Review: A centrepiece of breaks and hip-hop producer A Skillz' Beatles mini-mix for 1Xtra last year, "Strawberry Jam Forever" is a deftly handled remix, cutting up parts of the original in a Dilla or Bullion-style, and adding drums and intense bass shots along the way. "With You" handles Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" with a great deal of class, concentrating mostly on a tight vocal loop, while "Eat My Shorts" takes Ludacris' verses from "Stand Up" and layers them on top of long-forgotten 90s Britpop tune "Eat My Goal" by Collapsed Lung.
Review: Sometimes it pays to be a label boss, like for example here, on this latest Bomb Strikes comp where head honcho Mooqee has decided to hand himself the reigns. Manning the decks for nearly an hour, he whips up a frenzy of party breaks delirium over the course of 24 tracks. The tracks are supplied individually too, with highlights including the tropical trap-house of "Ladies Look Pretty" by Basement Freaks, the furious electro-bass mash-up "Get Got (VIP mix)" by Nick Thayer & A Skillz and the strompingly retro electro-funk of "How We Do This" by Tom Booze.
Dean Cohen, Eran Hersh, Darmon - "Recently Lost" (original mix) - (5:40) 130 BPM
Review: Make way for this year's mega-session from dance behemoths Ultra. Offering nothing but the biggest names in EDM and beyond, across the 58 track stadium showcase you'll find Chuckie, Timbaland, Snoop Dog, even Scooter! Highlights abound but only a fool wouldn't swoon at the twinkling tremors of Felix Da Housecat and Will.I.Am's "Burn The Disco Down" or the Latino minimalism of Morales's "Stay". Big.
Review: If you want breakbeat to soundtrack your New Year's Eve celebrations this year than Actual Sounds' 72-track Best Of 2013 compilation is 'the' release. This compilation features heavy inclusions from Spinback Harry, Funk You Very Much, Big Bang Breaks and Actual Phantom, but also a whole host of other names such as Baby Love, Stex, Rory Hoy, DJ Self and countless others. See 2013 out with a breakbeatin' bang.