Review: If it's box-fresh but still authentically vintage-sounding funk vibes you're after, you'll find them in abundance on this V/A four-tracker from UK label Cuttin' It Fine. Roast Beatz are up first with the James Brown-ish 'Jungle Steppin', before Gramophone Soul marry War/ Sly Stone-esque vocal chants with rap snips on the big beat-infused 'Day By Day'. Pecoe's 'Good To Me' then brings more phat-assed retro vibes, complete with some familiar-sounding vocal bites, before Frankee More plays us out with the rumbustious 'For The Music', which rocks another chanted funk vocal. Overall, file somewhere between big beat, funk breaks and straight-up funk.
Review: You'd think James Brown's 'I Got You (I Feel Good)' had been sampled to death by now but here, Pecoe manages to lift a couple of lines from the middle eight and make them sound fresh on opener 'So Nice'. That sets the tone for an EP that's replete with party-starting funk breaks and familiar-sounding vocal and musical bites - 'My Business' marries 80s R&B diva snips to chunks of 'The Ultimatum' by US rappers Army Of The Pharaohs, while 'Gonna Do It Right' opens with 'Rock Creek Park'-esque guitar chops (though it's not actually a sample) and Kid N' Play make an unscheduled appearance on 'Funky Dope'.
Review: For this latest compilation collection, we see some of the strongest names under the Breakbeat Paradise banner getting involved for the first edition of 'Paradise Lounge'. Opening up with the funkadelic bass licks of 'Rescue Me' from Boydex & Crash Party, we kick off with a serious bang. Next, Bright Idea delivers the namesake as we are treated to blissful chord progressions of 'Fun At The Disco', followed by Pecoe's super groovy 'Need A Friend' and the summer-infused tones of Jayl Funk's 'She Is Hot'. From here we find ourself dipping into the psychedelic sounds of the early 90's as Gramophone Soul delivers the spicy 'Trouble', with the heavily dubbed vocal delays of LROY's 'Soul Break' and Kakaow's sizzling swing out 'Shimmer' then closing the EP in style. Lovely stuff!
Review: Something of a departure for the 'Katakana Edits' series here, as Pecoe, taking the helm for Vol 126, shifts the needle away from straight-up re-edits and moves it into the zone more properly labelled 'mash-ups', with most of the five taking an 'old meets new' approach. So contained herein you'll find The Whispers going head-to-head with Kelly Clarkson, Will Smith doing battle with Sister Sledge, Montell Jordan showing us how he does it alongside T-Connection, Hamilton Bohannon rubbing shoulders with US rapper Cupid and Busta Rhymes gettin' down with Unlimited Touch. File under 'surefire party starters'.
Review: Four fine servings of classy contemporary disco here from Australian producer Pecoe, brought to you by ever-reliable Spanish label Rare Wiri. 'Feel The Vibe' itself kicks us off, a lo-slung funker with decided hints of jazz and an energising female vocal snip, before the vaguely Madhouse-y 'Disco Groove' brings fluttering geetars, a walking b-line and sampled disco-era vox pops. 'Old School' then adds hints of 80s boogie, and there are more 80s flavas to be found on 'Hit The Floor', though the vocal here might be a bit pop for some. A very solid EP all told, with the title track taking the gold for yours truly.
Review: Whenever we see the sounds of Breakbeat Paradise arriving in the store, we know for a fact that we are going to be in for a good time, especially when they revisit a series as exciting as today's. The fourth edition of their 'Breakin The Riddim' is a gem-laden experience, packed with wicked creations from the likes of BadboE, Funkin Basstards, DJ Clairvo FunkinRight & more, all adding their own unique approach to the table and giving this collection a seriously flavorsome feel. The whole project just exhales creativity in sonic design, from the rootsy overhauls of Jayl Funk's 'Come On Little Girl' to the more funkadelic refills of Pecoe's 'Bring Your Body. The variation really makes this collection special, with our favorites including TowlieDJ's vibrant overhaul of Cutty Ranks with 'Limbs', next to Sonale's LFO driven 'Exodus' redesign, taking classic Bob Marley vocals and twisting them into something completely new!
Review: The Cuttin' It Fine crew have pulled together once again to deliver a bag of dancefloor ready riddims under the 'Funk Butter' compilation title, what more could we ask for? We begin with the emotive vocal sampling and big room keys of Frankee More's Re-Funk remix of 'I Like It' from Debarge, which sets high levels from the jump. From here, Mr Fitz delivers a horn-driven funk out on 'Sharons Land', topped with a powerful vocal display before the shuffling drum rhythms and disco-like string backing of 'Sunshine Love' from Pecoe does the business once again. Finally, Roast Beatz gets to work on rebuilding a classic Sister Sledge vocal set into a modern, groove-ridden breaks anthem. Lovely work from all involved!
Review: Continuing with their fiery start to 2022, Breakbeat Paradise are back in action here with another five track display of breaksy mastery, welcoming the mythic Pecoe back inside with a serious bang. We begin with the crunchy guitar riffs and sub-busting kicks of 'For The Funk', which through a well assembled drum set does a fantastic job as the title track for this collection. From here, heavy sample work arrives on the vocals for 'Make A Miracle', topped with lively guitar riffs again, before a booming bassline and sharpened drum smashes in the higher frequency ranges cause some serious damage on 'Hands In The Air', again sitting below a sprinkling of classic hip hop vocal slices. We move into some big room horn action next as 'Positive Vibes' takes a classic Barrington verse and resamples it into a catchy jig, before rounding off on another piece of tidy sample work with 'A Good Feeling', combining eerie pads and classic vocal textures for a wicked sign off.
Review: The ever-dependable 'Katakana Edits' series rolls on, and while this latest installment might not win PECOE any deep diggin' brownie points, it does pack some very serviceable dancefloor-friendly reworks of classic cuts from days gone by. Leading the charge for this reviewer is 'Ice & Snow', which does unspeakable but very satisfactory things to Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song', but elsewhere you get a fresh take on 'Jingo', 'Grandmaster Mash' fuses 'White Lines' with chunks of the rap from 'The Message', while 'Bold Sister' revisits James Brown's 'Bold Soul Sister' - leaving only the 60s deep funk source for 'You Can't Hide' unidentified.
Review: Hot on the heels of September's first volume comes this second installment of contemporary funk and breaks cuts from Pecoe, an Australian who ran the popular Breakzlinkz website for 10 years before making the move into production. The EP packs five original cuts, plus remixes of four of 'em - not sure why 'Take A Stand' missed out! - with the originals falling loosely under the funk-hop/funk-breaks umbrella while the remixes generally add a little more dancefloor grit. As such, diehard funkateers may turn their noses up but fans of the Plumps, Stantons etc would do well to check this EP out.
Review: It's difficult to envisage a Breakbeat Paradise drop that doesn't feature a serious tonne of quality, with this latest collection of 13 powerful creations making up the 'Boots Of Paradise' collection. The project takes a very central theme of reigniting hip hop vocals with dancefloor-ready reworks, from the classic Biggie sampling of Crash Party's 'The Juice' to the old school slicing of 'Ice Cream' from LROY and Aliens In Denmark's 'Chatty Tramp'. Even with this pretty solid central theme, the project has a lot of variation involved, from the sharpened drum punches and modernized synth slides of 'Brick Bounce' by Towlie DJ, to the more 4x4 influenced grooves of Morlack's 'Fall In Love With Me'. Our standout highlight for the whole drop would have to be Pecoe's 'Champion', which balances crunchy drums with well designed vocal sampling, which also makes it a perfect final entry.
Review: As always with Big Fat Mama Beats, they have come to put on a show with this latest addition to their 'Funk Bananas' compilation series, which enters its fourth edition with a dash of finesse. The combination of psychedelic melodies and groovy drum designs that lie at the heart of every track are what give the project a fantastic level of cohesion, as in the uplifting horn toots and lively vocals of Pecoe's 'Funky Individual'. The whole project hosts a pretty professional vibe, with the likes of Sir-Vere, The Funk Philosopher, Sonale, The Criminal Minds and more all making wavy additions. Our favourites from the project have to include the monstrous bass pulsations and techy arpeggios of B.U.U.G's 'Dancin Time', next to the Chubby Robots rework of 'Space Time' from Adrenalinez and Wiccatron's lively percussive masterclass in 'Funk Dribble.
Review: Upbeat, unpretentious nu-disco and disco-house are the order of the day here, much along the lines of Hed Kandi's mid-noughties Disco Kandi/Disco Heaven comps. With 14 tracks to choose from there's plenty of dancefloor bang for your disco buck, and while there's undoubtedly a whiff of fromage in the air in places (Badboe's rap-vocalled, Sister Sledge/InDeep-referencing 'Best Of My Beats', for instance, isn't a million miles from a Will Smith production) there are also slightly deeper pleasures awaiting those who are prepared to dig around a bit - see, for instance, the raw disco-funk of 'Miss Broadway' or Joy Legend's Hammond-sporting 'Pass It On'.
Review: It's time to get our groove on as Pecoe returns to the super consistent Breakbeat Paradise Recordings imprint to deliver four tracks of futuristic funk, kicking off with the groovy guitar licks and constantly shifting vocal presence of 'It's My Beat'. From here, we switch things up a tad with 'What's Going Down', letting the wah wah guitars run riot atop a stripped back drum loop and shifting synthesizer influences, followed by the instrumental bliss and gorgeous landscaping of 'Next To You'. Finally, the jittery melodies and intermittent vocal slices of 'How We Just Chill' rounds off the project with a bang!
Review: Pecoe is a special producer, at this point, it is pretty undeniable. Over the years we have seen him deliver some incredibly vibrant creations at a super consistent rate, with today's return to Breakbeat Paradise Recordings being the perfect LP showcase. Featuring five top-quality originals, we begin with groovy guitar riffs of 'Back To The Beat', followed by 'Dance The Funk', a psychedelic explosion of punchy drum energy and catchy vocal slices. Next, 'Bounce With Me' combines lively horn sampling with sizzling bass riffs, before more fantastic vocal manipulation on 'Feeling Funky' and 'Life' delivers an uplifting breakbeat bonanza. On remix duty, we hear fine additions from Stabfinger, Gramophone, Funkin Basstards, and Kenny Beeper, rounding off an excellent body of work.
Review: Sample inspired funk and breaks from Pecoe on the always reliable Breakbeat Paradise Recordings! Straight up party vibes across this mini-LP which we'll kick of with "Shake The Room" that brings in inspirations from a cross-section of artists like James Brown, Will Smith and...is that a Vanilla Ice! Moving over to the tropical guitars, bubbling synths and tinges of dub in "Rock That Beat", to more Supreme-ish numbers in "We Had Disco" - feel that funk - to the housier fanfare heard in "All For The Beat". Pecoe in full effect.
Review: As ever with the legendary Breakbeat Paradise crew, we are tuned in for another super exciting project as they amass a fantastic roster for the third edition of their 'Breakin The Riddem' compilation series. We see originals from the likes of Venture, Capital, Liberty Chaps, Mined & Forest and more, showcasing a vivid range of dancehall and reggae inspired reworks. For us the stand outs on this one come from firstly Ocelus, who provides a super clean dubwise wave on 'Steppas', along with Pecoe who switches the script up entirely for a grizzly breakbeat anthem entitled 'Bad Man Fiyah'.
Review: Within the modern breakbeat scene, there a few labels that are able to hold their heads as high as Breakbeat Paradise, who have remained incredibly consistent over the last few years, delivering heavyweight EP's left right and centre. Next up for them we see the return of Pecoe, who delivers some serious heat here, kicking off with the wicked sampling routines of 'Splash Of Funk'. Next, the groovy indie inspired switch ups of 'Like An Animal' and the catchy horn routines of 'For The Renegade Master'. We then finish up with the heavyweight drum designs and the spicy guitar licks of 'Nothing But A Party', seeing out a wicked selection.
Review: From the jump on this one we know it's time to crank the system up a level as Pecoe touches down on 'Cuttin' It Fine' for four high powered breakbeat originals, beginning with the screaming lead synths and catchy synth lines of 'Open Up Your Mind'. This is followed by 'Kick It Fresh' which brings bags of brass-driven energy, before the well sampled vocal leads of 'Jungle Hoodie' take to the stage. This one then finishes up with a touch of magic as 'That's The Funk' writhes into view, bearing a tonne of funky harmonies and hard hitting drum structures, Oof!
Review: The one they call Pecoe returns on Cuttin' It Fine here with a box of absolute scorchers, bringing a real injection of energy to the table. We kick off proceedings with the enigmatic future funk sounds of the title track 'Funk Nuggets', before stretching into the more classic northern soul inspired arrangements of the well titled 'Taste Of Soul'. Next up we take a dive into the hip hop inspired grooves and vocal slices of 'Everybody Get Down', before rounding off proceedings on 'Get In The Groove', a real masterpiece of post-soul production, driven by inspired guitar solos and a cracking vocal.
Review: Let the funky times roll as Pecoe joins forces with the almighty Breakbeat Paradise Recordings on this brand new four track collection, destined to drag even the shyest mover into a swift jig. We begin with the subtle grooves and smooth vocal sampling of 'Game Face' before moving into the deep riffs and stirring horn riffs of the title track 'Funky Shizzle'. Next up, we step into the more hardstyle drum processing and minor piano chord breakdowns of 'Delight' before finishing up terrifically on the mash up masterclass known as 'High Ground', which forges together some classic soul and r&b samples over choppy drum loops and subtle basslines.
Review: For this highly anticipated second volume of 'Breakin The Riddim', Breakbeat Paradise have got an awesome tracklisting and roster together to showcase the fusion of dub and funk into breakbeat compositions. For us the immediate highlights have to be the the reggae infused design of 'Meditation' from Leygo, the smooth patois vocal presence and from Richard Smiths on 'Fire Sound' from Illgorhythms and of course the crunchy drum design and writhing bass tones on Pecoe's 'Boom'. Overall this is a great compilation, showcasing a vast array of styles without diverting from the common theme of the project.
Review: Straight out of the heart of Perth, Australian breaks wonder Pecoe teams up with the super consistent Breakbeat Paradise for a scorcher of an EP entitled 'Full Tilt'. The title track is everything you want from a modern EDM take on funk, complete with groovy vocals and punchy drum arrangements. Next up 'Soul Power Gee' which is an instant hit if ever we heard one, packed with catchy horn riffs and sweet rhythms. 'Dance With Me' and 'My Funky Sensation' then take more of an EDM turn, with the funk oriented instrumentation and vocal performances being encased in electronic shells, with massive drum patterns and electronic bass synthesis taking more lead roles.
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.