Review: Russian re-edit Tsar, Valique, is marking the 50th release by his label, Vehicle, with this special fourth edition of The Boogie Box series. It's jam-packed with eight new scalpel jobs to enjoy. Highlights include the sizzling electro-funk of "The Surf" by Tyronson, the Rick James-style glitter-boogie of "Imagination" by BBQ Band, the tight, light swing of "At The Disco" and the tough, thumping punk-funk-house of "Shake" by Brass Destruction - a simmering, claustrophobic strutter. Here's to another 50 releases!
Review: Original sample material: the second volume in the Beastie Collection is just as educational and explorative as the inaugural set. Originally released in 2006, here it is again in all its digital 30-track glory. Ranging from Ted Nugent's guitar-slaying "Homebound" (sampled on "The Biz vs The Nuge") to Afrique's synth squidging Bill Withers cover "Kissing My Life" (sampled on "Bodhisattva Vow") via the instantly distinctive flutes on Jeremy Steig's "Howling For Judy" (sampled on "Sure Shot"), this acts as several musical lessons: how sampling really is a fine, fine art, how classics have helped artist pave the future and, most importantly, how flipping great The Beastie Boys are! Really, this is one for everyone's collection.
Mr President - "The Best Is Yet To Come" - (4:32) 70 BPM
The Melton Brothers Band & Alfie Moss - "Livin' The City" - (3:21) 103 BPM
The Dynamics - "I Know She Cares" - (4:39) 90 BPM
Mr Day - "Both Sides" - (4:53) 86 BPM
Buddy Sativa - "Peace Of Art" - (4:59) 120 BPM
Hazel - "Playground" (feat Eyo) - (4:01) 95 BPM
Walter Mecca - "Gaab Squad" - (2:22) 98 BPM
Hawa - "So Wrong" - (4:02) 98 BPM
The Funk League - "The Boogie Down Bombers" (Main mix) - (3:24) 91 BPM
Onra - "Clap Clap" - (2:16) 95 BPM
The Dynamics - "Can You Handle This Dub?" - (4:42) 80 BPM
Hawa - "My Little Green Box" (Taggy Matcher remix) - (4:20) 81 BPM
Mr President - "Meet Again" - (4:06) 123 BPM
The Real Fake MC - "Hunt Ya Sunshine" - (3:35) 108 BPM
Mr President - "It's Christmas Time" - (4:14) 123 BPM
Review: French label Favourite has always been a reliable source of warm and comfy goodtime grooves, from floor-friendly modern soul and heartening jazz-funk to dub reggae and contemporary disco. This third label compilation mines their rich back catalogue to present an enjoyable selection of sounds from their roster. Highlights are, naturally, plentiful, from the deep piano jazz of Buddy Sativa and smooth neo-soul of Hazel to the dubwise strut of The Dynamics, Mr President's afro-tinged floorfillers and the synth boogie revivalism of Walter Mecca. There's also a typically sparse hip-hop outing from Onra that's well worth a gander.