrum. There's something for everyone on this one, be it the more old school funk driven drum work on 'Dissin U' from StuC4C, the more rock driven guitar riffs of 'Old Tape' from Adrenalinez, or the super futuristic synthesis on the Chubby Robots rework of 'So Good', originally from The Placenta, featuring Wiccatron. This is definitely one we would recommend getting stuck into on a long play!
Review: Breakbeat Paradise is very good at satisfying our funky needs, never failing to come through with some blissful, sample-heavy party bangers for all walks of life. It's a mixed bag, as per usual, and this will surely appeal to DJs with wider sound palettes, from the hip-hop heads to the disco junkies. Coming across almost like edits, the sounds of peeps like B Side and DJ Maars manage to incorporate so many elements of dance music into single arrangements, and these tunes are surely what is needed to get the dancefloor going; whether it's your bag or not, you won't be able to resist their funky touch.
Review: As you can imagine, Breakbeat Paradise Recordings specializes in the sort of house music that's carried by chunky blockade of beats and bass, all rounded off by a distinctive electro swing. This is the second chapter of the Big Fat Mama Beats series and, once again, the imprint have gone to extreme measures to secure a supremely effective line-up for both them and us. There's not a dull moment in here, or anything remotely beatless, so be sure to cop yourself this super-charged, super floor-minded collection of new-school breaks for the masses.
Review: Danish label Breakbeat Paradise are really starting to branch out with an increasingly broader approach to the styles and sounds of their roster. This new compilation sees them veer further into disco territory than we could ever have imagined. There are 10 cuts by some big re-edit names, with highlights including Dr Packer's Rappers Delight-style glitter-boogie stomp "Rollerskating Jam", Morlack's sizzling hiNRG jam "Party Til You Broke" and the serene, stonewashed-disco and Miami Vice vibes of "Turn The Music Up" by Shaka Loves You.
Review: Big city slicker Mr B shows love to the murky metropolises of the world with a firing rap-licked booty foursome. As always, party-minded Bristow ain't pulling punches: "City Love" gives Jermaine Dupri a sprinkle of MOR magic while Kool G leads a head-bending fusion of Jones and Havens on "Back To My Roots" and "Stand By Its On" takes Rob Base on a hearty Midwest rock trip. Finally "Lunar Tune" pulls a massive moony with Joplin, big breaks and some classic party MC mischief. Serious city breaks.
Review: Famed for their Stank Soul Edits vinyl series, Mako & Mr Bristo return on Funk Blasters with the mightily titled, Electric Bongo Disco. The name captures the vibes on here pretty well - four vintage cuts loved for their breaks gently souped up for modern dance floors. Opener is "Sugar Hill Bongos", which lovingly updates a Sugarhill Gang classic. Elsewhere "Hype Fresh Mine" is poppy disco meets hip house, "Refried Beans" is a sweet vintage B-boy gem and "Electric Ruffneck" really goes there, sampling Edie Grant and somehow making it actually sound cool! Now that's talent.
Review: Crate digging in the Northern Soul scene is the gift that keeps on giving - an endless quest for rarer and rarer gems. Here Beatnik present a new collection that features nine classic Motown and Northern Soul cuts which have been sensitively retouched by some contemporary talent. Highlights include the celebratory, fizzy soul jam "Soul On Fire" by Shaka Loves You (yes, the one sampled by Beyonce), a Junkie XL-style makeover of Martha & The Vandellas on "Nowhere To Go" and Mak & Mr Bristow's muscled up take on The Rascals - "Olympic Lovin".
Review: The second of two big break edit releases from Resense: World champion monkey boxer Mako and decorated turntablist Mr Bristow get real with two more funk obscurities. "Breaks All Tight" struts with a classic Motown feeling and a vocal power that's not dissimilar to Lee Fields. "Mama's Little Breakbeat" keeps it real with a swinging twist on Kris Peterson's "Mama's Little Baby". Both absolutely tickle the dance. Vinyl only, too.
Review: The first of two big edit releases from Resense: Titanic Bristol funk from the infrequent partnership of Monkey Boxing's Mako and serial editor Mr Bristow: "King Soul-omon's Mine" takes a cover of heavily-sampled, well-known Lee Dorsey/Allen Toussaint gem and adds a subtle contemporary swing. Flip for a full band breakdown over a pristine break as "Sock It Silly" strips down the science of every funk tune ever. Vinyl-only; this one's a keeper.
Review: It's a great sign of the state of music when the tenth installment of Tru Funk's Tasty Beats series, which normally features about five tunes, boasts 21 fresh new cuts! It's a veritable feast of party mash-up bangers, with something for everyone. Highlights include the funky Khia/Snoop blend of "Gangsta Lick", the cut-up electro-funk of "Golden Ass" and the hands-in-the-air Stevie Wonder madness of "Party Like We Do".
Review: Let's hope Mr Bristow and Phil Ramocon have a designated driver; they're seriously intoxicated right about now. Oozing boozy style, Bristow's bass whips back and forth with the midrange electro sound that's similar to Featurecast while Ramocon gets his Edwin on with some really gutsy vocal business. Remix-wise B-Side adds a bit more oomph to the low end, J Sound switches up the smoothness with tinges of disco, DJ Clairvo injects some really nice sound steel string guitars and cosmic reverse effects while Jazz K Lipa closes the show on a future moombah flex. In short, there's enough toxicity here for us all to get drunk.
Review: Drunk on heavy Craig Charles support, Bristol chain-funkers Mako & Bristow get mucky on Breakbeat Paradise with four more floor firecrackers. "Twist & Shout" fuses various versions of the classic rock n' roll song over a snippy breakbeat tempo, "Funky Jive" is a schooling in Bo Diddly business while "If Stax Ain't A Reason" takes us on a way trip to Memphis and finally "Funk Am Im No Good" flips Winehouse into the funkiest homosapien on the planet. Ridiculously funky.
Review: If you're into beats and basslines then the Breakbeat Paradise label is the stuff of dreams. While many labels try to branch out into different styles and often lose their identities on the way, these guys deal solely in raucous breaks for the big room dances. While they usually release compilations by single artists, the imprint launched the first volume of the newly crowned Funk Bananas series. Coming through with a vast collection of new artists and familiar faces, these cuts are guaranteed to jump-start your Saturday evenings. Electrogorilla, Rory Hoy and many others dish out party bombshells in an old-school flavour. A mighty fine collection, indeed!
Review: Morlack assembles yet another distinguished troupe for his latest label collection. All exclusives, all funky, all guaranteed to smash your party's trousers to pieces, highlights include the Parliament-level squidgy funk on DJ Clairvo's "I Like To Like It", DiscObeta's disco-flexing fix of Redman on "Get It On", Mako & Mr Bristow's super nerdy homage of criminally overlooked hip-hop classics "Re-Freshed Rhymes" and Itchy Bastards' guitar-slapping glitch space disco breaker "Let Yourself Go". Morlack has the honour of closing the show, and he does so with a euphoric twist on an A-Ha classic. Incredible stuff, it needs to be heard to be believed.
Review: For a label that only launched this spring, four volumes of creatively executed party jams is beyond impressive. We reckon this could be Funk Fusion's best yet, too. From Rhythm Scholar's respectfully tripped out twist on "Lucy In The Sky" to Fabioulous Barker's slap-bass blazed take on Skeelow via the funkiest ever version of 2Pac's "California Love", it's an impressive collection that leans towards the more subtle art of editing rather than crass bootleg cut-and-shuts and will have a lot more timeless appeal as a result.
Review: Unique party flavours abound as Bristow and Silver reconnect from their "My Life" EP earlier this year. The pair complement each other well, with Bristow's crafty sample snatching and Silver's slick-tongue UK rhyme vibes an ideal match as the two dig deeper and deeper into the party spirit. From the swing-time jazz horns of "You Don't Know" to the Benny's philosophical positivity on "Don't Take It Serious" via the title track's instant shindig shout-out, the pair conjure a unique spirit between them. Imagine if Ugly Duckling were founded in Peckham and you're not far off. Lively vibes.
Review: If you like your funk and breakbeats a little dirtier, than Funk Fusion have the grease to grind those gears. Terry Wagun drops a wobbly, saw-wave bassline over a choral of Lily Allen vocals in the opening track, while Mr Bristow slugs out some dirty low-end similar to Mr Oizo's "Analog Worms Attack" in his addition. For a crunchy, slowed down, stoners version of Pharrell's "Happy" there's 2RUD's "Happy Ska" - and don't forget Dave Gerrad's mashup of Queen and Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" in his Funkadelic "Kurtis Breaks". Some bass-heavy 808 beats like Felix Da Housecat's "Kickdrum" rumble under a pair of titan hip hop vocals in "Turn Down For Hip Hop" thanks to Lil Jon and Fatman Scoop samples which spit over the top of Major Lazer synths. Get fused.
Review: Breakbeat Paradise Recordings certainly live up to their names with this second edition of Bring Back The Funk. Opening proceedings is Funktomas with a stuttering big room mega wobble edit of "Let Me Clear My Throat", while J Sound's is "On & ON" is R&B-poppy with phat licks of bass included. Phibes provides something that's on a EDM tip, while Conte Crux is in a hip hop sampling kind of mood. Ad'N'Kuts delivers some sleazy pop, breaks and nu-funk, leaving Mr Bristow to complete this package with a downtempo but groovy as hell "Raise Yo Hands".
Review: Tru Funk have cooked up yet another funk feast, and there's plenty at the table for everyone. Maars kicks off proceedings with a skank-soaked ode to Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk". Chudy, meanwhile, presses the disco button with a series of well-known disco licks and piano hooks. Further on we find Shaka Loves You fusing Stevie Wonder and DJ Kool with infectious results and we get lively to Mako & Mr Bristow's firing Motown jungle flavours. Finally Warson maintains the 170 vibe for the EP climax as "Feel Good" rolls with sizzling soulful charm. Yummy.
Review: When mash-up DJ extraordinaire Mr Bristow conquered his native St Albans in fine style, he embarked on a 15 year journey that has seen him win awards left right and centre whilst DJing all over the shop and even teaching the next generation of DJs in his Hoxton HQ. Here he delivers a cheeky hip-hop ditty, laden with vintage brass stabs and featuring the autobiographical raps of Benny Silver. Think a very British Fresh Prince and you're there. Best of the remixes is Roast Beatz that ups the funk factor to 11. House party gold.