Review: The 'Dusty Fingers'/'School Yard Breaks' compilation juggernaut has been rolling since 1997 and shows no sign of slowing down just yet! For those that've just wandered in, the series (originally compiled by Bronx DJ Danny Dann the Beat Mann) gathers together obscure cuts ranging from vintage soul, jazz and funk to unlikely rock and pop nuggets and old soundtrack albums galore, the common theme being a dusty, jazzy feel overall and the presence of some killer breakbeats, many of which have been sampled by the likes of 50 Cent, Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem. The quality standard remains as high as ever, and with 25 tracks to choose from, Vol 49 doesn't disappoint in the VFM stakes either!
Review: It's annoying, isn't it? You or I scour charity shops, car boot sales and flea markets for Z-list psych seven-inches, obscure movie soundtracks, world music oddities and long-forgotten jazz albums, and come home with a right load of old rubbish. The Dusty Fingers crew do the same and come up clutching gold every time! There are 25 more fruits of their tireless digging labours here, with standouts including Popera Cosmic's 1969 fuzz-jam 'LSD' (which nods to 'Je T'aime', a hit that same year), the fluid Brazilian jazz-funk of Jayme Marques' 'Hooked On Green' and The Milwaukee Coasters' searing Hammond workout 'Josephine'.