Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: The latest release from Home Breakin' is from their very own uber-prolific Neighbour. As can be expected, "Light Breaker" is another slice of high quality synthpop - all dreamy, yearning vocals, chugging rhythms and hazy synth melodies. There's a whole range of top notch mixes too with Cyclist's raucous disco-rock version and Tad Wily's shimmering hiNRG rework, and watch out for 6th Borough Project's 'A' mix which distils everything down to a sleazy minimal tropical grind.
Review: "Killer Tits" eh? One shudders at the thought. Luckily there's not a brutal bosom in sight as Neighbour and Trotter remix "I Told You" with breakbeat class. Adding just a touch of UKG sophistication, and oodles of reverb on the insistent snare drum, it's the perfect fit for Julia's breathy vocal work. "Together Always", meanwhile, sees the pair taking the refrain from Oakey's "Electric Dreams" and giving it a cheeky electro filter treatment.