Review: Though known mostly for jazz- and swing-infused grooves, French producer Minimatic takes a detour into hip-hop pastures here, albeit there are also noticeable bossa/lounge influences in play. 'That Golden Bossa Hop' brings to mind the output of Bristol crew The Allergies, 'Drop It Like It's Hot' reworks the Snoop Dogg classic of the same name in a Latin jazz stylee, 'Cognac Wanksta' is a laidback, blunted affair, 'De La Bossa' recalls vintage Galliano from the early 90s, and bonus cut 'Ladi Dadi Doo' has a rawer, demo-like feel. If you love both golden age hip-hop and jazz, you'll dig this EP for sure.
Review: If life teaches you anything it's to expect the unexpected. Here the mighty re-edit label Katakana deliver their 42nd instalment of scapel jobs. However, this time, rather than have a specific producer curate an EP, they've shaken up the formula and delivered a compilation of edits. There's a whopping 24 reworks to enjoy too, many thrills and spills, but our favourites include Morlack's explosive drum-lead MJ cover, "Don't Stop", Mister Vagz' corny 60s mash-up "Love Me Venus" and Dim Zach & Deem's baggy rework of the Happy Monday's sublime "Loose Fit".
Review: The Strictly Rhythm vaults are seemingly bottomless and here they've managed to source even more classic forgotten soul gems. This seventh installment of their Soul Treats Super Soul Hits series boasts an impressive 25 tracks. Highlights this time include David Matthews raw funk rocker "Put Your Thing On Me", the quirky bongos and xylophone joint "Lights" by Lennie Hibbert and the staccato strut of clavinet freakout "Breakdown" by Sir Edward Marks.
Review: Consider Strictly Breaks and Notorious B.I.G. partners in crime: the former being the chief compiler of original tunes sampled by classic hip-hop artists and the latter being the late hip-hop hero known for his impeccable taste in sampling. Here we get a whopping 36-track collection of vintage joints later to be employed on many Biggie classics. Highlights include Fred Wesley's tight, groover, "Up 4 The Downstroke", Grover Washington Jr's twang-bass attack "Hydra" and Herb Alpert's legendary jazz disco slinker, "Rise".
Review: Sometimes certain compilations need a bit of breathing space between their instalments. This is very much the case with Strictly Breaks' rare soul and funk series, which only sees a new volume appear every now and then. This fourth foray into the far reaches of funk uncovers a host of new gems including Aron Collins' raunchy "You Hit The Spot", the gritty and fierce Blaxploitation funk of "Black Morning" by Ellerine Harding and the drum sample heaven of Silver, Platinum, Gold's chrome-plated disco classic "Comin Up".
Review: Where on Strictly Breaks' other compilations they source tunes that vintage DJs used as staples in there sets, the Dusty Finger series concentrates purely on the tunes that featured the dopest drum breaks like, ever. Here on the 32nd (!) instalment we get another 25 cuts to joyfully wade through. Highlights of this collection include the trippy and epic psychedelic opener "That Was Just His Thing" by The IN Keepers, the quirky, snake-like 70s grind "Trombones" by Herb Pilhofer and the squelchy retro grooves of "The Bulldozer" by Steve Gray.
Review: Who knew the classic daisy-age hip-hoppers A Tribe Called Quest used so many samples? Well Strictly Breaks certainly do and here they're rolling out their fourth (yes, fourth!) volume of tunes that made their way into the '90s rap act's back catalogue. Saving us the time and the money needed to find these rarities ourselves, we now have a further 25 old skool jams to explore. Highlights include Sly Stone's hippy-funk classic "Running Away", the sublime Ayers/Birdsong grooves of "Turned On To You" by the spectacularly named Eighties Ladies and Albino Gorilla's freaked-out acid soul anthem "Psyhodelic Shack". Groovy!
Review: Strictly Breaks have so many compilation series on the go they're like those super flash DJs who have like four or five records on the go all at once. The Dusty Fingers releases were very frequent but now they've steadied to a more manageable rate, which of course keeps the crate diggers wanting more. There are 26 tracks again, all bursting with vintage coolness. Our faves here include the edge of your seat strings n' beats of "Mission Control", the muscular funk of "Northern Lights" and the stoner raunch-rock of The Stooges' "Dirt".
Review: To paraphrase the great Jay-Z, it's time to brush that dust off ya fingers! The 26th time in fact, as the tireless Strictly Breaks label take another voluminous trawl through the archives of past library and funk for a 25 track edition of the Dusty Fingers series. As with previous volumes, perhaps the most valuable lesson from this Dusty Fingers compilation is the manner in which it educates and introduces the curious listener to the sizeable canons of the artists featured. So sink in and enjoy the samplealicious treats on offer from Piero Umiliani, KPM, Iris, Inoue Takayuki Band and oh so many more.
Review: Brazilian beat fetishists, Beatnik City, are back proudly presenting a long player from Rio De Janeiro's best kept secret, Dr. K. They claim he's literally the city's best-kept secret - having tirelessly produced sizzling hot bossa nova infused beats for almost 15 years! this new album should change all that, boasting 17 fresh jams that fuse samba rhythms, a pinch of big beat goodness, a smidgeon of brass and lashings of carnival-friendly retro Latin vibes.