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: The latest in Bomb Strikes' series of party-smashing bootlegs and breaks sees Denmark's Badboe chop it up with France's Prosper over these two new cuts. The Fatback Band's "Gotta Learn How To Dance" acts as the basis for "Too Hot To Handle", with some hyped bass added to the funk as well as acapella cuts from Method Man amongst others. "Rock The Beat" sees the duo going for a full-on soulful vocal treatment, complete with some energetic filtering, while Mooqee and Beatvandals's accompanying remix throws on some Jackson 5 magic into the mix too.
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: Fresh from remixing Gary Glitter (no, really), the lovably unpredictable Prosper delivers his debut long player... And it's a must for all funk, breaks and hip-hop freaks. Laced with some fast-flowing continental MC work from the likes of Azaxx & Phoebus and Wapi Wap, it's a fantastic showcase of French funk talent as we whistle and wheeze our way through the myriad styles. Highlights come in many shapes and sizes but be sure to check out the Modeselektor style "En Dessus De Tout", the slippery glitches of "Slutty Snoop" and the deep, rumbling grooves of "Meet The Weird Cowboys". And that's just three of 16 tracks! A fine debut album...
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: 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: 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.