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Oh Lord, the Bomb Strikes again! It's the fourth volume of the unbeatable Funk N' Beats, mixed and 'sexified' by the inimitable Fort Knox Five! The man has collected an impressive number of artists and tunes right here, featuring the likes of The Fundamentals, Basement Freaks, Kormac, BadBoE, and many more beat smiths who are utterly up for a proper showdown! If you're stuck for beats, holding out on bass, or have been missing a bit too much funkiness from your life, then hit that download button and get movin'...
Man of the moment Daze Prism returns to the steadily smouldering breaks / UKG champions Articulate with a spacebound stepper that's not dissimilar to the world of Koma & Bones or Ils 13 years ago. Poignant vocals, an elastic bassline and a cool sense of comiscity; this kicks with serious emotion. Remix highlights include Nixon's grittier switch-fest and Nuaura's monster riff twist. Take us back...
Tunas so big they'll send you into trouter space! Fish is back with a game of two halves: "The Boroughs" is classic ravey breaks with shades of Prodigy to the distorted bass and some mule-kicking sample-craft lurking deep in the mix. "Get It" takes us to the other side of Fish's pond with a rampant steppy bassline riot peppered with sassy MC bars. Kriller.
After a brief break, Deekline returns to the well renowned Hot Cakes imprint, this time accompanied by Specimen A for a boisterous four tracker. Right out the gate on the title track 'Run Da Riddim' we are treated to a bag of explosive bass oscillations, later to be coupled with highly energized electro elements. From here 'Lift Me Up' draws a combo of fidget and deep house arrangement themes, whilst 'I Believed' delves down a more breakbeat inspired avenue. The EP then rounds of in style with 'Like This' which is a weighty electronic roller, playing host to MC PSG's skippy vocal presence
As ever, Punks have raised the bar with their latest release alongside the ever-ready Plump DJs. This two tracker is jam packed with groovy rhythms and interesting arrangements, kicking off with 'Let's Bounce'. This one is jam packed with grinding reesey sub bass textures and electro drum arrangement, all bubbling up together into a juicy cocktail. On the flip side we have the syncopated sorcery of 'Fired Up' which boasts an innovative use of call and response between vocal slices and acid-like synth design.
If you're looking for a funky time look no further than this fantastic new LP from Laptop Funkers entitled 'Feel The Goodness'. Our highlights right from the off have to include 'Soul Power' which is an amalgamation of tight breakbeat rhythms and powerful bass lines, topped with shiny melodies and vocal snippets. Other notable features are the punchy drum arrangements and scratch melodies of 'I Can Keep It Going', the electro-swing synthesis of 'Incredible Funk' and of course the disco infused melodies of the title track 'Feel The Goodness'.
The Canoe label comes to life with some rough and ready cuts for the wilder kind of dance, courtesy of Nyra's gritty studio approach. Having previously been found on the likes of Never Learnt, Elastic Dreams and more besides, there's no doubt the plucky producer has experience in the field, and the diversity of the styles on CANOE 001 is testament to that. "D.a.t" is a stripped down machine workout that keeps things punchy and urgent throughout. "Save Lite" meanwhile is a wound-up, bleepy techno number with soul, and then "Rexperiance" aims for the rave jugular with a stab-tastic lead and some crunchy breaks.
Breaks is yet again on the tip of everyone's tongues as the genre becomes more and more synchronised with modern bass music. This one from Lego Edit entitled 'Fonky Guitar' however ploughs directly back into the roots of breakbeat, bringing together expertly treated soul vocals with groovy guitar licks and of course a slick drum pattern. This one also comes complete with an instrumental edit!
Johnnypluse is winning more than just our hearts recently, with the savvy breakbeat craftsman coming through with all sorts of tropical influences in his beats. This latest LP for Bulla Beats, DJs Need Weapons, is a masterful collection of tools which go beyond the minimum requirements of four-to-the-floor. The opening "The Incredible Dub", for example, is a lovely piece of tropical discotheque, while others like "90s Vibe" go for a Detroit vibe recalling greats such as Derrick May and Juan Atkins. "Bland Land" is another favourite of ours, mashing up tough hardcore rhythms with deep house's sensibility, and that is precisely what will always keep JOhnnpluse alive and present across our charts. The dude knows how to lay down truth, and he can clearly speak more than one language. 10/10.