Review: Taken from his album The Plugger, "Don't Stop" comes with a clutch of remixes, each one guaranteed to set a different stage of your party alight. The McTwist remix is for that moment when warm up becomes the show down... The tempo is still low but the energy certainly isn't. Tosses & Varvez's remix is for about an hour later; the dancefloor is filling and you need a reliable groove that doesn't go too over the top, but keeps peeps bubbling. Naturally Jazz K Lippa's remix is for the peak time; upbeat and sprung with a rude bass undertone, this will raise more than a few whoops. Finally the Time To Funky remix. A conga-fuelled freakout, you could drop this at any point of the night and watch the chaos ensue. Listen to the man: do not stop!
Review: Italian maverick, Tosses, has graced many labels such as Tru Funk, Pig Balls and er, Total Wipes. Here he's sticking to what's done him well lately - the stability of Electric Cave. Here he provides three more of what he does best- funked-up mash-ups. The eponymous title track takes vintage James Brown and adds some tough go-go style drums underneath. Elsewhere the party vibes keep coming on the cheeky keyboard-pop of the breakbeat Doors hybrid "East Soul Project" and last but not least, the bluesy, hand-waver "Hand Clappin". Party music central.
Review: When it comes to coming up trumps in the party-breaks scene Italy's Tosses wins the er, toss, every time. Here though he takes a little bit of break from the norm, presenting four less recognisable jams rather than the instant -hits he usually provides. "Adderall" may be generally used to treat hyperactivity, but here it's an utterly electro-boogie wild child. Elsewhere "Funky Fresh" riffs off classic 70s funk grooves, "To The River' is a bluesy, gospel-breaks reverie, and "Work Song" closes with some baddass vintage swing-samples.
Review: Chubby, glitch-riddled bass funk from Italian upstart Tosses: we kick off with RHCP-nodding "Instamind" where attention is paid to the stereo effects of the bass to great effect. "Humeboshi" continues the slinky bass feels while throwing in some well-known classic hip-hop hype shouts. Deeper into the collection we dive as the title track sees gutsy soul vocals gracing a gutter-minded bassline and heavily swung groove (and enjoying a glitch-powered remix from Sharmelfunk) Finally, as a rather generous free download, we get a Led Zep-frazzled twist on the Fugees classic remix of Cypress Hill. Boom biddy badman!
Review: As one half of dynamic duo Tosses & Varvez, Italian producer Alessandro Tosses has established himself as one of breakbeat's funkiest exponents. Here, he pops up on Breakbeat Paradise with his debut solo EP. Tosses' formula - chunky but swinging breakbeats, nuggety bass, hip-hop vocal samples and delicious funk guitars - is tailor-made for dancefloors, suggesting the four tracks here are rapidly going to become staples in breakbeat sets. Highlights include the '80s electro-influenced disco-breaks bounce of "Drop The Beat" and "3 Percent Of My Skills", a scratch-happy romp through growling electronic basslines and hustlin' funk breaks.
Review: There are 16 different words to mean "Vengeance" according to this Italian duo. Funny that; all you need is one; damn funky! Sorry, that's two. Here are a whole load more... A deep, throbbing bass-driven rock/break hybrid, this addictive hip-swinger has got that an almost Laid Back feel but with heaps of added guitar. With a steady, head-nodding groove this struts with European class. For a slightly wonkier, more bass-addled version, head for the equally satisfying remix from Sharmelfunk. Fans of Adam Freeland's later work will definitely identify with this.
Review: If you want breakbeat to soundtrack your New Year's Eve celebrations this year than Actual Sounds' 72-track Best Of 2013 compilation is 'the' release. This compilation features heavy inclusions from Spinback Harry, Funk You Very Much, Big Bang Breaks and Actual Phantom, but also a whole host of other names such as Baby Love, Stex, Rory Hoy, DJ Self and countless others. See 2013 out with a breakbeatin' bang.
Review: 32 tracks heavy, Actual Sounds have curated the ultimate booty breaks package right here. Each and every rub is a highlight, taking influence and sample inspiration from the '50s onwards. From the Little Richard-sampling "Tooty Frooty" to Big Bang Breaks' super-sexy take on Khia's naughty "My Neck My Back" ("Pussy Popper"), no genre or decade is left un-plundered. Taking things bang up to date, there's even a respectable bootleg of "Get Lucky" courtesy of Actual Phantom. Exclusive to Juno, this truly is an insane party package.
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: German DJ/producer Quincy Jointz has been strutting his funky stuff behind the decks since 2003. He's struck up a close bond with Greece's Timewarp in particular, so much so in fact that he's back with his fourth mix album for them! "Lime Sorbet Vol IV" sees the guy condense 18 tracks into an hour-long mix, which is quite a journey indeed. The individual tracks are also included here in full, highlights of which include the Junkie XL-ish "Pray", the bouncy electro-pop meets retro rap of "Summertime (remix)" and the electro-funk-breaks of "Do You Want More Ah".
Review: Greece's Quincy Jointz selects the sixth volume of his concept Lime Sorbet compilation. Lime Sorbet was always the compilation series for open minded music fans and so is also volume six. From sunshine vibes, funky grooves and breakbeat through to house or downbeat. Once again Quincy selects a special mixture of unreleased music by well-known and upcoming artists. Block rockin' beats courtesy of Valique with "Long Journey" (Quincy Jointz remix) will sort you for deep funk, cheeky crooner Louie Austen is back since the electroclash days with the sleazy soul of of "Make You Move" (Quincy Jointz remix) and Stuttgart's Tobe Tronic serves up the deep, breaks driven nu-disco of "Night Drums".
Review: Unhappy with the amount of re-edits and mash-ups in the nu-disco scene, Timewarp are doing something about it! That 'something' is the Lemon Sorbet series of mixes curated by the one and only Quincy Jointz. Featuring some of the finest original compositions, many until now unreleased, from leading nu funk artists. Highlights of volume 5 include the retro new jack urban beats of Jointz own Flashbaxx remix, Ashley Slater (Freak Power)'s low-slung and slinky Al Green cover "Stay Together" and the cool, slap-bass heavy, Latino disco jam "New York To Brasil" by DJ Colour C2. Who said originality was dead.
Review: Polish party people Tru Funk continue to champion the very best of the smile-inducing nu-funk scene with this eight tracker that provides plenty of new party breaks. DJ AKA goes for the fun jugular with "Funky Horns" coming across like KC & The Sunshine band back from the musical gym. Hiphoppapotamus gives Curtis Mayfield a post-dubstep going over in "Curtis Is Dangerous", while elsewhere Dizzee Rascal finds his 'Sirens' welded to some vintage funk in Morlack's "Imagination, KRS-One has his sound of da police beefed up with tough breaks by Tosses & Varvez and Warson provides some heavily filtered and tweaked 80s soul-style fun.
Review: More shady nu-funk business from the Tru Funk crew with a five-track sampler demonstrating their newest wares. Warson's "Golden Ass" is a surefire boogie joint that'll set off the feel-good vibes, no problemo. Tosses & Varvez "Trick Yo Self" is an in your face breaks number that fans of The Freestylers will be all over like a cheap suit. Bang N Mash's "Jump Herbie" re-works the House of Pain's hit "Jump Around" for modern block parties. Cez 14's "No Job, No Drugs & Guns" mashes up an unholy mixture of Whitney Houston, INXS and god knows what else! Finally BMD's "Outta Sight" gives us a nice quantised edit of the Godfather of Soul himself: James Brown.
Review: Tru Funk are bona fide bringers of beats to soundtrack any good house party and this Essential Selection of Nu Party Break brings together a complete playlist for Saturday night. A whole load of scratching, sampling and cutting comes from DJs AKA, Axe, Kid Stretch and Rudd and Skandi, while it ain't only new school with more traditional funk jams coming from BMD's "Bad Man". There's also some Daft Punk-meets-DJ Shadow-meets-Stevie Wonder action on Funkanomics "One More Headache", while Funky Boogie Brothers bring back the big beat fun with "Street Jam" - and that's not even the half of it!
Review: Easily one of the most prolific labels in the nu funk field, Stex's Young NRG Productions dish up another smorgasboard of party pieces. The third in the "Breakbeat Associates 8" this year, this collection of previously released tracks and newbies runs the groove gamut from madcap Ray Parker Junior bashing "Ez Ghost Busterz" to Jazz K Lippa's barn-storming electrobreaks reversion of "Don't Stop". Other highlights include the fuzzy low-fi funk of Alpha1's rub of "Lost In Spacefunk" and the hardy horn work on Stex's own "WLTF". Get associated.
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".
Review: Fledgling label Funk Fusion have quickly hit the ground running - pushing their nu-funk agenda with joyous abandon. From the Sesame Street vibes of their promo pic, it's clear from the start that this label is all about having fun and their latest mash-up compilation "Fused Funk Vol 02" delivers it big time. There's 12 tough party tracks packed on here including the electro-hip-house of "Get Your Boogie On", the bleepy jump-up funk of "Hold On, I'm Comin" and the smooth retro closer "Danceflaw".