Review: Now this most certainly is a treat as we jump into a fiery new compilation and mix project from the Hot Cakes team, who invite the sounds of Lady Waks inside for a feature length exploration into breaks and bass music. It's a truly all star cast for this one as we dive into original creations from the likes of Stanton Warriors, Jay Robinson, Them&Us, Benny Page, Deeklike & Ed Solo, Origin8 & Propa, alongside many many more. Featuring fifty-nine outstanding breakbeat epics alongside a full length studio mix from Lady Waks, this is a perfect showcasing of the breaks and D&B sound in 2021, with highlights including the smooth soundscaping of Firestar Soundsystem's 'Pressure', the intense vocal pressure of 'Trigger' from Phibes and of course the nostalgic drum rolls of 'Boom Baby' from Slip 187 & Rax. Incredible stuff!
Review: The Distorsion team have gone out of their way with this brand new compilation drop entitled 'Breakbeat Essentials', which sees them pull together a super impressive twenty-part selection, showcasing the best of breakbeat artists right about now. From the more twisted bass designs of 'Fucking Beat' from Hankook and Eztereo's 'Have To Go' to Yo Speed & Mutantbreakz's super techy arrangements of 'Need More Dog', we see this compilation explore such a vast range oft he breakbeat sound, shining a light on some of the more under-appreciated areas of the sound. Some of the immediate standouts have to include Suga7's super intricate bass soundscaping on 'Let Me Hit', alongside the crunchy, horn-like textures on Kid Panel's 'Kasmir'. Awesome work!
Review: Krafty Kuts & Bomb Strikes, two names that when combined leave us with potentially incredible results. They join forces here to curate and design the fifth edition of 'Bass Funk', showcasing some of the most prominent faces across the entire breadth of breaks. The tracklisting for this one looks pretty monstrous, featuring the likes of A Skillz, Dubra, Arteo, Fort Knox Five, K+Lab & more. There are a couple of immediate stand outs however, with the latin horn melodies and vibrant rhythms of Ninjula's 'Spanish Princess' and the pure rawcus devilry of 'AI' from the legendary Delta Heavy both standing out!