Review: The Basement Freaks have riddled our charts with all sorts of break-centric dance experiments, but this is their debut for the mighty Adapted label, home to some of the best breakbeat this side of 2010, and they've come through with a meaty LP to get your weekend off to a good start. "Freedom" opens with a mash up of blues and soul, masterfully reimagined through a breaks angle, and this is followed by a whole artillery of vast, playful, sample-heavy bangers of all shapes and sizes. It sounds as if the Freaks have really gone to town on this one, chopping and shifting at every turn, adding in little touches of quality here and there. It's an album for those who like to dream big and not feel restricted by traditional genre boundaries. Lovely stuff.
Review: Dutch glitch vibes from one of Adapted's most prolific and consistent of contributors. "No More" comes with truly show-stopping guitar riff and a super-fine bluesy vocal sample, "Slashy Cricket" continues the raw, undiluted funk vibes with more of a Bootsy-style squidginess, while "Ain't That A Glitch" and "Walking All Cool" continue the guitar-motifs and bluesy feels. The former is on a slower, wonkier rhythm while the latter is on more of a peaktime, Featurecast-style full-flavoured swing. "Quarterbouncer" and "All That Muting" bring us to a jazzy climax as the guitars' blues distortion is swapped for a much crisper, wandering freeform approach. Super funky and impressively creative; if you're not playing air guitar while you're playing any of these tracks then something is seriously wrong.
Review: Treacle-thick glitch business from Aussie funkster Cheshire. It's party pleasure from the off as we're sprinkled with guitars, tickled by pianos and slapped by bass on "Sunnyside Down" before unleashing our inner big band boogie lover "Make Your Move". Deeper into the affair we get gnarly on the bass-focused "Manta" and learn seventy new styles of strut on the EP title track. Neatly, we end full circle with a D&B twist on "Sunnyside Down" with "Sunnyside Up". Can you see what he's done there? What a champ.
Review: Grinning like a cat... There's some deep deep funk under Cheshire's snapback. Long-standing Aussie glitch/bass contributor, here 13 of his cuts get the remix treatment from many of his party peers and low end comrades. Highlights include the sheet-metal bass and slappy twangs of Funkanomics' take on "My Style", Squelch's sense of swaggering gravitas on Cheshire's still-awesome bird-choker "Robins Rocket" and DJ Wood's honey-coated skank dynamic to "Crawling". Each one a quintessential example of remix perfection, this demands your attention.