Review: The Tru Funk crew once again come in hard on the mash-up front this month, unleashing the latest volume in their series of breaks, funk and hip-hop bootlegs. CEZ14's "Mambo No. 14" brings some seriously punchy Latin swing to the acapella of Reel 2 Reel's "I Like To Move It", while Myniemo uses sped-up reggae loops and thick snares and scratches to create a sublime hip-hop battle weapon in the form of "The Battle". Warson's boogie-breaks gem "Shake That" is also included, as is his funk-addled LL Cool J mash-up, "Step On The Dancefloor".
Review: Full-flavoured party vibes: emerging German funkster Myniemo lets loose with three pristine shindigs. "The Boss" dons its shades for an all-out Blues Brothers homage by way of a stomping "Peter Gunn Theme" reboot. "This Is How Rock" takes Biggie to the funkiest possible pastures while "A New Pair Of Boots" is a distinctive trip to Latin America with trembling pianos, hip-snapping castanets and mesmerising nylon string guitar strumming. Remix-wise Breakers give "This Is How We Rock" a sharper b-boy flavour with precision edits on the riddim while Endless Summer add a softer jazzier motif with jaunty organs galore. Tasty.
Review: This solid four-tracker from fast-rising German breakbeat geezer Myniemo offers plenty of thrills and spills amongst a quartet of formidably floor-friendly neck-snappers. The urgent, hip-hop sampling rock/breaks crossover cut "Discplex" launches proceedings, powering forwards thanks to some colossal wobble bass and silly vocals (something about tacos, apparently). "I'm Walking" tightens things up, utilising scratches and guitar solos to whip up a dancefloor frenzy. "Boom" mashes up old skool electro, B-more and ragga, all high-pitched vocals and booming synth bass, while "Hasta Pronto" somehow fuses breakbeat and flemenco!
Review: If you (like us) still pine for the early days of the Chemical Brothers and their Exit Planet Dust era fusions of ragged acid tweakery, razor-sharp breaks and choice vocal samples, Planet B Girl will be right up your alley. The original throws those familiar elements into the mix alongside a dash of funk guitar. The results are funky as hell and twice as hot. Quincy Jointz adds some triumphant horns on his version, whilst Fresh Andy goes for a rougher feel on his jolly version. The package is completed by "Planet B-Boy", a droning, all-out breakbeat assault which bristles with Meat Beat Manifesto style industrial funk.
Review: It's been well over a year since Breakbeat Paradise last compiled a 'best of' collection. Since then they've delivered countless party bombs from some of the very best in game. In case you missed any, this is the perfect time to get up to speed. Highlights include Kool Hertz En Vogue homage "Whatta Joint", Morlack's p-funk party attack "Funkafize Me" and Prosper's slinky, sultry bass stalker "Slutty Snoop". Label compilations don't get much more satisfying that this - if you missed any Breakbeat Paradise releases recently then get up to speed right now!
Review: Four volumes in seven months... Actual Sounds are ruthlessly efficient when it comes to showering the scene with fresh booty-shaking bootlegs. And it's business as usual as we're thrown around by the limbs to a 28-track strong selection of wide-eared funk fusions that range from an uptempo breakbeat cut n' shut of Nina Simone ("Ooh Baby") to Brooklyn era block busters ("Down With The King") via classic rave-meets-early house mashery ("A Bigbeat Treat"). A bargain and banging - these booties are keepers.
Review: The clue's in the title - Essential Selection. Tru Funk's repertoire is so large it now stretches all the way to the sun and back, but this is the label at their most selective, digging deep into their two year history for the very best party gems. Highlights across the 20 track compendium include the psychedelic twangs and infectious hooks of "Mambo No 14", the squishy early-Plump DJs style funk of "Funky Ass Beat" and BMD's ace version of Jamie Lidell's "Little Bit Of Feelgood". No party will be complete without this collection; dancefloor shenanigans guaranteed.