Review: While the lion's share of Young NRG Productions' output tastes of fruity-funk and primed party pieces, there's a darker side to the Italian label's output. And, nine times out of ten, it comes directly from the twisted minds of Damage Breaks. Their version of "AVP" is like a slowed down Concorde Dawn record, or Ils meets Ed 209 down a dark alley. Meanwhile, Stex's version is rounder, chubbier affair but, thanks to farting filter on the bass melody it still creates major screwfaces whenever dropped. Big.
Review: Putting a fresh spin on jazz from the 1930s, Dasya and Stex from Young NRG have a blast on this latest single, "Everybody Baby", which provides a radical excursion into the more chaotic and hectic end of electro-swing. Adding layers of sub-punching bass, dirty driving kicks and smash 'n' grab drum samples, the pair loop up the playful sampled trumpets and throw in the odd vocal refrain whilst retaining the scattergun fun.
Stex - "Drop The Beat Like Uglypeople" - (7:38) 120 BPM
Review: Young NRG founder Stefano Ricci (AKA Stex) has been producing and releasing music since the 1990s, both on his own and with regular collaborator Teo Ederle under the Dasya guise. Here, Ricci presents a bumper selection of disco-funk inspired tracks from his personal archives. Musically it's surprisingly diverse, offering a mix of tweaked re-edits (see "Turn The Funky On"), cut-up disco-house jams featuring familiar disco and boogie samples ("Just in Analog", "Funkin 4U") and occasional forays into strutting funk breaks (the James Brown-biting "Big Mama Funky"). In essence, it's basically a collection of tried-and-tested DJ tools for disco loving house DJs.
Review: A highly original collaboration between Dasya and Stex on Young NRG, featuring a fascinating cover of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" done via swooping Eastern strings and slow jazz beats. Elsewhere, there's the hectic IDM of "Baby Of Boss" which recalls 4Hero in their prime, the breaks/house hybrid of "Push The Funk", and even the chilled out string stabs scattered through the languid "Chill & Dub" mix of "Venice" to really get stuck into. A varied yet very accomplished collection.
Review: Here's a good one - next time someone stops and asks you whether you've got the time, slap your headphones on their lugholes and play them this. They'll thank you for it: the only time that matters is "Electro Swing Time", and in their heart they'll know this. Across the whole EP expect to find myriad dusty, crackled piano, brass and woodwind riffs, all looped with jaunty jacking glee. Highlights abound but the slinky snake-charming vibes of Stex's "Bee Bop" and Patty Eagle's juddering funky prohibition homage "Gangster Story" represent the EP with the highest accolades.
Review: Blending disco and thumping breakbeat for this new release on Young NRG, Stex's "Boogiebomb" has a trace of Lipps Inc's "Funky Town" running through its veins, as well as plenty of pumping synth work and some chunky drums mixed in too. His Breakfunk mix goes for a more light touch, while the Funkybreak DJ edit opts for more trancey leads shadowing that familiar and much-loved bassline.
Review: Young NRG's resident breaks master Stex blends funk, disco and breakbeat with aplomb on this latest set of bangers - featuring the "Funky Town" groove of "Boogiebomb", the glitterball 'n' bass stomp of "Disco Robot" as well as hip-hop party starters like "Get Wicked" and "Puppet". As a refreshing change of direction though, "Deep" is a slow-burning house-inspired gem that creates an intense groove thanks to some reverbed chords and dubby vocals.
Review: Here's a fact for you: Young NRG label boss Stex never sleeps. Seriously... How else can he churn out so many party pieces? We'll save the sermon on how a good night's kip helps to lead a healthy life; when the music's this funky, who are we to argue? Eight cuts in total, The Plugger is Stex at his freestyle best: breakbeat-busting, sample-sucking fly-by-night bullets loaded with cheeky twists and turns. From the switch from organic live drums to tight-knit two-step on album opener "Don't Stop Time" to the savage, beast-like bass riff and early Fatboy-style jauntiness of "Cmon Baby", Stex has covered all bass bases with style and aplomb. The only thing missing is your dancefloor!