Review: Bristol's Steppin' Tones has achieved more success in Europe than he has here in his native country. He supported Mustbeat in Budapest back in '05 and now they team up for the Shadow Of A Trout (that's a pun btw). There's three vintage sounding jams featured, beginning with "70s Beach Break", which is a cheeky novelty tune with filtered break beats over a retro sing-along. Elsewhere "Wombat Shuffle" chops up and loops an old skool soul-rock jam for a distinctly retro British sports TV theme vibe and chirpy 90s big beat style stomper "Freakin' N Tweakin" wraps things up nicely.
Review: The Funky Fury steps out of the pan and dive straight into the fire with this new three-tracker for MustBeat. What you see is what you get here, and what you get is a trio of dance-friendly, DJ tools that span house, two-step, and pure breakbeats. "Like" rolls forwards with its easy, house-fuelled groove and hummable bass tones, while "Birdy" is deeper, more sensual, and something of an r&b crossover, and "Baw Baw" makes use of a placid, psyched-out synth to tie its chunky breaks together into a tight groove.
Review: Budapest beat conjurers MustBeat tether up 21 of the finest remixes they've commissioned over the past four years. The end result is a widescreen romp that explores - and consequently tickles - every nook, corner and cranny of funk's thick-shag underbelly. From the swampy glitch dub of Sammy Senior's remix of "Unreality" to the sunshine skanks and crisp nylon string plucks of Niles Philips' take on "Cop Dat Shit" via the midrange squiggles and sweaty swagger of Trotter's twist on "Supernature", there's a clear consistency and clarity on this package that's seldom seen on a remix collection. A neat testament to the label's toil and great opportunity to fill any gaps in your collection.
Review: A veteran of labels like Timewarp, Carnibal and Booty Fruit, quirky producer Vida G now settles in with Mustbeat for remix EP Moonshiners. The original version sees KRSA laid a feisty rap over a catchy electro-swing/breakbeat mash up. On remix duties, J-Sound, adds some serious dubstep muscle, whilst Hanzee injects a little bit of electro-funk into the tune.
Review: This guy is an up and coming producer from Slovakia. Upon listening to his latest release on Hungarian label Mustbeat, it's clear that he's been sourcing inspiration from vintage '80s funk. "Superstar" is a rolling electro-funk workout, with tough beats and retro vocoder vibes. Zamali's remix is a mellow-ish break beat outing, while the Father Funk remix is a daisy age-style affair, complete with old skool trumpet samples, hip-house vocals and funky drummer beats. On a different tip however, Zenit Incompatible's remix is a cool and moody electro-house groover.