Review: As ever with JohnnyPluse, we are in for a treat as he lands yet again onto BulaBeats for a phenomenal display in breakbeat brilliance across twenty incredibly well produced originals. There is something on this project for everyone, from the colourful landscaping and bouncing drums of 'You Are Home' to the more tribal percussive smacks of 'Eat Your Government' and junglist inspired arrangements of 'The Wiggle'. There are a couple of clear stand-outs across this twenty track bonanza, including the euphoric drum breaks of 'Fantastic' and the smooth harmonies of the disco edition of 'Liquid Gold'.
Review: New State have the honour and privilege of unveiling this extremely hard hitting original collection from the living legends: Stanton Warriors, with their new album project 'Dance Floor'. The album from start to finish gives an excellent showcase of what is going in bass music worldwide, with a selection of originals from their in house label: Punks and more. From listening through, our highlights have to include the subtle, techy flavours of Foundry's 'About Your Love' remix, featuring Lily Mckenzie, along with the punchy collaboration with Taiki Nulight entitled 'Beat Up' and of course Left/Right's spooky rethink of the title track 'Rise'.
Review: Washington funksters Fort Knox Five have played a major role in the party breaks scene with such confidence and consistency it feels like they've been around for much longer than 10 years. Here we find their explorative, far-reaching range under the knife of their finest peers. 15 tracks in total, each one highlighting a different aspect of the FKF's repertoire: Krafty Kuts and Skillz add a UK booty-bass twist to "Radio Free DC", Rodney Hunter adds a sense of Vandross-level disco silk to "Uptown Tricks", Badboe emphasises the raw organic soul swing of "What Make Ya Dance" while Featurecast ramps up "Killa Soundboy" with P-funk naughtiness. And that's just the tip of this funky iceberg. A consummate celebration of a decade of bona fide party artistry, here's to the next 10 years.
Review: 10 years ago, Ed Solo & Skool of Thought's debut album 'Random Acts of Kindness' made a sizeable impression. Its bottom heavy, vocal laced, feel good affair of varying tempos ducked and weaved through the genres of dubstep, breaks and drum 'n' bass. Label manager Skool of Thought (who is also boss for the now Australian based Against The Grain label) and Ed Solo have decided to invite a small group of talent who they greatly respect to rework the key tracks: and keep the momentum going. Best known for its upbeat collaborations with MC Darrison, the album has some real party friendly moments, but also had its deep and dark moments. Highlights for us this time around were the hip-hop party starter "We Play The Music" (feat Darrison & JFB), the Jazzamatazz style street language of "Sometimes" (feat Bukue One & Pimpernal Jones) to the ska influenced block-rocker "Life Gets Better" (feat Darrison) and the jump up drum and bass destroyer "Always There".
Review: Another step back to the late noughties, Goodgroove plunder the past, putting A&R into party music. Here we find Aussie funkateer throwing down some timeless nu-funk rollers that range of lush 80s synth boogie ("Gotta Shine") to rip-tempo JB-style breaks with squeaky clean horns and harmonies ("Let's Dance") Complete with two unreleased tracks - the beefy swinger "Just Rock Don't Stop" and the P-funk powered "Lady Pepper Groove" - not only does it look back, but forward into a funky future, too...
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: After the highly anticipated release of the '11 Sins' project earlier this year from Murix, it was only a matter of time before the remixes started to appear. This '11 Sins (Remixes)' package features a full set of rework, included top draw work from the likes of Le Duke, Dovo, The Brainkiller, Outselect, Yo Speed and many more. The best moments for us include CoolTasty's choppy break refix of 'Everything', Hankook's darkened sub heavy redesign of 'Freestyler' and of course Guau's phenomenal reese driven overhaul of '11 Sins' complete with with crunchy drum processing and hardcore influences.
Review: Party-upstarts Dutty Moonshine push the 'next level' button with their debut album Rum Runners. If you've seen them annihilate a club or festival in the past you'll already know what to expect... Full-frontal, full-flavoured audio carnage. Fusing aspects of swing over a walloping electro 4/4, it's an unrelenting brew that's ultimately unique. Highlights include the spatters of jazz piano and arresting vocals on "Bang Bang Boom", the molten rave motifs of the slamming breakbeat jam "Steazy Hangover" and the mischievous bump n' shuffle of "Showbiz". Genuinely one-of-a-kind, Dutty Moonshine are rapidly establishing themselves as an unstoppable force in dance music right now. Go on...Pull a moony today!
Review: Originally released back in 2009, "100%" was began life as a soundtrack for a movie. When the movie gig fell through, this international electronic rock-hop act (consisting of DJ Kid Koala - Canada, Dynomite D - US and Wolfmother's Chris Ross and Myles Heskett-Australia) decided to complete the album anyway. With just ten tracks - it's a concise listen (the best way!) and is a groovy hybrid of Led Zeppelin-style fret work and cut-up scratch work.