Review: The Dance Floor Outlaws like to portray themselves as gun-totin' breakbeat cowboys, sneakily giving the law the slip while laying down more highly illicit floor-bating mash-ups. Certainly, their particular brand of party-centric breaks - squeezed full of classic R&B, hip-hop, soul, rock and pop samples, and blessed with suitably gargantuan basslines - falls into the "instant floorfiller" category. Each of the four tracks here hits the spot, though it's the all-action lead cut, "Juke Box", that really resonates.
Review: Back with their second release, Disco Cakes assemble a talented mix of breaks producers of all different styles and collect them on this new, funk-fuelled set. Tom Drummond and JMC have fun with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on "Again & Again & Again", while big soulful vocals can be found on The Dancefloor Outlaws "Get Your Boogie Down" and Delimentary's "Why Can't There Be Love". Slynk and Ed Solo meanwhile update Skee Lo's evergreen "I Wish" in a whole new breaks-tinted way.
Review: Originally released on Ed Solo and Deekline's Jungle Cakes booty-brand, both Inner Circle's "Bad Boys" Dawn Penn's "No No No" were previously super-charged and sprinkled with D&B powder to great effect. Now massaged down to a much more stately nu-funk tempo, both cuts still smash it. Ed and Stickybuds' rub of "Bad Boys" struts and swaggers over the top of a well-rounded hollow-tone bass note. "No No No", meanwhile, gets a much more robust bass treatment with a hip-punishing live drum swing. Essential.
Review: It's refreshing to see Disco Cakes add a little something different into the mix of their mash-ups: bass! So in a bold fusion of old and new we get the likes of Deekline & Hotline Zero's "Pump Up The Volume" which takes M/A/R/R/S' 80s hit and marries it to a fizzy Drop It Like It's Hot hip-hop jam. Slynk also has a stab at "Top Rankin" which takes Althea & Donna's perennial 70s party anthem and successfully welds it to some steely big beat sounds and finally Hotline Zero's remix of "All Gravy" gets all tropical bass on our case.
Review: Disco Cakes ninja Defkline maintains his lace-thin veil of secrecy as he serves up three more slap-happy unofficial versions. "Hit The Road Jack" takes the Ray Charles classic and runs it through a whole range of genres and styles from rap to swing to glitch. "Made Ya Look" takes Nas deeper into the dance with an array of classic rolling breakbeats while "Oh La La" shows off Defkline's wiseguy status with a classic sample hook and beats bolstered for 2015 and beyond. Tasty.
Review: Disco and cake... If there's a finer combination, we'll eat our servers. Not just a great name, though - this label knows sample science at a PhD level. That's p for party. Merrier than a man with a 24 pack of premium beer and swag bag of fireworks, this will rock socks off your dancefloor. "Power Boots" fractures Snap's original with nu-funk brutality, "Spinning Wheels" whisks us away on a retro waltz while "Wonderful World" takes Jimmy Cliff to territories he didn't even know existed. Climaxing the package with a rather clever Mighty Boosh sample, this is one sweet cake. Fancy a slice?
Review: If anyone can fuse Q-Tip, Busta and Sister Sledge, it's the Disco Cakes head honchos Defkline and Red Polo. In fact their baking is so sweet they've cooked up two versions; a funk-fuelled disco jam and a swaggering, breakbeat-heavy hip-hop version. Naturally both cuts are so tasty your dancefloor will be munching out of the palm of your hand. Further on we're punched with a bass-battered nu-funk version of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock N Roll" and sweet-talked by the sexy dancehall version of early 90s hip-hop crew K7 on "Come Baby Come". Yummy.
Review: Masters of the crafty art of bootlegism and funk edits, the not-so-pseudonymous Defkline and Red Polo get busy on four classics with crucial party-boosting results. "Space Cowboy" takes the Steve Miller classic and coats it with a whole slew of classic rhymers from ODB to Fiddy. "Turn The Beat Around" takes the disco classic of the same name and reboots it with chunky house 4/4. "It Ain't No Good", meanwhile, takes De La Soul and Chaka Khan's soul-blistered ballad and gives it just a cheeky mild skank. "Shystie's Disco" brings us to a fitting climax with ripples of glitterball-twisting electro boogie vibes.
Review: The HZ crew come correct with two rock solid originals: "Ah Yeah" fuses glitch, bass, trap and raw funk with dynamic attitude as a cool build up drops us face first into a high-end riff and steaming 808 beats laced with so much sub bass we're almost drowning in low frequencies. "Hear Me Out", meanwhile, takes a Ragga Twins style vocal and lays it over a full-bodied bump n' shuffle beat. Rude and raucous with a cool organic swing to the drums, it's an instant party throw-down. Finally JFB steps up with almighty D&B refix of "Ah Yeah". Peppered with 8-bit flurries and enormous tears and wobbles, it's a whole new adventure for those who love to flick the tempo switch.
Review: A firm face on the Disco Cakes roster now, HZ returns to Deekline's imprint with another clutch of savage-but-sweet shake-ups. "Deepa Underground" takes Jamiroquai into glitch city town square and whip them repeatedly until they do their best performance. "Boot Me Down" takes Nancy Sinatra down to the Atlanta ghetto and shows her the murky side of trap life. The real highlight, though, is the turbo-charged, go-faster-striped twist on Eminem and Nate Dogg's "Shake Dat". Maintaining the flow and funk of the original with peaktime dynamics, it goes way beyond the standard bootleg formula most Eminem bootlegs suffer in this game.
Review: The thing about most mash-up releases is that they're all about delivering delirious party-heavy thrills. This tenth instalment in the Disco Cakes series does this and then some. "Freak" sees the vocals of Adina Howard's filthy '90s hit "Freak Like Me" layered over a some pretty tough breaks - guaranteed to result in swinging from the rafters if played at silly o'clock. "Scat Empire" may not sound like any empire you'd want to be ruled by, but this bouncy, breaky banger will rule any floor you play it too. Finally "Dribbly Dribbly Sound" goes heavy dubstep for a furious finale. Tasty cakes!
Review: Embracing the current flavour for all things '90s, Disco Cakes bake up two iconic tracks from the decade, cooking them with all the modern production techniques required to shake booties in the modern age. First up, a bubbling take on EMF's 1990 top 10 smasher "Unbelievable". Instant sing-along with added swing, it will appeal to those who can remember it, and those lucky to be young enough not to. "Spaceman" thrusts us to 1996 with Babylon Zoo's pitched vocal classic. Lolloping along with a quirky off-beat garage bass, it will indeed shoot your floor into cosmoses unknown.
Review: Cruising through the bootysphere with turbo-charged mischief, Disco Cakes return with three tasty reversions that are guaranteed to cause knowing looks and bold moves on your floor. "Hot Leper" takes Ini Kamoze's classic sing-along stepper and adds a warm series of nu-funk bass bubbles. "Welcome To Shamrock", meanwhile, takes the Damian Marley standard and optimises its skank factor with electrifying results. Finally we hit a premium rendition of Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic". Coded with intricate funk details in the bass department, there's a bona fide bounce to this that no floor can refuse.
Review: The Disco Cakes label is always up for a bit of banter, and this this new three-tracker from JFB and DJ Angelo just about hits the top-end of the dial on the old fun-o-meter! "Scratch 2 This" is an insufferable breakbeat beauty, cut up with a little electro swing at its core, and filled with plenty of body-swinging sample for good measure. There's an instrumental mix which strips it right back for perfect dance floor use, and an accapella for you to mix up in your three-deck showdown.
Review: So, what a pairing we have here, as old comrades and legends in their own fields: JFB and Beardyman get back into the studio together for a breakbeat epic with a tonne of original remix features. The track itself 'No Requests', is a jovial poke at what some would call 'unseasoned' ravers, constantly making requests to DJ's for things that are never going to happen. Beardyman provides the vocal humour, with JFB laying down the perfect backdrop. Remixes for this one includes fantastic recreations from the likes of Father Funk, Jesswah, Slamboree, Fort Knox Five, WBBL and Crazy Daylight, giving this one a high profile placement across multiple genres.
Review: A DMC champ and a very tidy producer to boot, JFB makes his debut on the Disco Cakes label with three bass 'n' breaks bangers, led by the raw funk drums and hyper wobbles of "Fizzy Bubla" and backed up nicely by the Herbie Hancock-assisted "Cantaloopoo" and the deadly hip-hop flow of "Rock Your Goldfish".
Review: This is a first for all parties: JFB's first official mix, Ghetto Funk's first artist-fronted compilation and Disco Cakes' first ever long playing release. Needless to say each party has really stepped up; JFB has curated a mammoth 37-track adventure exploring every possible corner of Ghetto Funk's sprawling sonic scenery, ranging from wholesome, down-home country funk (Grinny Granddad "Good Girl"), slick ragga-swing (Stickybuds "Clean Air") bump-shuffling electro ghetto (Featurecast "Around The Block") and raw, teeth-clenching bass filth (Skullee - "Badboii"). Leaving no stone unturned, this documents the Ghetto Funk movement with immersive mischief, AND it comes with a killer DJ mix.
Review: More party-friendly mash-up and edits from Mettic with the 18th installment of the Disco Series. The title's a little misleading as this release is more hip-hop than anything else. We begin with Mos Def's Breathe & Stop getting fused with some tropical riddims on the fun "Breade An Top", "2 Sick" sees tough electro beats boost the party rap vibes, the Jungle Brothers clash with some dubstep and bluesy piano on "True Blue" and things get a little electro-swing on closer "Soul Music".