Review: The Tru Funk label is a consistently strong destination for funky mash-ups and breaks-heavy bootlegs, and they've outdone themselves this time on this latest volume of their "Party Breaks". Some highlights include Naughty By Nature getting layered over a silky disco/hip hop hybrid beat on "Clap Your Hands", while '70s Scottish funk stars The Average White Band get their tight sound rejigged by Jayl Funk on "Honk The Funk".
Review: The Tru Funk crew once again come in hard on the mash-up front this month, unleashing the latest volume in their series of breaks, funk and hip-hop bootlegs. CEZ14's "Mambo No. 14" brings some seriously punchy Latin swing to the acapella of Reel 2 Reel's "I Like To Move It", while Myniemo uses sped-up reggae loops and thick snares and scratches to create a sublime hip-hop battle weapon in the form of "The Battle". Warson's boogie-breaks gem "Shake That" is also included, as is his funk-addled LL Cool J mash-up, "Step On The Dancefloor".
Review: Polish DJ BMD hooks up with Jayl Funk and Warson to drop a trunk o' funk with this first volume of breakbeat-flavoured mash-ups. The recently unearthed "Wonderwall" acapella gets sped up and fleshed out with a bouncy bass beat, while Jimmy Bo Horne's stone-cold funk classic "Dance Across The Floor" gets filtered and chopped to perfection on Jayl Funk's "Let's Dance".
Review: A very classy set of instant party starters from the Tru Funk stable, with BMD getting wild with the Isley Brothers' classic "It's Your Thing". Warson & Chudy deliver some serious hip-hop wobble on "Find The Funk" and drop the Slim Shady beat over "Ghetto Bounce". The real gem, however, is Jayl Funk's "Funky Song" - riding a classic call/response soul sample over a rock solid nu-funk beat.
Review: A host of mash-up treats with a breaks edge on this latest release from the Tru Funk label. Beak Machine's brilliantly camp electro classic "Break Dance Party" (written by Village People svengali Jacques Morali fact fans) gets a very fun overhaul by Warson, who also reworks Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel" accapella over a nu-funk beat. Warson & DJ Noz also bring some wobble to Labelle on "Ghetto Sisters" while the chopped up disco of "Sometimes" is kept nice and simple yet floor-shaking at the same time.
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: The Tru Funk label offer up the latest volume of their mash-up series Party Breaks with gems such as the Aretha and Wilson Pickett sampling "Step Up" by NineLives The Cat & Scott Carter, the 90s pop-fest "Dope 'n' Spicey" by Toastbusters, or the bluesy "Ghetto Train" by Silo Da Funk & Warson, and more mixing the funk with a hefty dollop of breakbeat swagger.
Review: There's no-stopping the Tru Funk crew this year; be it booties or original funk cuts, the collective have been dishing out some fine styles of late. This compilation is the current zenith of their achievements; 10 fresh tracks from the likes of Chudy, Jayl Funk, DJ Axe, Dastardly Kuts, Warson, Sammy Senior and more. Low swung slo-mo ghetto is the flavour of the day with dashes of disco, funk, hip-hop and booty bass liberally splashed throughout. Highlights include Nynfus Corporation's ragga-bassline bomb "Weekend In Budapest" (featuring classic Freestylers lyrics if we're not mistaken) and Robinson Grooves' eighties-tastic slap-bass heavy "Bounce". If you've not yet joined the Tru Funk club, now's the time to sign up.
Review: A cavalcade of hip-hop/funk mash-ups from Tru Funk's all-star players on this 4th volume of Party Breaks, which kicks off with DJ Axe's Gangstarr-sampling "Funky Flow" and goes into Morlack's "You Can't Stop It Now", which amongst other things, dips into Yarborough & Peoples' classic "Don't Stop The Music". Among the other pearls on this collection are Nynfus Corporation vs MustBeat Crew's "No.1", a fun-filled nu-breaks stomper that uses Salt 'N' Pepa, Skee-Lo and KRS-1 to great effect, while BadBoe predictably does wonders with the sultry delights of Minnie Ripperton's "Inside My Love".
Review: Five new mash-ups from the Tru Funk stable, with Chudy layering Jurassic 5 over a nu-funk breaks track, BMD giving a soul-funk classic a fresh new set of beats on "You Made It", Matty Blades & DJ Axe going on a scratch odyssey on the bluesy "Move!" and Telephunken incorporating the distinctive sax from Nomad's forgotten hip-house classic "Devotion" on "Boooom!". Fun-filled, party-starting stuff for fans of bootleg breaks.
Review: Six massive party flavours from the Tru Funk fam, and six massive reasons to be a very smiley DJ. As always with these collections, the funk gamut is well and truly run by the label's expert team. From slouchy, horn-tickled hip-hop flavours (Fajita Funk's "Edwin's Phat Man") to sprightly, unashamed disco juice (Warson's "Fool Me") via the more current, glitch-inspired nu-funky booty business (Max Revolt's "Ghetto Fever" and Rory Hoy's "Mighnight Pizza"). A spotless set, as always, from Tru Funk.
Review: Tru Funk have cooked up yet another funk feast, and there's plenty at the table for everyone. Maars kicks off proceedings with a skank-soaked ode to Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk". Chudy, meanwhile, presses the disco button with a series of well-known disco licks and piano hooks. Further on we find Shaka Loves You fusing Stevie Wonder and DJ Kool with infectious results and we get lively to Mako & Mr Bristow's firing Motown jungle flavours. Finally Warson maintains the 170 vibe for the EP climax as "Feel Good" rolls with sizzling soulful charm. Yummy.
Review: It's a great sign of the state of music when the tenth installment of Tru Funk's Tasty Beats series, which normally features about five tunes, boasts 21 fresh new cuts! It's a veritable feast of party mash-up bangers, with something for everyone. Highlights include the funky Khia/Snoop blend of "Gangsta Lick", the cut-up electro-funk of "Golden Ass" and the hands-in-the-air Stevie Wonder madness of "Party Like We Do".
Review: Nu-funk barons Tru Funk commission 15 brand new blends for your party pleasure. Calling up familiar friends and new faces alike, it's yet another reminder of the Polish imprint's clout. Highlights abound but be sure to digest the slap-bass fusion of Funkanomic's Marvin Gaye homage "One More Headache", Morlack's '80s synth smelting of Zhane's "Groove Thang" and Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" and Roy Hoy / Unknown DJ's mindblowing cauldron of Fatboy Slim, James Brown and Public Enemy on "Xpress Your Big Stuff". Serious floor fire, Tru Funk always deliver.
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: The clue's in the title - Essential Selection. Tru Funk's repertoire is so large it now stretches all the way to the sun and back, but this is the label at their most selective, digging deep into their two year history for the very best party gems. Highlights across the 20 track compendium include the psychedelic twangs and infectious hooks of "Mambo No 14", the squishy early-Plump DJs style funk of "Funky Ass Beat" and BMD's ace version of Jamie Lidell's "Little Bit Of Feelgood". No party will be complete without this collection; dancefloor shenanigans guaranteed.
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: Having previous dabbled in Tupac bootlegs and issued a hefty LP in celebration of his 24th birthday, Polish music producer and DJ Warson returns focusing his populist approach to the breaks genre on the original space opera Star Wars. There's 11 tracks here all marrying familiar, if heavily tweaked, vocal samples with celebratory hip-hop and house production. Guaranteed to keep you partying well into 2104!
Review: Warson releases two incredible Tupac bootlegs the same week the rapper's been reincarnated into a hologram. Spooky coincidence or savvy business move? You can decide that one. We're too busy fronting and maxing to this entire EP. The Tupac cuts under the knife are "Fuck All Y'all" (horn-heaving party D&B!) and "Baby Don't Cry" (jazzy half-time D&B that builds up into swinging uptempo soul). But that's not all Warson's been up to; elsewhere he finds time to give Jenny Burton's "Bad Habit" (recently celebrated by ATFC) a super fly funk house reversion. Shucks, there's even enough room to make Dutty Bo Dean's misogynist raps sound rather polite and party-starting. Warson's one savvy business cat.
Review: "A DJ Is Not A Jukebox": Sentiments every DJ can relate to, as expressed in the title of Warson's debut LP for Tru Funk. Mixing boogie-disco vibes with breakbeat production, Warson drops 17 gems including the old-school, '80s NYC vibes of the title tune, the Labelle-assisted "Ghetto Sisters", the dancehall power of "Go Girl" and the power-ballad refix "Banger Joint". Altogether, this is a hugely fun and frantic party-starter of a debut.
Review: Polish producer Warson has been providing funk-minded breakbeat heads with formidable dancefloor fare since 2011. Here, he pops up on his own Tru Funk imprint with another trio of tried-and-tested floorfillers. "Louder" kicks things off in style, lacing cut-up horns, funk vocal samples and bubbling electronics over a bass-heavy midtempo breakbeat-funk groove. "Love Theme" ups the tempo, basing the action around a classic loose-but-tight breakbeat rhythm. Musically, it has a richer and more expansive feel, with bouncy pianos, sharp strings and fluid funk guitars perfectly accompanying the two prominent vocal samples. He really lets loose on "Happy Song", a jump-up drum and bass roller built around samples from a heavyweight '70s funk rock jam.
Review: Those who enjoy horn-heavy funk breaks/P-funk fusions should already be familiar with Warson, who has been releasing high quality material - mainly on Tru Funk - for the best part of half a decade. Here he makes his first appearance on the similarly vintage Royal Soul imprint with the fun-time blast that is "My Time". It's a typically cheery, floor-friendly affair, with thickset funk breaks, heavy horns, vocoder vocals and tactile blasts of synthesizer combining to create something enormously playable. He ups the tempo a little on "Soul Train", with punchy saxophone lines catching the ear alongside rubbery boogie bass, tasty vocal samples and more swinging, loose-limbed breakbeats.
Review: Ah, this is what we like to see: an album dedicated to Kiefer Sutherland's nail-biting anti-terrorist series 24. Can't quite see how raw-assed party bombs, funk bullets and cheeky bootlegs relate to the ongoing mission of keeping the western world safe? It's simple. Take some time to study the dirrty south chants and upbeat Rhodes flavours of "Boogie On Tape", the razor-sharp riddim of the previously-released D&B-driven Tupac dedication "Snake Faces", or indeed the high-flying disco delight of Jenny Burton booty "Number One".... If these don't reflect the same killer instinct and ruthless efficiency as Jack Bauer, nothing will.
Review: Ghetto sounds abound as Warson & Chudy continue their sterling work. Instant funk spray without the nasty CFCs, the six-track heavy Funkosoul EP is a total party aerosol, compressing a myriad of classic samples into their solo and collaborative pieces. Chudy's work takes a slower, hip-hop style pace, making it perfect for warm ups or wind downs. And trust us, there is no booty on the planet that couldn't resist a wiggle to "Movin' To The Funky Beat"! Warson meanwhile flexes on a more uptempo vibe with both "For My People" and "One Love" taking your dancefloor directly to the freak-o-clock. As for their collaborative work... you can find that one out yourselves!
Review: More bootleg badness from Team Tru Funk. Warson steps up first and invites us for a ride on his pony. Or rather Ginuwine's "Pony". Complete with a lavish fun backing, it knocks spots off the original in every direction. Next up Chudy takes Destiny's Child down a slinky street jam route with a great rendition of "Bug A Boo". Moving on Warson does the unthinkable and gives Pitbull the booty treatment - or rather Tuxedo's silky chorus from "Do It". Laying it down over a pristine late '90s funky house jam, he's done a fantastic job. Finally Chudy brings the show to a close with the EP's only instrumental. A booty-shifting swinger with purring basslines and organic instrumentation, it's a neat way to conclude an epic release.