Review: Following the success of Shaka Loves You's previous compilations on Bombstrikes, the label has offered them the chance to launch a new series all of their own. Named in honour of their radio show and regular parties in Glasgow, Joints & Jams offers up a hugely entertaining (and largely floor-friendly) mixture of funk-fuelled hip-hop (Bastien Keb, Fort Knox Five, Andy Cooper), skanking reggae (The Nextmen and Gentlemen's Dub Club sing-along 'Done It Again'), flash-fried funk breaks (the Allergies), tropical goodness (DJ Nu-Mark's hook-up with Quantic), and various fusions of disco, boogie and funk (see the cuts from Kraak & Smaak, X-Ray Ted, Pablo & Shoey and Shaka Loves You themselves). The result is a brilliantly mixed-up collection of tried-and-tested dancefloor bombs.
Higher State Impressions (Continous DJ mix) - (47:58) 124 BPM
Review: Talented Greek artist Steve Mill arrives with his debut album for Urban Torque, entitled Higher State Impressions. Mill has come a long way since his debut release on UT (2007's Bright Side EP), appearing on the likes of Global Underground and Plastic City in the following four years. As albums go, it's excellent: an effortless blend of deep house, techno and prog, with a continuous DJ mix of the album's tracks included to boot!
Review: Chewy Rubs productions are usually heavily sampled-based, but there's enough original work gone into them that to label them simply as re-edits would be unfair. 'You Can Get It', for instance, loops up a chunk of vocal from Instant Funk's 1978 Salsoul classic 'I Got My Mind Made Up', but pairs it with an insistent Italo-esque bass throb. The other three tracks are all instrumentals: 'Over The Boarder' nods to west coast jazz-funk, 'On The Move' recaptures some of the irresistible exuberance of Chewy's own 'Sombrero' from last year and 'Lush' has an 80s Euro feel... but in a good way.