The Allergies have been, without a doubt, one of the most consistent outfits within the funk and breaks crossover space, with this new thirteen-track collection being a fabulous testament to both their consistency and creativity over the past few years. From the rave-ready horn toots of 'Mash Up The Sound' to the old school sampling flavour of 'Sometimes I Wonder', we see The Allergies unleash a full spectrum of what they can offer, alongside a host of collaborative guests including: Andy Cooper, Bootie Brown, Marietta Smith and more. Our highlights for this full project include the vibrant horn displays and steady drum builds of 'Hypnotise', along with the slow rolling bass swings of 'Treat You Right'. Lovely stuff!
Hypercolour reaches its one hundredth release. To celebrate this milestone, Jamie Russell and Alex Jones' label enlists the services of KiNK. The title track is a high-paced banger, featuring a dramatic vocal loop and rousing rave synth lines. It sounds like KiNK has distilled the energy of early 90s dance music into "People". "Ta" isn't as dramatic, but still hits hard, thanks to the interplay between a rough bass and airy melodies. In contrast, "Kazan" sees the storied artist go down a more considered route, with glitchy percussion melded with a dubby groove. Rounding off this 100th release is another dance floor banger, in the form of the heavy stabs and dense kicks of "Vacation"
The work of Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny, "Freak..." gets remixed by two iconic artists. First up is Egyptian Lover's version. The storied electro producer subtly adds in some nuances - rolling 808s and a pulsating bass - to give the original version an extra layer of funk. Luca Lozano's 'Breakbeat Guy' version follows a different approach. This time, the focus is on a rolling, break beat-led groove and spaced out, dubby elements. Lozano contributes a second remix, featuring Karlos Moran. The 'Tribal Workout dub' sees the duo go down a house route, but with a difference. Laced with acidic bleeps, cow whistles and tripped out vocal samples, these elements make for a fittingly celebratory version.
It's been a long time coming, but we are very excited to finally dive into this new full length LP from Brighton's own: Etch, a stable in new school breaks who has made his name through cutting edge drum production and abstract sound design. This latest 'Snakes & Ladders' LP gives us a chance to explore the breadth of his sound, from the moody melodic drifts and bubbling LFO's of ;Not Your Ordinary Octopus', to the euphoric harmonies of 'Sunbeam and more tribal percussive pounces of 'Overdose'. This full project is a fantastic look into Etch's range, with our highlight being the industrial drum work and bulbous synth bubbles of 'Psychotic Neurotic'. This project also houses two wicked remix features from Justin Jay & Octopic, giving us a fantastically well rounded sonic exploration.
As ever with the Astrophonica overlords, they have delivered us a precious gift of sonic wonder, unveiling Slow Astro volume 3 & 4 from Fracture and a variety of other artists. The beauty of this collection is that, not for one second, do we know what's about to happen next, with different twists and turns around every corner, from the Slow Mix of Philip D & Om Unit's 'Funk 160' masterclass, or Fracture's overhaul of 'Wavefile_Dayjob', unleashing the most acidic of instrumentation into the world. There are a number of highlights, with Fractures remix ability being on full display from start to finish, but his smartly distorted overall of 'Conditional' from Sam Binga and the percussive crunch of his 'No Matter How Far' rethink, originally from BSN Posse are a real pair of standouts.
Next up from the Cross Country crew, a spicy slice of new school garage-influenced breaks as the wonderful Stones Taro touches down with three enticing new warblers, perfect for the upcoming summer of raving. We begin with the bubbling bass bounces and glittering arpeggios of 'Anyway', a vibrant slink through choppy vocals and dizzying FX, followed by the more abstract drum arrangements and eerie backdrops of 'Shot Sonic'. From here, we move towards a close as the sweeping synthetic subs and gnarly rhythmic slices of 'Count Dubwise' bring us a sizzling final blow. Awesome work!
About Breakbeat: As a genre, Breakbeat is one of the most historic and vital advancements to be made in modern music history. The term 'breakbeat' originates from the 70's with hip hop DJ's reworking classic soul and funk drum loop samples from songs such as 'Funky Drummer' by James Brown and 'Amen, Brother' from The Winstons, the second of which is widely regarded as one of the most important samples in dance music history.
We now view a landscape of dance music into which the breakbeat or 'breaksy' formula is applied in abundance, with sample drum chops laying prominently within the heart of tech and bass music, whilst the standalone breakbeat genre stands stronger than ever. There are a few clear standout labels at the minute, with Breakbeat Paradise Recordings, Bomb Strikes and Elektroshok providing the scene with a constant stream of creatively composed, sample heavy sustenance. As a genre and as a musical feature, breakbeat is here to stay for the long run!