Review: Ramskank and Rory Hoy have been collaborating on-and-off for years, with their first joint EP appearing way back in 2013. Their latest hook-up, 'Bring Out The Love', is typically bombastic, weighty and sweaty, with trance style electronic stabs, sweat-soaked female vocal samples and aggressive stabs combining giddily with slamming beats and raw, rave-era bass. Rory Hoy's version thrillingly re-casts the cut as a steroid-powered disco-house stomper rich in Chic style guitar licks and cut-glass strings, while the Ramskank revision is a thumping, acid-fired slab of mind-mangling peak-time insanity with the weighty bassline known to humankind.
Review: Rory Hoy is a multi-award winning music producer, film maker and DJ. He has supported Craig Charles on his Funk & Soul Club tour since 2015 and even wrote The Little Big Beat Book. His latest release comes courtesy of UK breaks and house specialist RamSkank and features the emotive and uplifting funky house energy of "Butters" followed by RamSkank's ravey 2 Unlimited style remake. RamSkank goes solo next on the euphoric early '90s dance music of "Gonna Let You Go" (think Nomad or Snap!) with Hoy returning the favour to take the track and reinterpret it as a 303 acid and Reese driven thriller.
Review: A decade into his solo career, Super Hi-Fi regular Rory Hoy continues to serve up jaunty, party-hearty treats. "Flamingo At The Disco" is a tasty summer jam that fixes his usual hip-hop culture influences (choice vocal samples, scratches) to chunky nu-disco synths and the kind of filter-heavy groove more often found in old French Touch disco-house records. All Good Funk Alliance kicks off the expansive remix package with a D Train-influenced synth-funk revision, before Trotter underpins the celebratory action with a shuffling funk breakbeat. Elsewhere, Ursula 1000 serves up a bubbly, vocal-heavy New York freestyle take and Mr Moozit turns it into a "Fly Life"-era Basement Jaxx style piano house bumper. The party's this way, lads and lasses!
Review: Ahoy Hoy! Following last year's album Who Needs Reality, young Rory returns with a fresh party cache for 2018. As always with Hoy, the focus is fixed firmly on the furious funk vibes as we slip, slide and slither through seven cuts, four of which are written with kindred funker Quincy Jointz. Highlights include the pitch-shifting vocal looping insanity of "Just So Fresh", the salubrious bass plucks on "Bounce If U Want 2", the sleazy guitar textures fretless bass runs of "Funk On Funk Off" and the heady blend of euphoria on "The Other Side Of Forever". See you on the other side!
Review: Remember when Fat Boy Slim was a young man who still had fire in his belly? Actually he never really was young was he, but he did inject a certain chutzpah into the big beat genre back in its heyday. This new EP, in which Rory Hoy and Under Influence remix each other's records, recalls that kind of energy. There are six slices of mayhem to feast on here, highlights of which include the souped-up, heavy hittin' 70s blues-rock of "Gangsta", the (slightly) more laid back brassy grooves of "Soul" and the hardcore rave referencing "Feel Dis". Ace beats!
Review: Here's the latest from the trio of DJ Rory Hoy and Brighton's Kitten & The Hip aka Ashley Slater (Freakpower) and Scarlett Quinn. Their intention with this record is 'to funk up your summer" and with its perky 80s Latin funk vibes, think Kid Creole and ZE Records with some modern oomph, it's very likely that they will succeed. Remix-wise Ursula 1000 injects a little Blue Monday into the mix, Fort Knox Five drop the tempo for a more chilled out groove, Trotter adds more slap bass and finally Turntill teams up with Merlin for some edgier tropical bass action.
Review: Break Beat Paradise Recordings tend to celebratory the more celebratory side of breakbeat music. Here though, the gloves are off on this hard-hitting compilation, Big Fat Mama Beats. There are seven fresh jams to enjoy including the housed-up, ska-infused bouncer "Chinese Robots (Re-Up)" by DiscObeta, Mr Rich & The Caretaker's street tough electro breaks cover of "My Feelings For You" (originally a Gwen McRrae joint) and the urgent percussion and Middle Eastern samples of Crunch "(Scratch By DJ Craft)" by Funky Boogie Brothers. Dope!
Review: Heavyweight Hoy returns to Tru Funk with another clutch of instant party-slappers. "Fonkee Muzik" is a game of two distinct halves: the breezy early 90s rave pads and breaks and a deadly JB-style funk hook. It's an interesting blend that works incredibly well. Further on we douse ourselves in glitter for the unfettered disco dynamite of both "Filtered Luv" and "Disco Hood". "The Love We Have" closes the show on a full emotional vocal tip that's not dissimilar to Pilooski's Frankie Valli edit a few years back. Lovely.