Review: Those searching for formidable, funk-fuelled party fodder should be well aware of the Riddim Fruit label, one of the more reliable sources of mash-up madness. This EP from The Allergies - complete with heavy beats, scratches, borrowed rap vocals and funk breaks aplenty - should cause carnage in those clubs that still rock the breakbeat vibe. Lead cut "Heartbreaker" sets the tone by revisiting a little known funk stomper, while "Club Spillage" fuses bottom-heavy boom-bap beats with quality raps and slick Hammond organ licks. "Seven Days" spices up a string-laden funk-soul jam with some weighty breakbeat pressure, while "Ever Live" slows the tempo for some sweet soul-hop bumpiness. Predictably solid.
Review: With all the amazing dubstep and D&B coming from the city, you could be fooled into thinking bass is Bristol's only fashion. Well it's not; there's also a thriving nu funk scene, and each of the four cats on this generous EP are leading the charge. The Allergies lay down an authentic Dap Kings style vibe on, Parker drops the tempo for a slow, sludgy and remarkably sexy bass bust-up, Mr 50 pays homage to one of the sweetest chocolates on the planet by way of shivering 8-bit bleepery, swampy bass and nifty accordion squeezes and Frenic completes the set with a crisp, dramatic ode to the big beat glory days. Call the fashion police, this shizzle is hot!
Review: Some releases arrive with such literal titles that they don't require much explaining. This latest release by Vienna-based 'glitch-hop' DJ, B Visible, is crammed full of chopped-up old disco samples laid over a contemporary beat. "Disko Chop" sees the likes of Outkast sampled over an old skool g-funk groove; "Priceless Smile" features a similar beat, with added disco strings and chopped up R&B vocals. "Bad Crusher" is sparse, doomy electro-funk, and finally "Hit The Bottle" is a perky closer, despite featuring a sample of Trigga's dark anthem, 'No Tomorrow'.
Review: Out on Riddim Fruit's new sister label Booty Fruit, Jam The Channel associates Bump go through the taste groups with these four new heavy-hitting breaks winners - "Hot", "Salty", "Sour" and "Sweet". Expect boogie-bass and synth squelches on "Hot", tight robotic and very cool drum work on "Salty", and spaced-out jazziness on "Sweet". Recommended!
Review: Riddim Fruit have become synonymous with electro-tinged, neo-dubstep and this latest four-tracker from the one like Dephicit is further proof of the label's militant agenda. "Duality" features Biscuit's vocals and it pounces forth with almighty grit and wobbling grace; Summer Bright appears on "Clef Residue" for one of the nuttiest breaks track we've heard in a long while and "No Rules" goes all rootsy thanks to Missin Red's dutty vocal chants. Lastly, "Peng Dennis" wastes no time in squealing out its incessant bassline - loud and proud and wicked!
Review: New Zealand's Alias is hip-hop to the very bone. In a previous chapter of his career he was part of the Fast Crew, supporting the likes of D12 and Busta Rhymes whenever they toured in New Zealand or Australia. And while he's shifted focus to a more explicit, nu-funk / bass sound, it still beats with a hip-hop riddim. Each of the four cuts on here ride with a raw, low-swung swagger. From the jangly shakers and headnod heroics of "Funkrion", to the snarling "New Lows" - where sluggish glitch-bass tugs stoically against the emotional synths - there's a confident and alluring attitude about the entire release.
Review: Riddim Fruit return to the source for two stunning remixes of past successes. DJ Alias steps up first with an impassioned take on John Hendicott's 2011 dub homage "Babylon Shall Fall". Swinging with luxurious low end merit and cool organ flourishes, the groove pulsates with instant charm. Further on we find Jayglo at his most meditative and moody with a smoky, late night version of Dephicit's "Duality". Opening with sludgy, trippy tones, we're soon pushed into a treacle-thick bass jam that's not dissimilar to a premium Tipper cut. Quintessential remix vibes.
Review: This is the second instalment of Riddim Fruit's new compilation series, Remix The Version, that see choice cuts from their vaults get reworked by others on their roster. First up is Shimi Sonic's "Hot Peach", which gets tackled by BadPoe resulting in some serious early '90s vibing breaky world-hop. Next up Dephicit's "No Rules" is turned into a killer digital dubby Trap/R&B hybrid.
Review: A huge new release on Riddim Fruit and an all-Bristol affair as John Hendicott and Rackabeat & Bar-Low share this single, offering up two new breaks smashers each. Hendicott's "Babylon Shall Fall" goes for an intense, psych-funk vibe thanks to some excellent samples and maxed-out bass, while "Make 'Em Bounce" aims itself straight at the floor and uses classic drum samples and neon-coated synth stabs. Rackabeat & Bar-Low come in on an amped-up 2-step tip with the dubby "Version" but stick to a fist-pumping breaks sound with the cut 'n' paste thrill of "Get Down".
Review: Super slow-mo squelch vibes ahoy as Mr Riddim hooks up with Conticyte and Born Ina Barn for some bouncy bass-hop fun. The slick and slippery wobbler bassline does most of the chatting, leaving time for Mr Ina Barn to fire equally smart lyrics over the top. A little slower than Riddim's previous, this is a real strutter. Remix-wise New Zealand ghetto funker DJ Alias beefs up the beats and warps the bassline for a cute take on the original. Both are eminently playable: expect major booty shakery.
Review: There's something decidedly old skool about this breezer stepper from the Riddim Fruit camp. Boasting a weary but emotion-rich vocal, twinkling melodies, rubbery double bass and retro-futurist two-step beats, the original version of "Step By Step" sits somewhere between the jazzier end of two-step, broken beat and dubstep. It should go down well with those who enjoy the musically developed productions of, say, Maddslinky. The Pulsar remix, meanwhile, adds some heavier bass and a fluid dubstep shuffle, while retaining the original's autumnal beauty.
Review: Ever eaten a Riddim Fruit? Rich in funk flavour and so many party nutrients they don't just hit your five a day, they're your floor-flipping 50 a day. Speaking of which, Brizzle's Mr 50 has delivered one of the label's freshest crops to date. "Low King" takes common glitch techniques on more of a cut n' paste skank vibe with some lovely horn action to boot. "Fifty 50 Funk" is more a guttural groover with a wheezing bassline and weeping synth lines a la Compton 20 years back. Finally, "Nightcrawler" leaves us wanting more thanks to its p-funk cheekiness, 8-bit trills and high-end bass zaps on the fills. Fruity!
Review: It's been a while since we heard anything from our kid Quade (no relation to Douglas in Total Recall, I'm afraid) but boy he's bounced back with some very snazzy sacks of bass. Rolling with a little more funk than his previous sideways-glancing EP, it's very Bassnectar in its charms, but with an added A-Skillz swing; it teeters over the edge of darkness and while carrying an access all areas party pass. "Extract" is the true highlight with its extended bass grizzles and icy atmospherics, but only a fool would stop there... DJ Alias's superfly Radioactiveman-flavoured remix of "Character" is a guaranteed smasher for starters.
Review: Chai Wallah residents, what Raks and Lo don't know about a party-friendly groove really ain't worth knowing. Here we find them chest-deep in slo mo funk sludge with two refreshingly slinky grooves. "Step Out" swaggers with bold beats, murderous bass wobbles and well selected snippets of Biggie from "Nasty Girl". "Air Tight" takes the vibe softer again as the beats take a back seat for a mellow weave of light acid, subtle guitars and enveloping pads. A commanding groove, it's perfect for setting any warm up vibe. A must for anyone who enjoys their breaks, Raks and Lo have nailed it again.
Review: Nu-funk meets US and UK hip-hop: Roast Beatz has put together an all-star international cast for this chop-smacking EP. Boasting lyrical magic from the likes of Action Bronson, Jehst, Stig Of The Dump, Rtkal, Dabbla and many more, this is Roast Beatz' biggest release without question. Highlights include the uptempo horn n' bass fusion of "Humble Pie", the low-swung guitar licks and moochy breakbeats of "5 Star Generals" and the classical smoky flute fusion of the title track. Serious vibes: Roast Beatz has never been tastier.
Review: Tel Aviv's Shimi Sonic shows off his wide range of influences on this new EP for UK label Riddim Fruit. Opener "Supernova" even has a touch of the Pink Floyd about it, with a spacey two-chord jam fleshed out nicely by slide guitars and trumpets, while "Follow Up" mines a cumbia beat and features a fun, carefree vocal from Missin Red. The straight-up studio funk of "I'll Take You" featuring Rowetta on the mic is also well worth a listen if funky breaks are your weakness.
Review: As the days get longer and the sun begins to peep out from behind the clouds, thoughts begin to turn to summer nights and al fresco dancing. The lead cut on this EP - a Mouldy Soul remix of "Supernova" - sounds like it was tailor-made for dancing to in the sunshine. Its' breakbeat rhythm and low end bounce are perfectly complimented by some delightfully lazy trombone solos. Blend Mishkin continue the lazy, sun-blushed theme with a cosy downbeat interpretation of "Going Around", while Dephicit delivers a thoroughly breezy re-cut of "Follow Me". A dazzlingly bright EP is completed by a solid hip-hop-soul take on "I'll Take You" by El Bomba.
Review: The Riddim Fruit imprint has been known to successfully merge the remnants of dubstep together with more classic and established dance styles. Their latest signing, Skeptix, certainly doesn't disappoint and provides yet another sublime little EP for the label, featuring their usual hybrid flex. "Nanotech" literally sounds like a dubstep track that's been slowed down a fused with a 4/4 beat, while organic really cranks up the cogs and churns out a beauty of a track - grime, techno, house and bassline all combine. Check "Organic" and "Peng Navis" featuring Dephicit for some more dopeness from Skeptix, our new badman!
Review: Israeli funkster Shimi Sonic returns with a quad of party-minded nu-funk jams. "Hot Peach" is the slowest burning, soul-smouldering number in the pack; all strings, flutes and Shaft-style percussion. "Satellite Funk" ups the ante with a much more contemporary fusion of percussion and ragga vocals. "Boomin" takes a smoggy Led Zeppish bluesy jam session, beefs up the beats and adorns the chunky funk with a Black Rob vocal while "One Love" is all about the massive, not to mention euphoric, Hammond riffs. Peachy.
Review: Home to artists such as Mr Bird, Mr 50 and Funkanomics, Devon-based beat stable Riddim Fruit have developed a peachy reputation since their inception in 2010. Here we find them curating their most laidback, soulful jams on Cloud Watching. Perfect for headphones and warm-ups alike, this inaugural collection bridges the gap between glitch, triphop, downtempo and soul with true style. Highlights include the crooning horns and soft mournful vocal cries on "Cold Blooded Murder", the lolloping laidback vibes and filtered loops of "Boy Mayers" and the confident, smokey classic hip-hop badness of "Back Packers". Watch clouds for long enough and you'll start seeing shapes. This particular shape is a massive thumbs up. Riddim Fruit have smashed it on this one.
Rackabeat & Bar-Low - "Just Wanna Love You" - (3:46) 89 BPM
Skiitour - "Runnin" - (4:46) 92 BPM
Kalamari Beats - "Let It Be" - (4:14) 92 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of the inaugural collection earlier this month, along comes an equally stunning follow up. Dedicated to the more chilled, funkier and soulful side of the breakbeat sound, the whole collection works perfectly in all situations: headphones, house parties and heady festival afternoons. Expect all manner of sunny sonics throughout the 10 track set, including shimmering skank maxing on "Think Back", somnambulant flute flurries on "Don't Feel Bad", a mesmerising blend of splashing percussion and belly-driven vocals on "Just Wanna Love You", and a whole load more. Dig deep and submit to the clouds. You'll be glad you did.
Review: The unique Riddim Fruit must be in season during winter, as this is the third installment in this compilation series since the beginning of the year! Luckily this rare produce is still ripe, juicy and spilling with exotic goodness. The vibe on "Cloud Watching Vol 3" is still about the chilled side of breakbeat mixed with shimmering poolside jazz. Highlights include the sitar-led "5 O'Clock In The Morning", the rolling space dub of "Dirty Relic" and the mellow guitar fest "City Is Empty Without You" - which will make you hear David Bowie's Fame in a whole new light.