Review: Canadian vibe masters ReSoul recruit some die-heard funk soldiers for their third "Fully Loaded" EP and each track is a wise move. The unavoidable Basement Freaks gets devilish with a dubstep bass and funky breakbeat with a deft slice of Cypress Hill. Funkanomics digs deep for a lavish string-hook that never stops shimmering. Slynk & SkiiTour rediscover the BeeGees with added electro boogie bravado. Wood 'n' Soo pull your trousers down for a savage bass spanking while Defunk's "Banjo Blues" finalises with a very clever nod to Blackstreet. ReSoul we salute you!
Review: There's something rather funky in the fresh Canadian air right now, and native imprint ReSoul are breathing in six lung-fulls by the second. "The Plan" is utter horn heaven as we bump and grind to a beefy swing hook that's peppered with just the right amount of hip-hop snippets. "Whole Lotta Drop", meanwhile, takes The Dynamics' wicked reggae cover of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" and drives it straight into D&B town. Skiitour's "Filthy Laundry" finishes the set with a boogified 80s rock stomp. What a package.
Review: The dancefloors of the UK are constantly crying out for new standout recordings and it's safe to say that we feel Skiitour has scored an absolute winner with his brand new 'Keep You Up' EP, courtesy of the Westwood Recordings outlet. The title track itself is a euphoric delving into house music, with pumping 4x4 lead drum styles driving the track forward alongside subtle break sample sprinkles for good measure. On the flip, 'So Much Disco' provides a more techy addition, with some masterful lead synth melodics combining with subtle vocal rises and shuffled drum styles. Both tracks also come complete with both a full dubmix and their own extended editions.
Rackabeat & Bar-Low - "Just Wanna Love You" - (3:46) 89 BPM
Skiitour - "Runnin" - (4:46) 92 BPM
Kalamari Beats - "Let It Be" - (4:14) 92 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of the inaugural collection earlier this month, along comes an equally stunning follow up. Dedicated to the more chilled, funkier and soulful side of the breakbeat sound, the whole collection works perfectly in all situations: headphones, house parties and heady festival afternoons. Expect all manner of sunny sonics throughout the 10 track set, including shimmering skank maxing on "Think Back", somnambulant flute flurries on "Don't Feel Bad", a mesmerising blend of splashing percussion and belly-driven vocals on "Just Wanna Love You", and a whole load more. Dig deep and submit to the clouds. You'll be glad you did.
Review: Skimming the purist, fullest fat cream from the nu-funk crop, Scour's behaviour at the forefront of the party-minded movement is nothing short of commendable. Their most extensive compendium to date, vibes range of the Little Walter-sampling "Ain't No Coolin" to the filtered jazz funk chops and slaps of "The Program". Between these two disparate-yet-wholly-consistent flavours you'll find subverted swing (Father Funk & Howla's "Got Swing?"), stark Jackson Five string struts ("Soul Rocka") and classic rap ("Two For The Crates"). Whipped and unashamedly fresh, Scour really are the cream of the crop right now.
Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: Oh Lord, the Bomb Strikes again! It's the fourth volume of the unbeatable Funk N' Beats, mixed and 'sexified' by the inimitable Fort Knox Five! The man has collected an impressive number of artists and tunes right here, featuring the likes of The Fundamentals, Basement Freaks, Kormac, BadBoE, and many more beat smiths who are utterly up for a proper showdown! If you're stuck for beats, holding out on bass, or have been missing a bit too much funkiness from your life, then hit that download button and get movin'...