Review: Alert: another Actual Sounds release has arrived! New school nu-skool breaks, if there ever was such a thing! These guys are not messing around and here's why: They start off with a block rockin' remix of "Twist & Shout", "Cypress Pills" is, well... But wait there is more: "2Pac Wine" is a mashup on "Red Red Wine" and a rap by the late great rapper. Elsewhere "Get Your Hold On" mashes up in style again merging Missy Elliot and Kanye, "Love The Police" samples N.W.A. over some fierce Meat Katie style breaks and we'd best not forget "Buttersweet Symphony" which samples 'that' famous track by The Verve over some more fierce breakbeats for U.K. dancefloors. The definitive party starter!
Review: Big booty business: Actual Sounds cherry picks 20 favourites from 2014's audio assault with party-priming results. A great opportunity to fill the gaps in your collection; highlights hang mischievously from every corner like groove Gremlins from Altered Grooves' monster-mashing "Muppet Funk" to Big Bang Breaks hip-hop homage "Regulate The Dogg" to Actual Phantom's essential montage soundtrack "Fly Tiger". From Rocky to straight-up block rocking, this is testament to Actual Sounds' dedication to edit craft.
Review: Four of Actual Sounds' most accomplished bootlegateers unleash their best blends for this exclusive four-tracker. Party insanity is guaranteed from the off: "Ice In Outer Space" fuses The Prodigy with Ice T, "Muppet Funk" takes the Animal's classic solo piece "Mahna Mahna" and charges it with a cool funk break, "The Real Ritz" grabs Eminem and flips him back to 1920s prohibition US while "Regulate The Dogg" closes the show with a very smooth marriage of "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Nate Dogg and Warren G's "Regulate". Seriously fruity funk: Each one is a peach.
Review: Premium booty-busters Actual Sounds unleash their mysterious in-house reversionista for this staggering 35 track compendium. Oozing references that sing back to dance music's most formative funky days, across the collection we're treated to versions of every possible dancefloor fave. From the bass-belching breakbeat take on Goldie's "Inner City Life" to the swinging filtered funk flex of Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall" via a roof-demolishing rip off Baby D's "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" Actual Phantom has a repertoire that will make all music lovers smile with both nostalgia and total hedonism. Bootlegs are ten a penny in this game, but few are crafted and packaged with as much care and attention as this.
Review: If you want breakbeat to soundtrack your New Year's Eve celebrations this year than Actual Sounds' 72-track Best Of 2013 compilation is 'the' release. This compilation features heavy inclusions from Spinback Harry, Funk You Very Much, Big Bang Breaks and Actual Phantom, but also a whole host of other names such as Baby Love, Stex, Rory Hoy, DJ Self and countless others. See 2013 out with a breakbeatin' bang.
Review: The Artist Series Volume 1 sees Actual Sounds gather together a bunch of their artists to provide an expansive selection of bootleg breaks, ghetto funk and jungle reworks of tracks from well-known artists, namely Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill. While there's a certain drunken office Christmas party silliness to the Fab Four reworks, the more hip-hop inclined reworks are much more successful. There are plenty of confirmed party-starters, from the synth-heavy P-funk breaks of Funky Wah Wah's "Beastie Noise (That's Resin Funk)", to Big Bang Breaks' multiple reworks of "Insane In The Brain" (the first of which, a straight-up party hip-hop take, is the bomb).
Review: When it comes to instant party pleasures, Star Wars' "Cantina Theme" will never stop giving. Case in point: this swashbuckling rendition from Ronald Aquinas. Setting the tone for the whole EP, it's an instant slice of hoe-down heaven. Elsewhere Ronald gives One Republic a slinky low-down bass twist on "Too Late" and gives The Box Tops a firing breakbeat sparkle on "Letter". Funk You Very Much, meanwhile, revisits Blur's "Song 2" with gung-ho hedonism, gives James Brown a contemporary sheen on "Turntable Sex" and takes a classic Les Rhythm Digitales joint and brings it kicking into the future. Exemplary booty business.
Review: One of the most successfully prolific bootleg dealers on the nu-funk scene, Actual Sounds celebrate half a decade of dancefloor hell raising with this epic 40-track compendium that showcases their most talented artists and most bolshy of booties. If you've not had the pleasure of making the label's acquaintance yet, now is most certainly the time. From slamming up-tempo rip-ups such as Actual Phantom's insane "Fat Eric" to slinkier, sleazier jams such as Funk In A Can's killer electro blend of Luniz "I Got 5 On It" Actual Sounds understand all members of the dancefloor from moody rudeboy to a laser-loving raver. Booties don't come with much more distinction than this; here's to another five years.
Review: Insanely large bootleg business right here; "Piano Problems" fuses the riff from Black Box's "Ride On Time" with Jay Z's "99 Problems". "Uptown Top Funking" marries Althea & Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking" with Alton Eliis's "I'm Still In Love" by way of swaggering big beats. "Hold Up" takes a snippet of DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat" and wraps it up in Featurecast style bass trembles and heaving sirens while "Jimi The Fox" provides the ultimate EP climax with a powerful rendition of, you've guessed it, "Foxy Lady". Seriously big.
Review: Actual Sounds' most prolific of bootleggers, Funk You Very Much step up with their own four-tracker. "Clinty Boy" smelts Gorillaz with the Beasties to great (and gritty) effect, "Funk Lovers" rolls with a cool 60s guitar lick and processed filtered stabs, "Beatle Mania" kidnaps "Lady Madonna" and locks her up in a nu-funk basement while "No Bitch No Problem" gives A$AP Rocky a low-swung breakbeat facelift. Guaranteed party-pounders, the lot of them.
Review: 32 tracks heavy, Actual Sounds have curated the ultimate booty breaks package right here. Each and every rub is a highlight, taking influence and sample inspiration from the '50s onwards. From the Little Richard-sampling "Tooty Frooty" to Big Bang Breaks' super-sexy take on Khia's naughty "My Neck My Back" ("Pussy Popper"), no genre or decade is left un-plundered. Taking things bang up to date, there's even a respectable bootleg of "Get Lucky" courtesy of Actual Phantom. Exclusive to Juno, this truly is an insane party package.