Review: From the moment the smooth, slo-mo soul feels of "Push On" ease their way into your ears you know Cheshire's third album Smokescreens & Somersaults is something special. Easing back off the bangs and focusing more on the space between, the longstanding Aussie funker has really found his groove as we're massaged by horns and pepped by the final parps on "Bounce", our snakes are charmed by wah wahs on "Hypnotic" before building up to chunkier bangers like the sleazy glitch lizard "Subaquatic" and the show-stopping future glitch space anthem "Smokescreens & Somersaults". No smokescreen necessary... But somersaults are pretty much guaranteed.
Review: Pan-continental collaboratives CMC & Silenta and The Funk Hunters have previously ruffled feathers with two releases on Westwood Recordings and now they're back for a third time with "Do This For You". It's a double-barrelled assault of a single, with tough, chromium-plated break beats, shimmering' 80s funk synth licks and a rap from Chali 2NA that includes a reference to Barney Rubble's sweater. What more do you want? Oh, maybe a VIP mix that strips everything down to the bare bones funk? Boom!
Review: A bona fide nu-funk original with a truly international backbone comprised of Germany (CMC & Silenta), Canada (The Funk Hunters) and the US (See-I). The result: a beautifully instrumented booty-shaker that's heavy on the shiny organs, an even heavier on the low-end funk and a breakdown that's so majestic you expect a prince to stride in on a horse at any minute. To top it off, See-I's vocals give "Shock Rollin" real identity and edge - they haven't been fronting the Thievery Corporation's live outfit for 15 years for nothing you know. A seriously cool piece of music.
Review: Westwood Recordings are back at it again, this time bringing together the superbly matched styles of both Dubra and Arteo for a very futuristic twist up indeed. They here team up with The Inside for a very forward thinking piece of dance music entitled 'Got You', incorporating the big room drums of a classic breakbeat masterpiece, combined with a grizzly lead synthesizer and a standout horn lead, giving the entire track a touch of class. If you want to get a dancefloor grooving quick-time, then look no further than this one!
Review: Grid Division is all about the party breaks, nothing fancy (expect when it comes to turntablist skills of course!) and this latest release is a perfect example of what to expect form this artist in general. "Fish Taco" mixes 70s wah-wah funk and soul with 80s style go-go beats for maximum hands-in-the-air fun. Elsewhere "Slapjack!" is a veritable orgy of retro slap bass freakiness and "Get Up" is cut up and choppy boogie at its finest. My Pet Monster also contributes to two cuts: the tough and breaky "In Da House" and the blues guitar-led dance-rocker "Dip Stick". Cool stuff!