Review: Fancy a barrel full of bootleg badness? Well you're having some, courtesy of the mysterious Big M. "Watchtower" takes Jimi to places he never even knew existed with swaggering breaks and a squelchy acid line, "Love Loves", meanwhile, takes 60s honey Lulu to racy pastures on the back of a Fatboy shaped truck. Another highlight is the Shirley Ellis stroking "Soultime". Like playing air trumpet? Then you'll love playing this!
Review: Polish breaks courtesy of producer D End on this strong double-tracker from the Big M label. "Move It" borrows a classic guitar riff, layers it with a classic breakbeat and adds the acapella from "I Like To Move It" just to ice this perfectly bassy and bouncy cake, while "Shake Dat" is a speed-garage throwback, complete with a dutty acapella layered over the top, making it a perfect, post-midnight DJ essential.
Review: The unofficial winner of 'best pun-name 2012' award, DJ Oli Garch is back to treat us to a couple more slices of his trademark electro-swing. "Oli's French Fries" features bold as brass vintage, er, brass samples with big fat beats and an almost dubsteppy bassline treading underneath. "Enjoys" is fruitier: all perky, shuffly beats and a call-and-response between a 1940s male chorus and a modern sassy female.
Review: Add a little red blooded Latino spirit to your sets this summer with this rather sun-splashed four piece on Big M. "Esperanca" is the lead cut here, and it comes in two forms; Oli Garch's original is a sprightly rolling breakbeat number complete with some very well-timed half-time beat work. Quincy Jointz' remix, meanwhile, ups the tempo for an equally seasonal D&B cut that comes with added vocal flexes. Quincy appears further on in the release as he pairs up with Cakes for the ultimate carnival set-piece. Taking a Cuban standard and beefing it up to the max, you can almost smell the flamenco guitars and big fat cigars. Global Booty Shakers finalise proceedings with their very own theme, a well-paced sing-along affair with steady beats, wild percussion and just a small dosage of menace on the bass, it's a fitting end to a fine release.
Review: Longstanding funk breaks contributor Hoy continues to build on his consistent floor-shaking repertoire with this wide-armed party assault. "Tonite" is the ideal opener; setting a sexy mood with salubrious bass and crafty vocal use. "Feel Tha Phunk" flips the tempo up several notches for a Daptones-style car chase funk session. "Hey Hey" takes us back to nu-funk pastures with a classic chant-style vocal call to action while "Trumped" sees him hooking up with party breaks daddio Freddy Fresh for a speed-funk surf breaks workout. Each one a peach, this is essential for all party hounds.
Review: Originally released last year, Big M re-up this generous four-piece from Hungarian funk fanatics Nynfus Corp. Thanks to a mild Latino sway and great use of a Blackalicious vocal sample, "Mamoreez" is such an instant party-starter you couldn't possibly make a boob of yourself (sorry). "Your Lover" takes us back to Florida's freestyle proto R&B days while "Move You Fresh" takes Ludacris directly to the disco with groovy results. "Say What" ends with a more traditional nu funk and a cool House Of Pain vocal.
Pass the cheese (BigM Disco Flava Bigbeat re-Mash) - (4:09) 125 BPM
Rainbow Cemetery - (3:28) 136 BPM
Rainbow Cemetery (Funkanomics remix) - (4:53)
Pass The Cheese (Hotelsinus vs MustBeat Crew remix) - (4:39)
Review: Killer funk infused breakbeat from Ram Skank here on the There Were The Breaks EP, with two original cuts and three new remixes. It's the Funkanomics refix of "Rainbow Cemetery" that we're digging most, with a head nodding cut-up vibe that sounds like the early - and less abrasive - work of Frenchman Sebastian. Don't miss the original cut of "Pass The Cheese" either, which shines with a breezy charm that reminds us of Katalyst circa Manipulating Agent.
Review: Putting aside the question of whether Ram Skank is in fact back by, um, "dope demand", this full-length debut should warm the cockles of anyone who likes their beats and breaks heavy, groovy and laden with cheeky samples. In true Big M fashion, Back By Dope Demand restlessly shifts between styles, mashing up vocals, breaks, beats, rave noises and sub cabinet-busting basslines with gleeful abandon. Expect to hear future garage rinse-outs, breakbeat bombs, funk breaks smashers, revivalist rave jams, 4/4 bubblers and a skipload of skank-heavy bangers. Killer.