Review: The Tru Funk crew once again come in hard on the mash-up front this month, unleashing the latest volume in their series of breaks, funk and hip-hop bootlegs. CEZ14's "Mambo No. 14" brings some seriously punchy Latin swing to the acapella of Reel 2 Reel's "I Like To Move It", while Myniemo uses sped-up reggae loops and thick snares and scratches to create a sublime hip-hop battle weapon in the form of "The Battle". Warson's boogie-breaks gem "Shake That" is also included, as is his funk-addled LL Cool J mash-up, "Step On The Dancefloor".
Review: If you (like us) still pine for the early days of the Chemical Brothers and their Exit Planet Dust era fusions of ragged acid tweakery, razor-sharp breaks and choice vocal samples, Planet B Girl will be right up your alley. The original throws those familiar elements into the mix alongside a dash of funk guitar. The results are funky as hell and twice as hot. Quincy Jointz adds some triumphant horns on his version, whilst Fresh Andy goes for a rougher feel on his jolly version. The package is completed by "Planet B-Boy", a droning, all-out breakbeat assault which bristles with Meat Beat Manifesto style industrial funk.
Review: Four volumes in seven months... Actual Sounds are ruthlessly efficient when it comes to showering the scene with fresh booty-shaking bootlegs. And it's business as usual as we're thrown around by the limbs to a 28-track strong selection of wide-eared funk fusions that range from an uptempo breakbeat cut n' shut of Nina Simone ("Ooh Baby") to Brooklyn era block busters ("Down With The King") via classic rave-meets-early house mashery ("A Bigbeat Treat"). A bargain and banging - these booties are keepers.
Review: Telephunken's Tremendo imprint continues to settle itself into the party, making itself more than at home. A cool septuplet of cuts, the swaggering block busting vibes are introduced by Telephunken themselves with a very naughty Rage Against The Machine sampling mosh-masher before we cruise into myriad styles from west coast Cali soul (Father Funk's "Real Funky") to chop-blistering big beat (The Bang! Bang! Show's tongue-in-cheek "Do Your Whoomp") to slow n' steady bass squelchism (Stereo Beatz "Feel The Panic"). Tremendo? Tremendous more like.
Review: Years ago, if someone offered you some street jam you'd have said no; jams made of pavement and general dirt just don't make the cut for an all-star breakfast. Then Actual Sounds comes along and your understanding completely changes. Gone is the gritty, fag butty, exhaust pipey grime and in comes the royal block-rocking fodder from some of Actual Sounds' finest funky upstarts. Comprising sneaky booties and authentic grooves, this 18-strong collection is a one-stop-shop to party town. Highlights include Mr Mezdup's percussion and glitch-heavy rub of The Specials "Ghost Town", Rory Hoy's high voltage acid attack "Hey!" and Freddy Fresh's beautiful seasonal sonic soliloquy "Summer's End".