If there's one label who is absolutely killing it in the breakbeat space, then the credits have to go to the USA's Fort Knox imprint, who seem to be able to offer winner after winner with each new release they send our way. Making their debut, it's the Backbeat Underground, a relatively unknown outfit - surely not for long - who comes through with three mixes of the supremely soulful "She Don't Love Me", a stunning charmer which will undoubtedly appeal to a large variety of soul boys and girls. Vocals like silk, instruments like gold and, of course, both a radio edit and an instrumental cut for ya!
Back in Business is the latest 5 tracker from the South West's own; Lack Of Afro in collaboration with the unorthodox rap styles of Wax & Herbal T. If we were to take the title track's awesome funkadelic instrumental themes and skippy vocal patterns as the benchmark for the project, it's safe to say that the collective efforts of all 3 outfits have produced some absolute magic. This is evident from the future soul-like melodies of 'Take It Up A Notch' to the laid back jazzy arrangement of 'Balcony' which features a fantastically catchy hook. Even the west coast inspired sounds of 'Ride' bring an instant merry vibe with the disco-like composition of 'Cold Blooded' rounding off a solid body of work!
Powerful funk fire from Bristol's serial editors Mako & Mr Bristow as they hit number three in their Stank Soul Edits series. Backed by a strong gospel vibe and raw gutsy female vocals across both sides, it's another sure-fire heater: the soaring sentiments of Ann Peebles command the A with an empowering ode to the allure of love's sweet sensation while the B is dedicated to the stirring prowess of Shirley Brown. Both crafted and beat-licked in M&MB's inimitable floor-warming style, and already galvanised on the airwaves by funk professor Craig Charles, it's another stank showdown that cannot be denied.
Arabic Pop Vol 1 perfectly captures that Middle Eastern Trap sound that has dominated the charts. These Major Lazer style Construction Kits feature mystical intros, dynamic vocal synths, live recorded Arabic vocal ad-libs, and sucker punch leads.