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: Actual Phantom - disappointingly not an actual phantom (we checked) - makes the sort of bootleg breaks mash-ups that come with a mile-wide grin and basslines that could fell a herd of cows at 50 paces. There's little subtle about either of the tracks here, but both will send breaks dancefloors - not usually known for their love of the intricacies of electronic music - into arm-waving raptures. "I Need Your Lovin" cheekily uses vocal samples from a familiar old MOR classic ("Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes"). The fact that it works is a thrilling surprise. "You Don't Love Me", meanwhile, is a skanking assault on the head, hips and feet.