Review: Aussie funkster makes his Relative Dimensions debut with this firecracking five piece exclusive to Juno. As the name suggests "Gang Star" pays homage to Gang Starr's "DWYCK" with added waspy bass edge. "Dial Beeper", meanwhile, utilises Digital Underground's "Packet Man" to great effect. Elsewhere we get low down and dirty with the glitch-ridden "As Live As It Gets" and "Bass In My Face" while "Off The Hook" gives The Beatnuts a royal contemporary bass facelift. Ghetto business.
Review: Relative Dimensions boss Kenny Beeper takes to the controls. Laying down three bass heavy originals, it's business as usual: "Here Comes The Music" rolls with a classic Tipper style wasp bass that's garnished with myriad vocal stabs and shots. Moving on, "Roll Like This" is a funk-flecked glitch hop jam with added vocal dominance and some of the crazy frequency twists you'll hear this season. "Turn It Up" ends on a ghetto high with a swaggering riddim and spitfire lyrical lashings from Biggie Smalls. Do as Kenny says - turn it up. And keep it up.
Review: Breakspoll winning Taiwan-based selector Chamber flipped this bass-bludgeoned, blue-grass bird earlier this year. Now for the all essential remix package: SKETI pays respect with his beefed up remaster, Doc Moody gives it the classic jump-up jungle treatment, Leygo digs deep into a more classic hip-hop funk break with more emphasis on the musicality of the original sample, Youthful Implants get busy on a midtempo electro-bass stomp-slapper while El Bomba get all slinky on a sultry live bass flex. Flipping ace: Each one of these should be filed under 'renegade master'.
Review: Relative Dimensions are committed to sourcing the most sizzling funky mash-ups in the universe and releasing them to discerning approval from DJs everywhere. With new singing Chrispop the clue's in the name - he likes his popular tunes and here he delivers a slammin' musical collage of a whole host of them, with "Got To Get Some" featuring more 'oh yeah I like this one' moments' then you can shake a stick at (and all set to some furiously big beats too!). "Just Get Up" adds some funk rock to the formula, resulting in a very impressive debut indeed.
Review: Cardiff-based bass herbert F-Block follows up his recent slew of success on labels such as Dirty Dubster and Tru Funk with another trio of instant party-rippers. "Back Up" starts off all deep and jazzed but gets wilder and wilder as the dynamic develops. "Turnitup!" takes a well-known Public Enemy vocal and plasters it over a sturdy, slo-mo swagger riddim with added p-funk nuances. Finally "Wind Or Grind" takes Prince Buster for a waltz in D&B town. Instant floor-skankage guaranteed.
Review: 20 years ago you-know-who released that album. Now the shady French Band are looking back on that famous LP with a selection of reworks. The floaty 60's lounge of "Ce Matin La" gets a squelchy hip-hop makeover by Jprime and the retro electro-pop of "Kelly Watch The Stars" gets given an orchestrated big beat boost from Leygo. Elsewhere the mighty "Sexy Boy" is turned into sleazy analogue funk with extra rapping for good measure. Lastly Vinyl Messi takes the folk-tinged serenity of "All I Need" on a 100mph DnB joyride. A breath of fresh air indeed.
Review: Adam Ellis returns to his Hipsta moniker for the Re-Hop EP, a long awaited follow-up to the lively Step To The Rhythm. We get three cuts for our patience, all of which have their own thing going on. Rowdy opener "Funk Mama" is an unapologetic retro romp in the vein of the Beasties at their best. "Funk Kickin'" is more about tough electro beats, gangsta MCs and some seriously sticky-icky sound effects and lastly "Cold Rock" fuses synthy electro-house and party breaks. Dancefloor gold.
Review: J-Prime is a hip-hop lovin' party breaks addict. Here on the Ill Fixed EP, he laws down the law with five up front bangers that don't let up. The title track begins as a hands-in-the-air bounce-athon, before the hyper go-go jam "Put Ya Hands Up" takes the idea, and the pace, up a notch or two. Elsewhere "Funkfried" is sloppy broke up funk and we're introduced to a fiery female MC on the ragga infused "Spyfunk". Lastly "Slightly Stoopid" wraps things up with some cheeky vintage samples and funky drummer beats.
Review: JPrime returns to Kenny Beeper's Relative Dimensions with four more all-encompassing juicy bass party explorations. "Boom Boom" is all about the P-funk groove. Measured, fat and peppered with short sharp hip-hop vox shots, it's an instant heater. Elsewhere "Rebel Funk" adds a little more room between the elements such as subtle guitar wahs and a slo-mo 80s electro boogie backdrop, "Everybody Come On" whips and slaps with jazzy drums and a mischievous synth hook that quickly turns dirty and "Mr Incredible" shuts us down with a much more direct and savage bassline and hip-hop attitude. Shake shake the room...
Review: Emerging Nottingham funk brother Leygo made his presence known in the spring of 2013 with a trio of stunning nu-funk cuts. Here we find him under the knife as Jamko, DJ Clairvo, Yum Cha and Kenny Beeper all step up with creative versions. Highlights include the Clairvo's tightly twisted edits on the horns, Jamko's heavy emphasis on the blues harp, Yum Cha's sludgy bass stutters and Kenny Beeper's approach to swaggering beats. Each one complete with its own distinctive vibe, these are keepers.
Review: Hot on the heels of his killer remix EP, Leygo returns to the ever-reliable Relative Dimensions with four more crucial booty-bashers. "The Funka" takes a well-known Public Enemy sample and gives it an injection of contemporary nu-funk goodness, "Sleng Teng" references Rebel MC with jump-up mid-range bass mischief and "Keep On Everyday" takes Arrested Development and introduces them to tight 70s funk fusion. "Hush" brings us to fittingly sweaty climax with a funk version of a Billy Joe Royal/Deep Purple classic. Butt-wiggling guaranteed.
Review: Mysterious Soundcloud edit fiend Leygo is back on Docta Hooka's Relative Dimensions. Nominated for Best new label in the 2014 Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards; and that's nothing to scoff at! On "Sleng Teng 2016" he kicks off the party in explosive fashion; if these aren't block rocking beats then when we don't know what is. Not to mention their message regarding that notorious white powder. The jagged beat of "Heading High" is reminiscent of DJ Zinc's progressive drum and bass experiments in the early noughties complete with ragga style MC vocals. Finally, on the tough four to the floor stomp "Skanking High" it goes for more of a hooligan house vibe which will equally bring the house down.
Review: Brighton's Massevil steps up to RD with four slap-happy sample shakers. First up is a firing blues bruiser that takes Johnny Rivers to uptempo places he never knew existed. "Girl, Why Don't You" follows; a blistering twist on Prince Buster with added glitch menace and droning bass, it's a fine balance of strutting and skanking. "Trouble By God" takes the same Vera Hall sample Moby expertly used in "Natural Blues" and updates it with a grittier veneer. "Needles" eats the final sarnie of the picnic with a sample so downpitched and twisted it's hard to decipher. But very easy to dance to. These are what creative, finely crafted bootlegs sound like.
Review: Mission statements don't come any stronger than this, as Monstafunk makes his debut. There's no mistaking of his skills or, for that matter, the damage his tracks can cause; featuring unfettered bootleg bliss, his seamless cutting and creative mish/mashing has resulted in four stunning cuts that your floor will instantly recognise. "Rockin' Day & Night" fuses Soulsearcher and Jacko with supremacy, "Creepy" brings TLC purring and slinking into the future over a treacle-thick bassline, "Salmon Banger" is a stroke of genius as the Chemical Brothers, Bee Gees and Hall & Oats get sexy under one groove while "Backstreet Wack" does the unthinkable with the Backstreet Boys.
Review: Ever wondered why David Bellamy always sounded so 'out there'? Well perhaps the suspicious looking nature of his shrubbery on this single sleeve might explain it. Anyone expecting cool credibility with this new Monstafunk EP has probably been smoking some of that 'shrubbery' too, as this guy is all about retweaking big, shiny commercial hits. Here he tackles Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the tough funk workout "Aeropain", Snoop Dogg on the retro grooves of "Monstafun", En Vogue/Montell Jordan on the filtered frolics of "Never Gonna Get It" and finally Sister Sledge/Kanye on the breakbeat/disco jam "Thinking Of You".
Review: Monstafunk returns with another big booty bounty with his second EP... First up is a take on Britney's best "Toxic". Retaining all the sizzling heat of the original, while beefing up the drums, it's a great reminder of the original's power. For more girl power, jump straight on the insane Destiny's Child / Beastie Boy fusion of "Tick Tock Sure Shot". "Stretchy", meanwhile, fuses '70s funk band Stretch with Snoop and Dre to great effect. Finally "Belt My Bitch Up" smelts down the madness of Pendulum and The Freestylers, The Prodigy and Dizzee Rascal to create a stupendous mash-up. Riots guaranteed.
Review: Now a firm face on the nu-funk and glitch scene, Morlack continues to surprise and delight with each and every release. A sample craftsman, his ability to twist and manipulate references is second to none. Here we find him in slo-mo disco mode with lush warm synths that swoon over a slinky-but-subtle bass groove and robust beats. Remix-wise Leygo gets sexy with a superb 124 half-tempo jam that will work well in warm-ups and end-of-night wind downs and Kenny Beeper adds a more uptempo funk flavour to proceedings by way of a stinking bassline. Morlack also gets busy on the remix front himself with a cheeky Sunz Of Man and ODB vocal version. Like we said, Morlack always surprises and delights.
Review: It's been a great year for Morlack so far, and he's showing no signs of losing momentum with this brand new quad of nu-funk booties. "Shake That Pussy" gives Dizzee a P-funk massage. "Move Song" comes at you with a shiny Paul Hardcastle / Harold Faltermeyer style 80s groove. "Pusher" takes Ice-T's finest moment and gives it a Shaft-style 70s car chase down Lombard hill. Finally we hit a funky climax of Parliamentary proportions as Morlack goes back to the source and samples Bootsy himself. Outstanding stuff.
Review: Newcomer Smartie Roc starts here as he means to go on - delivering cheeky mash-ups with both eyes firmly on the dance floor. "High On A Plane" basically houses up the 60s by taking the guttural vocals of White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane) and intertwining them with an infectious handbag-bassline groove. Super-catchy basically. The Leygo mix is a pure, progressive chugger, subtly escalating to a deafening thump. One to watch.
Review: Relative Dimensions is an (almost) award-winning label led by 'the infamous gynaecologist of beats, Doctor Hooka'. Not every label can lay claim to such a boast, however RD are no ordinary label, and here they present the follow-up to Vinyl Messi's recent debut. There's four new sizzling joints here to enjoy. "Rock Yo Mama" is an intense LL Cool J rework with heavy percussion and 303s everywhere. "Shut Shit Down" is a collision between noisy breaks and hip-hop, "You Found Me" is an unlikely hybrid of said breaks and, Axwell, and finally "Afrosmacked" combines ravey chaos with Afrojack's radio-pop.