Review: Now this most certainly is a treat as we jump into a fiery new compilation and mix project from the Hot Cakes team, who invite the sounds of Lady Waks inside for a feature length exploration into breaks and bass music. It's a truly all star cast for this one as we dive into original creations from the likes of Stanton Warriors, Jay Robinson, Them&Us, Benny Page, Deeklike & Ed Solo, Origin8 & Propa, alongside many many more. Featuring fifty-nine outstanding breakbeat epics alongside a full length studio mix from Lady Waks, this is a perfect showcasing of the breaks and D&B sound in 2021, with highlights including the smooth soundscaping of Firestar Soundsystem's 'Pressure', the intense vocal pressure of 'Trigger' from Phibes and of course the nostalgic drum rolls of 'Boom Baby' from Slip 187 & Rax. Incredible stuff!
Review: Joey Negro's Soul Of Disco series has always been a great source of forgotten disco gems for those who like their dance music rich, stringy and soulful. This third two-disc selection from the Z Records boss is no different. For disco diggers, there's plenty to enjoy, be it the rich, horn-drenched instrumental grooves of Board Of Directors' "Hanging Tough", the raw, clavinet groove of Loi's "Body Contact" or the wobbly synth bass and perfect percussion of Phenomenal's "One Two Three". With a smattering of bonus re-edits from Joey Negro himself for those who like their grooves a bit more DJ-friendly, The Soul Of Disco 3 is nigh on essential.
Review: Stadium breakbeat alert! Pyramid continue their high impact antics on Funkatech with this epic vocal roller that has such startling rave-ballad energy it'll have the crowd reaching for their lighters in no more than 13seconds. Seriously, you could play this in your living room and your neighbour will be out in the garden with his hands aloft, lighter waving away. Not just perfect for the party, then; this is also ideal if you need to light a candle and have run out of matches. The stabby, gritty "Super Chief" is a whole other story; at parts so filthy it would make a sailor at a swear competition blush, at others so dreamy and twinkly it'll have you quitting your job to write lullabies for a living, handle this one with the utmost care.
Review: An impressive range of styles from upcoming Lyon producer Pyramid, who stands to make a big impact with this EP on Technofavrik. While "7 Suns" and "Dark Night" come in on a mid-tempo disco tip - the latter sporting an epic strings break - others like the juiced-up distortion stomp of "In Charge" and the triplet-rocking "Solar" are tasty electro treats that look back to Cerrone and Vangelis as much as they look forward to Surkin and Justice in terms of influences.