Review: As far as breakbeat goes, there aren't as many who can boast as much consistency as N?rnberg's own JayL Funk who here presents us with the 15th complete edition of his Honkey Phonk compilation series. From start to finish we are treated to delicious lashings of soulful samples and funky feeling, especially on tracks such as the latin inspired 'Easy Summertime' and the super groovy 'Lowdown Funk'. Other highlights definitely include the sunny sounds of 'Supernatural Babe' and of course 'Dynamite Funk' which fuses punchy drum selections with soulful choruses and funkadelic riffs.
Review: Project Allout continue to unearth and represent fresh talent. This time it's in the form of Manchester's Joe Browne AKA Riknor who's furrowed six deep paths into the murkiest sides of the dance right here. Highlights include the funked-out breaks of "Gangsters" that suddenly stretch out into something much more sinister, the spiralling paranoid bass cascades of "16 Bars Of Hell", the far-east-far-out twangs and skitty kick rolls of "China Plate" and the groaning, almost metallic cries on "Game Over".
Review: Under the Lego Edit alias, Diego Lelli has a penchant for serving up expansive collections of tooled-up reworks that offer excellent value for money. He's at it again here, offering up 18 finger-lickin' "Chicken Edits" that are far more tasty and satisfying than your average 3am fast food takeaway. Naturally, the material on offer is largely peak-time focused, with highlights including the glassy-eyed, filter-heavy disco-house of "Paris By Night", the wiggling, Maceo Parker style funk fun of "Gnomo Gnomo (Lego Re-Funk)", the breezy Brazilian samba-disco bliss of "Latin Maria (Lego dub 5am)", the sweaty loop-house heaviness of "A (BraziLego Edit)" and the percussive, organ-heavy, jazz-wise stomp of "The Crickets (Lego Classic Edit)".
Review: "A DJ Is Not A Jukebox": Sentiments every DJ can relate to, as expressed in the title of Warson's debut LP for Tru Funk. Mixing boogie-disco vibes with breakbeat production, Warson drops 17 gems including the old-school, '80s NYC vibes of the title tune, the Labelle-assisted "Ghetto Sisters", the dancehall power of "Go Girl" and the power-ballad refix "Banger Joint". Altogether, this is a hugely fun and frantic party-starter of a debut.
Review: The latest in Bombstrikes' series of mash-ups and breaks-driven party bootlegs sees accomplished remixer and turntablist Featurecast drop a pair of bulletproof bangers. "Stomp" sees The Game's "Break Him Off" a cappella going up against Red Hot Chilli Peppers' "Can't Stop", with a little help from The Chemical Brothers along the way. "One More" on the flipside rocks Chic's venerable classic "My Forbidden Lover" while adding a cappella loops of Public Enemy's Chuck D over the top. Guaranteed funtimes.
Review: Brighton's bass behemoth (in the making), Pavv, has already delivered some heavy vibes on labels such as This Is Bass and U Wot Blud? Now he's back with a sizzling four-tracker. The Big L EP goes hard and fast this time round, with the title being an anthemic, high-octane wobbler. "Always" takes the wobble down to its squelchiest depths, while "Where To Go" is thumpin' sci-fi 4x4 chaos. "Who's In Charge" then provides some lairy grime tropes devastating effect.
Review: Chubby, glitch-riddled bass funk from Italian upstart Tosses: we kick off with RHCP-nodding "Instamind" where attention is paid to the stereo effects of the bass to great effect. "Humeboshi" continues the slinky bass feels while throwing in some well-known classic hip-hop hype shouts. Deeper into the collection we dive as the title track sees gutsy soul vocals gracing a gutter-minded bassline and heavily swung groove (and enjoying a glitch-powered remix from Sharmelfunk) Finally, as a rather generous free download, we get a Led Zep-frazzled twist on the Fugees classic remix of Cypress Hill. Boom biddy badman!
Review: French reggae producer Mato has made a name for himself by giving Kingston-style makeovers to many hip-hop pop hits. Here Stix have rounded up the latest batch of reworks featuring, amongst others, "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake, "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse and, clearly not getting the memo, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.
Review: If you like your disco loopy, with a healthy dollop of heavily compressed house bottom-end, you should check out the re-edits of Bremen-based producer KS French. His successful formula - combining the '90s "French touch" sound (think well known and obscure-ish disco loops with plenty of filter tweakery) with longer sections of the original material - guarantees party-starting material each and every time. Here, he drops more tried-and-tested reworks, from the singalong release of "Good Vibration" (a re-cut of Salsoul classic "Love Sensation"), to the head-nodding slo-mo bounce of "Trippin Dub" and string-laden electrofunk chug of "Loop You Body".
Review: Parisian DJ Moar seems to be enjoying his recent solo forays so much that it's amazing that he still finds time to release stuff with his band Venice Beach too (but somehow he does). Here he presents four more sweaty, slap-bassy, late night pelvis grinders, the most of obvious of which "Disco Jazzers Delight" takes the overly familiar ("Rappers' Delight") and rearranges it into something completely fresh and new. Elsewhere the source material is less obvious but equally as good and funky with the clean, tight and linear '80s soul grooves of the title track, "Funky Execution" being a real highlight.
Review: J-Prime is a hip-hop lovin' party breaks addict. Here on the Ill Fixed EP, he laws down the law with five up front bangers that don't let up. The title track begins as a hands-in-the-air bounce-athon, before the hyper go-go jam "Put Ya Hands Up" takes the idea, and the pace, up a notch or two. Elsewhere "Funkfried" is sloppy broke up funk and we're introduced to a fiery female MC on the ragga infused "Spyfunk". Lastly "Slightly Stoopid" wraps things up with some cheeky vintage samples and funky drummer beats.
Review: When it comes to disco-leaning electro boogie, Lord Funk calls the shots. Each and every release that the man has put out has been both fresh to the ear, and painfully cool thanks, in part, to his ability of bringing together everything that's good about hip-hop, r&b and boogie. "Champagne" is a sunny, hazed-out LA kinda licker featuring DJ LC, and it's one of those tunes that you play with the sun roof firmly DOWN. "Makin' Love" is every bit as summer-friendly, except that here the bass is nastier, more shimmering and ready for dancefloor domination. Highly tipped boogie right here!
Review: The undisputed king of reggae versions, Mato returns with his sixth series of dubbed out hip-hop covers. Far from the crass, crude mash-up culture, Mato's original instrumentation ensures a much more natural remix feel which, in some cases, sounds better than the original. Across the 10 track set we're treated a bouncy, sun-kissed take on Eve's "Gangsta Lovin", a tight skank-flexed take on The Beatnuts "Off The Books", a Vadim-style contemporary digi dub take on Nate Dogg's "Good Life" and a very authentic rendition of "Still Dre". Essential listening for both hip-hop and reggae heads.
Review: Under his Lego Edit moniker, Italy's Diego Lelli seems to be on an unstoppable run of form. He is literally giving people what they want - puristic Brazilian vibes for the dancefloor. The Lego dub of "Brazilian Sun" is impossible not to like, thanks to its hypnotic flutes, piano crescendos, and beautifully melancholic sax notes - a winner! The second dub involves "Santa Maria", more of a dance bomb, guided and driven by tough house beats merging wonderfully with soulful pop vocals for the lovers. Bravo!
Review: Lego Edit is Italian Diego Lelli, who has been in overdrive the last year: hammering out a few dozen releases already. Does this guy ever sleep between all the edits and DJing? What's your secret pal? On Dancefloor Edits Hot Barbecue, hear that inspirational Martin Luther King Jr speech over an uplifting lo-slung disco groove that is "Billy Groove" (Lego dub 5 AM). Next up, hear the drummer get wicked on the funk explosion of "Hot Stone" (Lego ReFunk) and finally just to provide some variety: we have got some good ol' fashioned funky R&B in the form of a right classic (spliced to perfection!) for modern audiences on "Link Ollins" (Lego dub). All killer no filler right here kids!
Review: For his latest release, Lord Funk shifts his amorous intentions from his hometown Paris towards the slightly less glamourous London. Judging by the soft focus affection all over these retro funk tracks he's definitely smitten with the capital, but the sound is firmly rooted in early '80s America. Highlights include the stark electro-disco of "It Turn Me On", the shimmering silk sheet digi-funk workout "Piccadilly Circus" and The Odyssey-esque dry-ice grind of "London Town".
Review: Given the title, you'd expect Ajello's latest to feature a prominent kalimba melody. Unsurprisingly, it does, alongside some African-inspired percussion and some seriously squelchy bottom-end in their typical dirty nu-disco style. The result is a track that isn't needlessly deep or overtly banging, instead playing its strengths by delivering the best of both words. Even better is Hardway Brothers' decidedly cosmic remix, which adds some voodoo magic and more than a little acid tweakery. Elsewhere, Verdo's darting remix is pleasingly Balearic in its wide-eyed approach, while Retrospective label bosses Ruben & Ra turn bonus track "Saturday Morning" into a rush inducing chunk of deep electrofunk.