Review: The Dirty Dubster crew return with a bumper seventh volume of their ragga party jams, and true to form, they mash up ragga with other contemporary styles with considerable style. F-Block's "Jah Bone" combines all manner of echo-laden dub guitar with filthy dubstep bass, while Wood N Soo's "Smoke 2 Joints" is a contemporary update on The Toyes' classic, filling it with rolling snares and powerful low end. Subtifuge's "Love 4 U" is a slightly more skanking effort, with rolling D&B rhythms completely at odds with its laid back mood, while DJ Tzinas' "Wicked" combines a horn sectiona and tropical acoustic guitar with some serious dub airhorn - big stuff all round!
Review: It's time to jump into yet another top quality compilation project, curated by the combined sounds of both Jonnypluse and JPSTOL, two sounds that are really carving out a niche for themselves in a crowded breakbeat marketplace. This full tracklisting offers up seven original smashers from Jonny, along with a Cut & Paste version of 'Funky Time', with JPSTOL supplying two original creations for good measure. There are a few clear standouts with MC Coppa's vocal assistance on 'Never Get Old' being one of them, along with the high energy, shuffling breaks and bubbling bass tones of 'Drop This In The Middle'.
Review: There's a serious message running through the latest release on Decision Making Theory. The work of label owner Philippe Petit, it states that humanity is witnessing 'a meltdown' and that we will be left to deal with the aftermath. By way of a soundtrack, there's the knotted, acid-heavy "Causes", while the title track is a heads-down, relentless affair that just keeps on building. Thankfully though, it's not all bad news; closing track "Consequences" offers some solace. Despite cruises along at 130bpm, its layered, building chords and scatter gun percussion create a euphoric Detroit-style finale to this socially aware EP.
Review: More scrumptious sonics from the Polish party crew, the fourth volume of Tru Funk's "Tasty Beats" series sees old friends and new lay down five sizzling jams that will guarantee unified butt-shaking. New faces Bruno Borlone and Boogie Mike lay down a Spanish rap funk jam "I Like The Party", DJ Axe pays homage to Nice & Smooth and Curtis Blow, ElectroGorilla reach for the lazers with the euphoric breakbeat flexor "Funky Beast" and Rory Hoy and Saxon Scoundrels get busy on a classic rock and swashbuckling drum vibe with "Bouncin & Rockin". Finally The Beat Selecta boldly fixes up the classic Batman theme tune on a D&B with - quite cleverly - Hijack's "Badman Is Robbin" rap originally sampled by DJ Supreme. Holy bootlegs!
Review: The UKG vibes are alive and strong with this one as we leap into this fantastic new four track project from Tonic, who lands on Square One for the second edition of his 'Tonic Flava's' series. We kick off with the high energy vocal lines and choppy drum inputs of 'Find Our Way', which could inject energy into any dance, followed by the more unusual jittery synthesizers and organ tones of 'Let Me Show You'. This whole project is laced with infectious vocal lines, a theme that continues heavily throughout the groovy tones of 'Moving On', before we finish up the EP in serious style with the super choppy drumwork and interesting melodic structures of 'Realize'.
Review: In which no fewer than 24 rock and indie classics get reworked for the dancefloor. Admirably, the mysterious V avoids the temptation to simply whack a 4/4 kickdrum under everything - in fact, many of the cuts could better be described as remixes or reworkings rather than simple re-edits. Inevitably, some of the resulting concoctions work better than others - and which you think that applies to may depend on your views on the original source material - but if you're looking for a way to drag non-house/disco lovers onto the floor, this collection should serve you well.
Review: Last year, Bulabeats founder Johnny Pluse released both a solo album and an album with his live band The Stormtroopers Of Love. He's presumably been touring both ever since, but now he's back with his band for this four track EP. The title track lives up to its title with "Skanky Town" fuelled by a speed up ska sample, a trippy fairground organ and a skippy garage beat. Elsewhere "The Nite Club" is dreamily delayed dub (which also appears in an even more dubbed-out "Dub Version") and "O Jesus Funk" - a bizarre electro-house/breaks mash up guaranteed to kick-off any self-respecting party.