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: Destination: Latvia. Bombstrikes welcome label regular Dubra to the stage to take selection duties for the third in their floor-firing Bass Funk mix series. Digging deep into the groove vaults, he's picked some outstanding timeless classics such as Krafty Kuts and Dyna's swaggering entrance theme "We Do This", Stickybuds' life-affirming glitch-slapper "Clap Your Hands" and A Skillz & Nick Thayer's body-slamming "Drop The Funk". Elsewhere we get our alien freak on with Opiuo, we get our heads knocked off by Dubra himself on "Keep It Going" and Punks favourite "You Don't" from Horger and Steve among many other straight up party-battering bass jams. 24 originals and a killer mix to boot, Bombstrikes are causing some serious damage with this collection. Strike while the dancefloor is hot yo!
Things That You Do (feat Father Funk) - (5:57) 110 BPM
Review: A producer well known for his unapologetic love of all things 80s, Slynk greets 2017 with this new one-track offering. "Things That You Do" is a light and breezy jaunt into mid-80s boogie territory, featuring a 'slinky' funk bassline that meanders around punchy drums, warbly voicebox excursions and trumpet from the Herb Alpert school of Diamonds. Time to order a Mai Tai, don a loud Hawaiian shirt and start moving! Infectious stuff.
Review: No, it's not Rowland Rat on the cover of this new EP, but the sounds contained therein could almost hail from the 80s. Except that this producer doesn't rip off the sound of that era, instead he pays homage to it by attempting to update it in a sympathetic way. He succeeds too with five contemporary-meets-vintage cuts that mix elements of boogie, soul and funk. Some of our fave retro jams here include the shimmering, soft bleep boogie of Focus, the cut-up breaks workout "Best In The World" (featuring Cheshire) and the tough grooves of rock-step jam "Good Timed".
Review: Another step back to the late noughties, Goodgroove plunder the past, putting A&R into party music. Here we find Aussie funkateer throwing down some timeless nu-funk rollers that range of lush 80s synth boogie ("Gotta Shine") to rip-tempo JB-style breaks with squeaky clean horns and harmonies ("Let's Dance") Complete with two unreleased tracks - the beefy swinger "Just Rock Don't Stop" and the P-funk powered "Lady Pepper Groove" - not only does it look back, but forward into a funky future, too...
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: Kings of funky breaks Bomb Strikes are the kings of hefty party-starters, and Into Battle Volume 3 EP doesn't disappoint, featuring Pimpsoul's huge La Roux rerub "This Time", the Hendrix-heavy "Hear Ya Say" from Harvey, bitcrushed rock from Neon Steve on "I Got Tha" and the supreme '80s funk-flavoured "Whoa Now" by Slynk. Get into it.
Review: A split single here between production duo Cain 1 & Wakutt, who head up the release with an ode to cough medicine in "Night Nurse", while Slynk provides more musical madness with "Bad Duppy Walk". The former is a bonafide jungle revivalist mash up with a lilting reggae swagger and a re-work of the syrupy sweet lyrics of Gregory Isaacs' legendary song of the same name. The latter also mixes a strong reggae influence with modern day D&B, plus some rave synths, cheery melodies, shuffling breaks and oodles of energy. Fun from start to finish!
Review: Australian funky breaks producer Slynk has acquired props from all over the world, from the likes of A Skillz, Mooqee and Fort Knox Five amongst others. Here, he plays it straight disco with a funky rock edge on this new release for Grits N Gravy. The lead song "Monkey Magic" evens sounds a little like 10cc at times, while "Chilling Out" has its own Yacht Rock-meets-the Gap Band thang going on. Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" also makes a brief appearance on the party-starting "Slide Slide".
Review: Back with their second release, Disco Cakes assemble a talented mix of breaks producers of all different styles and collect them on this new, funk-fuelled set. Tom Drummond and JMC have fun with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on "Again & Again & Again", while big soulful vocals can be found on The Dancefloor Outlaws "Get Your Boogie Down" and Delimentary's "Why Can't There Be Love". Slynk and Ed Solo meanwhile update Skee Lo's evergreen "I Wish" in a whole new breaks-tinted way.