Review: This is a first for all parties: JFB's first official mix, Ghetto Funk's first artist-fronted compilation and Disco Cakes' first ever long playing release. Needless to say each party has really stepped up; JFB has curated a mammoth 37-track adventure exploring every possible corner of Ghetto Funk's sprawling sonic scenery, ranging from wholesome, down-home country funk (Grinny Granddad "Good Girl"), slick ragga-swing (Stickybuds "Clean Air") bump-shuffling electro ghetto (Featurecast "Around The Block") and raw, teeth-clenching bass filth (Skullee - "Badboii"). Leaving no stone unturned, this documents the Ghetto Funk movement with immersive mischief, AND it comes with a killer DJ mix.
Review: The UKG vibes are alive and strong with this one as we leap into this fantastic new four track project from Tonic, who lands on Square One for the second edition of his 'Tonic Flava's' series. We kick off with the high energy vocal lines and choppy drum inputs of 'Find Our Way', which could inject energy into any dance, followed by the more unusual jittery synthesizers and organ tones of 'Let Me Show You'. This whole project is laced with infectious vocal lines, a theme that continues heavily throughout the groovy tones of 'Moving On', before we finish up the EP in serious style with the super choppy drumwork and interesting melodic structures of 'Realize'.
Review: Respected bastions of the nu-funk movement, Ghetto Funk continue to inject the scene with original creative productions. "The Pump" is a real head-turner; all hooky and middy, there's some serious grit to found in the groove while Rayna's vocals counter it with a sense of emphatic sensuality. Joshua Casper steps up on the remix flex with a subversive joint that spaces out the groove a little with more emphasis on the nagging guitar. Get pumping.
Review: From the home of breaks-laced mash-ups, Booty Fruit drop four new tasty treats for DJs and fans alike. Tonic invoke classic '70s funk band War with their brassy "Smack", while Cut La Vis gets superstitious on the slow and punchy "Superwishin". Elsewhere, Jim Morrison gets chopped and screwed with on Funkanizer's "Peace Frog" while El Bomba's "Mad Style" recalls the best of '90s hip-hop thanks to some tight drum samples and an effortlessly funky bass line.
Review: Fresh-faced nu-funk crew Rise Above call in some big names for their debut quadlet of bass-bitten buzz cuts. Tonic takes the Beasties and drags them into a post apocalyptic future where ugly basslines reign supreme. Howla switches and slams with a series of tightly edited horns and a blisteringly heavy groove. JFB, meanwhile, lays down a bed of rusty bass, sharp breakbeats and an array of cool scratches before dropping into Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower". Last but definitely not least, WBBL finalises this big debut release deal with a show-stopping disco twist on Mariah Carey. Launch releases don't come any bigger than this.