Review: Two rawhide ghetto romps from two of the GF crew's sharpest upstarts, Howla and WBBL. "Crazy Paving" lives up to its organised chaos name; a big bass groove swings back and forth while keys, horns and additional bass layers casually slide in and out of the mix with decorative drama. "Gunfunk" sees Howla going solo with a slinkier vocal cut. Sultry but loaded with gritty switches, it will have your crowd waggling their AK-47s with mischief in an instant.
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: Wide-armed sounds abound on the latest Boogie Boutique offering. More hip-hop than nu-funk in places, there's great casual confidence about each of these rubs. The label's Finnish faves Rollomatik are on board for two horn-heavy joints; the p-funk block rocker "Frying Pan" and the roof raising peak time "Soul Power". Label newcomers Jimi Needles and WBBL, opt for jazzier keys and a bassline that gradually evolves into quite the glitchy gem. Jacksonville jive merchant John Farruggio finishes the set with a waltz through 80s electro, mid noughties house and late 90s big beat. Swashbuckling stuff.
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.
Review: Having just won Best Record Label at the International Breakbeat Awards (for the second time!), Bristol's Ghetto Funk is on a high. To mark this momentous occasion it's serving up a juicy label compilation. Here the series kicks off with eight tracks of the best of its roster including B-Side's slow and low block rocker "Throwing It Wild", the toughened up retro hip-house of Second Hand Audio's "Got It Like That" and the brutal heavy metal of Lewd Behaviour's "Rocky Heavy".
Review: Following the inaugural volume earlier this month, Bristol bass outpost Ghetto Funk dusts off more of its back catalogue for those who need a quick catch-up or reminder of the label's defined party-pummelling motifs. While the first collection was all about originals, this one is about the all-essential refixes and remixes as the likes of Tonic snaps down on Too Many Ts with a toothy bass bite, DJP gets his spacious swing on over Second Hand Audio and WBBL adds some beautiful smoky dub sensations over Funk Ferret. There's 10 tracks in total, each one a reminder of Ghetto Funk's unique talent roster and instantly distinctive signature - there's a reason they've won Best Label at Breakspoll two years on the trot!
Review: Scour's dedication to the glitch funk movement continues with this full-frontal seminar of juicy low-end party discussions. Highlights include the twisted swing swagger of "Strictly Dynamite", Howla's bass bitten rail-road sing-along "Long Road", WBBL's body-slamming Kasabian booty "Fiyah" and Father Funk's take on Ram Jam's never-tiring "Black Betty". Not a dull moment in sight, this is a must for all breaks, glitch and nu-funk selectors.
Review: This label recently launched by DJ Spinforth (and pals) as a next step extension to his biweekly column for the Ghetto Funk blog called 'The Scour', to highlight and showcase the unsigned talent that he encounters while 'scouring' Soundcloud. The next logical step was to actually release this stuff, so here's the impressive debut compilation snappily called Scoured Cream. Originally intended to showcase just five tunes, its now boasts eight including the stop-start blues-hop of "Sun No Shine", the wobble-soul of "Hell Yeah" and some electro-swing courtesy of Hong Kong Ping Pong.
Review: Skimming the purist, fullest fat cream from the nu-funk crop, Scour's behaviour at the forefront of the party-minded movement is nothing short of commendable. Their most extensive compendium to date, vibes range of the Little Walter-sampling "Ain't No Coolin" to the filtered jazz funk chops and slaps of "The Program". Between these two disparate-yet-wholly-consistent flavours you'll find subverted swing (Father Funk & Howla's "Got Swing?"), stark Jackson Five string struts ("Soul Rocka") and classic rap ("Two For The Crates"). Whipped and unashamedly fresh, Scour really are the cream of the crop right now.
Review: Breakbeat specialists Scour turn in the fifth chapter of their Scoured Cream series and as you'd expect, it's all beats and instantly seductive basslines. Sitting somewhere between breaks and electro, these tracks are guaranteed to get any party on its way, especially if it involves university dormitories or student unions! Our tops picks have to be Phibes' "Needles" for thos soulful vocal samples, "Rockin' Cold" by Rollomatik and Cockney Nutjob's "Firepower" for the undeniable comic effect of that sample...you'll know what we mean!
Review: Old wobbly bottom's back on Ghetto Funk with three premium party pieces precision released for the sunnier months. The shindig starts with a sleazy horn-heaved warm-up where WBBL showcases an expert use of male vocal stabs as rhythmic shots, "Toe Tapper" takes us deeper into the night with glitchy mischief while the sexy chords and sultry vocal elements of "Carry On" tell us to grab our coats and drags us home by our short and curlies. What a night.
Review: It's that geezer again, the naughty WBBL, and he's back on Ghetto Funk with some of his sleazy beat sampling! This man's given us just about everything so far - all sorts of bass concoctions crafted with a sense of fun and lightness, a quality which we love to hear on our charts. "Slippin Jimmy" ticks all those boxes off beautifully, launching what appears to be a gentle broken beat groove, which proceeds to transform into a funky bass wobblah for Saturday night playback. Some house party vibes, right here! Yes, 'mr wobboh'!
Review: Wibble wobble, wibble wobble banger on a plate... WBBL cooks up another killer one course feast and it's all about the swagger. Loose drums, savvy organ blasts and a breakdown into pure funk mischief as the guitars layer up, the keys get freaky and every single dancer in front of you releases their inner jiggy. You'll come for the funk... But stay for the step. Mind the gap!
Review: It's looking like a funky Friday thanks to, in part, work of this calibre, and by an artist of WBBL's nature. Whether that stands for 'wobble' or not is still something of a mystery, but it's clear the producer has the dancefloor front of mind. This one-track single for Ghetto Funk marks his return to the imprint, through which he's offered some prime dance cuts over the last few years. "Glide" has everything in it; from boogie synth solos to electro bass bumps, and even a little touch of house - it's a party monster waiting to be dropped at the right moment - so do the right thing, yeah?
Review: Bringing new levels of heat to the nu-funk fire, Rise Above returns with three more surefire party ruckuses. WBBL kicks off with a pitch-perfect update of Bomb The Bass's "Bug Powder Dust" on "Buggin", Sammy Senior looks further back and taps into the deepest pool of classic jams with a savage bass-scorched "Sweet Funk", and finally X Ray Ted closes the show with a cool homage to Al Jarreau, complete with a cameo from Mr Biggie Smalls himself. New blood? Bloody great, more like.