Review: Seven months after their last outing for the popular Bomb Strikes imprint, label regulars Proper & Stabfinger return to action with another typically on-point three-tracker. We're particularly enjoying title track 'Body in Flexion', where mind-altering synthesizer arpeggio lines, Clavinet style riffs and cut-up female hip-hop vocal snippets ride filthy bass and the bounciest of electro beats. Everyman lends a hand on 'Boogie To The Disco', a revivalist nu-disco stomper full of Chic-style guitar riffs, weighty drums, walking bass and sweeping synth-strings, while 'Bounce With Me' is a similarly funk-fuelled vocal number that would no doubt be tearing up clubs right now if any were actually open.
Review: Bringing a select bevvy of the best Bombstrikes tracks the label has released in 2020, it's enjoyed an explosive year of tunes from Krafty Kuts, Jet Boot Jack, Lack Jemmon, Shaka Loves You and more! They feature here with "Blow Your Whistle", a funked-out "Let's Move" and the lowdown swing-track "I'm A Boss". Other highlights include the Cypress Hill style hip house track "Stir It Up Sister (feat K MI & KDS)" to Prosper & Stabfinger's squelchy, space bubble cruise down mainstreet: "Down In The Basement (feat Awoke)". With some tear-out bass, horns and synths coming out of Ninjulas' "You Know I Like It", check out some lo-fi and slamming funk, disco and house from X-Ray Ted's "On The Floor'' alongside The Nice Guys' Godzilla-themes "Turn It Out" and Jet Boot Jack's strings in "Straight To My Head". Boom!
Review: For the latest volume in their popular Disco Funkin' compilation strand, Bomb Strikes has handed over curation duties to rising star and Midnight Riot regular Natasha Kitty Katt. The Edinburgh DJ/producer's selections are undeniably addictive and on-point, moving between heavyweight re-edits (see her collaboration with Twisted Soul Collective, 'Twisted Katt', solo disco-funk tweak 'Edgarr!' and Oliver Boogie's slamming 'Dance Band'), superior nu-disco originals (Phoenix's piano-heavy 'Nature Dance', Fouk's sample-heavy 'Cat Lady' and the slick boogie revivalism of Lovebirds' 'Give Me a Sign') and loopy disco-house treats (the contributions from Shaka Loves You, Birdee, Hotmood and Mark Lower). Those looking for fresh dancefloor ammunition will find much to enjoy, while the Scottish DJ's accompanying mix is as entertaining and excitable as they come.
Review: Royal Soul bring us an EP featuring five remixes of three tracks from two French producers. 'Big Bamboo' gets two re-rubs: Cupcake Project's mix sits somewhere between Zapp-esque electrofunk and shimmering Nang-style nu-disco, while the Trotter Remix is a more uptempo funk-breaks pass. There's a dark, wonky nu-disco/Italo nouveau flavour to Cupcake Project's take on 'Time To Go Back', too, while Adam Polo's remix of the same track is a more straight-up disco-house affair. The EP's then completed by a Boogie Remix of 'So Classy, So Nasty' from Austrian producer Shantisan that does exactly what it says on the label...
Review: Bomb Strikes are back! Yet again they have brought some serious ammunition with them as they welcome Prosper & Stabfinger for three tracks of seriously groovy delight. We kick off with the title track 'Down In The Basement', which combines disco-like melodies with funky clav experiments and patois vocal lines for a real mashup of styles alongside Awoke. Next, 'Lucky Six' wheels into play with its jazzy horn lines and party flavours, also featuring work from Lions Pride. Finally, Fedorovski gets busy with a super experimental take on 'Boogie Bugi', smashing affected vocal lines with a potent bassline and crunchy percussive influxes. Tasty!
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: The Bomb Strikes imprint has been on a serious tear across the breadth of 2019, with this latest offering from Prosper and Stabfinger being the most recent in a line of hard hitting releases. We kick this one off with a look at the stripped back title track 'Take R Time', which combines the energetic vocal layers of Too Many T's with a crispy, bass heavy arrangement to concoct a real party starter. Next up, K MI & KDS join the party with bouncy rhythms and constantly evolving drum arrangements of 'Stir It Up Sister' before we finish up with the funk-infused disco blends of 'Boogie Bugi'.
Review: Fun loving Party Breaks and Beats label Bomb Strikes serve up a retrospective collection curated by label bosses Mooqee and Beatvandals. With 31 full-length cuts plus a one-hour DJ mix, there's no faulting the VFM as we move through breaks, funk, hip-hop and the occasional gnarlier nugget. Standouts include Andy Cooper & The Allergies' rework of Run DMC's 'Mary Mary' and Beatvandals & A Skilz's 2007 cut 'Sunshine', which mashes up Roy Ayers and Indeep. But the one we keeping back to is Mooqee's 'Supacat Police' (2006), which makes devastating, ragga-fied use of chunks from a certain KRS-One classic that we won't insult your intelligence by naming!
Review: Bomb Strikes regulars Prosper & Stabfinger, an on-off duo consisting of French hip-hop veteran Romain 'Prosper' Coolen and Italy's Nicolas 'Stabfinger' Atlan, deliver a three-track EP of 'new old' funk that'll get 'em doing what the title says for sure! 'Get Your Body Groovin' recalls the likes of Cameo, Zapp and early Prince, and sports a full male vocal from Georges Perrin, some impressive four-string work and plenty of early 80s squelch, while the accompanying Club Dub strips out most of the vocal and lets the horns shine through a little more. The Beatvandals Remix of 'Dopeness', with cut-up rap vox and funk guitar chops, completes a very floor-friendly package.
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: Four tracks from the occasional duo of Prosper (French producer Romain Coolen) and Stabfinger (Italy's Nicola Atlan) get the remix treatment. 'Get Out Of My Life', as remixed by Loo & Placido, fuses blues, Caribbean and hip-hop influences into an unlikely whole that works better than you might expect, while the Loils & Fruckie remix of the same track drops the steel drums and has a kind of robotic funk vibe. AGFA & Trotter's mix of 'Drive By Pony' has a Plumps-ish feel, with the rap vocal st-st-st-st-stuttered up to the max, before the Kibosh mix of 'Fire My Pony' completes the EP on more of a straight-up funk tip.
Review: Here we see funk heavyweights Prosper and Stabfinger return on the super impressive Bomb Strikes imprint for a highly flammable three track project, jam packed spicy rhythms and smooth vocal appearances. We begin with the title track 'Fire In Me' which features an explosive lead vocal from Georges Perin before diving into the more breakbeat inspired flavours of 'Drive By Pony' alongside Ashley Slater. We then wrap the project up tidily with the hip hop arrangements of 'Get Out Of My Life' which features fantastic additional work from the likes of Ashley Slater, The Pride & Tha Groovy Basterds, all cherry picking soulful vocal snippets.
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: Another Bomb Strikes from the Prosper & Stabfinger duo, a phrase that works both on a theoretical level as well as a practical one. In short, thispair of breakbeat mashers are back with their inimitable style of groovy electro reworks. "Dopeness", the title tune, features Imagine This & Jui on the vocals, and it really is a perfect example of the best possible sort of modern boogie - phat bass lines over soulful vocals and kick ass disco beats. "Pay For Bass" is more of the same excellence, all thick beats and party-ready bumps, while "You're Wonderful" sounds like a trip back to the late 80s, a sound wrapped in an unmistakable early hip-hop flair, rewired and anted-up for maximum dancefloor effect and seamless DJ use. SLICK.
Review: Ok folks, it's a new Bomb Strikes release, you should all know the drill by now. Yep, it's all about party friendly breaks and mash-ups here, so leave your arty pretensions at the door, thank you very much. Here we have two self-professed 'funkmasters', Prosper and the suggestively titled Stabfinger hooking up for three sizzling jams. The title track mixes brassy big beat and daisy age rap, whilst "Don't Hold Back" is pure hands-in-the-air poppy electro funk before "Baby Baby Please" wraps it all up nicely with an infectious fusion of electro-swing, rap and cumbia beats.