Review: Wake up and bake up, Jungle Cakes are back in the kitchen with their prize dish range 'Welcome To The Jungle'. This time the guest chefs are none other than Dub Pistols who've been flexing all styles and sizes of breakbeat since the very beginning. Currently coming correct with 50 tracks, they cover the full range of D&B through their dubwise, reggae-roasted selection. From the steam engine skank-ups like Isaac Maya and Daddy Freddy's thundering 'Bring Dem' to Deekline & Ed Solo's instant sing-along smash-out 'Bam Bam' to the dancehall bashment of Selecta J Man's 'My Style', this isn't so much of a jungle welcoming but more of a full jungle takeover... And you'll never want to leave.
Review: DJ Friction AKA Frico brings us two eminently playable disco/boogie re-edits on his own Replay label. 'Got To Have Your Lovin'' revisits the 1982 Steve Kahn & Co cut of the same name; if you don't know the tune, then think the early 80s output of The Gap Band, The Whispers or Fatback and you're somewhere in the ballpark, with brass fanfares, squelchy bass and a near-falsetto male soul vocal. 'Moonchild', meanwhile, is Friction's take on a 1979 track by the great but criminally under-rated Captain Sky which Dave Lee also did a re-edit of ten years ago, and sports some very fine space disco stabs that are worth the price of admission on their own!
Various - "Disco Groove: Funky House Anthems" (continuous DJ mix 1 by Love Assassins) - (1:02:08) 128 BPM
Various - "Disco Groove: Funky House Anthems" (continuous DJ mix 2 by Love Assassins) - (1:04:21) 130 BPM
Review: Purveyors of all things funky and house, Big In Ibiza's Love Assassins take the reigns for this new collection of sun-kissed house nuggets. The Assassins' own take on Moloko's "Sing It Back" is a highlight, as is Vee Scott's gloriously camp and disco-flavoured "Gimme Your Love". Bassmonkey's mix of Tito Puente Jr's is an unexpected gem, while LA's signature mixes of "The Boy Is Mine" and "Teardrops" are here in full force too.
Review: A cool, calculating new character to emerge on the Shogun ranks with no introduction or backstory; Abacus makes his/her/their debut with this respectful NRG cover. Rolling at an authentic 160, laced with goose bumping pianos and powerful vocals from Cimone, this will either take you back to 92 or make you wish you were 20 years older (temporarily at least) This needs your loving.