Review: Alert: another Actual Sounds release has arrived! New school nu-skool breaks, if there ever was such a thing! These guys are not messing around and here's why: They start off with a block rockin' remix of "Twist & Shout", "Cypress Pills" is, well... But wait there is more: "2Pac Wine" is a mashup on "Red Red Wine" and a rap by the late great rapper. Elsewhere "Get Your Hold On" mashes up in style again merging Missy Elliot and Kanye, "Love The Police" samples N.W.A. over some fierce Meat Katie style breaks and we'd best not forget "Buttersweet Symphony" which samples 'that' famous track by The Verve over some more fierce breakbeats for U.K. dancefloors. The definitive party starter!
Review: Yet more goodness swells out of the 1080p camp as I Am Just A Pupil progresses from a raft of low-key tapes and CDrs over the last couple of years to deliver this album of surreal music reflections layered with speech from all over the place. The 'Siri' sampling opener may well spin you out a touch, but it gets more pleasant and weird as the tracks unfold, matching socially-aimed lifts from documentaries and news reports with gentle piano reflections, drifting by in a collage-like fashion that both informs and makes a point even as it rests easy on the ears.