Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Nick Middleton's Westwood, not to be confused with the London hip-hop entourage of the same name, is back in action with some more of its delightfully quirky bass music for the masses. The Funk Hunters and Chali 2NA appear as hosts of their own tune, "Word To Spread", which is remixed and transformed a good six times from a selection of like-minded, break-ready producers. No version covers the same tonalities; Smalltown DJs turn in a magnetic electro house nodder that takes us back to 06/07, while Erb N Dub launch that unmistakably UK-leaning bass over a bed of fast d&b beats and, among others, the likes of Kabba step up with some gnarly, raucous dubstep slewing.
Review: Vancouver's The Funk Hunters aim to 'put the soul back into electronic dance music'. Recently they teamed up with Most recently they collaborated with MC Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 (they've toured together for years and he calls them "the selectah's of the century!") for the ILLectric EP. Now the tracks featured on it are all getting the remix treatment. This week it's the turn of Funk Back where labelmate Shylow adds tougher beats and extra bounce, whilst Freddy Todd's delivers his trademark chopped up everything and the kitchen sink vibes.
Review: As ever, the Bomb Strikes imprint delivers an awesome package to us with this brand new 25 track compilation entitled 'Funk N' Beats Vol. 5', To be honest, it's exactly what it says on the tin as The Allergies head up waves and waves of funkadelic rhythms and crunchy riffs. For us the highlights have to be the futuristic drum processing and subtle percussive movements of 'Loose Gardner' from Flevans, along with the classic breakbeat fusion of 'Fire' remixed by Smoove but originally produced by the Renegades Of Jazz. With the sheer depth of the project it's easy to get lost within the tracklisting, which is always a good sign on a large scale compilation.