Review: Australian-born, Toronto based ballah Mxtt Hxll sends in another hybrid sample-based triple pack of edits that this time taked on the likes of Andre 3000, the legendary Switch - and another mystery that suggests some Stardust (proto-Daft Punk) inspirations in the filter-funky, R&B trip, "Be With You". With the title-track hot on the sexy percussion, sultry synths lines and wavering post-dubstep elements, "Patchy" throws down a gun-slinging and electro-swinging re-up of an all-time Dubsided classic. Dopealicious!
Review: With the catalogue that the Cuttin' It Fine team have both assembled and keep adding to, it's hard to expect anything less than exceptional with every release. They deliver another set of four breakbeat belters, courtesy of both El Bomba & Roast Beatz. First up, El Bomba delivers a dancefloor-ready funk out in 'Take A Break', a lively combo of sharp drum slaps and lip-curling basslines, before Roast Beatz the energy with the groovy guitar plucks and singalong vocals of 'Party Over Here'. Back to El Bomba next as the classic sounding guitar melodies and unpredictable drum shakes of 'Bronco Funk' tone down the madness a tad, before rounding off with anthem-like arrangements of 'Get On Down' from Roast Beatz, boasting a showstopper of a bassline, draped in pleasing horn switches and tidy vocal chops for good measure.
Review: There is a high bar on the quality scale when it comes to Cuttin' It Fine's fantastic catalogue of original breakbeat wonder. This latest drop from Azido 88 & Cadillacque is a great example of them at their best, as the duo unveil a smooth newschool hip hop roller by the name of 'Heavy Hitters'. The original is a proper summertime anthem, a roof down, speakers blaring type of singalong, but the project really spices up when we begin to dive into the remixes. First up, X-Ray Ted supplies us with a funk-infused rethink, focussing on crunchy horn melodies, before Roast Beatz turns up the temperature with stripped back, bass-driven rethink. Finally, DZRT FRST supplies us with a tech-infused 4x4 refit of the tune, adding the final dash of variation needed to put this EP up to the next level!
Review: The Cuttin' It Fine team seem to be so damn consistent when it comes to selecting futuristic, forward-thinking breakbeat originals, a theme continued by Bright Idea here with this spicy four-track selection. We begin with the aquatic yet tight percussive crunches and uplifting melodic structures of 'Good Good', before the moogs take a leading role in 'Listen Up', a hip-twisting display of groovy fun. From here we continue our listening journey into 'Hold It Down', which takes a much more scattered, almost hip-hop like approach to it's drums, topped of with glittering funk-like synth leads, before 'Break It Down' delivers the most heavy-hitting original of the bunch, combining breathy drums with crunchy bass synths below. This makes for a great long-play in the sun.
Review: Cuttin' It Fine look to round off with the year in style as they welcome back the sounds of Liberty Chaps for a vibrant four track expanse, which kicks off with catchy bassline grooves and descriptive lyricism of the one and only Kurnel MC, who adds a definite energy boost to this one. Next, the twisted synthesis and super punchy drum designs of the title track 'Fungasm' work their way into play before Liberty Chaps give a chunky, drum-driven remix to Dr Syntax's classic 'Boombox' vocal, again steering the EP in a bit of a different direction. To round off, we find ourselves working through a wacky combination of high energy drum rhythms and well sampled guitar riffs on 'Pillbillies' to put the finishing touches on a very enjoyable selection.
Review: Cuttin' It Fine have a real reputation for delivering exciting, expressive releases, which is why this new four-track explosion from Mr Fitz fits their catalogue perfectly. We begin with the sublow basslines, subtle horn patterns and sharpened drum processing of 'Jelly Gut Flex', which features JPDL with perfect vocal assists. Next, we step it up a gear as the high tempo jungle breaks and mysterious flute lines of 'Ghost Roller' arrive to play, before Hypeman Sage gets involved on 'Big Fridge', a crunchy hip hop switch up, adding a whole new direction to the EP. Finally, the crispy breaks designs and pulsating sub-bass of 'Rude Brake' deliver a perfect finale, rounding off a great selection from Mr Fitz and the Cuttin It' Fine Team.
Review: A known producer for the Cuttin' It Fine label and Breakbeat Paradise, Crash Party sets a select sequence of straight-laced, funky and snare heavy drum lines to this EP. Sweet rhodes, keys, space pongs and bouncing disco turns to fire in "It's On Like That" with "Funk It Up" cutting up all matter of vocal snippets and hip hop samples to a James Brown groove. Heavier basslines and vocal progressions in Swim Incs remix, with Natty Speaks preaching good times in "What You Come To Do".
Review: One thing we are very proud to represent heavily here at JunoDownload.co.uk is breakbeat music, which has seen a major resurrection over the past few years. This latest five track rework extravaganza from Haynesy is a perfect example of that, kicking off with the vibrant drum chops and scratch heavy arrangement of 'Big Mouth'. Next, 'Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em' gives us a funkadelic vocal switchup, followed by the old school hip hop infusions of 'Root Down' and the more uptempo bass grooves of 'Set It Off'. Finally, DJ Jabbathakut arrives just in time to add some magic to 'I'll House You', a percussive explosion of tooting horns and sumptuous basslines, putting the perfect final touches on an excellent collection.
Review: For this, the latest in a long line of high quality Cuttin' It Fine drops, we welcome the expertise of Roast Beatz, who here unveils a feature length album project entitled 'Electric Pistachio', featuring twelve wicked originals. The features really bring this one to life, with guest appearances from the likes of Kurnel MC, Natty, PRofit, Broken Poetz, Mysdiggi, Ella Mae and many more highly renowned names. For us, there are a couple of immediate standouts when talking through this one, the first of which has to be the skippy drumwork of 'Keep It Movin' alongside the smooth vocal presence of the legendary Rider Shafique, alongside the groovy-heavy rhythmic twists of 'The People' with the fabulous harmonies of Greg Blackman.
Review: When it comes to breakbeat, there aren't many labels who are able to whole-heartidly boast of consistency to the same level that Cuttin' It Fine are working at. They here return for another super-fun project inviting Ross-Go in for some seriously funkadelic grooves, kicking off with the high energy drum slaps of 'Flava For Ya'. Next, 'Got To Get Down' arrives with a major amount of gusto, before the shuffling drums and crunchy, nostalgic vocal slices of 'Rock Y'All' slap down some real feel good vibes. Finally, we round off nicely with a look at 'Work It', a classic sounding breakbeat original.
Review: It's time to take it back to the old school here as the Cuttin' It Fine team employ the top notch talents of Crash Party across four new bangers, kicking off with the incredibly groovy twists and turns of the title track 'Funk 2 Ur Roots'. We then up the pace as we roll into the hard hitting breaks work of 'Kick It Like', which utilizes an almost acidic style bass instrument, before 'Are You Ready Now?' combines cheeky brass stabs with buzzy bass pressure to cause a ruckus in the rave, Finally, Crash Party leap aboard the bassline bus for the high energy switch ups 'Get Up & Dance'.
Review: Cuttin' It Fine return again for another exciting project as they invite in the top draw combination of Kurnel MC & Hipsta for some tasty new breakbeat madness. We kick off with the well hosted 'Some 'O That', over which Kurnel MC provides some high energy vocal lines, made at home by Hipsta's smooth, crunchy production. This is then chased up by classic hip hop flows and more blissful production in 'Too Late' before we jump into the Roast Beatz remixes. Next up is 'Diggin' featuring Roast Beatz., packed with exciting scratch breakdowns and bubbling wah wah bass riffs. They also put together an exciting overhaul of 'Some 'O That', adding some additional colour through a smart use of synthesizers.
Review: Now if we are to look at Breakbeat as an overarching genre, we see a number of labels who are leading the way, with Cuttin' It Fine being one of the serious front runners. They then touch down here alongside Roast Beatz and Kurnel MC for a wicked new single by the name of 'Reach Out'. We hear Roast Beatz provide us with a spicy backing instrumental, packed with punchy drum arrangements, over which Kurnel MC is able to run wild. On remix duty, we see Beat Le Juice, Crash Party and Frankee More, who all deliver some fantastic recreations, ranging from punchy breaks to new school soul
Review: It's time to take a dip and dive into some fabulous new UK hip hop originals here as we are introduced to Broken Poetz & Glad2Mecha, who team up for a vibrant new collaboration, stacked with some tasty remix additions. The original recording goes by the name of 'Memory Lanez' takes a majorly uplifting lead horn line crossed with angelic vocal choruses, making for a wicked overall composition when tied in with the intirciate lyrical twists of the two lead vocalists. On remix duty, Gramophone Soul step up first with a soulful rethink, heavy on piano harmonies, followed by a west coast inspired rethink from Roast Beatz, packed with scratch routines and crunchy percussive lines. Both remixes also come complete with instrumental versions for good measure!
Review: We return to the fantastic homeland of Cuttin' It Fine here as they roll out the big guns across this brand new project from Frankee More. This EP is a real showcase of the future of breakbeat and surrounding genres, as we kick off with the forward thinking, stripped back production of 'Plus One', which holds some fantastic vocal work from Phoenix Da Ice Fire and EC. This is followed by the groovy descending melodies of 'Down Funk' and the super smooth chord movements and riffs of 'Who Got Da Funk'. Finally, the ever-widening LFO's and glitchy synth plucks of 'Aw Yeah' rounds up the project in style.
Review: And just like that it's time to dive back into a bag of breakbeat brilliance as Cockney Nutjob and Kurnel MC join forces with Cuttin' It Fine across four brand new originals. The title track 'Unity' packs a real punch between the soulful groovy sample chops and enthused vocal lines, before we float into the more uplifting progressions of 'Drenched'. Next, we amble into the viewing of 'Parents Anthem' which again builds on harmonic structures and charming chord movements, before we finish up the release with a look at 'Get it', a pleasing breaksy roller, designed to lift the mood of any dance.
Review: From the jump on this one we know it's time to crank the system up a level as Pecoe touches down on 'Cuttin' It Fine' for four high powered breakbeat originals, beginning with the screaming lead synths and catchy synth lines of 'Open Up Your Mind'. This is followed by 'Kick It Fresh' which brings bags of brass-driven energy, before the well sampled vocal leads of 'Jungle Hoodie' take to the stage. This one then finishes up with a touch of magic as 'That's The Funk' writhes into view, bearing a tonne of funky harmonies and hard hitting drum structures, Oof!
Review: It's time to jump into some more newschool breakbeat here as Gramophone Soul emerges on the Cuttin' It Fine imprint for four tracks of pure enjoyment, kicking off with the groovy rhythmic manoeuvres and funky guitar licks of 'The Get Up'. Next, 'Unwind Yourself' launches itself forward with it's classic sample layering, combining hard hitting hip hop drum beats with a range of different vocal structures to great effect. Following this we jump into the uplifting harmonic sampling of 'Unwind Yourself', before we finish up this one with another pleasing piece of sampling on 'Dope Shit', which again combines punchy drum designs with soul melodies.
Review: The one they call Pecoe returns on Cuttin' It Fine here with a box of absolute scorchers, bringing a real injection of energy to the table. We kick off proceedings with the enigmatic future funk sounds of the title track 'Funk Nuggets', before stretching into the more classic northern soul inspired arrangements of the well titled 'Taste Of Soul'. Next up we take a dive into the hip hop inspired grooves and vocal slices of 'Everybody Get Down', before rounding off proceedings on 'Get In The Groove', a real masterpiece of post-soul production, driven by inspired guitar solos and a cracking vocal.
Review: Roast Beatz' Cuttin It Fine imprint hits its second outing with a fine motley collective of friends proffering party treats; Cockney Nutjob tip toes around the broken glass, pushing us closer to the edge over a sunny side skank on "Roar", El Bomba tells us to shut up and pay attention over a classic loose limbed funk break, B-Side Roast Beatz get emotional and dreamy over a rolling, subby 808 beat before flipping into a vibrant D&B finale on "Un-Fadeable" before the bossman brings home the bacon and pulls off the pork with the most upbeat, party bumping jam. Whoop, there it is....