Review: You might buy a release for the A-side, but the best stuff - the stuff you'll drop a helluva a lot longer - is always on the B-side. Naturally Ghetto Funk's B Side is dedicated to those longer lasting bangers, and here he is in full-flavour, four-track, happy-slapping form. Technique highlights include the supreme application of a very well-known horn sample on "Rock Ya Body", the chainsaw bass chugs and JB samples on "Get Involved", the tripped out high-end riff bubbles on "Bug On Out" and the p-funk attitude of the clinically obese bass on "The Dancer". Embrace this and you'll be B Side yourself! (Yeah, we went there...)
Review: A bold and brilliant release here from B Side which brings in the talents of MC Kyla for a seriously sick couple of tracks on the Ghetto Funk imprint. First up is the eponymous track of the EP "Throwing It Wild" which blends a dubstep sensibility with live, urban lyrics adding a jovial patter and grouchy mid range bellows. The B Side D&B remix is a nice addition to the package; adding some 175bpm badness to the original and increasing the pace, whilst the Tonic remix is pure funked up sickness aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
Review: Nu-funk/hip-hop collaborations don't come much more impressive than this: stalwart scenesters Ben and Lex have recruited the lyrical flexery of Pharcyde's Imani for a totally original slab of nu-funk. If you're looking for hip-hop authenticity then it's all about the Horns remix: a slow, sludgy and oozing swagger, it crosses the border between the two related genres with clarity and funk. Looking for more of a punch? Howla's remix is the middy screamer while Ben and Lex's original comes complete with a bassline that's so elastic it can recoil and slap every member of your dancefloor in the ears simultaneously. Banging.
Review: Here the award winning breaks label Ghetto Funk presents its latest coup: the joint work of spectacularly named producers DJ Maars and Tom Showtime. It's all about the party jams here, with "Lion On My Side" kicking things off on an almost go-go tip with extra hands in the air vibes courtesy of some mean ragga MCing. Elsewhere 'Happy Deals" mixes vintage ska with some heavy sub bass, "Funk Haffi Make" is loopy ragga funk and "Shake N Break" wraps things up as a sunshine reggae/hip-house hybrid.
Review: There are various ways to apply pressure to your dancefloor. You could turn the venue into a vacuum, you could drop one of those comedy (but deadly) 100 tonne anvils on the floor OR you could drop this - a nu-funk swagger basher with cute shades of electro on the bass and a silver-tongue, almost Q-Tip style, rap from Imagine This; it's perfectly pressurised and comes danger-free! Remix-wise Funkanomics add a little P-funk to proceedings, the ever-cool Skeewif goes for more of a classic low-swung funk rub while WBBL hurl a whole barrel of squidgy bass at us. Apply this to your dancefloor today!
Review: Two rawhide ghetto romps from two of the GF crew's sharpest upstarts, Howla and WBBL. "Crazy Paving" lives up to its organised chaos name; a big bass groove swings back and forth while keys, horns and additional bass layers casually slide in and out of the mix with decorative drama. "Gunfunk" sees Howla going solo with a slinkier vocal cut. Sultry but loaded with gritty switches, it will have your crowd waggling their AK-47s with mischief in an instant.
Review: The Ghetto Funk family is famous for being a hub for new talent on the streets, especially if it involves anything remotely break-driven or beat-laden. Newcomer Kontroversi is here with a lovely two-tracker that merges those two categories very well, indeed, with "Don't Ya Honey" sounding a but like the sort of funk made on the West coast of the USA - sexy, chilled out and charged by that unmistakable Cali boogie-bass. There's a remix from WBBL, which takes the original into more electro territories, something that suits us perfectly well...
Review: There ain't nothin' wrong with second hand goods, they're simply 'pre-loved' is all. The Second Hand Audio crew (DJP and Breakbeat Junkie) recycle preloved tunes, injecting new life into old dogs. Last summer they brought us the Extended Play mini LP and now it returns in remixed form. There are ten reworks to get stuck into, highlights of which include Slynk's fizzy go-go rework of "Brand New", the stomping, piano-led hip-house jam "Got it Like That (D End mix)" and the hyper-fast Diva n' B anthem "Shine Bright (B Side remix)".
Review: A very special release from nu-funk barons Ghetto Funk: DJP and Breakbeat Junkie have formed to create Second Hand Audio. And to celebrate? They've recruited one of the coolest, distinctive MCs Long Beach has ever given us... Ugly Duckling's Dizzy Dustin! The end result is an authentic slice of original nu funk that pays heavy homage to the scene's biggest influence: funky, laidback hip-hop. Each version is sure-fire party-rocker; warm-ups will enjoy DJP's sludgy, slo-mo riddim while peaktimers will go cuckoo for Featurecast's take. Yup, cuckoo.
Review: Finger Lickin lothario Stone continues his joyously unpredictable groove assault with this laid-back slab of fun-poking hip-hop. Swaggering beats, jazzy piano flurries and slick rhymes from UK word-players Mouthwash and Gold Seal, it's definitely one for the earlier chapters of the evening. Looking for something a little more 'late night'? Look no further than Featurecast's jack-slapping skank-up. Walloping away at a cool 110BPM with 110 tonnes of bass, it's the consummate complement to the original's cool nature. "Top O' The Town" - drop it and you'll be talk of the town.
Review: Respected bastions of the nu-funk movement, Ghetto Funk continue to inject the scene with original creative productions. "The Pump" is a real head-turner; all hooky and middy, there's some serious grit to found in the groove while Rayna's vocals counter it with a sense of emphatic sensuality. Joshua Casper steps up on the remix flex with a subversive joint that spaces out the groove a little with more emphasis on the nagging guitar. Get pumping.
Review: Having just won Best Record Label at the International Breakbeat Awards (for the second time!), Bristol's Ghetto Funk is on a high. To mark this momentous occasion it's serving up a juicy label compilation. Here the series kicks off with eight tracks of the best of its roster including B-Side's slow and low block rocker "Throwing It Wild", the toughened up retro hip-house of Second Hand Audio's "Got It Like That" and the brutal heavy metal of Lewd Behaviour's "Rocky Heavy".
Review: Following the inaugural volume earlier this month, Bristol bass outpost Ghetto Funk dusts off more of its back catalogue for those who need a quick catch-up or reminder of the label's defined party-pummelling motifs. While the first collection was all about originals, this one is about the all-essential refixes and remixes as the likes of Tonic snaps down on Too Many Ts with a toothy bass bite, DJP gets his spacious swing on over Second Hand Audio and WBBL adds some beautiful smoky dub sensations over Funk Ferret. There's 10 tracks in total, each one a reminder of Ghetto Funk's unique talent roster and instantly distinctive signature - there's a reason they've won Best Label at Breakspoll two years on the trot!
Review: It's looking like a funky Friday thanks to, in part, work of this calibre, and by an artist of WBBL's nature. Whether that stands for 'wobble' or not is still something of a mystery, but it's clear the producer has the dancefloor front of mind. This one-track single for Ghetto Funk marks his return to the imprint, through which he's offered some prime dance cuts over the last few years. "Glide" has everything in it; from boogie synth solos to electro bass bumps, and even a little touch of house - it's a party monster waiting to be dropped at the right moment - so do the right thing, yeah?
Review: It's that geezer again, the naughty WBBL, and he's back on Ghetto Funk with some of his sleazy beat sampling! This man's given us just about everything so far - all sorts of bass concoctions crafted with a sense of fun and lightness, a quality which we love to hear on our charts. "Slippin Jimmy" ticks all those boxes off beautifully, launching what appears to be a gentle broken beat groove, which proceeds to transform into a funky bass wobblah for Saturday night playback. Some house party vibes, right here! Yes, 'mr wobboh'!
Review: Wibble wobble, wibble wobble banger on a plate... WBBL cooks up another killer one course feast and it's all about the swagger. Loose drums, savvy organ blasts and a breakdown into pure funk mischief as the guitars layer up, the keys get freaky and every single dancer in front of you releases their inner jiggy. You'll come for the funk... But stay for the step. Mind the gap!
Review: Old wobbly bottom's back on Ghetto Funk with three premium party pieces precision released for the sunnier months. The shindig starts with a sleazy horn-heaved warm-up where WBBL showcases an expert use of male vocal stabs as rhythmic shots, "Toe Tapper" takes us deeper into the night with glitchy mischief while the sexy chords and sultry vocal elements of "Carry On" tell us to grab our coats and drags us home by our short and curlies. What a night.
Review: The interestingly named Youthful Implants make their debut here on Ghetto Funk. It's a perfect match as the label's mantra is "we bring the boom" and with "Hold That Gyal" there's a lot of boom indeed. The original sees wobbly bass wrestle with a loose breakbeat while the Ragga Twins spit out some pretty anthemic lyrics. Elsewhere Skulleee drops some serious post dubstep robot rhythms and Tom Showtime & DJ Maars change tack, delivering a Summery Ska joint that even throws in a bit of House Of Pain for maximum party effect.