Review: With Italy hit hardest by the Coronavirus and lockdown right now, Milan crew, collective and glitterazzi Rollover keeps hope alive! Normally a trusted party for Milano's Apollo club (that's brought the likes of Tiga, Maurice Fulton, Ame and Bambounou to town), Rollover is the place and project for DJ duo and label owners Rocco Fusco & Tiberio Carcano to work their magic. In times of crisis Rollover presents a special initiative via their "ANYTHING GOES" edit service, welcoming voluntary contributions that pay homage to the spirit of Balearic music and beyond! Expect tracks from 2manydjs, Adam Port, Soul Clap, Boombass, Moscoman and Bill Brewster, among many others, with proceeds going to the official emergency fund set up by the Italian Civil Protection Department destined for the COVID-19 crisis in Italy.
Review: This one is a bit of a whopper. With 43 unmixed tracks to choose from and two bonus DJ mixes from curator Jay Cunning, there's plenty for fans of 140 BPM plus bass music to sink their teeth into. The tracklist reads like a who's who of the breaks, jungle and breakbeat garage scene, with stalwarts Ellis Dee, I.D, High Rankin and DJ Twista joined by a welter of lesser-known artists (601, Aries, Gella) for an all-out assault on the senses. From hardcore revivalism and early jungle roughness to bhangra-flecked beats and electro-breaks madness, Bass Selection Volume 1 has it all - if you're looking for speaker-shaking heaviness, you really can't go wrong.
Review: Incredibly, brothers Robin & Simon Lee have been providing us with their slick updates of the classic disco and house sound since 1995! This bumper 25-track collection tells the story from the birth of FA Records in 2006. There's a lot to tell too; it's packed with enough vintage-sounding grooves to shame the Paradise Garage. Highlights include Jay Shepheard's breezy remix of FA's debut "Original Disco Motion", FA's own Rocker's Revenge-esque, "Hypnotic (disco mix)", the linear, chugging arpeggiation of "Touch It" by The Shack, the loopy robot-funk of "Lifestyle 101" by Rudy's Midnight Machine, the moody "revenge mix" of FA's "I Wanna Dancer" and the killer retro house-isms of Miss Cheesecake's "You Must Create", exclusively provided for us lucky folks!
Review: Paris DJs earned themselves a serious reputation as kings of the compilation with their online mixes notching up 3.7 million (or so they say) downloads. This popularity led to them releasing many official and fully licensed themed comps. However although they've previously explored Afro tropical, psychedelic, jazz and hip-hop themes, they've never touched on funk and soul...until now. They've dug deep here too, providing 15 very different interpretations of these styles including the eerie electro-funk of "Brassa Nova", the chilled out funky hip-hop of "Return Of The Dig-Fu" and the retro analogue shuffle of "Thinkin Back".
Review: Paris DJs are a Paris-based production team featuring the likes of Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito and featuring guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. This is a great compilation showing off the state off things in their collective at the present time.. and it's impressive! Starting off with funk soul jam of Connie Price & The Keystones - "El Nino" which sounds like something from the film Shaft. QASB's "Jaguar" channels the spirit of Curtis Mayfield on this equally brilliant seventies inspired soul jam. It's a mixed bag on here; take for instance the rhythm and blues jam by Stepak Takraw, "Phat Fat Jackson" or the sultry urban R&B j of Baby Jaymes' "21 Questions" that would make R. Kelly stand up and notice! Our favourites are the smoky, latin love balled by The Echocentrics ("Has Regresado Viejo" feat Natalia Clavier) and Whitefield Soundz- "Safari Strut" which summons the spirit of the late, great Jimi Hendrix of this fuzzy, psychedelic rock excursion.
Review: A very special release from Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers here; '80s reggae legends Aswad appear to have found their inner raver and formed a super group with Renegade Soundwave. The end result is a unique fusion of classic harmonic reggae and powerful contemporary bass. Remixes abound, covering every possible taste. Highlights include the amen intricacies of King Yoof's version, the rub-a-dub D&B skankage of Aries & Gold's remix, DJ Madd's stunning deep dubstep wobbles and Mr Benn's cheeky horn homage to The Revolutionaries' "Kunta Kinte". Feel the love.
Review: Tumble Audio has been providing us with seriously killer bass music for a few years now, and here they celebrate reaching their tenth release by recruiting Roadman Joel to curate a selection of the kind of seriously heavy tunes you might expect to hear at one of their many label nights. There's a whopping 18 tracks on here covering a wide spectrum of British urban dance music, including Majora's ridiculously amazing tribal UKF monster "T&C's", A Motion's ghetto 2-step hybrid "Back In Your Love" and Sentiment's wobble-heavy tropical jam, "Change You".
Review: When operating under the V's Edits alias, re-edit maestro Valique can always be relied upon to bring the goods. It's little surprise, then, to find out that his latest collection of fresh cut-jobs - an epic affair featuring no less than 24 tracks - is packed to the rafters with high-grade fare. We don't have enough space to list all of the highlights, but we'd suggest checking out his rolling revision of Lee Dorsey's "Night People", the low-slung disco-funk heaviness of the Brass Construction rework ("Gotta Do It"), the intergalactic disco deepness of the Marvin Gaye revision ("Funky Space"), the lightly tooled-up, slowly unfurling take on Tom Browne's "Funkin For Jamaica" and the sweeping, string-laden disco brilliance of "Miracle (V's Edit)".
Review: Grub's up! Tru Funk's finest chefs gather and cook up a wholesome funk feast. Green Jesus tucks into the squidgiest synths with an Apache Indian boogie joint while Warson gets tipsy with The Alkaholiks over a loose drum swing. Dessert comes by way of Jayl's super-sweet piano-sprinkled disco funk cake and Kid Stretch's epic string soul sample-soaked shock out. Yummers.
Review: Here it is, another Strictly Breaks jam! As usual we've got both a great index of classic breaks sampled by many a DJ and a great, varied compilation of simply great tunes. There are 25 of them to choose from with some of the many, many highlights including bonkers German romp "Wenn Die Sonne Scheint" by Bernd Wefelmeyer Orch, the funky drummer-riddled "I Lost Me A Friend" by Glitter House and the sweet Philly soul of "Give Me Your Love" by Rae & Toomey McDonald.
Review: This third anniversary package from the good people at Vehicle is a bumper packed compilation with a whopping 24 tracks! All are retweaked big pop hits, highlights of which being reworkings of boozy party anthems such as Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", Duran Duran's "Notorious", Tom Jones' "Its Not Unusual" and (a particularly good electro-house reworking of) ELO's "Last Train To London".
Review: An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.
Review: Big booty business: Actual Sounds cherry picks 20 favourites from 2014's audio assault with party-priming results. A great opportunity to fill the gaps in your collection; highlights hang mischievously from every corner like groove Gremlins from Altered Grooves' monster-mashing "Muppet Funk" to Big Bang Breaks hip-hop homage "Regulate The Dogg" to Actual Phantom's essential montage soundtrack "Fly Tiger". From Rocky to straight-up block rocking, this is testament to Actual Sounds' dedication to edit craft.
Review: Given that he lives in Siberia, it's surprising just how sunny and sumptuous the music on Sunner Soul's Vintage Music imprint is. From the pitched-down, loved-up grooves of opener "Sunshine", to the oceans-deep boogie of closer "Aquatic Space", this third label compilation is packed to bursting point with atmospheric, sun-kissed fare. It's a mix of straight-up re-edits and sample-heavy original productions, with Sunner Soul's own material being joined by a few choice cuts by Vita La Jess (whose thickset soul head-nodder "Never Ever" is a highlight) and the fizzing filter disco of Banana Lover's "Queens".
The Beginning Of The End - "Monkey Tamarind" - (3:36) 120 BPM
Freedom Express - "Get Down" - (3:01) 108 BPM
Rheta Huges - "You're Doing It With Her" - (3:07) 99 BPM
Luis Santi Y Su Conjuto - "Los Feligreses" - (3:59) 112 BPM
Review: Sometimes certain compilations need a bit of breathing space between their instalments. This is very much the case with Strictly Breaks' rare soul and funk series, which only sees a new volume appear every now and then. This fourth foray into the far reaches of funk uncovers a host of new gems including Aron Collins' raunchy "You Hit The Spot", the gritty and fierce Blaxploitation funk of "Black Morning" by Ellerine Harding and the drum sample heaven of Silver, Platinum, Gold's chrome-plated disco classic "Comin Up".