Review: What a link up we have on our hands here as we see the mighty unite in this incredible collaboration project between Krafty Kuts and Bomb Strikes. What more can you ask for? We kick off with the very well thought of drum slaps and groovy horns of 'Right There', before the funkadelic bass flips and euphoric synthesizer chords of 'Wandering' run riot. Following this we land inside the more up-tempo bass booms and rhythmic switch ups of 'Speaker Buster' before the sound design department are let loose on the final track 'You're The Reason', which also features some seriously catchy vocal sampling.
Review: When it comes to breakbeat, there aren't many labels who are able to whole-heartidly boast of consistency to the same level that Cuttin' It Fine are working at. They here return for another super-fun project inviting Ross-Go in for some seriously funkadelic grooves, kicking off with the high energy drum slaps of 'Flava For Ya'. Next, 'Got To Get Down' arrives with a major amount of gusto, before the shuffling drums and crunchy, nostalgic vocal slices of 'Rock Y'All' slap down some real feel good vibes. Finally, we round off nicely with a look at 'Work It', a classic sounding breakbeat original.
Review: Three very serviceable contemporary funk bullets here, lovingly put together by Bristolian funk and hip-hop producer X-Ray Ted. 'Mirror Ballin'' places a jaunty little funk guitar riff front and centre, augmenting it with a wordless chant and numerous other vocal snips that are scattered liberally across the track in an 80s hip-hop kinda style. 'Get Into It' gets even busier with the sampler as it throws bites from seemingly every "get up" or "get on up" vocal ever recorded into the mix, while finally 'Never Gonna Let 'Em Say' plays us out on a rawer, sleazier funk tip, with more of a 'live' feel and less of the hip-hop production tricks.
Review: The Bomb Strikes imprint has been on a serious tear across the breadth of 2019, with this latest offering from Prosper and Stabfinger being the most recent in a line of hard hitting releases. We kick this one off with a look at the stripped back title track 'Take R Time', which combines the energetic vocal layers of Too Many T's with a crispy, bass heavy arrangement to concoct a real party starter. Next up, K MI & KDS join the party with bouncy rhythms and constantly evolving drum arrangements of 'Stir It Up Sister' before we finish up with the funk-infused disco blends of 'Boogie Bugi'.
Review: Roast Beatz' Cuttin It Fine imprint hits its second outing with a fine motley collective of friends proffering party treats; Cockney Nutjob tip toes around the broken glass, pushing us closer to the edge over a sunny side skank on "Roar", El Bomba tells us to shut up and pay attention over a classic loose limbed funk break, B-Side Roast Beatz get emotional and dreamy over a rolling, subby 808 beat before flipping into a vibrant D&B finale on "Un-Fadeable" before the bossman brings home the bacon and pulls off the pork with the most upbeat, party bumping jam. Whoop, there it is....
Review: It's been a very exciting 2019 for Morlack, who continues his run of top quality releases by teaming up here with the ever-ready Funk Blasters team for the third edition of 'Cheeky Edits'. We kick off with the classy sample work and pulsating drum pressure of 'Rumba', before moving into the spaced out percussive structures of 'Momie' and latin-inspired arrangements of 'El Ray'. Next, 'Masta Rocka' arrives with a real punchy drumline, before the the almost 80's sounding compositional layout of 'Da Bird' rounds us off with a bang.
Review: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's recent Vinyl TV show depicted the birth of New York black party culture with the mighty Kool Herc at the helm. Here Dr Packer riffs off that same imagery too, even if his edits are more in the disco vein than that of Herc's hard funk breaks. There are a whopping six edits to wrap your ears around here, highlights include sensuous 70s boogie, complete with electro bassline, of "Disco Lovin", the protracted hiNRG New Order loops of "Monday Blues" and the shimmering, dry ice soul of "Chocolate Boogie". Fun music for fun times!
Review: For the best part of a decade, Nicholas Lammatteo has offered up warm and atmospheric deep house that draws inspiration from great European and American dancefloor records of the 1990s. He's at it again on his second outing for Shall Not Fade. Much of the EP is informed by the glassy-eyed, sunrise-ready wonder of turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house, particularly the Key-Tronic Ensemble style closer "Meditation" and the utterly gorgeous and dreamy "Rainforest", which is so authentic some dancers might believe it was released on DFC in 1990. Equally impressive are "Message From The East", a bass-heavy workout that layers typically dreamy synthesizer chords and gentle, eyes-closed melodies atop rolling breakbeats and tactile bass, and the flute-sampling, acid-bass-sporting breakbeat house shuffle of "Meridian Dream".
Review: Breakerz Banquet switch the feast to a BBQ flex with a quartet of laid back summer vibes. Fresh from fronting the label launch, El Bomba takes the lead with "Party Your Ass Off". A refreshingly honest ode to smoking, drinking and fun times, it's an instant smiler. Knuckle Fingerz plays the spot-the-sample game with a whole range of well-known lyrical hooks and a Tribe Called Quest level groove. Cris Crucial plays a similar rap homage with added Dee-lite and Maars. Finally the whole team collide for the 'banger' of the bunch... Muscular drums, a clinically obese groove and party chants a-go-go, if you're not popping within 30 seconds, your volume function is faulty. Yummy.
Review: Whities return here for their twenty fourth official drop, inviting in Anunaka for a drop of breaksy creativity, which he delivers in stunning form over these three new badboy originals. Let's begin with a look at 'Temples', a real workhorse of a tune, combining organic, nostalgic sounding breakbeat patterns with grizzly horn textures and minimal subs to give it a real industrial edge. Next, the party really sets alight as the incredible percussive work of 'Bronze Age' stomps into the centre of play with immediate impact, before rounding the project off with the funky drum slaps and fun melodies of 'Forgotten Tales'. If you're looking for a project to kick off the dance, look no further!
Review: "Stranger..." was originally released as a limited edition on Rekids sub-label REK'D ten years ago, and now it gets a wider release. Despite the passage of a decade, it still packs a considerable punch and is available here in two remixed versions from Len Faki. The first 'Podium' take is sure to send a club into oblivion with its wild synth stabs, rolling drums and ominous filters. Faki's "X-Break" version is not as direct, but is still just as effective; over hollowed out drum breaks, he adds layered chords to the siren-like synths, lending Zahn's original a more measured but distinctive version.
Review: It's been a while since Irish party slappers Dirty Dubster delivered a ragga package but here we find them making up for lost time with four rock steady heaters. No genre unturned, each cut reps ragga's broadest reaches: "Walk Like A Champ" swings low with a guttural dancehall feel, "Bangerz N' Goulash" tips a nod at a Diplo classic over a salubrious digidub groove while "Follow Me" shreds up on a high energy D&B flex. For most, though, the key cut will be KayPod's Marley-mashing "Could You Be Push Forward". Could this be loved? Yes siree.
Review: The first volume of this collaborative bootleg-style set from two peerless breaks titans, A Skillz and Krafty Kuts, sees the pair have fun with "Insane In The Brain" on the title tune whilst also mashing up 50 Cent and Roy Ayres' "Love Will Bring Us Back Together" on "It's Your Booty". DJ Kool and Chic also make happy bedfellows on "Chic Party Banger" (with a little touch of Stardust in there too), with "Superstar" wrapping up this essential, party-starting pack of four.
Review: It's time to jump into some more newschool breakbeat here as Gramophone Soul emerges on the Cuttin' It Fine imprint for four tracks of pure enjoyment, kicking off with the groovy rhythmic manoeuvres and funky guitar licks of 'The Get Up'. Next, 'Unwind Yourself' launches itself forward with it's classic sample layering, combining hard hitting hip hop drum beats with a range of different vocal structures to great effect. Following this we jump into the uplifting harmonic sampling of 'Unwind Yourself', before we finish up this one with another pleasing piece of sampling on 'Dope Shit', which again combines punchy drum designs with soul melodies.
Review: Vibes don't get much funkier or floor-focused than those currently being conjured by Oxford duo Dutty Moonshine. Returning to the "Rauchestra" title they launched with in 2012, this EP sees them expanding and developing their sound with next-level confidence. "No Doubt" is a bumping, grinding low-down funk bubbler peppered with well-known samples and hype-inspiring vocals, "Real Thing" wriggles and giggles with unique flute and flamenco fusion while the Cut La Roc collabo "Keep The Crowd" hype whips up the tempo and whisks us back to the heady days of big beat with elephantine party glee. Elsewhere we're treated to two remixes of "Get Busy": Ettore Baiunco provides a stomping 4/4 version with a well-chiselled spiky hook and Diabeateaze cook up a fantastic two-step twist that's sprung with tight horn stabs and jazzy keys. Like we said; vibes don't get much funkier.
Review: Ok folks, it's a new Bomb Strikes release, you should all know the drill by now. Yep, it's all about party friendly breaks and mash-ups here, so leave your arty pretensions at the door, thank you very much. Here we have two self-professed 'funkmasters', Prosper and the suggestively titled Stabfinger hooking up for three sizzling jams. The title track mixes brassy big beat and daisy age rap, whilst "Don't Hold Back" is pure hands-in-the-air poppy electro funk before "Baby Baby Please" wraps it all up nicely with an infectious fusion of electro-swing, rap and cumbia beats.
Review: Whistle crew! Horn crew! Stamina crew! Insomniax's Freshold continues his heartfelt homage to the Sanctuary with the second part of this authentic foundation celebration. "How Does This Feel" is the pure essence of rave, kicking us off on a true early 90s tip with detuned synths and a hook that nods its cap to the Prodigy and Orbital. "London Soul" flips the focus to a more formative time in drum & bass and the influence of Good Looking. Done from the heart and hitting with 2019 production values, Freshold is killing it with these Saxon Street EPs.
Review: Florida's own Breakbeat heavyweights return once again with another fantastic compilation, featuring high powered tracks from the likes of C@ In the H@, Kiwistar, Red Oak and more. As one of the leading forces pushing newschool funk and breaks sounds, we expected nothing less! Our favourites from this one lay in the oldschool junglist flavours of Mista Trick's 'Get Out My Way' and the unpredictable synthy madness and general swagger of Duke Skellington's 'Hot Jazz And Fire'. This one has something for everybody, covering so many areas of electronic music with real expertise.
Review: Four reggae-riddled bootlegs from breakbeat's favourite Nutjob. We kick off with a bulbous flip on Desmond Dekker's "Easy" before 'lively mode' is activated with a very well polished take on a classic reggae version of Smokey Robinson's "My Girl". You want to get even livelier? Look no further than "Heads Boppin'", Nutjob's twist on The Selector's "On My Radio". "I'm Skankin' Out" is the cherry on top of this very tasty cake. Adding a Jamaican sparkle to the Diana Ross sampling Biggie classic, Nutjob's successfully fused hip-hop, disco, reggae and breaks all into one track... And he's done so in style.
Review: The one known as Electrogorila is back at it again, this time touching down on the legendary Bomb Strikes imprint with two brand new creations, kicking off with the well thought out sample time-line and sharp drum designs of the title track 'Love Me'. It's safe to say that when it comes to breakbeat sampling, Electrogorila is up there with the best of them, as he continues to prove on the flip-side with the expertly dispersed vocal slices and bass slides of 'Milky Way', giving us a fantastic alternative to the A-side and rounding the project up in style.
Review: As ever, we were super excited to dive into this latest helping from the Sneaker Social Club, who have championed the breaks sound to the maximum across this latest offering from Interplanetary Criminal. We kick off with the subtle drum slices and potent sub explosions of 'Tension', followed by the super original 4x4 breaks hybrid sound that is featured within the title track 'Sleepwalker'. Next, the pace slows dramatically as we enter the fluctuations and grizzly bass tones of 'Unfair', before the EP is finished up with a listen to the super clean 'Give', packed with weighty underlying sub flavours and incredibly well processed drum samples.
Review: Two bubbling D&B booties from Dub Pistol founder Barry Ashworth under his General Narco guise. We won't give too many secrets away, but the titles should give the remix identities away. For a peaktime rewind-heavy slapdown head for the bubbling "Oh Bumba Clott" and for a five minute montage of pure floor unity head for "Dreadlock Holiday". Both absolutely kill it, as always from the Pistols camp.
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.
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: A breakers banquet sounds like quite a messy affair - all those head spinning moves sending plates of food flying in all directions. Cris Crucial's Flawless EP thankfully fails to make a mess. Instead he delivers and unapologetically retro riot of late-80s, early-90s hip house jams that are all about the party. Highlights include the big beat scratch-a-thon "Anything Funky", the laid-back gangster funk of "Big Crucial Thing" and the 60s funk-sampling instrumental "Trouble Bucket".
Review: David Vunk's label has a strong track record in signing new talent - after all, Moustache was one of the first labels to give Gesloten Cirkel's primeval sound a platform. It sounds like Vunk has struck gold once again; Univac is a project from Rafael Espinosa, who has put out material on Bunker. "Lectro City" is a dystopian stepper, led by mysterious synths, while on "Eniac" and "Tangra", the Spanish producer drops powerful, pulsating baselines that provide the backing for dramatic strings and sub-sonic blips. Rounding off what is hopefully the first of many Eps on Moustache is the discordant breaker, "MC's Street".
Review: And just like that it's time to dive back into a bag of breakbeat brilliance as Cockney Nutjob and Kurnel MC join forces with Cuttin' It Fine across four brand new originals. The title track 'Unity' packs a real punch between the soulful groovy sample chops and enthused vocal lines, before we float into the more uplifting progressions of 'Drenched'. Next, we amble into the viewing of 'Parents Anthem' which again builds on harmonic structures and charming chord movements, before we finish up the release with a look at 'Get it', a pleasing breaksy roller, designed to lift the mood of any dance.
Review: Leeds bass-boy Breaka comes through on the Holding Hands label with an irrefutably fiery blend of licked-up sonics and dubbed-out beats that perfectly encapsulate all the right things regarding UK bass. In detail, "Rory's Theme" is a slo-mo jungle experiment with a wonderful array of aqueous atmospherics, while "Puffer Jackets" breaks out more of a groove thanks to its quasi 4/4 beat, and the Desert Sound Colony remix ends on a gentle deep house tip that will carry you far out into space. Lovely stuff.
Review: ONEPUF are back at it again, bringing us yet another super tasty breaks inspired original as they employ the talents of Private caller for two super crunchy original creations. We kick off with a look at 'Let Me Know' which combines an organ driven, reverby introduction with lethal 808 drones and shimmering vocal scatters on its breakdown. On the flip side, the tempo is dramatically decreased to allow the hardcore influences of 'Want Me' to shine through in serious style, with scatty chord stutters and subtle breakbeat lines shimmering away, bringing a touch of nostalgia to this wicked two track selection.