Review: Resense have declared that they intend to stave off winter with these two new tropical party jams. They might just do it too, with the hip shakin' gyrations of sizzling Cuban/reggae hybrid "Mambo Perez", and the guttural flow of Audry Funk on the hot-blooded cha-cha joint "Ego".
Review: Dirty Dubster's popular Ragga Party Jams series continues, with another quartet of dubwise mash-ups and reggae/hip-hop futures. Larry SKG kicks things off with "Hypocrites", an expertly crafted fusion of a classic soulful reggae riddim and well-chosen hip-hop samples. DJ Maars' "Just Like Music" blends a familiar rap vocal and sunshine reggae jam with vocal cuts from a classic Marvin Gaye slow jam, while DJ Rebel's "Here Comes The Mashupper" layers a skanking riddim with all manner of familiar vocal samples. Best of all, though, is "I Shot Big L", in which Bob Marley takes a trip into scratchy reggae hip-hop territory. It shouldn't work, but it's sympathetically produced and sounds like a sunshine anthem in the making.
Various - "Future:Dubstep:04" (continuous DJ mix by MRK1) - (1:17:22) 140 BPM
Review: An enormous 29 track selection of future dubstep faves new and old and perhaps some undiscovered beauties in there too from names like Stenchman, Cotti & Crazy D and more, all bound up nicely with a continuous DJ mix by MRK1. There's a fab blend of driving synth workouts (see "Life Turned Up Loud" or "Broken Box"), dubbed out basslines a la the Hatcha & Lost remix of RMS - "Cold", with some heavy moments (Trowa - "Black Pyramid") and quirky cuts like Stenchman's "Purple Cow". All in all, a comprehensive compilation which ticks all the boxes.
Review: The summer might be a dim and distant memory but that hasn't stopped Ground Level from flying the sunshine flag into the autumn months. Rebel Sketchy launches proceedings with an uptempo jacking breaks joint laced with lavish disco flourishes and the fartiest bassline you'll hear all season. Joe C ups the aggy factor with a snub-nosed acid bassline and tonked up beef beats. DJ Hero completes the set with the most uncompromising blend of the release. Fans of Elite Force or Meat Katie should be all over this; robust, glitchy and unrelenting it's an instant laser-fest with added piano surprises. There ain't no party like a Ground Level party.
Review: Breaks power-combo Sketchy and Kwerk apply their tightest tricks to this ace trio of tracks. "Everywhere I Go" is a thundering 4/4 bass attack with added Nile Rodgers style guitar splashes, a hooky vocal sample and mass spatterings of lavish funk. "Unplug" follows. A solo jam from Sketchy himself, its two-step rhythm shuffles while the bass flips uncontrollably like a bouncy ball. Kwerk closes the show with "Are You?"; complete with Todd Edwards style cut up vocals, piano teases and a sweet sunshine vibes, it will warm the floors on the chilliest of seasons. Hard werk pays off!
Review: Four up-and-coming artists appear on SHAG Edits Volume 2 which is kick-started by Rebel's "You Somebodies", a bassy piece of looping filter house meant for peak time play. Newcomer Riri throws down jazzy horns, marching snares and acoustic rimshots in a slow moving "Get It On", while Chocky's "I Like" features cut vocals caught between interchanging melodies of pulsating rhythms. Jamie Trench, responsible for the labels first EP, delivers sexy vocals in "Locks, Frocks & 2 Floating Sparrows", a laid back disco joint with the same summery vibe as balmy Miami night.
Blue Planet Corporation - "Designed For Humans" - (7:09) 120 BPM
Hibernation - "Deaf Music" - (7:10) 128 BPM
Supercozi - "Yellow Teeth Sun" - (5:02)
Digitalis - "Calculus" - (6:09)
Gus Till - "Agobi" - (5:26)
Gaudi - "Leather Sexy Dinamite" - (5:35)
Kilowatts - "Point Blank" - (8:06)
Mindex - "Sahara" - (5:33)
Zen Lemonade - "1000 Light Years Away" - (5:18)
Eastern Rebel Alliance - "Astar" - (6:29)
Various - "Mutant Tribe" (continuous DJ mix by Supercozi) - (1:13:34)
Review: You can always count on Denmark's Iboga records for forward thinking freshness, and this latest compilation album is most definitely that. Compiled and mixed by Supercozi, one of Japans leading psy & progressive DJs. It has been a year in the making with 12 unreleased tracks, having been hunted from around the globe. It's a tripped out, chilled vibe with artists such as; Blue Planet Corporation, Mindez, Eastern Rebel Alliance, and Gus Till amongst others. Across many of the tracks there is enough energy, imagination and staying power to play out to the floor it's also a great album to get on the ipod for daily listening and inspiration and would make the wicked soundtrack to any after party. Give this a go, you wont be disappointed.