Review: Dubbed 'a musical behemoth of apocalyptic proportions', Funky Presidents is the third Breakers Banquet release and it highlights the label's roster perfectly. BadBoE delivers pure funky party breaks gold with the well-named "Tear The Roof Off" and Roast Beatz gives some modern hip-hop a vintage twist on "Rock Right". Meanwhile El Bomba's "Shotgun" and Cris Crucial's "Comin From Da Underground" both channel feelgood 90s big beat in fine style.
Review: As you might've guessed, Bluntskull ain't no Clinton, this guy inhales and doesn't care who knows it. He has a similar approach to his music and here he invites everybody all back to his for the "Bluntskull & Friends EP". We get four such friendly jams here (the first two are solo cuts), "Gun Gospel" being a killer hybrid of 4/4 breaks and reggae gangster vibes, whilst "Whine Ya Waist" is a hypnotic slice of 21st century digi-dancehall. Chris Crucial gives the former a '90s urban make over and El Bomba gives the latter a pumping party orientated twist.
Review: An anonymous collective comprising of various members of the Breakerz Banquet roster, the Breakerz Allstarz also deliver the best of the label has to offer. Here they kick start the year with the direct, "Punani Pounder", a rolling flute-a-thon, before we hit the boomy bass, loose grooves and sparse stabs of "Face Off". "Russian Roulette" combines 80s soviet samples with 90s big beat and finally "Doin Ruin" wraps it all up with some killer hip-house. Boom!
Review: A breakers banquet sounds like quite a messy affair - all those head spinning moves sending plates of food flying in all directions. Cris Crucial's Flawless EP thankfully fails to make a mess. Instead he delivers and unapologetically retro riot of late-80s, early-90s hip house jams that are all about the party. Highlights include the big beat scratch-a-thon "Anything Funky", the laid-back gangster funk of "Big Crucial Thing" and the 60s funk-sampling instrumental "Trouble Bucket".
Review: Tequila-fuelled beats from Exeter. Is it a rave in a regional branch of Chilango? Nope, it's the latest EP from veteran nu-funk & breaks producer, El Bomba, on new label Breakerz Banquet. Boasting four musical burritos packed with Latin goodness, highlights include the percussive Mexican groover "El Baron", the organ-led big beat hip-houser "Buen Viaje" and the slow melancholic bounce of "Tristeza".
Review: Breakerz Banquet switch the feast to a BBQ flex with a quartet of laid back summer vibes. Fresh from fronting the label launch, El Bomba takes the lead with "Party Your Ass Off". A refreshingly honest ode to smoking, drinking and fun times, it's an instant smiler. Knuckle Fingerz plays the spot-the-sample game with a whole range of well-known lyrical hooks and a Tribe Called Quest level groove. Cris Crucial plays a similar rap homage with added Dee-lite and Maars. Finally the whole team collide for the 'banger' of the bunch... Muscular drums, a clinically obese groove and party chants a-go-go, if you're not popping within 30 seconds, your volume function is faulty. Yummy.
Review: Seven releases deep might seem like an odd moment in a label's history for a 'best of' set, but when the party vibes are as strong as this and the summer's creeping up like a sleazy charmer, we're not going to complain! Each cut hits the dancing feet with rapid reference rifle fire with highlights chopping and popping from every direction: do the windmill to the iconic loopy vocal and classic breaks of Breakerz Allstarz "Doin Ruin", chisel up those gun fingers for Bluntskull's ragga-powered "Gun Gospel" and get ready to lose your trousers as you swing to Cris Crucial's "Anything Funky". Tuck in, it's feasting season.