Review: Breakbeat Paradise Recordings are on a roll right now and they return with another action packed compilation. This is the fourth installment of the beloved Bring Back the Funk series. Bring Back The Funk Vol. 4 features brand new joints from BBP all-star producers, Lack Jemmon, B-Side, BadboE & Proper as well as introducing new artists to the label: Hebegebe and Brian Carson, Kibosh and Synoptix who all have some funky goodness up their sleeves. BBP is dedicated to bringing you the very finest in the funkier spectrum of the electronic breakbeat scene.
Review: Presenting another collection of the best nu-funk and ghetto breaks from the Breakbeat Paradise label, volume 2 of Paradise Breaks contains a killer selection of hip-hop, funk and bass work from artists at the top of their field such as Badboe, Morlack, Breakbeat Junkie and Jazz K Lipa. Among the 15 tracks, look out for Pimpsoul's low-slung remix of Badboe's "One of Those Days" and the re-energised Southern soul of Jiggy Joe and Prosper's "Sweet Home Smoke".
Review: The masterful Lazy Flow has cooked up a rather special compilation for France's Folistar, showcasing the French capital's best and brightest house music stars. Although you get a mixed and continuous version of this comp, you can also cop the singles. All centred around the 4/4 continuum and the Chicago dynasty, it's up to you to hear what you require for your weekend evening sets...bumping, deep, hard and dubby, its all in here. Comprehensive to say the least!
Review: Coming together once again after stonking funky breaks singles such as "Todos Es Nuevo" and "T-Rex Booty", French producer (and Badboe cohort) Prosper teams up with prodigious Brit producer Rory Hoy for the low-slung G-funk of "Have You Heard Of This". With a tightly-looped "funky worm" sample recalling the heyday of west coast '90s hip-hop, Zhygiz lays done some punchy rhymes over a sampled, roughed-up break on the title tune, while another newie "Rookie Dance" moves up into disco tempo and fuses twangy bass leads and Latin percussion with a fun, pitched-up vocal from Digicay.
Review: London nu-funk imprint Boogie Boutique come correct once again on the Shake It Out EP which pairs up French producer Prosper with a number of collaborators. The title track has Prosper going toe to toe with Knaresborough's finest Rory Hoy on a funk heavy cut n paste production blessed with the J-Live style delivery of Imagine This - German trio Funkanomics handle remix duties and turn in one of their trademark electrified productions that still makes ample usage of Imagine This' delivery. Following this, the superbly titled Old Skool Nemo proves his studio worth alongside Prosper on the boogie number "Get That Boogie Thing" whose speed of sound is matched by swiftness of vocal delivery from JC001 and the man Ashley Slater. Nick Fonkynson drops a remix that begs for a big beat revolution.
Review: Self-proclaimed "funkmaster" Prosper is a keen collaborator, with each of his previous releases being made in cahoots with another producer. Given this history, it's little surprise to find that his latest outing is collaborative affair, too. Lead cut "So Classy, So Nasty" sees him join forces with Adam Polo for the very first time, with the duo wrapping choice rap vocal samples around rubbery synth-bass, Chic style disco-funk guitars, swirly synths and mid-tempo nu-disco beats. Elsewhere on the EP, Propsper is in collaboration with regular studio buddy Stabfinger. They offer up "Big Bamboo", a bouncy, Kraak & Smaak style fusion of fuzzy funk horns, fizzing P-funk electronics, talkbox vocals, big builds and slap-bass-happy grooves, and the cheery, bongo-driven trip into dancefloor funk territory that is "Time To Go Back".
Review: If you want breakbeat to soundtrack your New Year's Eve celebrations this year than Actual Sounds' 72-track Best Of 2013 compilation is 'the' release. This compilation features heavy inclusions from Spinback Harry, Funk You Very Much, Big Bang Breaks and Actual Phantom, but also a whole host of other names such as Baby Love, Stex, Rory Hoy, DJ Self and countless others. See 2013 out with a breakbeatin' bang.
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: Despite being better known for their dedication to modern soul, hip-hop soul and revivalist boogie, French label Soulab does a neat sideline in deep, woozy, soulful, off-kilter house. They've previously showcased this side of their output on two volumes of the House Elixirs series; here they present a third instalment. Predictably, it's packed with notable, leftfield house fare, from the dreamy broken beat of Isaac Aesili ("Can I B") and afrobeat/nu-disco/deep house fusion of Uraz Kurt, to the Balearic bliss of Pete Herbert's remix of Los Charly's Orchestra, and delicious jazz-house-garage of Giuseppe Storniolo's excellent "Javelin". Best of all, though, is Uraz Kurt's vibraphone-laden rework of Uptown Funk Empire's cover of Pharaoh Sanders' classic "You've Got To Have Freedom".
Review: We can always rely on French funkateers Soulab to keep us supplied with regular selections of vintage sounding modern soul gems. This latest compilation features a host of their regular artists and once again the quality is up there. Highlights include the futuristic electro-funk of LA Mitchell's "The Ease", the hazy g-funk vibes of Uraz Kurt's "Remember The Light", the dark, broken electro-hop of Isaac Aesili's "Freedom Cry" and the crazy garage boogie shuffle of Proser & Azaxx's "Prince Is Not Dead".
Review: Bomb Strikes, the UK hip-hop/funk/soul/breaks label headed up by Mooqee & Beatvandals, celebrated their 15th birthday in 2019 with a fantastic compilation album, and to further celebrate the success of the label in 2019 they're releasing another compilation featuring 15 of their best cuts from the past 12 months. What's most impressive is the variety on offer, ranging from straight-up hip-hop from Alexander Norman Prosper & Stabfinger, to party breaks from Ali B and Krafty Kuts, to 'new old' soul from Flevans, to the fairly self-explanatory 'Disco Weapon' and 'Mirror Ballin'' (by Shaka Loves You and X-Ray Ted, respectively. Tons of fun for festive season funkateers of all ages!
Review: Flip the switch and get with the program: evergreen party purveyors Breakbeat Paradise have commissioned a whole bunch of reversions and each one is an instant booty-buster. Highlights abound throughout this raucous bass-bizzled nu-funk adventure but only a twit wouldn't pack Badboe's rub of Kool Hertz En Vouge sampling sizzle-up "Whatta Joint", JiggyJoe's orchestral disco-strung halfstepper rub of Calagad 13's "Back To The Power" or Badboe's take on Rudd's Supremes-slicing "Shake It Out". Paradise found.
Review: Featurecast flexes hard into the crates right here: digging deep over 20 years of party breaks, he's put together the definitive journey of funk with the refreshing devil may care attitude we've come to expect. His selection excavations are here for all the benefit from... The Wiseguys's lesser-spotted jam "One For The Ladies", Lack Of Afro's horn-melting "The Outsider", Max Sedgley's sugar-sweet "Happy", Flevans' Afrofunk shake-up "12 Apostles" and Featurecast and Aldo Vanucci's 2008 hoe-down stomper "Blue Grassed Devil" are just some are just some of the floor-matured classics amid the 25 cuts on offer here. And that's before we even get to awesome mix. Don't dillydally on this one.
Review: UK purveyours of funky breaks, Bombstrikes Records, may have a controversial name but there's everything to love about their sound. The fun loving and dancefloor bothering label run by Mooqee & Beatvandals was founded in 2004 and they claim that if you have been to a club since then you will most likely have heard their releases. Well then! Starting off with the low slug funk of A Skillz's "Mooger Fooger (dub mix)", Mooqee & Beatvandals themselves appear with "Back Up" and the legendary Cut La Roc is still at it; "Sunday Morning People" (Herbgrinder remix)" proves that he's still got his finger on the pulse. Other highlights include Pimpsoul's ever soulful "Is This Love (feat Pat Fulgoni - Pimpsoul funk remix)" the street attitude of A Skillz & Beatvandals "Simply Playing (feat Real Elements)" and the legendary Martin Solveig (remixed by the equally legendary Mousse T) who appears with the James Brown sampling "I'm A Good Man".
Review: For the second volume in their ongoing "Disco Funkin" mix series, the Bomb Strikes crew has handed over the controls to former Tru Thoughts artists Flevans. While his DJ mix is naturally superb, it's the quality of the 23 unmixed, full-length tracks included in the package that makes the compilation a must-check. There are naturally a few recent disco-centric club hits present - see Lance Ferguson's terrific cover of Pleasure's "Joyous", Dimitri From Paris and Cotonete's remix of Izo FitzRoy's "I Want Magic" and Purple Disco Machine's warm and toasty revision of Kraak & Smaak's "Alone With You" - alongside lesser-known nu-disco, boogie and disco-funk treats from the likes of ATOA, Hotmood, Fouk, Michael The Lion and, of course, Flevans himself.